Tonga

Paleontology and Paleoanthropology related stamps (prehistoric humans and cave painting)

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Tonga, officially the Kingdom of Tonga, is a Polynesian sovereign state and archipelago comprising 169 islands of which 36 are inhabited. The total surface area is about 750 square kilometres  scattered over 700,000 square kilometres  of the southern Pacific Ocean. It has a population of 103,000 people of whom 70% reside on the main island of Tongatapu.  Tonga stretches across approximately 800 kilometres  in a north-south line.
Tonga - unique among Pacific nations - never completely lost its indigenous governance. The archipelagos of "The Friendly Islands" were united into a Polynesian kingdom in 1845. Tonga became a constitutional monarchy in 1875 and a British protectorate in 1900; it withdrew from the protectorate and joined the Commonwealth of Nations in 1970. Tonga remains the only monarchy in the Pacific.

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Philately:  
The Tongan Post Office was established in 1887, but even before then postage stamps featuring the image of King George Tupou I were produced in New Zealand. n 1963, Tonga issued the world’s first self-adhesive stamps, an event which was celebrated by philatelists. The stamps were also circular in shape and printed on embossed gilt-foiled paper, thus matching the design of the coins being commemorated.  Niuafo'ou (meaning: many new coconuts)  the most northerly island in the kingdom of Tonga also produce its own stamps, even though  it is a volcanic rim island of 15 km² and with a population of 650 in 2006.
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05.09.1996  " XIII Congress of  international  union of prehistoric and protohistoric sciences" 
Prehistoric humans and cave painting on stamps of Tonga 1996

Notes:

[1]  Joint issue with Niuafo'ou
Joint issue of Niuafoou and Tonga 1996


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