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Old Nov 2 2005, 09:40 PM   #1
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In 1996, Sierra Leone issued a stamp honoring The Dolphins of Pern as part of their "Fantasies of the Sea" series of stamps. The stamp cost 1500 Le (which currently converts to US$ 0.64).

As best I can determine from online searches, this is the only stamp honoring Anne McCaffrey and/or any of her works, making it a rather unique collectible. Unfortunately they've also managed to spell her name incorrectly as Ann McCaffrey...

A number of online boutique stamp stores sell this stamp, for a fairly standard price of $4.95 (though I found one site listing it for $3.50). Find a store.
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Old Nov 3 2005, 02:26 AM   #2
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About that "Fantasies of the Seas" thing...

Is the stamp one of a series? Or rather a unique specimen?
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Old Nov 3 2005, 05:50 AM   #3
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Now that is really interesting, I wonder if Anne knows about it.
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Old Nov 3 2005, 07:19 AM   #4
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"The Fantasies of the Sea" is an extensive stamp series from Sierra Leone, consisting of at least 40 stamps. Some of the other stamps in the series are inspired by works of fiction, while others are based on traditional myths and legends such as mermaids and the Greek god Poseidon. They even include The Flying Dutchman.

See them all.
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Old Nov 4 2005, 06:11 PM   #5
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ooooooo.

Guess I know what I want for Christmas this year.
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A card? with a stamp of course
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Old Jun 24 2008, 10:01 AM   #7
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Update:

There's also an unperforated version of this stamp.
Currently offered on the internet for $75 (from France) and I have seen one on eBay not too long ago (early 2008) for around $50 (from a seller in Lebanon).

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The regular stamps are still offered through severals shops for $4.95.
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Old Jun 24 2008, 11:42 PM   #8
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Hans, do you have a link to those shops? I've looked and can't find one for sale.
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Here's the French shop with the whole series, scroll down for Dolphins, nr. 4019, the unperforated one:
http://www.stampsbythemes.com/k37/c37-115.htm

And here's what I think a US shop, with the regular stamp:
http://store.coolstamps.com/endeavor/product/14264.html


When you search be sure to have "dolphins of pern" and "seirra leone" as keywords, not mccaffrey.
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Old Jun 25 2008, 09:38 AM   #10
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Thanks Hans! I've got one ordered.
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Han that is a very nice stamp and image. I well look into it later.
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