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Turks and Caicos

Turk's Cap Cactus on Stamps

Early Definitives
Turk's cap cacti

There are two theories about how the Turks Islands got their name. The first theory is that the island got its name because it was a refuge for pirates from the Mediterranean who were known as "Turks". A second theory is that the islands got their name from an indigenous Turk's cap cactus (Melocactus intortus with a red cap (cephalium) that looks like a Turkish fez.

Early Definitives
Stamps of the Turk's cap cactus design issued in 1910-11, 1921 and 1926.

The first stamps for Turks and Caicos depicting the badge of the dependency were issued in 1900. In 1909 they were replaced by issues bearing the profile of King Edward VII. The first stamps depicting the Turk's head cactus appeared in 1910. The design continued to be used on low value issues until 1926.

Modern Definitives
Definitives issued in 1967, 1969 and 1971 reflect
the conversion to the use of United States currency.

Pictorial definitives including a design featuring the Turk's Cap Cactus were issued on February 1, 1967. On September 8, 1969 they issued overprinted with values in U.S. dollars. On February 2, 1971 the set was reissued with values in U.S. dollars.

See pictures from Turks and Caicos in 2006-2007.


Smithers, Amelia and Anthony Taylor. The Turks and Caicos Islands.
  Oxford: Macmillan Education, 2003.

"Turks and Caicos." Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. 1997.



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