This specially dedicated webpage � 'St Helena Stamps' � contains information about new stamp releases, including the ideas and background behind the issues and prices of different stamps.
Customer Services Manager, Karen Yon, said:
St Helenian stamps are a prolific source of revenue for St Helena Government and they have become popular with tourists and philatelists around the world. We have decided to publish our new stamp issues online to raise the profile of St Helena stamps and also hopefully boost our sales.
The St Helena Post Office aims to release six stamp issues per year, entirely at the discretion of the 'Stamp Advisory Group' who are responsible for putting together the different stamp issues.
Group members decide on a theme, which could include local or international issues relating to St Helena. These can include endemics of St Helena, British Royal engagements, or an anniversary of an internationally renowned historical figure that has an affiliation with St Helena, e.g. Charles Darwin.
When a theme has been decided, it is the job of the postal staff to research and collate information relating to the stamp issue. Images are sourced locally and overseas, ensuring that permission is granted by owners of images before use.
Once all information is collated, it is sent to the UK to be processed. All stamps have to be granted approval by Her Majesty before going to print. Her Majesty has strict reservations regarding British Overseas Territories stamp issues, including ensuring the protection of Her Majesty's interests overseas, and above all the protection of the dignity of the Crown.
Local customers can purchase merchandise from the Customer Service Centre in Jamestown.
Source: St Helena Government