Smallest country in INDIPEX 2011 with beautiful stamps

By-Anurag Vajpeyi and Virendra Dhundhara\"\" POPULATION OF THIS COUNTRY IS ONLY 50

To commemorate the attendance of the Pitcairn Islands Philatelic Bureau at the Indipex 2011, a miniature sheet has been produced featuring important images from both locations. India is represented by the national flower Lotus Nelumbo nucipera gaertn and the internationally known Taj Mahal, while Pitcairn is represented by the endangered Yellow fautu Abutilon pitcairnense. Both flowers have been brought together in this colourful miniature sheet.Postal Officials of Island are very helping and philatelists at INDIPEXare very happy with their services.\"\"

\"\"\"\"Where is the country-As you sail towards Pitcairn, you approach one of the remotest of the world\’s inhabited islands, lying halfway between New Zealand and the Americas. Four thousand eight hundred kilometres of open ocean separate you from them; a few archipelagos lie to the north; and the southern seas are empty to the ice caps of Antarctica.

If you call at Pitcairn, you will see a unique community of Anglo-Tahitian descent which turned a naval mutiny into a celebrated romance.

Nobody knows that who first settled this small volcanic island about 9.6 km. round and 4\"\" km. at its greatest length. But settlers there were, for early visitors from Europe found many relics of Polynesian civilization, probably from Mangareva some 490 km. to the north-west. There were roughly hewn stone gods still guarding sacred sites; carved in the cliff faces were representations of animals and men; burial sites yielding human skeletons; and there were earth ovens, stone adzes, gouges and other artifacts of Polynesian workmanship.
Discovery by Europeans: 1767The Pitcairn Islands group is a British Overseas Territory. It comprises the islands of Pitcairn, Henderson, Ducie and Oeno. Pitcairn, the only inhabited island, is a small volcanic outcrop situated in the South Pacific at latitude 25.04 south and longitude 130.06 west. It is roughly 2170km (1350 miles) east south-east of Tahiti and just over 6600km (4100 miles) from Panama. The Islands\’ administrative headquarters are situated in Auckland New Zealand, 5310km (3300 miles) away.With a population of only around fifty, the people of Pitcairn are descended from the mutineers of HMAV Bounty and their Tahitian companions. Pitcairn Island is approximately 3.2km (2 miles) long and 1.6km (1 mile) wide with the capital Adamstown located above Bounty Bay and accessed by the aptly named road, \”The Hill of Difficulty\”.

Postal History-Pitcairn Island\’s first postage stamps were issued on 15 October 1940, and issues have been sought after by philatelists, or those seeking a connection with the Pitcairn Islands and its fascinating history involving the HMAV Bounty.\"\"\"\"The Pitcairn Islands Philatelic Bureau represents the Pitcairn Island Post Office and is maintained in New Zealand in an effort to overcome communication and supply difficulties resulting from Pitcairn\’s isolation. The Bureau limits the number of special issues to no more than six a year which means generally, that a collection of every mint stamp produced during the year will cost the collector approximately $NZ40.00, exclusive of the current definitive issue.  Cancelled to Order stamps, corner blocks, gutter pairs, miniature sheets, and First Day Covers are also available.

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