Sunday, 21 May 2017

New Caledonia

New Caledonia is a special collectivity of France in Melanesia. It is made up of different islands and island groups including the main island of Grande Terre, the Loyalty Islands, the Chesterfield Islands, the Belep archipelago, the Isle of Pines, and a few remote islets.

The first stamp was issued in 1860, a local print with the portrait of emperor Napoleon III. Later overprints were issued and stamps with the same designs as the other French colonies. Now the New Caledonian post issues new stamps regularly featuring local scenery, culture and history.

The stamp on the envelope with the normal international rate I bought from the French philatelic service, where all recent stamps from New Caledonia are on sale. The postmark is from Calédoscope, the local philatelic service in Nouméa. The date in the postmark has the traditional French numbers.

Website of the philatelic service of New Caledonia (also available in English):

Date sent: 17 April 2017
Date postmark: 4 May 2017
Date received: 11 May 2017
Number of days: 24
Envelope in collection: 34

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