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Republic of Palau and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

In 1994, Palau voted to join the Compact of Free Association, and similar to the FSM and Marshall Islands, the United States and Palau’s postal systems worked together to issue joint stamps in celebration of Palau’s first year of independence. This stamp illustrates Palau’s rich marine life that draws many tourists and explorers to its island every year.

Now a commonwealth territory of the United States, the Northern Mariana Islands are protected by the U.S., and its inhabitants hold U.S. citizenship. As such, the United States Postal Service issued a stamp in 1993 in tribute to the commonwealth’s fourteen islands. This stamp depicts latte stones, a common feature found on the Islands. The ancient stones were created by the indigenous Chamorro people as building supports.

32c Republic of Palau single

The Republic of Palau stamp was issued on September 29, 1995.

29c Northern Mariana Islands single

The Northern Mariana Islands stamp was issued on November 4, 1993.