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A voyage to Cocos Islands 2022 stamps

Written by catpaw
May 10, 2022

Cocos (Keeling) Islands, a small island in Australian territory, offers a small program of 1 or 2 sets per year. This year starts (and possibly ends) with a look at Jukongs, small wood sailboats used by the islanders. This is typical of stamps for Cocos, they tend to stay with themes relevant to the island, rather than tossing out dozens of generic issues.    

If you like this style of design, check out Australia’s new season 2022 Australian stamps because it starts with a pretty decent boat set as well. 



Historical Jukongs

Historical Jukongs FDC cancel

Traditional Jukongs Cocos (Keeling) Islands 2022 stamps Traditional Jukongs  2 Cocos (Keeling) Islands 2022 stamps

Historical Jukongs mini sheet Cocos (Keeling) Islands 2022 stamps

Historical Jukongs fdc Historical Jukongs FDC 2

Historical Jukongs gutter strips Historical Jukongs sheet 2    

2 stamps, souvenir sheet, 2 gutter strips, 2 FDCs, cancel

Also called dukongs. Cocos previously issued stamps featuring Jukongs in 2007 and 1999. A special souvenir sheet with a Jukong stamp, was issued for the 1984 Ausipex Philatelic Exhibition  

Influenced by Malay and Scottish watercraft, the traditional wooden sailboat of Cocos (Keeling) Islands was well adapted to the needs
and conditions of the atoll environment. The jukong (or dukong) was broad-bottomed, with a shallow draught and almost vertical sides.
As well as being used for work, fishing and transportation, jukongs were used for social racing. Australia Stamp Bulletin No. 377, 2022

Designer: Tim Hancock, Backpack Creative

Release date: May 17, 2022


Cocos (Keeling) Islands Pandanus

Cocos (Keeling) Islands Pandanus Cocos (Keeling) Islands Pandanus Cocos (Keeling) Islands Pandanus Cocos (Keeling) Islands Pandanus Cocos (Keeling) Islands Pandanus Cocos (Keeling) Islands Pandanus

4 stamps, souvenir sheet, FDC, cancel

The pandanus (also called the Screw Pine) is endemic to the islands. 

Designer: Jo Muré

Release date: October 4, 2022

While your here, take a look at Coco’s Island offerings from 2021.  


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