On Home Island, in the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, many locals maintain fruit gardens at home. They are filled with bright orange drinking coconuts and red bananas as well as the four fruits featured on these vibrant stamps: West Indian lime, rose apple, sapodilla and breadfruit.

The minisheet design places the fruit within a lush tropical garden.


These bright and colourful stamps feature illustrations by Anita Xhafer. 

Products released in this issue

  • Minisheet
  • First day cover (blank, gummed, minisheet)

Technical specifications

Issue date
30 May 2017
Issue withdrawal date
30 November 2017
2 x $1, 2 x $2
Stamp design
Anita Xhafer
Product design
Simone Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Stud
Paper - gummed
Tullis Russell Red Phos
Printing process
Offset lithography
Stamp size
26mm x 37.5mm
Minisheet size
170mm x 80mm
13.86 x 14.6
Sheet layout
Module of 50
FDI postmark
Cocos (Keeling) Islands WA 6799
FDI withdrawal date
28 June 2017

Stamps in this issue

$1 West Indian Lime

The West Indian lime is a small spherical fruit, approximately three to five centimetres in diameter. Its skin turns yellow when ripe.

$1 Rose Apple

The bell-shaped rose apple (also known as apple guava and, in Malay, as Jambu Ayer) is a popular fruit, especially the pink rose-flavoured variety.

$2 Sapodilla

Sapodilla is a soft brown fruit with large black seeds and a very sweet vanilla flavour. Sapodilla trees can grow to more than 30 metres high and their sap is the origin of chewing gum.

$2 Breadfruit

Breadfruit varies in size and colour but is usually oval with a rough or scaly green exterior. When slightly unripe, breadfruit is much like potato. Cocos locals often make crispy chips from it by frying slices in oil.

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