Each year the St Helena Post Office releases a set of four stamps for use on overseas Christmas Mail.

This year the theme is “Island Crafts” and the stamps were released on 28 September 1998. Copper lanterns with glowing red candles and wood turned bowls filled with candy and nuts, are cleverly illustrated to capture the festive spirit. Traditional gifts of inlaid woodwork, lace, hessian and seedwork handicrafts are alos depicted i great detail.

Mint sets at£1.50 and Official First Day Covers at £1.90 wil be on sale for a period of 15 months provided stocks last.