Friday, 21 July 2017

1046. 🇬🇧 Penguins Pop Up On New South Georgia Landscapes Stamps.

  🇬🇧 The postal service of South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands will issue a lovely set of 4 stamps on 15 August 2017 on the subject of Landscapes of the Territory. The designs, by Bee Design, depict some beautiful photographs of South Georgia including, of course, the obligatory penguins. Production was co-ordinated by Creative Direction and the issue was lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13.5. Rating:- ****** (6 stars). Thanks to Juliet Warner of Pobjoy Stamps for supplying the details of the issue.

  🇯🇪 Below are depictions of the "Links with China, Butterflies" set from Jersey Post which are due for issue on 1 September 2017 and which are mentioned in Blog 1039. The issue, made up of 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet, was designed by Martin Morck and Wang Huming and lithographed by Cartor.

  Also below are depicted the 6 new Post and Go stamps mentioned in Blog 1039 which are to be issued on 13 September 2017 on the subject of "Fruits and Berries". The stamps were designed by Lizzie Harper and printed digitally by Walsall Security Printers.

  🇬🇬 Guernsey Post Philatelic Bureau "tweeted" on 20 July 2017 that on that date Post and Go kiosk GG01 in Smith Street post office had dispensed "Lighthouses" stamps with 2 added inscriptions - one to welcome the passengers of the cruise ship Celebrity Silhouette and the other to welcome the passengers of the cruise ship Azamara Journey into port.

  🇬🇧 In Blog 1023 I mentioned the Post and Go labels which were to be dispensed by kiosk A003 at the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton from 19 July to 21 August 2017 in connection with the "Cold War to Kabul" Exhibition at the museum. Examples of the pair are now depicted below. These are particularly disagreeable given that the added inscriptions overlap untidily the motifs on the labels. If Royal Mail wants to continue to extract money from collectors for such items then it's really got to do better. These products are slipshod and catchpenny. In Blog 1042 I gave my own opinion about how these Post and Go products could be improved to make them worthwhile and to give collectors who shell out good money for the stuff some pleasure from them. These latest products are outrageous. Rating:- 0.
  The "Machin Head" label has code MA13.

  🇲🇾 Pos Malaysia will participate in a joint stamp issue with the postal administrations of other ASEAN nations when it releases a single 60 sen stamp and a miniature sheet containing 2 stamps on 8 August 2017 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the founding of ASEAN. Each issue will depict the national flower of each respective country. To date the other participating postal administrations will be those of Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia. Rating:- ****.

  🇸🇱 Stamperija has produced more paraphilatelic items with the name of Sierra Leone printed on them. The stated "date of issue" is 30 June 2017. The featured subjects are:- Rare birds of Sierra Leone (Birdpex 8 Exhibition to be held in Mondorf-les-Bains from 19 - 21 May 2018 which seems to be quite a long way off to me), Crocodiles, Whales, Extinct animals, Owls, Hornbills, Sunbirds, Big cats, Minerals and Parrots. As is often the case the issue is made up of 10 sheetlets each containing 4 different "stamps" and 10 miniature sheets. Rating:- 0.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

1045. 🇵🇳 Pitcairn Issues Marine Life Sheetlet.

  🇬🇸 Bounty Post, the postal service of Pitcairn Islands, will issue an excellent sheetlet of 8 different stamps on 26 July 2017 on the subject of the Pitcairn Islands Marine Reserve. The stamps were designed by Denise Durkin and lithographed by Southern Colour Print and perforated 13 x 13.5. Rating:- *****.

  🇬🇬 Guernsey Post will issue a set of 10 self-adhesive stamps on 1 September 2017 on the subject of Coastal scenes. The designs are said to have been inspired by  "the fashionable posters of the 1940s" and are by Sue Harmon. Rating:- **.

  🇯🇪 Jersey Post issued a "Commemorative sheet" containing 20 x Jersey Arms Local Letter rate greetings stamps with attached labels on 17 July 2017 to commemorate the Jersey golfer, Harry Vardon. Price:- £12.70p! Rating:- 0.

1044. 🇲🇾🇵🇬 Malaysian Trains And Papua New Guinea Make Up Values.

  🇲🇾 Pos Malaysia issued 2 se-tenant pairs of stamps on 17 July to commemorate the opening of the second phase of the Sungai Buloh Kajang MRT line. This is an interesting and well designed set. Rating:- ****.

  🇨🇾 Cyprus Post issued a single stamp on 10 July as part of its contribution to the Euromed omnibus series. The stamp featured a depiction of a tree to fit in with this year's theme which is "Trees of the Mediterranean". Rating:- **.

  🇧🇩 Bangladesh Post issued a single stamp on 30 January 2017 to commemorate International Customs Day. The stamp was designed by Md. Hafizur Rahman and lithographed by Security Printers Gazipur. The theme of the stamp is "Data analysis for effective border management" - not really a subject to set a stamp collector's imagination on fire. Rating:- **.

  🇵🇬 Nigel Haworth is currently offering for sale 10 different stamps from the Papua New Guinea 5t and 20t make up rate series (See Blog 791). The stamps being sold are depicted below - according to listing of these issues by Steven Zirinsky, the first of these issues were released on 6 January 2015 and took the form of 6 stamps issued in sheets of 20 with no attached labels.these are quire rare, only 2500 of each being produced. These stamps were longer than they were broad and featured the following designs:- Tokua Airport, Hiri Hanenamo, Aroma students, Red hibiscus, Huli dancers and Traditional dancers. They all had a 5t value.

  Six further 5t stamps were produced in a more square-shaped design and sold from January - February 2015 onwards. These also had no attached labels but were sold in sheets of 40 in editions of 2000 to 2500. The designs depicted Tokua Airport, Red hibiscus, Hiri hanenamo, Birdwing butterfly, Aroma students and Hiri lagatoi. At that time the stamps were also produced in sheets of 20 x 5t with 20 attached labels in the Hiri Hanenamo (with and without italics) and Birdwing butterfly designs.
  Stamps will a face value of 20t were also produced - a design depicting Ahus dancers (with an earliest known date of use of 3 March 2015 according to Steven Zirinsky) and one depicting Moroni dancers (earliest known date of use being 19 January 2016).
  Steven Zirinsky then records a 5t stamp, issued in sheets of 40, which depicts a Blue and gold Macaw dating from January 2016 and a 20t stamp depicting the PNG national parliament building- also issued in sheets of 40 - with an earliest known date of use of 7 January 2016.
  It appears that so far no stamps have been issued by Papua New Guinea Post during 2017 although a set, said to have been issued on 28 June 2017, has been released by IGPC in the name of Papua New Guinea on the subject of the 20th anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. But the issues of Papua New Guines have in recent years been extremely interesting (though some of the provisional issues are excruciatingly expensive) and provide an exciting challenge to track them down. Many of the provisionals are affordable and an enjoyable collection of modern Papua New Guinea stamps can be put together.