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Tonga issued a large number of stamps in the early years with turtle watermarks on the back of the stamp. The Scott numbers are:
38-52, 54-62, 63-69, 70-81, 100-126, 134-135, 146-151, 158-174, 182-202, 210-221, 237, 269-273, C16-C21, C34-C39, C47-C57, C87-C91, CO1-CO6, CO9-CO20, CO27-CO43
 


 SC  317
 

5s           30 Mar 73            Geochelone radiata         Turtles appear on two Tongan coins shown on stamp.
 


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 7s           30 Mar 73            Geochelone radiata         Turtles appear on two Tongan coins shown on stamp.
 


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 10s         30 Mar 73            Geochelone radiata         Turtles appear on two Tongan coins shown on stamp.
 


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 20s         30 Mar 73            Geochelone radiata         Turtles appear on two Tongan coins shown on stamp.
 


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 30s         30 Mar 73            Geochelone radiata         Turtles appear on two Tongan coins shown on stamp.
 


 SC  397


 10s         04 Jul 77              Geochelone radiata         Turtle appears on a Tongan coin shown on the stamp.
 


 SC  398


 15s         04 Jul 77              Geochelone radiata         Turtle appears on a Tongan coin shown on the stamp.
 


 SC  399


 25s         04 Jul 77              Geochelone radiata         Turtle appears on a Tongan coin shown on the stamp.
 


 SC  400


 50s         04 Jul 77              Geochelone radiata         Turtle appears on a Tongan coin shown on the stamp.
 


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 75s         04 Jul 77              Geochelone radiata         Turtle appears on a Tongan coin shown on the stamp.
 


 SC  446


 25s         15 Dec 78            Chelonia mydas                Stamp is self-adhesive.        
 
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 32s         27 Aug 86            Stylized Turtle Design                     Gutter pairs of this stamp have a faint, white-on-white design of stylized turtles in the background of the stamps and the gutter. Stamp-on-stamp design depicting Scott Tonga #1. Issued for the centenary of the first Tonga postage stamps.
 
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 42s         27 Aug 86            Stylized Turtle Design                     Gutter pairs of this stamp have a faint, white-on-white design of stylized turtles in the background of the stamps and the gutter. Stamp-on-stamp design depicting Scott Tonga #47a. Issued for the centenary of the first Tonga postage stamps.
 
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 57s         27 Aug 86            Stylized Turtle Design                     Gutter pairs of this stamp have a faint, white-on-white design of stylized turtles in the background of the stamps and the gutter. Stamp-on-stamp design depicting Scott Tonga #91. Issued for the centenary of the first Tonga postage stamps.
 
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 SC  638
 2.50pa                  27 Aug 86            Stylized Turtle Design                     Gutter pairs of this stamp have a faint, white-on-white design of stylized turtles in the background of the stamps and the gutter. Stamp-on-stamp design depicting Scott Tonga #628. Issued for the centenary of the first Tonga postage stamps.
 

SC  639

50c         27 Aug 86            Stylized Turtle                    Sheet of eight stamps. The background of the sheet is a white-on-white design depicting numerous turtles. No turtles on stamps.
 

 SC  705

 1pa        02 Mar 89            Chelonia mydas                See also Tonga Scott 880.
 


 SC  774


 3pa        02 Jul 91              Stylized Sea Turtle            Dorsal view of stylized sea turtle w/ beach, sea and sun in background. Inscribed "HEILALA WEEK" in upper right corner.
 


 SC  775


 1pa        02 Jul 91              Stylized Sea Turtles          Sheet of five stamps plus one label w/ two stylized sea turtles in margin. No turtles on stamps.
 

 SC  787

 32s         11 Nov 91            Stylized Sea Turtles          Santa's sleigh being pulled through the air by two sea turtles.
 

 SC  788

 42s         11 Nov 91            Stylized Sea Turtles          Santa on roof w/ sleigh and two sea turtles.
 

 SC  790

 3.50pa                  11 Nov 91            Stylized Sea Turtles          Santa's sleigh being pulled through the air by two sea turtles.
 


 SC  880
 1pa        21 Sep 94           Chelonia mydas                Similar to Tonga Scott 705. The differences are: (1) "1994" appears in the lower right corner of this stamp, (2) The word "Tonga" is written in much larger, bolder letters on this stamp, (3) The denom is in the lower right on this stamp and in the top center of #705, (4) The words "Chelonia mydas" appear on this stamp and not on #705. The pictures on both stamps are identical. Both this stamp & Tonga Scott 705 exist in sheets of 20 stamps w/ five progressives down the center of the sheet.
 

 SC  920
 1pa        31 May 96           Chelonia mydas                Identical to Scott Tonga 880 except that the words "Chelonia mydas" appear in the upper left corner of this stamp and "1996" appears at the bottom. See also Tonga Scott 705, 880, & O 83. This stamp (920) also exists as a vert. strip of five attached to a vert. strip of five progressives & as a sheet of twenty w/ five progressives down the middle.
 
 
SC  1017
2.50pa                  19 Mar 99            Unidentified Turtle           Depicts Capt. James Cook, his ship and men holding a turtle. From four-value Explorers set. Turtle could be a sea turtle or the famous radiated tortoise that Capt. Cook is known to have given to the King of Tonga in 1777.
 
 
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 2.50pa                  19 Mar 99            Unidentified Turtle           S/S w/ stamp of same design as Scott Tonga 1017. Turtle could be a sea turtle or the famous radiated tortoise that Capt. Cook is known to have given to the King of Tonga in 1777.
 

 SC  1120
10s         2004      Stylized Sea Turtles          Scott Tonga #787 revalued for postal use (10s on 32s). Original denom. crossed out w/ "XX". Black "10s" o/p'd near bottom margin.
 
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10s         2004      Stylized Sea Turtles          Scott Tonga #788 revalued for postal use (10s on 42s). Original denom of 42s crossed out with a small "XX" and a small black "10s" o/p'd near bottom margin.
 
 
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 10s         2004      Stylized Sea Turtles          Scott Tonga #788 revalued for postal use (10s on 42s). Original denom of 42s crossed out with a large "XX" and a large black "10s" o/p'd near bottom margin.
 
 
SC  1197
 $4  21 Feb 13   Eretmochelys Imbricata      Strip of four stamps containing photos of captive hawksbill turtles taken at the National Cultural Center at Nuku'alofa where they are kept in a natural habitat.
   SC  1198  $5  21 Feb 13   Eretmochelys Imbricata      Strip of four stamps containing photos of captive hawksbill turtles taken at the National Cultural Center at Nuku'alofa where they are kept in a natural habitat.
 
 

SC  1199
 

$4  21 Feb 13   Eretmochelys Imbricata      S/S containing four stamps with the same photos as the strip. Large Green turtle in the selvedge.
   SC  1200  $5  21 Feb 13   Eretmochelys Imbricata      S/S containing four stamps with the same photos as the strip. Large Green turtle in the selvedge.
 
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$2  23 Nov 15 Astrochelys radiata  From Queen Elizabeth II Longest Reigning British Monarch block of 4. Radiated tortoise given by Captain Cook to the Tonga royal family.
 
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Various  31 Aug 17  Stylized sea turtle  Set of 4 Peace Corps stamps
 
 

SC  C  251


 31s         15 Dec 78            Chelonia mydas                Stamp is self-adhesive.
 
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 SC  O  83
 1pa        31 May 96           Chelonia mydas                Identical to Tonga Scott 920 except denom. appears in upper right corner of this stamp and the words "OFFICIAL POSTAGE & REVENUE" appear in the lower right corner. See also Tonga Scott 705, 880, and 920. Stamp also exists as a sheet of twenty w/ a strip of five progressives down the middle.
 
 

SC  CO  152


 1.10pa                  15 Dec 78            Chelonia mydas                Stamp is self-adhesive.
 
 BA  SD  70
 10c         1998      Cartoon Sea Turtles         This is a revenue stamp. It is Tonga Scott #787 (the 1991 Christmas stamp) w/ an indistinct, gray o/p that says "Stamp Duty" plus a distinct "10c" o/p covering the original denom. of 32s. The "SD" prefix to the Barefoot number stands for Stamp Duty.
 
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3pa        1991      Stylized Sea Turtle            Scott Tonga #774 o/p'd in silver: "Tonga Welcomes the Round the World Yacht Race 1991. O.H.M.S." Stamp may not have been issued. O.H.M.S stands for "On Her Majesty's Service" and indicates that this was intended to be an official stamp (e.g. - the type of stamp listed w/ an "O" prefix to the Scott catalog number).
 
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 3pa        1991      Stylized Sea Turtle            Scott Tonga #774 o/p'd in gold: "Tonga Welcomes the Round the World Yacht Race 1991. O.H.M.S." Stamp may not have been issued. O.H.M.S stands for "On Her Majesty's Service" and indicates that this was intended to be an official stamp (e.g. - the type of stamp listed w/ an "O" prefix to the Scott catalog number).