Guam: The Island
In the modern period the United States has issued three stamps highlighting the beauty of Guam. Hagatna Bay, portrayed in the 2007 stamp, illustrates the serene beauty and landscape that defines Guam.
Well known for its many coral reefs, the rich marine life of Guam was celebrated in 2004 with the issuance of the Pacific Coral Reef stamps depicting the coral reefs of Guam. The island boasts approximately 250 coral species and 6,000 marine species, including the black-spotted puffer, threadfin butterfly fish and staghorn coral shown in the 37-cent stamp featured here.
Guam was again featured on a stamp in 2008 as part of the Flags of Our Nations series.
Guam: Stamps and Postal System
Another territory of the United States, Guam, is located in the north Pacific Ocean. From the 16th to 19th century, Guam was as an important Spanish port, serving as a mid-point between the Philippines and Mexico. As a result of the Spanish-American war, Spain ceded Guam to the United States on December 10, 1898, where it was later used by the U.S. Navy as a supply depot, coaling station and aviation base. The presence of the U.S. Navy created a demand for postage stamps.
Since Guam was controlled by the U.S. Navy, Guam’s postal system was also under the United State’s jurisdiction. Thus, regular issue U.S. postage stamps overprinted with the word “GUAM” were introduced. Shown here is an example of the eleven stamps issued.
Today, as a trust territory of the United States, Guam uses regular issue U.S. postage stamps.