Friday, 23 February 2018

1181. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Mozambique 2012 - 2017.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฟ We always suspected that they were out there somewhere and now they have come to the surface. What? you ask. Answer:- REAL postage stamps from Correios Moรงambique, the postal service of Mozambique.
  For 10 years Stamperija has been pouring out literally thousands of paraphilatelic items with the permission of the Mozambique postal authorities but there has been no real evidence of these 'stamps' actually having been made available to ordinary post offices for use as postage stamps on genuine mail by the post-sending public of Mozambique.
  Now an auction site dealer is offering for sale a number of items which have clearly been produced by Correios Mocambique for postal usage but of which I certainly have not been aware previously.
  The first, shown above, has been reported in this Blog previously but only in a used state on cover. Furthermore, the item which I possess has a completely different shade - much pinker - than the item being offered for sale. The stamp commemorates the Lubrapex Philatelic exhibition of 2012 and is part of a series issued by Lusophone territories for the event on the subject of writers in the Portuguese language. Rating:- ****.
  Next there is another single stamp issue from 2013 which commemorates the World Vision organisation and the dates on it (1983 - 2013) suggest to me that the issue commemorates the 30th anniversary of the organisation's work in Mozambique. As with all of these issues the art used in the design is rather naive and the printing is local and not of the highest quality but the stamp is interesting and attractive. Rating:- *****.

  A single stamp of 2015 is part of a Lusophone omnibus which commemorates the 25th anniversary of the International Association of Portuguese Speakers. Stamps from from other Lusophone countries which participated in this omnibus, particularly Brazil and Portugal, are very familiar but this is the first time I have seen the Mozambique version being offered for sale. Rating:- *****.

  There is a second World Vision stamp which was released in 2017 on the subject of Ending of  violence against children. Not in itself a great design but a necessary addition to a modern Mozambique collection. Rating:- ****.

  Finally, the same dealer is selling another one of those difficult-to-find surcharges which were issued between 1998 and 2005. This is a 1998 issue with a surcharge applied of 3000MT and 3 horizontal stars. The value is inverted on this stamp which may explain why the asking price is £106.53p. 
  The price of all the above stamps is rather high but it is difficult to know the value of these stamps which have previously been unattainable and it all really depends on whether or not more come on to the market.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น And so from a postal administration which seems to have dropped Stamperija to one which allows that philatelic agency to issue enormous numbers of paraphilatelic items in its name every year. There are yet more items with the name of Sierra Leone printed on them and they take the usual form of 'sheetlets' each containing 4 different stamps with accompanying single stamp miniature sheets. The featured subjects this time are:- 80th anniversary of the death of Ataturk, 50th Birthday of King Philip VI of Spain, Fish, Lighthouses, Tortoises, High speed trains, 5th Year of Pope Francis' pontificate, 55th Birthday of Garry Kasparov, 205th anniversary of the birth of Giuseppe Verdi and 70th anniversary of the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. Rating:- 0.
  The stated 'date of issue' is 30 January 2018.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ญ On the latest price list of Bombay Stamps, an excellent dealer, are 4 stamps and 1 miniature sheet issued, I presume, by IGPC in the name of Ghana as its 2017 Christmas issue. I have not yet seen them listed on the IGPC website and have no idea if they actually got to be used on Christmas mail in Ghana. The designs, Christmas decorations, are tremendously unappealing and have no specific relevance to Ghana. Rating:- *.

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

1180. ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ณ Jewels Of The Bounty.

  ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ณ Bounty Post, the postal service of Pitcairn Islands, will issue a set of 4 stamps on 27 February 2018 which is titled 'Jewels of The Bounty'. The stamps depict fragments of the submerged Bounty which was sunk by the mutineers when they arrived at Pitcairn which have become altered by metallic changes and oxidation.
 This is an interesting issue and was designed by Denise Durkin and lithographed by Southern Colour Print and perforated 13.5. Rating:- ****.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Royal Mail will issue a set of 6 stamps, 1 miniature sheet, 1 counter booklet containing 4 x 1st Class definitives and 2 RAF stamps and 1 Prestige booklet sold for £18.69p plus a 'Limited edition' Prestige booklet sold for £45 on 20 March 2018. A second counter booklet will be issued on 11 May 2018. The subject of this multitude of philatelic products is the worthy commemoration of the Centenary of the Royal Air Force.
  The prestige booklet is made up of 5 panes - 3 containing 4 of the new stamps (2 x 1st and 2 x £1.40, 1 x 1st plus 1 x £1.40 plus 2 x £1.57, 4 x 'Red Arrows' stamps from the miniature sheet), 1 pane containing 4 x 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain stamps of 2015 and 1 pane containing 8 Machin Head stamps (3 x 2p, 3 x 5p and 2 x £1.17p stamps).
  This is an attractive issue about an important subject but oh dear, what a lot of philatelic products. Rating:- ***.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฎ The Royal Gibraltar Post Office will issue a new definitive set on 5 March 2018 which will feature the subject of local cannons. The set is made up of 12 stamps with a face value range of 10p to £3 and it was designed by Stephen Perera from the attractive illustrations of Leslie Gaduzo. The issue was lithographed by BPost Security Printers. This is an attractive and interesting definitive series. Rating:- *****.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฌ The Guernsey Post Post and Go stamps originally mentioned in Blog 1157 which were issued on St. Valentine's Day, 14 February, at Spring Stampex 2018 in London included the 'Guernsey Flag' stamp with an additional appropriate inscription and is now illustrated below:-

  Post and Go stamps were also sold from 14 February 2018 by the Royal Gibraltar Post Office with an additional St Valentine's Day/Spring Stampex 2018 inscription on the Freemasonry stamps. On the same day the Year of The Dog Post and Go stamps were also released. All of these are illustrated below:-


  ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Finally back to Limited editions, Guernsey Post and the Chinese New Year and what do you have?   .......  a Guernsey Post limited edition Chinese New Year miniature sheet produced in 99% pure gold foil and sold in an acrylic display case. Yours for a mere £95. Oh! By the way, only 200 have been produced. Rating:- 0.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

1179. ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡น New Issues From Trinidad and Tobago.

  In Blog 1141 I mentioned and depicted 10 of the surcharged stamps released by TT Post, the postal service of Trinidad And Tobago, during 2017. I now depict the remaining value, a $1 surcharge on a 2001 stamp which commemorates the Centenary of the Salvation Army in Trinidad And Tobago. This stamp is currently being offered for sale on E Bay by westindia-co. used on cover.
  The same seller is also offering for sale a new booklet of stamps from TT Post which is on the subject 'Creole Harvest'. The booklet contains 10 different $1 self-adhesive stamps and was designed by Eric Smith and Cassandra Joseph and Lantern Designs. The item is postmarked 22 February 2018 which I take to be the first day of issue. Rating:- ****.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India Post issued 2 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 17 February 2017 as a joint issue with Iran. The subject of the issue is Ports of the 2 countries and the stamps feature Shaid Beeshti Port in Chabahar and Deendayal Port in Chandra. Rating:- ***.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Stamperija's latest paraphilatelic products are labelled 'Sierra Leone', one of its client postal administrations, and these are in the usual form of 10 sheetlets containing 4 different 'stamps' with 10 accompanying single stamp miniature sheets. Among the subjects featured on these items are 'Pandas' (definitely not native to Sierra Leone and depicted despite the fact that Sierra Leone has a wealth of its own wild life which could have been featured instead), 150th Birth anniversary of Paul Harris (founder of Rotary), 45th death anniversary of Pablo Picasso, Fire engines, 205th Birth anniversary of David Livingstone, Special Transport, Cats, 155th Birth anniversary of Henry Ford, Mushrooms and Minerals. Rating:- 0.
  The date of issue is stated to be 31 January 2018.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Pos Malaysia issued a set of 6 definitive stamps and 1 imperforate miniature sheet on 13 February 2018 as part of its state definitive series, this time for Kelantan. We've seen these designs before but I like them. Rating:- ***.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

1178. ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia Post Commemorates The Commonwealth Games.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ There are numerous new issues due to be released by Australia Post in the next few weeks with subjects ranging from the trivial to the notable.
  It is not surprising that there will be an issue to commemorate the holding of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia. The single stamp will be issued on 20 March 2018 and was designed by Sonia Young and lithographed by RA Printing and perforated 14.5 x 14. Rating:- ***.
 A set of 4 gummed stamps and 4 self-adhesive stamps sold in 4 different $10 booklets (10 x $1 stamps) will be released on 6 March 2018 on the subject of 'Jam labels'. Presumably this trivial issue is an attempt to cash in on the nostalgia stamp market but I personally find it difficult to feel nostalgia for jam jar labels. I feel even less enthusiastic for this issue given that the total face value is $44. Rating:- 0.

  An attractive set of Birds stamps will be issued on 16 March 2018 with the issue concentrating on Finches of Australia. Sadly the stamps have been produced in various formats so that the stamp collector is faced with the need of buying 4 gummed stamps, 4 self-adhesive stamps from coils and 4 self-adhesive stamps from a booklet of 10 x $1. The very attractive stamps were designed by John White and lithographed by RA Printing (coil stamps lithographed by Pemara) and perforated 14 x 14.5. The total face value of the issue is $18. Rating:- **.

  The four Finches stamps will also be included in a miniature sheet to be released on 16 March 2018 to commemorate the Canberra Stamp Show which is to be held from 16 to 18 March. Rating:- **.

  Five gummed stamps, 5 self-adhesive stamps from $10 booklets (10 x $1), a gummed miniature sheet and a $20.95c prestige booklet will be issued on 10 April 2018 as the fifth part of the ongoing series which commemorates a century of the Australian Armed Forces. This set is on the subject of War Memorials of Australia. This is a worthy subject. The issue was designed by Gary Dominey and lithographed by RA Print and perforated 14.5. Rating:- *****.

  The annual issue to commemorate the Queen's Birthday will be released on 17 April 2018 and is made up of 2 gummed stamps and 1 gummed miniature sheet as well as 2 self-adhesive stamps each from individual booklets ($10 containing 10 x $1 and $15 containing 5 x $3). The designs by Jason Watts depict 2 delightful portraits of The Queen and the stamps were lithographed by RA Print and perforated 14.5 x 14. Rating:- *****.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia Post will also issue 4 stamps and 1 miniature sheet inscribed 'Australian Antarctic Territory' on 27 March 2018 on the subject of the Crabeater seal. The attractive issue was designed by Sonia Young and lithographed by EGO and perforated 14 x 14.5. Rating:- ****.

  ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ซ Australia Post will also issue 2 stamps and a miniature sheet containing 2 different stamps which are inscribed 'Norfolk Island' on 30 April 2018 on the subject of Norfolk Island wrasses. This is another attractive issue and was designed by Roger Swainston of ANIMA and Sonia Young. The issue was lithographed by RA Printing and perforated 14 x 14.5. Rating:- ****.

  ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ The first issue of 2018 from Cyprus Post was released on 12 February 2018 and is made up of 4 stamps which feature Flowers of Cyprus. The issue was designed by Manolis Emmanouel of Lefkosa from photographs by Christodoulos Makris and lithographed by Veridos Matsoukis SA of Greece. Rating:- ****.