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Halley's Comet Covers:
Launch, Flybys and Events, and
Pictorial Cancels, First Day Covers, Etc.
(Examined by spacecraft from various countries)

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General Notes

  • All items are covers unless otherwise noted.
  • All covers are the standard U.S. #6 size (approximately 6 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches), as collected in the USA, unless otherwise noted.
  • Foreign covers may be slightly smaller in size than the standard U.S. #6 size and if so, their size will NOT be noted. Any cover larger than a number 6 size will be noted or any item of an unordinary size will be so noted.
  • All covers are unaddressed unless otherwise noted.
  • All covers are cacheted unless otherwise noted. A brief description of the cachet is given of the event being commemorated.
  • If covers are autographed they are genuine, unless otherwise noted.
  • Where stamp(s) used on the item are of significance, such as being a space stamp or a flag stamp or related to the event or location, it will be described. Otherwise the stamp(s) used on the item may be a definitive issue or an unrelated commemorative issue, and will not be described.
  • Items listed here may not be listed in any particular order.
  • Please print out the ON-LINE ORDER FORM and use it to mark down the covers you need. When ordering, please mark the LIST ID as well as ITEM ID.

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Price List

LIST IDITEM IDPRICECANCEL DATECANCEL LOC
HALLEY010200A$5.0003/09/1986F
VEGA TWO USSR SPACECRAFT FLY-BY OF HALLEY'S COMET, with Kourou Guiana hand cancel. SPACE VOYAGE two color printed cachet for event shows the spacecraft and Halley's Comet with text "Approach within 6,000 miles..., U.S.A. Dust Collector Aboard".. Plus additional official pictorial Kourou Tracking Station antenna rubber stamp cachet. (Kourou is a French tracking station for the Vega spacecrafts).

HALLEY010300$5.0007/02/1985F
GIOTTO/ESA (EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY), THE HALLEY'S COMET SPACECRAFT LAUNCH, with pictorial hand cancel in BLACK (shows rocket launch and tracking antenna) from Kourou, French Guiana where the launch occured. SPACE VOYAGE two color printed cachet for event shows the spacecraft and Halley's Comet with text "To fly within 300 miles of Halley's Comet. March 13, 1986". With small printed address.

HALLEY010610$3.5003/13/1986F
GIOTTO SPACECRAFT FLY-BY OF HALLEY'S COMET , with Frankfurt West Germany hand cancel on 80 pf stamp (Scott #1456) depicting Giotto and Halley's Comet. With a blue printed cachet (unidentified) of a large tracking antenna. Typed address. (Note: there is no text on this cover noting this is a Halley's Comet flyby). IMAGE

HALLEY010616$5.0003/14/1986F
GIOTTO SPACECRAFT FLY-BY OF HALLEY'S COMET, with pictorial hand cancel, showing tracking antenna and stars with text: "Gateway to the Stars.", from Parks Australia, on 33 cent AUSSAT space satellite stamp. SPACE VOYAGE two color printed cachet for event with text "From Australia (Parkes) to Darmstadt Control by ECS satellite, Fly-by within 335 miles of comet core at 157,000 MPH, measures comet's heat and analyzes its chemical composition.......Closest encounter from Mar. 13, 10 PM to March 14, 1 AM GMT ". IMAGE

HALLEY010800A$5.0001/08/1985F
"SAKIGAKE" (means PIONEER), THE JAPANESE 1st HALLEY'S COMET SPACECRAFT LAUNCH, with pictorial hand cancel in RED (shows rocket launch) from Uchinoura Japan where the launch occured. SPACE VOYAGE two color printed cachet for event shows the spacecraft and Halley's Comet. Also shows the Usuda Space Center Antenna, Japans Deep Space Network Tracking station. IMAGE

HALLEY011002$2.0003/10/1986 
PICTORIAL CANCEL FOR HALLEY'S COMET, with PHG. Conf. Station Atlantic City NJ pictorial hand cancel shows Earth, Moon, stars and comet titled "Halley's Comet, 1986" on 22 cent Flag stamp, with FMF printed all purpose space cachet. (Cancel was for the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy in Atlantic City NJ, March 10-14, 1986, cover cancelled during the flyby of the comet by the Giotto spacecraft). IMAGE

HALLEY011005$2.0002/22/1986 
PICTORIAL CANCEL FOR HALLEY'S COMET, with ALAPEX Station Birmingham AL pictorial hand cancel shows a comet and titled "Halley's Comet, 1986" on 22 cent Flag stamp, with FMF printed all purpose space cachet. (Cancel was for a stamp show). IMAGE

HALLEY011010$2.0002/28/1986 
PICTORIAL CANCEL FOR HALLEY'S COMET, with Civic Center Sta. Phoenix AZ stylized pictorial hand cancel shows a comet tail and titled "A sight to see, a wonder to behold, 20th century return, Halley's Comet" on 22 cent Flag stamp, with FMF printed all purpose space cachet. IMAGE

HALLEY011670$3.0002/14/1986F
HUNGARY: "SUISEI" SPACECRAFT/HALLEY'S COMET FIRST DAY COVER, Scott #2974, a 2 Fo single stamp issued for the Japanese spacecraft Suisei and Halley's Comet, with pictorial (first day of issue) hand cancel showing stylized comet and globe, from Budapest Hungary, 02/14/1986. With official first day cover printed cachet, in blue showing the Space Shuttle and titled "Halley-1986". With additional Budapest FD cancel and red cachet for the Opening of the Hungary Stamp Agency in North America, March 17, 1986. Cover size 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches. IMAGE

HALLEY011671$3.0002/14/1986F
HUNGARY HALLEY'S COMET FIRST DAY COVER, Scott #2973, a 2fo single stamp showing the USSR VEGA spacecraft to study Halley's Comet and detail from the Bayeaux tapestry, with pictorial Halley-Ustokos hand cancel from Budapest, 02/14/1986. With official first day Budapest hand cancel and a blue printed cachet showing the Space Shuttle and Halley's Comet, titled: "Halley-Ustokos, 1986". There is also a red oval cachet for the Opening of the Hungary Stamp Agency in North America. Cover size 6 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches. IMAGE

HALLEY011680$4.0005/06/1991F
REPUBLIC OF CYPRUS: EUROPE IN SPACE/HALLEY'S COMET FIRST DAY COVER, Scott #779, a 7c stamp showing spacecraft Ulysses near planet Jupiter and a 18c stamp, Scott #780, showing spacecraft Giotto near Halley's comet, with pictorial (first day of issue) hand cancel, from Kibris Cyprus, 05/06/1991. With official first day cover printed cachet, in 2 colors, showing spacecraft Giotto flying over a map of Europe. and titled "Europa 91". Cover size 7 x 3 3/4 inches.

HALLEY011700$4.0002/18/1986F
GREAT BRITAIN: EDMOND HALLEY/HALLEY'S COMET FIRST DAY COVER, Scott #1133, a gutter pair of 17p stamps showing a drawing of Halley's comet (looks like a strange bird with feathers!) and titled: "Dr. Edmond Halley 1656-1742", with pictorial first day of issue hand cancel of the Giotto space probe, from British Philatelic Bureau-Edinburgh, 02/18/1986. With a multicolor FLEETWOOD first day printed cachet, showing Edmond Halley, Halley's Comet and an ancient telescope instrument. Backside of cover has descriptive printed text about the cachet and stamps on this cover. Cover size 7 1/2 x 4 inches.

HALLEY011705$4.0002/18/1986F
GREAT BRITAIN: GIOTTO SPACE PROBE/HALLEY'S COMET FIRST DAY COVER, Scott #1134, a gutter pair of 22p stamps showing Halley's comet and the Giotto space probe, with pictorial first day of issue hand cancel of the Giotto space probe, from British Philatelic Bureau- Edinburgh, 02/18/1986. With a multicolor FLEETWOOD first day printed cachet, showing the Giotto space probe, Halley's Comet and some ancient telescope instruments. Backside of cover has descriptive printed text about the cachet and stamps on this cover. Cover size 7 1/2 x 4 inches.

HALLEY011710$4.0002/18/1986F
GREAT BRITAIN: MARK TWAIN/HALLEY'S COMET FIRST DAY COVER, Scott #1135, a gutter pair of 31p stamps showing two Halley's comets and titled: "Maybe twice in a lifetime", with pictorial first day of issue hand cancel of the Giotto space probe, from British Philatelic Bureau-Edinburgh, 02/18/1986. With a multicolor FLEETWOOD first day printed cachet, showing Mark Twain, Halley's comet entering the solar system and a graphometer: a 17th century astronomical instrument. Backside of cover has descriptive printed text about the cachet and stamps on this cover. (American writer Mark Twain is one of few people to have the comet come twice in his lifetime) Cover size 7 1/2 x 4 inches.

HALLEY011720$4.0005/16/1986F
FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA: HALLEY'S COMET FIRST DAY COVER, Scott #46, and C19-C20, the 44 cent stamp (#C19) shows Halley's comet amongst the stars, with small inset of the Halley's Comet Official emblem, (the other two stamps in this set are for the 40th anniversary of the return of Nauruans from Truk and the International Year of Peace). With pictorial first day of issue hand cancel from Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia, 05/16/1986. With official first day cover printed cachet, in 2 colors, for 1986 Events (Cachet is not space related).

HALLEY011750A$4.0008/23/1977F
ST. HELENA: HALLEY'S COMET FIRST DAY COVER,Scott #314-315 (Short set), 5p stamp showing Halley's comet from the Bayeux Tapestry; 8p stamp shows man using 17th century sextant. With a first day of issue hand cancel from St. Helena, Aug. 23, 1977. With a two color printed cachet, showing St. Helena Island and location of Halley's observatory, and printed text: "Tercentenary of Halley's visit to St. Helena, Official First Day Cover". Cover size 8-1/2"x4-1/4". IMAGE

DB: stats: tusd(72,16,56,0)

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