The 50th Anniversary of Ryukyu Stamps

R253: the first
definitive stamp
R254: Philatelic Week
issue in 1972
IssueThe 50th Anniversary of Ryukyu Stamps
Date of Issue23 July 1998 (Heisei 10)
Denomination80 yen x 2
Quantity3,000,000 se-tenant pairs
DesignsR253: The first definitive
stamp, "Sotetsu"
R254: Philatelic Week,
"Yushibin", the last stamp
Image Area22.5 x 33.0 mm, vertical
PrintingPhotogravure in 5 colours
Sheet20 stamps (4 x 5)
Designers of
Original Stamps
Higa Shutarou
Arakaki Yoshinori
Sold atPost offices in Okinawa and the post offices
(1) & (2) on the menu page
First Day of
Issue Postmark
Naha Central Post Office

Japanese Stamp Specialized Catalog & SAKURA Catalog numbers are adopted.

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(Small Notes for the Issue)

There were 259 Ryukyu stamps (228 definitive and comemorative, 30 airmail and 1 express ones) issued between 1 July 1948 and 20 April 1972, under the US Administration. The stamps depict the first (R253) and the last (R254) Ryukyu stamps.