Penny Black First Issues Collectors Club of stamps and philatelic material

Home - Catalog - Categories - Index - Journal - Exhibits - Auctions - Forgeries - Join

first issues > countries > cook islands

Cook Islands

Tuesday, April 19, 1892

New Zealand Territory 2

Cook Is 1
  Cook Islands #1 xxx

Perforated 12½, no watermark, typography.
Printed by the New Zealand Government Printer.

Seal of the Cook Islands Administration
Description # issued Scott SG Mi Y&T
1 penny black, toned paper
22,870 1 1    
1 penny black, white paper
1½ pence violet, toned paper
16,460 2 2    
1½ pence violet, white paper
2½ pence blue, toned paper
14,640 3 3    
2½ pence blue, white paper
10 pence carmine, toned paper
6,230 4 4    
10 pence carmine, white paper

Gibbons lists the stamps as "toned or white paper".

Many more stamps were originally printed, but a large number were destroyed in November 1893.

The Cook Islands are a dependency of New Zealand.

Rarotonga SG56
Cook Islands SG175
1919 Sc48 SG56 1965 Sc160 SG175

Scott [1] describes Cook Islands as, "Fifteen islands in Northern and Southern groups [that] extend over 850,000 square miles of ocean. Separate stamp issues used by Aitutaki (1903-32 and 1972 onward) and Penrhyn Islands (1902-32 and 1973 onward). Niue is included geographically, but administered separately. It continues to issue separate stamps."
From 1919 until 1935, stamps were issued in the name of Rarotonga, first NZ overprints and then inscribed stamps, but frm 1932, stamps inscribed Cook Islands were again used. The islands were granted self-government in 1965 and the commemorative includes a useful map.

Sources: ScS [1], SGP1.

Images from David Olson colnect, ebay.

FI ref: 278 Page credit: JA/NB

Page created 19 Feb 2014 Page updated 30-May-2017