Christmas Island Christmas 2017

Release date: 1 November 2017

In recognition of Christmas Island’s name (selected by Captain William Mynors, as he sailed past the island on Christmas Day, 1643), Christmas Island Christmas stamps have been issued every year, since 1984. They are a light-hearted take on Christmas in the southern hemisphere.

The stamps

Illustrated by Shane McGowan, this year’s stamps and minisheet show Santa taking time out from delivering presents to practise his golf swing on the spectacular Christmas Island nine-hole golf course.

In the minisheet design, we see that the island’s famous red crabs are enjoying stealing some of Santa’s errant golf balls, which Santa’s elves are doing their best to rescue and fashion into a Christmas tree, to add some festive flair to the golf course. The island’s many seabirds are also enjoying the view.

$2 Santa

The international-Christmas-card-rate stamp features Santa teeing off.

65c Rudolf

The domestic Christmas-card-rate stamp features Rudolf, as Santa’s trusty golf caddy.

Additional products

  • Minisheet
  • First day cover (gummed, minisheet)
  • Sheetlet of 5 x $2 (s/a)
  • Embellished sheetlet of 10 x 65c (s/a)
  • Embellished stamp pack

Technical specifications

  • Issue date

    1 November 2017
  • FDI withdrawal date

    29 November 2017
  • Denominations

    1 x 65c, 1 x $2
  • Stamp and product illustration

    Shane McGowan
  • Product design

    Sharon Rodziewicz
  • Printer

    RA Printing
  • Paper (gummed)

    Tullis Russell Red Phos
  • Paper (self-adhesive)

    Securepost MC 90
  • Printing process

    Offset lithography
  • Stamp size

    26mm x 37.5mm
  • Minisheet size

    135mm x 80mm
  • Perforations

    14.6 x 13.86
  • Sheet layout

    Module of 50
  • FDI postmark

    Christmas Island, WA 6798
  • Issue withdrawal date

    31 May 2018
*This content was produced at the time of the stamp issue release date and will not be updated.

Philatelic team