Tristan da Cunha issued in 2021 four stamps for the 50th Anniversary of the decimalization, the 50p shows us a not identified sailing ship, of which I have not any information or details. By the stamp is given by the Tristan da Cunha Post Office:
The aim of Tristan’s original settlers in the 1810s was to make money by sealing and supplying passing vessels with fresh water and provisions. This trade involved some barter and whatever currencies ships’ captains had to hand – mainly British pounds and US dollars.
Trade thrived while southbound American whalers and eastbound British sailing clippers called at the island, but once the whaling grounds were fished out and steamers could take a shortcut through the Suez Canal the business failed. Although some cash changed hands, barter became the main form of commerce, and imported goods were often in short supply.
There was virtually no money on the island by the end of the 19th century. Tristan became reliant in the early 20th century on supplies and materials sent by well-wishers, including Douglas & Sir Irving Gane’s Tristan da Cunha Fund. The current ‘governor’ or SPG missionary ensured that donations were distributed fairly.
Tristanians had no use for money among themselves. Each family was expected to grow, rear, fish, and hunt for its own food. If they did not or could not, no one would be allowed to starve, but food could not be bought and would not be sold. Whenever labor was required, for instance for building or thatching, the beneficiary simply provided the gang with three meals during the workday, which still happens.
Tristan da Cunha 2021 50p sg?, Scott?
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