Sunday, 10 December 2017

1135. 🇸🇸 News Of More South Sudan Surcharges.

🇸🇸 In Blog 1134 I drew attention to some surcharges which seem to have been released recently by the postal service of South Sudan and which were being offered for sale on internet auction sites. I seem to have overlooked more such items which are currently for sale which are the original flag stamp of 2011 surcharged with a total of 5 new values (50SSP - mentioned in Blog 1134, 75SSP, 100SSP, 300SSP and 500SSP) plus the same stamp also surcharged 100SSP but in a different smaller font. That seems to add up to 14 new surcharges in all but who knows what else is lurking out there.

  🇵🇰 Pakistan Post issued 6 stamps in a se-tenant format on 6 December 2017 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of the Aga Khan. This looks like an interesting and well produced issue. Rating:- ****.

  🇮🇳 India Post issued 1 stamp and 1 miniature sheet on 7 December 2017 on the subject of the submarine INS Kalvari. The issue commemorates the 50th anniversary of the construction of the Kalvari which was the first submarine to have been built in India. Rating:- ***.

  India Post also issued a My Stamp on 17 November 2017 on the subject of 'Wedding Wishes'. As usual the issue was sold in sheetlets of 12 with attached labels and sold at a premium. Rating:- **.

  🇲🇹 MaltaPost issued a set of 10 stamps, each produced in blocks of 4 stamps (2 blocks containing 4 different designs and 2 blocks containing 4 identical stamps each) on the subject of Traditional tile patterns which are found in many Maltese houses. This attractive set was designed by Stephanie Borg and lithographed by Printex and perforated 14. The set was issued on 12 December 2017. Rating:- ****.

  MaltaPost has also issued 3 Greetings stamps recently with attached labels to commemorate the philatelic exhibitions, International Stamp Fair Sindelfingen 2017 (released 26 October 2017), Maltex Philatelic Exhibition 2017 (issued 10 October 2017) and Veronafil (issued 24 November 2017). These are an excellent and relatively inexpensive method of commemorating a postal administration's attendance at a stamp exhibition and worth including in my collection of Maltese stamps. Rating:- ***.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

1134. 🇸🇸 Surcharges From South Sudan.

  🇸🇸 For the first time in five years it appears that the postal service of South Sudan, an applicant state for Commonwealth membership, has issued some new stamps. Appearing on an internet auction site, several covers with new surcharges on previous issues have been offered for sale.
  One of the first two stamps issued in 2011, that depicting the national flag, has been surcharged 50SSP on 1SSP, and two of the values of the 2012 issue have been surcharged with 4 new values. I do not know the date of issue but the postmark on one of the covers is dated 20 November 2017. An important issue. Rating:- *****.

  🇮🇴 The postal service of British Indian Ocean Territory has issued a set of 4 stamps to commemorate the Platinum Wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh. It's yet another of those sets the designs of which are entirely black and white photographs. I do like a bit of colour in the stamps I collect. I'm not sure of the date of issue yet but I'm guessing it was 20 November 2017. Rating:- ***.

  🇧🇹 Bhutan Post issued 2 miniature sheets on 1 November 2017 pn the subject of "Scenic rural Bhutan" which is undoubtedly an accurate description of that beautiful country. One of the sheets contains 4 stamps and the other a single stamp. This is an attractive set. Rating:- ****.

  🇸🇱 Sometimes it's hard to believe just how poor the quality of the paraphilatelic products emanating from Stamperija can really be but the latest stuff which has the name of Sierra Leone printed on it serves to remind us about the sheer awfulness of it all. As usual the issue, said to have been "issued" on 30 October 2017, is made up of 10 sheetlets each containing 4 different 'stamps' and 10 'miniature sheets'. The subjects featured, most without any obvious relevance to Sierra Leone, are:- Golf, Rugby, John Glenn, 40th anniversary of the death of Charlie Chaplin, Birth Centenary of Ella Fitzgerald, 2017 World Ice Hockey Championships, 65th Birthday of Viv Richards (West Indies cricketer), 30th Birthday of Andy Murray, Table tennis and 130th anniversary of the holding of the first Boston Marathon. Rating:- 0.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

1133. 🇳🇿 New Zealand Features Dog Subjects On New Issue.

  🇳🇿 New Zealand Post has revealed the designs of the 4 stamps and miniature sheet which will commemorate Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dog. The stamps will be issued on 10 January 2018 and were designed by Asiaworks of Auckland and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13 x 13.5.
  The $1 value depicts calligraphy, the $2.20c value depicts paper cutting, the $2.70c value depicts a New Zealand working dog against the background of a sheep station (Maori art elements have been incorporated in the design) and the $3.30c value depicts a statue of New Zealand working dog at Lake Tekapo with migratory birds in the background.
  Of course being a dog enthusiast, I like this set very much, particularly the two higher values. Rating:- *****.

  🇲🇾 Pos Malaysia issued 6 stamps on 4 December 2017 to commemorate Malaysia's Stamp Week and depicting Children's holiday activities. The featured designs take the form of Legoland characters participating with children in the various activities. Rating:- ***.

  🇵🇰 Pakistan Post issued a single stamp on 1 December 2017 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of No. 6 Air Transport Support Squadron of the Pakistan Air Force. This is an interesting stamp but the design is far to cluttered to be able to see clearly the airplanes that are being illustrated which is a pity. The stamp was designed by No. 6 ATS Squadron and lithographed by National Security Printing Company of Karachi and perforated 13. Rating:- **.

  Pakistan Post also issued a single stamp on 3 December 2017 to commemorate the late Dr. Ruth Pfau who was a German doctor who devoted 57 years of her life in fighting leprosy in Pakistan. A worthy issue (more worthy than the commemoration of aging former pop music stars which is a subject much loved by postal administrations such as Royal Mail). The issue was designed by Mughiz Khan and lithographed by National Security Printing Co. and perforated 13. Rating:- ****.

Sunday, 3 December 2017

1132. 🇫🇰 Falkland Islands Commemorates Cathedral Anniversary.

  🇫🇰 The next issue from the postal service of the Falkland Islands will be a set of four to be released on 18 December 2017 to commemorate the 125th of the founding of Christ Church Cathedral in Port Stanley. This is an excellent set and was designed by Bee Design and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13 x 13.5. Rating:- *****.

  Thanks to Juliet Warner of Pobjoy Stamps for information about this issue.

  🇲🇹 MaltaPost has issued a new type of variable value stamp which is dispensed from a postal kiosk. The stamps bears a Malta Post logo as depicted below. These are real stamps, obtained from machines not humans, which serve a genuine postal role. Rating:- *****.

  🇬🇧 The Postal Museum in London issued the 4 rereleased 'Winter Greenery' Royal Mail Post and Go stamps on 13 November 2017 with the additional Postal Museum inscription applied to them by kiosk A001. The 2nd Class designs have the code CL17S and the First Class values have the code R17YAL. Rating:- 0.

  🇯🇪 Jersey Post will issue 1 stamp and 1 miniature sheet on 5 January 2018 to commemorate the lunar new year which this time is to be the Year of the Dog. The issue was designed by Wang Huming of China. Rating:- *.

  🇧🇿 During the course of 2017 the Belize postal service has released 2 values from its long running current definitive set with revised date inscriptions '2017'. Rating:- ***.

🇦🇺🇨🇽 Having mentioned and complained about similar items from New Zealand Post, I feel it is only fair to mention this product from Australia Post which is inscribed 'Christmas Island Australia'. The product takes the form of a "999.9% (sic) pure gold" (according to the Australia Post Stamps and Coin Collectables website) miniature sheet sold in a perspex stand and commemorates Lunar new year, The Year of the Dog. No date of issue is specified. With a face value of $4 it is being sold for $99 - not really something you'd want to use to send a letter to your aunt in Perth, I think. Rating:- 0.

🇮🇲 Isle Of Man Stamps and Coins releases so much material on to the stamp market that it's easy to overlook what is being put out. Take, for instance the following little gems. The 6 stamps which commemorate Dr. John Taylor, of whom I would think hardly anyone has ever heard and which were issued on 13 September 2017, were accompanied by the subsequent release of a prestige booklet, cost £15.16p and a "self-adhesive pane" taken from, but sold separately from, the booklet and costing another £7.58p. I have only just noticed that these items have been released. My collection will be none the worse for their absence from it. Rating:- 0.