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General Information about Stamps and Services
Stamps are sold at face value in mint condition by personal purchase from the stamp counters at Cayman Islands post offices or by post from the Philatelic Bureau. All stamps are printed on watermarked paper. Although the Philatelic Bureau makes every effort to meet customer requirements, there is no guarantee to supply from particular cylinder plates or sheet positions, or to supply cylinder blocks or selected watermarks.
The Cayman Islands Post Office issues commemorative stamps four to six times a year to mark important national, regional or international events. The stamps are usually printed in sheets of 50, sometimes in sheetlets of six or more. Commemoratives are normally withdrawn from counter sales 18 months after the date of issue but remain available at the Philatelic Bureau. Recent commemoratives celebrated Queen Elizabeth II’s 80th Birthday in 2006 and Pope John Paul II’s life in 2005. The newest release was Cayman’s Aquatic Treasures which featured the rich marine life in the Cayman Islands.
Definitive Stamps remain on sale for five years and are available to cover all postage requirements. The stamps are printed in sheets of 50. The next difiniive issue will feature Birds of the Cayman Islands and is slated for release on 26 September, 2006.
Unique species of bats, parrots and orchids make Cayman their home, so thematic stamps frequently illustrate the Islands’ flora and fauna, including the colourful marine life. Thematic issues also feature things Caymanian, like catboats, the Brac’s Bluff and Cayman Airways. 2006 ’s definitive “Birds of the Cayman Islands” is also a thematic issue.