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Duck stamp collectors have little time left to make their purchases. On Friday, state officials will shred the current S.C. Duck Stamp and signed, numbered prints of the 1992-93 duck stamp.
The current 1993-94 stamp features Charleston's Morris Island Lighthouse and lesser scaup in flight, painted by Rock Hill artist Bob Bolin.
The previous year's stamp depicts Harbour Town Lighthouse on Hilton Head Island and buffleheads by Michigan artist Russell Cobane.
Each year, the S.C. Wildlife and Marine Resources Department shreds unsold duck stamps and prints.
Note: The SCWMRD is now called the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.
UPDATE: 16,986 "Hunter" (Serial # on face) version and 10,647 "Collector" (No serial # on face) version 1993-94 S.C. Duck Stamps featuring Morris Island Lighthouse were sold at $5.50, raising $143,488.50 for waterfowl conservation projects in the state of South Carolina. Since 1981, S.C. Duck Stamps alone (no print funds) have now raised over $3 Million at no cost to state taxpayers.
Here is the address to order the 1999-2000 S.C. Duck Stamps (Collector Version) at $5.50 Each OR $22.00 for a "Corner Block" of FOUR connected stamps (Ask for Upper Left!) OR $165.00 for a full sheet of THIRTY connected stamps with all borders.
NOTE: The shredding date (Postmark deadline) for these stamps is April 1, 2000!
License Division S.C. Dept. of Natural Resources Post Office Box 1179 Columbia, SC 29211 (Personal checks OK!)
NOTES: Over the years, these stamps have proven to be a good investment. Some have proven to be collector prizes! For example, a 1982-83 "First Hunter Version" S.C. Duck Stamp (Only $5.50 at issue price) has been appraised as high as $650.00 - an investment return of 11,718%!
The 1999-2000 S.C. Duck Stamp Contest Winner was Artist Denise D. Nelson of Wesley Chapel, Florida. Artist Nelson's winning design is entitled "Goldeneyes at Charleston Lighthouse". It features a Goldeneye drake and hen resting on 2 rocks on the Atlantic ocean, with the beach, sand dunes, seat oats, a blue sky and Charleston Lighthouse (Sullivan's Island) standing tall in the background.
It is a fitting tribute that the "Grand Finale" design is both so beautiful and ends the eight year S.C. Lighthouse Series of State Duck Stamps and Prints with what is still the only "working" lighthouse in the United States with an elevator. It went into commission in 1962, at which time Morris Island Lighthouse was turned off and has been dark ever since.
Whether the light will be, could be or should be turned back on is a subject of debate. But, of course, the U.S. Coast Guard and the South Carolina Ports Authority (among others) would have to give it their "blessing". One possible solution is a reduced intensity light that would not cause any confusion with the still vital Charleston (Sullivan's Island) Lighthouse, on the other side of the entrance to Charleston harbor. Together, they have been called the "End Zone Goalposts" for Around Alone, the SOLO Around the World sailing race which begins and ends in Charleston.
Save The Light Inc. seeks the advice of other non-profit lighthouse organizations who have managed to successfully re-light their old lighthouse. We also want to hear from the general public at large. We hope to offer a new online poll for the "Re-Light it or Not?" issue SOON!