Formerly known as New Hebrides this South Pacific archipelago was an Anglo-French Condominium between 1906 and 1980. The independent Republic of Vanuatu was created on 30 July 1980. Modern stamps are therefore inscribed VANUATU. The first stamps of the newly born nation was a definitive series of 13 values depicting maps of the various islands in the group and locally relevant subjects and vistas such as Espiritu Santo Island and cattle, Shepherd Island and canoe with sail, Torres Islands and fishing with bow and arrow etc. The same designs were issued inscribed in French. A new definitive series of 14 values depicting local orchids was issued in 1982. Between 1980 and 2010 Vanuatu issued some 720 stamps.

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