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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.

 

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OLYMPIC GAMES, DUE FOR RELEASE JULY 29th 2021

 

The Bahamas’ proud history of participation in the summer Olympic Games continues in 2021 at Tokyo 2020.
The country’s Olympic heritage began in 1948, when it was still a British colony. The 1948 appearance was under the British flag. However, since then, Bahamian athletes have been present in every summer Games, competing for medals under the charter of a Bahamas Olympic Committee. Over a span of 73 years, The Bahamas has been represented in a wide span of disciplines, including athletics, aquatics, boxing, sailing, tennis, and wrestling.
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The Bahamas enjoyed profound success in the Olympics. The return to Tokyo in 2021 offers a chance to reminisce on the country’s first Olympic gold medal. The victory came in 1964, when Durward Knowles and Cecil Cooke achieved the feat in sailing. The gold capped an impressive run of sailing finishes that began with a bronze for Durward and Sloan Farrington at the 1956 Games in Melbourne.
This was also the Bahamas’ first Olympic medal of any kind.
In its Olympic history, the Bahamas ranks as the most winning country on a per capita basis. In its 16 Olympic appearances, the Bahamas has mustered 14 total medals, six of them gold. The efforts have led to The Bahamas being recognized on multiple occasions as the per capita winner of summer Olympic Games.

The proud title of Per Capita Olympic Games winner was achieved in 1964, 2000, and 2004. It was only narrowly missed at Games when smaller nations such as Grenada picked up a medal. In this per capita ranking, using the weighted medal point system, the Bahamas was second in 1956, 1996, 2012 and 2016; and third in 2008.

The Bahamas’ early appearances in the Olympics could be considered as the sailing era, where the sport drew most fame and hardware for the country. However, 1992 could be seen as the beginning of the athletics era.

It was in 1992 that the Bahamas won its first medal as an independent nation. The medal was a bronze that was awarded when Frank Rutherford had a third-place finish at the Games in Barcelona. Rutherford’s leap landed him a bronze medal, but it also ignited a new hope for Bahamian athletes. Since then, Bahamian athletes have progressive increased their competitiveness and drive. 

All of the Bahamas’ medals since Independence have come through athletics. Early on, there was great momentum in relay events, where men and women’s teams consistently medaled. In more recent times, individual performers have come to the foreground, yielding world leaders in several athletics events.

Tokyo 2020 has been marked by the most sever pandemic in 100 years. The specter of Covd-19 has overshadowed the Games, often leaving doubt of it moving forward. Despite the trepidation, however, there are numerous reasons for optimism for successful outcomes for the Bahamas at the Games. Through it all, with considerable favorites in some events, and its first female chef de mission at the Olympic level, Team Bahamas stands ready for another historic appearance at the summer Olympic Games. 

 

The Athletes

 

15c Shaunae Miller-Uibo

This sprint sensation heads into the Olympic Games with fine form, as she constantly shatters records and updates her personal best times. The reigning Olympic champion in the 400m had gone unbeaten in the event for more than 25 months before a controversial second place finish at the 2019 World Championships for athletics. Now, back to her winning ways, Miller-Uibo is undefeated in the 400m and 200m for more than 21 months heading into the Games.

25c Steven Gardiner

Ranked by World Athletics as the top 400m athlete for the entire first half of 2021, Steven Gardiner gets stronger with every passing year. He is the reigning World Champion in the 400m, part of the winning 4x400m mixed relay team of the 2017 World Relays, and a bronze medalist of the men’s 4x400m contest at the Rio Olympics. Now, he looks to add to his medal collection in Tokyo.

50c Tynia Gaither

Tynia Gaither approaches her second consecutive Olympic Games with increasing intensity and determination. She has been a national champion in both the 100 and 200m on multiple occasions. She was a finalist in the 200m in the last two World Championships for athletics and the 2018 NACAC championships. She is also a bronze medalist in the 200m at the 2019 Pan American Games. Now, she hopes to medal on the Olympic stage.

65c Jamal Wilson

This veteran high jumper was among the first Bahamians to qualify for Tokyo 2020. He is a former national champion, and a silver medalist of the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Wilson heads into his second consecutive Olympic Games, ready to soar across the bar.

70c Joanna Evans

Joanna Evans’ entry to Tokyo 2020 came in dramatic fashion. Just two months before the start of the Games Joanna hit the qualifying time for the 400m freestyle by going up against the event’s world record holder, Katie Ledecky. She finished second to Ledecky in a time of 4:07.33. This was a new national record, breaking the record she had set at the Rio Games. As a result, Evans will appear in her second consecutive Olympic Games.

$1 Pedrya Seymour

Pedrya Seymour’s star is quickly rising in the world of Athletics. She is a former national champion in both the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles. She is a finalist in the 100m hurdles at the 2019 Pan American Games and the 2016 Olympic Games. She will be in the hunt for hurdles hardware in Tokyo.

 

Technical details:

Designer Andrew Robinson

Printer Cartor Security Printing

Process Stochastic Lithography

Perforation 13 ½ x 13 ¼ per 2cms

Stamp size 28 x 42mm

Sheet Layout 20 (2 x 10)

Release Date 29 July, 2021

Production Coordination Creative Direction (Worldwide) Ltd

 

STAMP ITEM NUMBERS

ST012274     Olympic Games    Mint Set
ST012275     Olympic Games    CTO Set
ST012276     Olympic Games    FDC

 

 

 

RECENT RELEASES

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.

Stamps

  • 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

 

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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

 

 STAMP ITEM NUMBERS

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

 

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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

 

STAMP ITEM NUMBERS

 

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

 

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