Garden Fruits of Cocos

Release date: 30 May 2017

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 stamps

These bright and colourful stamps feature illustrations by Anita Xhafer. The minisheet design places the fruit within a lush tropical garden.

$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.

A selection of products released with this issue

Garden Fruits of Cocos  set of four gummed stamps

Set of stamps

Garden Fruits of Cocos minisheet


Garden Fruits of Cocos gutter strip of 10 x $1 stamps

Gutter strip 10 x $1

Garden Fruits of Cocos gutter strip of 10 x $2 stamps

Gutter strip 10 x $2

Additional products

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

Technical specifications

  • Issue date

    30 May 2017
  • FDI withdrawal date

    28 June 2017
  • Denominations

    2 x $1, 2 x $2
  • Stamp design

    Anita Xhafer
  • Product design

    Simone Sakinofsky, Australia Post Design Studio
  • Printer

  • Paper (gummed)

    Tullis Russell Red Phos
  • Printing process

    Offset lithography
  • Stamp size

    37.5mm x 26mm
  • Minisheet size

    170mm x 80mm
  • Perforations

    13.86 x 14.6
  • Sheet layout

    Modules of 50
  • FDI postmark

    Cocos (Keeling) Islands, WA 6799
  • Issue withdrawal date

    30 November 2017
*This content was produced at the time of the stamp issue release date and will not be updated.