Take a look at the four shells that are found around Niue's tropical shores with this stamp issue.
The shells depicted are the map cowrie (Leporicypraea mappa), geography cone (Gastridium geographus), partridge tun (Tonna perdix) and tiger cowrie (Cypraea tigris).
The intricate illustrations were created by John Henry Tagaloailuga in Niue in 1990. They are based on shells collected by his father, Herman Tagaloailuga, between 1979 and 1985 from Niue's Hikutavaki Reef.
|Date of issue:||11 April 2012|
|Number of stamps:||Set of four gummed stamps|
|Denominations:||$1.20, $1.40, $1.70 and $2.00|
|Stamps, miniature sheet and first day covers designed by:||Stamps and Collectables Business, New Zealand Post, Wellington, New Zealand|
|Period of sale:||Unless stocks are exhausted earlier, these stamps will remain on sale until close of business 10 April 2013|