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The Commonwealth of the Bahamas originally inhabited by the Lucayan, a branch of the Arawakan-speaking Taino people, the Bahamas were the site of Columbus’ first landfall in the New World 1492. Although the Spanish never colonized the Bahamas, they shipped the native Lucayans to slavery in Hispaniola.

The Bahamas became a British Crown colony in 1718. After the American War of Independence, thousands of American loyalists, taking their enslaved Africans, moved to the Bahamas, where the Americans set up a plantation economy. 

After Britain abolished the international slave trade in 1807, the Royal Navy resettled many free Africans liberated from illegal slave ships in the Bahamas during the 19th century.  

Slavery in the Bahamas was abolished in 1834.The Bahamas became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1973, retaining Queen Elizabeth II as its Monarch.


95th Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

The Bahamas Post Office takes great pleasure in releasing a set of six stamps in celebration of The Queen’s 95th birthday.

The stamps will be released on Her Majesty’s actual birthday, 21 April. Each of the stamps depict key aspects of Her Majesty’s life, from a young Princess, to her Coronation and Marriage as well as managing to enjoy some Leisure time and Pageantry, out and about fulfilling her Royal Duties.



On her twenty-first birthday, 21 April 1947, Princess Elizabeth was with her parents and younger sister, Princess Margaret, on a tour of South Africa. In a speech broadcast on the radio from Cape Town, the Princess dedicated her life to the service of the Commonwealth. The theme of the stamp issue, “Devoted to your service”, is taken from that speech: “I declare before you all that my whole life whether it be long or short shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

This special issue is a collaboration between 11 postal administrations which sees the three Crown Dependencies, Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man, join The Bahamas and seven UK Overseas Territories, Ascension Island, British Antarctic Territory, British Virgin Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands, and Tristan da Cunha to mark the birthday of the world’s longest reigning monarch.


  • 15c Princess. Princess Elizabeth in June 1936 with her dogs at a window of Y Bwthyn Bach, The Welsh House. This was a miniature house presented to her and Princess Margaret Rose by the people of Wales, built in the grounds of the Royal Lodge, Windsor. (Photo by Lisa Sheridan/Studio Lisa/Getty Images).
  • 25c Coronation. Queen Elizabeth II returning to Buckingham Palace after her Coronation at Westminster Abbey, London, June 1953. (Colorized black and white print). (Photo by The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images).
  • 50c Marriage. Queen Elizabeth II out walking with her husband, Prince Philip in the 1970s. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images).
  • 65c Leisure. Queen Elizabeth II walking cross country at the North of Scotland GunDog Association Open Stake Retriever Trials in the grounds of Balmoral Castle, October 1967. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images).
  • 70c Pageantry. Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor for the ceremony of the Order of the Garter, 16th June 1986. In medieval times Edward III was so inspired by the tales of King Arthur and the chivalry of the Knights of the Round Table that he set up his own group of knights in 1348. The Noble Order of the Garter is the oldest and most senior order of chivalry in Britain. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images).
  • $1 Royal Duty. Queen Elizabeth II is seen leaving the Easter Matins Service at St George's Chapel, in Windsor Castle on April 24, 2011. (Photo by CHRIS ISON/AFP via Getty Images).
  • The FDC features two images of Her Majesty; a contemporary picture of the Queen who is fondly known throughout the world and a beautiful portrait, circa 1929, of the young Princess Elizabeth before it was realised that she would be acceding to the throne. (Photos via Getty Images).


Technical details:

Designer Bee Design

Printer Cartor Security Printing

Process Lithography

Perforation 13 ¼ x 13 ¼ per 2cms

Stamp size 36 x 36mm

Sheet Layout 10

Release date 21 April, 2021

Production Coordination Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd




Christmas 2020 - December 2020

Traditionally Christmas is a time to gather family together, to celebrate with friends and to share the festive spirit by reconnecting with those that now live further afield. 2020 has been a year for finding new ways to communicate with each other, but for many the arrival of a thoughtful and traditional Christmas card will be especially appreciated. 




This year, as Bahamians prepare to celebrate, we know that things will be very different and this is reflected in our Christmas stamp issue, which both celebrates Christmas and reminds us of the simple things that we can all do to help keep our loved ones safe. 

15c With a mask we will stay safe.

It is recommended that you wear masks in public settings around people who don’t live in your household and when you can’t stay 6 feet away from others. Masks help stop the spread of COVID-19 to others. It is important to wear the mask over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin. Masks should fit snugly against the sides of your face.

50c With social distance we will stay safe.

Social distancing means keeping a safe space between yourself and other people who are not from your household. To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people who are not from your household in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

This is so important, even if you or others have no symptoms, because people can spread the virus before they know they are sick. Social distancing is especially important for people who are at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19.

If you are sick or have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19, it is important to stay home and away from other people until it is safe to be around others. Anyone can get and spread COVID-19 so we all have a role to play in slowing the spread and protecting ourselves, our family, and our community. 

65c Covering coughs and sneezes we will stay safe

We know that COVID-19 spreads when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or talks, and droplets from their mouth or nose are launched into the air and land in the mouths or noses of people nearby. Ideally you should cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, but if that’s not possible then you should use the inside of your elbow. 

70c Washing our hands we will stay safe

It is important to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially when handling food or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available then you should use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 70% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. It is especially important to avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

This Christmas let’s do everything that we can to keep our loved ones safe right now while we pray for happier times to return.


Technical Details:

Designer Andrew Robinson

Printer Cartor

Process Stochastic Lithography

Perforation 13 ¼ x 13 ½ per 2cms

Stamp size 42 x 28mm

Sheet Layout 20 (2 x 10)

Release date 3 December, 2020

Production Coordination Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd



        ST012220     Christmas 2020    Mint Set
       ST012221     Christmas 2020    CTO Set
ST012222     Christmas 2020    FDC



Medicinal Plants - November 2020

This new stamp issue features some of the many medicinal plants that can be found growing in the Bahamas. These plants are used in traditional medicine by Bahamians. The practice, termed bush medicine, involves the brewing of roots, bark and leaves of particular plants and trees to make teas.
This tea-making tradition was passed down through generations. The Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve is dedicated to preserving this traditional knowledge and a visit is strongly recommended for anyone interested in homeopathic medicine and ethnobotany.



15c Callicarpa hitchcockii – Boar Hog – A large shrub with pink flowers and textured leaves growing throughout the central and northern Bahamas. It has been used to treat a wide variety of problems such as increasing appetite, reducing back pain and cramps, eye issues, colds and flu, fertility, as a balancing bitter, and in general strengthening teas.
25c Argemone mexicana – Tissley – A short lived annual covered in spiny leaves, bright yellow flowers and a yellow latex sap. The fruits are spine covered capsules filled with grey brown seeds. It is frequently found at farms and gardens. Used by Bahamians to treat asthma, colds, flu, coughs, and fever as well as jaundice and eye problems.
50c Guaiacum sanctum – Lignum Vitae – a slow growing tree with purple flowers and orange and red fruits. Growing throughout the central and southern Bahamas it has been used for many purposes including treating general pain, arthritis, anemia, colds and flu, strengthening and restorative teas, as a balancing bitter, as well as an aphrodisiac.
65c Picramnia pentandra – Snake Root – It grows as a large understory shrub especially around caves and sinkholes. The fruits are red and hang in clusters. It is used to increase appetite, as a balancing bitter, reduce back pain, in strengthening teas and as an aphrodisiac.

65c Picramnia pentandra – Snake Root – It grows as a large understory shrub especially around caves and sinkholes. The fruits are red and hang in clusters. It is used to increase appetite, as a balancing bitter, reduce back pain, in strengthening teas and as an aphrodisiac. 

70c Tabebuia bahamensis – Five Finger – A large shrub to small tree with bright pink to white flowers and palmately compound leaves. Occurring throughout all of The Bahamas it is a common component of both the coppice and pinelands. It is an important part of the bush teas as a tonic and aphrodisiac 

$1 Caesalpinia vesicaria – Brasilletto – A small leguminous tree with yellow flowers and bright red fruits. It grows in the central island groups of The Bahamas and has a long history from being used to treat iron deficiency. The bark can be used to extract a rich red dye and helped to support the Eleutheran Adventurers in 1648.

FDC Ambrosia hispida – Bay Gerina – A low growing, coastal dune, sunflower species with grey highly dissected leaves occurring throughout all of the islands. Bahamians have traditionally used it to treat a large range of issues and problems including increasing appetite, colds and flu, as a balancing bitter, to stop diarrhea and other stomach concerns, pain, and high blood pressure.


Technical Details:

Photography Dr Ethan Freid

Designer Bee Design

Printer Cartor

Process Stochastic Lithography

Perforation 13 ¼ x 13 per 2cms

Stamp size 38 x 36mm

Sheet Layout 20 (2 x 10)

Release date 12 November, 2020

Production Coordination Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd




            ST012211   Medicinal Plants     Mint Set
       ST012212   Medicinal Plants CTO Set
ST012213   Medicinal Plants FDC