Postage stamps and postal history of Samoa

A circa 1877 five shilling Samoa Express stamp.
An apparent forgery of the same stamp.
A 1900 stamp for Samoa as a German colony.

This is a survey of the postage stamps and postal history of Samoa.

Samoa, formerly known as Western Samoa, is a country encompassing the western part of the Samoan Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. It became independent from New Zealand in 1962. The two main islands of Samoa are Upolu and Savai'i.

First stamps

The first stamps of Samoa were issued in 1877.[1]

The Samoa Express stamps

The Samoa Express private post was set up in 1877 and ended in 1881. The stamps were remaindered, reprinted and forged.

See also


  1. ^ Samoa. Sandafayre Stamp Atlas. Retrieved 14 January 2012.

Further reading

External links

  • Fellowship of Samoa Specialists
  • Samoa Express forgeries.
  • The Pacific Islands Study Circle.
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