TIL that two-thirds of the Pitcairn Island’s revenue came from stamps in the 1970s. A decrease in sales meant the islands became bankrupt in 2004.

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postage_stamps_and_postal_history_of_the_Pitcairn_Islands

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  1. A lot of small countries issue stamps and commemorative currency as a direct way to increase revenue for the government. Benin and Congo have issued Clint Eastwood stamps. And Somalia issued coins in the silhouette of a Ferrari and a moose.

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