First Stamps of Sovereign Hong Kong

01 Jan 2019  Tue

First stamps of sovereign Hong Kong was issued on 23rd January 1968 to celebrate the Year of the Monkey.

Hong Kong Post issues around ten sets of interesting and beautiful stamps every year. The postal system in Hong Kong began in 1841 when the Royal Mail established an office in the region. On 8 December 1862, the Office issued the first set of Hong Kong postage stamps. Before that, only British soldiers in Hong Kong could use British stamps while other local residents did not have any.

The first stamp of Sovereign Hong Kong was a set of two stamps which celebrated the Year of the Monkey. The stamps depict a family of monkeys on a vibrant red background with the name Hong Kong and with the royal symbols (e.g. "E.R.").

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