Key: 1860  
Country:
Group: British
Volume: 14
Issued: 1411 Stamps / end of 1999
  
  
 

Information
Area - 234 sq.km; Population - 20,600; Capital - Avarua
A Self Governing group of 15 islands located in the south Pacific ocean,
northeast of New Zealand, named so in honor of the great British navigator and
explorer of the 18th Century, Captain James Cook. Its economy is based on
exporting of copra, canned fruits, citrus, mother-of-pearl shells, etc.
A British protectorate since 1888 and since 1901 under NEW ZEALAND
administration. In 1965 gained full internal self government. A member in the
British Commonwealth under New Zealand who still handles its foreign affairs.
RAROTONGA, its main island, issued separate stamps until 1931 which were valid
for entire territory of Cook Islands. The islands of AITUTAKI and PENRHYN ISLAND, also
belonging to the Cook Islands, have separate issues, while the island of NIUE
belongs geographically, but administrated separately.
First stamps issued in 1892. Indirect UPU membership from October 1st 1891 under
Australia, direct since October 1st, 1907 as New Zealand. Annual output
about 20.
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Inscriptions
COOK ISLANDS FEDERATION
COOK ISLANDS
COOK ISLANDS overprinted on stamps of New Zealand
COOK IS'DS. overprinted on stamps of New Zealand

Index
COOK ISLANDS
      British Protectorate -1901
      New Zealand Territory 1901-1965
      Self Government 1965-
      Official Stamps
 
Currency
12 Pence = 1 Shilling
20 Shillings = 1 Pound
100 Cents = 1 Dollar (1967)
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Related Countries

NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand

RAROTONGA
Rarotonga

AITUTAKI
Aitutaki

PENRHYN ISLAND
Penrhyn Island

NIUE
Niue