International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Solomon Islands

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Solomon Islands[edit | edit source]

  • The earliest used stamp seen is dated 1967. The country was a British protectorate until it achieved independence in 1978.
  • All stamps seen except Type A3A, were used on government official mail whether or not the town mark contains “O.H.M.S.” (On Her Majesty’s Service).
  • The stamps are grouped by political inscription:
A – British protectorate period, stamps inscribed “BRITISH SOLOMON ISLANDS”
B – Post independence, stamps inscribed “SOLOMON ISLANDS”

GROUP A: Issues during British protectorate period[edit | edit source]

  • Franks inscribed “BRITISH SOLOMON ISLANDS”

Solomon Islands stamp type A1A.jpg
Solomon Islands stamp type A1B1.jpg
Solomon Islands stamp type A1B2.jpg

A1. Pitney Bowes “Automax” (MV), 1967.

Upright frank with simulated perforation border.
“POSTAGE” and “PAID” in side panels, and crown over small “EIIR” at bottom.
M# “P.B. 1” only.
A. TM: DC (HONIARA/ B.S.I.P.) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$60]
B. TM: SC (both “O.H.M.S./ GIZO BSIP” and “O.H.M.S./ AUKI BSIP” known) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$30]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg = 0.oo


  • A proof or essay with £sd value figures (=/00/00) is known from 1962.
  • Examples of the two single-circle stamps (A1B) have overlapping dates. This could mean that the machine was moved around, a second meter was assigned the same number, or the dates were applied incorrectly.

Solomon Islands stamp type A2A.jpg
Solomon Islands stamp type A2B.jpg

A2. Satas “Baby” (MV), 1970. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

As Type A1 but smaller and squarer.
M# with “SA” prefix. M#s SA3 and SA4 seen
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.00

Solomon Islands stamp type A3A.jpg
Solomon Islands stamp type A3B.jpg

A3. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” series (MV), 1972. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]

Horizontal frank without complete outer frame line.
Crown over “EIIR” between TM and value box.
M# with “P.B.” prefix at bottom center.
M#s 3461D and 5909D seen.
A. M# 3461D with TM “HONIARA/ B.S.I.P.” (Commonwealth Banking Corp.)
B. M# 5909D with TM “O.H.M.S./ HONIARA S.I.”
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg0.00

GROUP B: Post-independence stamps[edit | edit source]

  • Frank inscribed “SOLOMON ISLANDS” (without "BRITISH")

Solomon Islands stamp type B1.jpg

B1. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” series (MV), 1978. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]

As Type A3 but with “BRITISH” excised at top.
Crown and “EIIR” remain.
M# “P.B. 21444D” seen.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg 0.00

NOTE: The most recent meter stamp reported from the Solomon Islands is dated 1984. It is probable more recent designs exist.