(CMR) The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park that showcases the fauna and flora of the Cayman Islands is featured on the Postal Service's only stamp issue for 2020.
The Postal Service generally puts out between three and six new stamp issues annually; however, this year, this national treasure makes up the only issue.
The Queen Elizabeth II Botanic Park's beautiful scenery, wildlife, and historic buildings make up the unique 12-stamp “definitive” issue.
Definitive stamp issues, as opposed to commemorative issues highlighting events, are periodically issued by the Postal Service and, as such, are rarer issues.
This unique stamp issue extends the denominations of the stamps, with stamps valued at 25¢, 50¢, 75¢, $1.00, $1.50, $1.60, $2, $4, $5, $10, and $20.
Additionally, there are three First Day Covers valued at $12.60, $14.90 and $22.30, as well as a $2 Souvenir Sheet.
The Postal Service said the full issue prominently features the diversity that abounds in the park and provides in the accompanying leaflet a rich source of information about the park, its history, its distinct features, and its importance to the Cayman Islands.
Acting Postmaster General, Lloyd McField, said with the COVID-19 pandemic, there were very few significant celebratory national events that could be planned to allow for commemorative stamp issues to be done. He added,
“Therefore, we are glad we could plan and execute a definitive stamp issue around one of our greatest national treasures – the QEII Botanic Park. We are also particularly pleased to be drawing attention to, and reminding our people, about this local attraction that literally grows in beauty, depth and attractiveness each year.”
The new stamps can be purchased at all post offices in the Cayman Islands that sell postal stamps as well as the Philatelic section located in the Seven Mile Post Office.