Monday, 26 September 2022

2164. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Royal Mail Reveals Its Stamps To Commemorate The Late Queen Elizabeth II.


New issues.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Royal Mail

10 November 2022 

Commemoration of the late Queen Elizabeth II - 4  stamps. Designed by Kate Stephens and lithographed by Cartor. Perforated 14.5 x 14. Depicted photographs are by Dorthy Wilding (2nd Class) (1952), Sir Cecil Beaton (1st Class) (1968), Yousuf Karsh (£1.85) (1984) and Tim Graham (£2.55) (1996).

These are pleasing, dignified and respectful stamps celebrating the late Queen Elizabeth. The designs of 4 of the five stamps issued in 2002 to commemorate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee have been reused with the addition of the years of the Queen’s birth and death and a black border. A fifth stamp in the 2002 set depicted a photographic portrait by the late Lord Snowden. Interestingly the stamps do not include a portrait/cameo or royal cipher of the new King Charles III.

Rating:- *****.

The 2002 Golden Jubilee stamps:- 

๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ผ Kuwait Post -

2022 - Diamond jubilee of the establishment of the Kuwait Fund for Economic Development - 1 stamp. Designed by Khaled Zein Al-Abdeen. Printed in lithography in sheets of 20 stamps. Rating:- **.

2161. The Carolean Catalogue Of Commonwealth Stamps - 1.


See Blog 2160.

Australia Post ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ

13 September 2022 

Australian-bred roses (CSO 2134)

Designed by Sonia Young and lithographed by EGO. Perforated 14 x 14.5.

Gummed stamps

1 - 4.  4 x $1.10c - Lorraine Lee, Dusky Moon, Lady of Australia, Governor Marie Bashir 

Self-adhesive stamps from booklets of 20 (5 x 4 of each design)

5 - 8.  4 x $1.10c - designs as 1 - 4.

9. Miniature sheet containing 1 of each gummed stamp.

20 September 2022 

Rock art of Kimberley (CSO 2134)

Designed by Sonia Young and lithographed by RA Print. Perforated 14.5 x 14.

Gummed stamps

10 - 11 Art from the Wanjina Wunggura Community Kimberley various figures, crocodiles

12  Miniature sheet containing 1 of each stamp

Australia Post issues inscribed Norfolk Island ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ซ

13 September 2022 

George Raper on Norfolk Island 1790 - 91 (CSO 2134)

Designed by Jo Murรฉ and lithographed by RA Printing. Perforated 14 x 14.5.

1  $1.10c Map of Norfolk Island

2  $2.20c Fish

3  Miniature sheet containing 1 of each stamp

Bahamas postal service ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ 

15 September 2022 - Wetland birds (CSO 2142)

Designed by Bee Design from photographs by Candie Marshall and lithographed by Cartor. Perforated 13.5.

1. 15c.  Bahama pintail

2. 25c.  American coot

3. 50c.  Double crested cormorant

4. 65c.  Flamingo

5. 70c.  Least bittern

6. $1.    West Indian osprey

Bangladesh Post ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ 

23 September 2022

Speeches given at the United Nations in Bengali by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and Sheikh Hassina. Designed by Sumanto Kumar and lithographed by Security Printing Corporation (Bangladesh) Ltd, Gazipur. Perforated 13.5.  (CSO 2163).

1.   T10.  Sheikh Mujib and Sheikh Hassina.

Canada Post ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

19 September 2022 

Canada Post Community Foundation (CSO 2153)

1 self-adhesive stamp issued in a booklet of 10. Designed by Chad Roberts Design Ltd from a design by Joanne Todd. Lithographed.

1.  ‘P’ value with 10c charity surcharge

21 September 2022

50th anniversary of the ‘Summit series’ (ice hockey game between Canada and the Soviet Union)

1 self-adhesive stamp produced in booklets of 10. Designed by Jim Ryce from an illustration by Gary Alphonso. Lithographed by Lowe Martin. (CSO 2162)

2.  ‘P’ value.  Canadian and Russian ice hockey players.

Cyprus Post ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ

16 September 2022

The Twelve Gods of Mount Olympus 

12 different stamps issued in a sheetlet of 12 (CSO 2154). Printed by Baltijas Banknote Latvia.

1. 34c Zeus

2. 34c  Hera

3. 34c Dionysius

4. 34c Athena

5. 34c Ares

6. 34c Demeter

7. 34c Hephaestus 

8. 34c Aphrodite

9. 34c Hermes

10. 34c Hestia

11. 34c Poseidon

12. 34c Artemis

16 September 2022

Centenary of the Asia Minor Catastrophe (CSO 2154)

13. €1. Miniature sheet containing a single stamp.

Falklands Post Service Ltd. ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฐ 

20 September 2022

25th anniversary of the Lighthouse Seafarers Mission (CSO 2142)

Designed by Bee Design from photographs by Penguin News, Jo Summers and Ian France and lithographed by Cartor. Perforated 13.5.

1.   33p  Mission building

2.   80p  Mission building and anchor

3.   £1.10  Dog

4.   £1.45  Aerial view of Mission building

India Post ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

Personalised stamps sold by India Post ‘My Stamps’

75th anniversary of the PSG College of Science and Arts. (CSO 2162)

P1  Rs5  college entrance (with attached label).

Isle Of Man Post Office ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฒ


12 September 2022 (CSO 2146)

75th anniversary of the birth of the late David Bowie (British popular musician with no association with the Isle Of Man apart from acting in a film which was filmed in the island), EUROPA (1 stamp (‘Legend’) from the set).

1 sheetlet of 9 different stamps sold for £9.80 (perforated) or £17.50 (imperforate).

1 booklet sold for £19.60 (4 panes) and separate 2 panes each of 4 stamps sold for £9.80. 

1 sheetlet of 9 of the EUROPA stamps sold for £9.36.

MaltaPost ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น

13 September 2022

Local beverages, SEPAC (37c) (CSO 2150)

Designed by Daniel Spiteri and lithographed by Printex.

1.  37c  Kinnie

2.  57c  local wine

3.  €1.40  Bajitra

4.  €3  local beer

19 September 2022.

In memory of Queen Elizabeth II. (CSO 2152)

5. €5. Miniature sheet containing a single stamp. Designed by MaltaPost, lithographed by Printex.

Sri Lanka Post ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฐ

12 September 2022

Bicentenary of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Peradeniya. (CSO 2155)


1. Rs50.  Gardner Memorial

2. Rs50.  Scenic landscape of a pond and a border

3.  Rs60.  Ribbon border, Christmas cake and tree

4.  Rs60.  Umbrella tree and National Herbarium

5 - 8   4 x Rs50 miniature sheets each containing a single stamp, one each of the basic stamp designs with extended borders 

Part 2 - Former Members of The Commonwealth

An Post (Republic of Ireland) ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช

8 September 2022 

EUROPA, Myths and stories - Balor and his poisonous eye and the Poisoned Glen. (CSO 2147)

Designed by Design HQ from art by Aideen Barry and lithographed by Enschedรฉ. Perforated 13.5 x 13.

1. N (domestic) rate.  Balor’s Eye.

2. W (international) rate.  The Poison Glen.

Qatar Post ๐Ÿ‡ถ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

10 September 2022 

Qatar’s hosting of the FIFA World Cup Finals (7th issue), the participating teams - 4 sheetlets each containing  8 x 1 riyal stamps (CSO 2147)

1 a - d.   Sheetlets - (a) Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan, Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia (b) Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands, England, Iran, USA, Wales (c) Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland, France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia, (d) Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon, Portugal, Ghana, Uruguay, South Korea.

2160. A New Commonwealth Philatelic Era.


  Now that the remarkable state funeral of, and the period of mourning for, the late HM Queen Elizabeth II are passed and her reign of more than 70 years steps into history where she herself may become known as Elizabeth The Great, the Elizabethan philatelic era is also ended and the Carolean philatelic age begun.

  The Commonwealth, founded in 1949 with just a handful of members - United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Pakistan and India - has now evolved into a unique international association of 56 countries, some of which were never linked historically to the old British Empire from which The Commonwealth was born.

  For many years the veteran stamp dealers, Stanley Gibbons, produced a catalogue, The Elizabethan, which included all the stamps issued by the various countries and territories of The Commonwealth during the reign of Queen Elizabeth as it proceeded down the years. Publication continued until, I think, the 1985 edition by which time, being entirely printed in book form and not available digitally - we were still of course in the pre-digital age - there were so many stamps to include that it was not feasible to feature all of them in an affordable single volume and publication of The Elizabethan ceased. 

  So let us start the new Carolean philatelic era with a new catalogue of Commonwealth stamps attempting to do what Gibbons’ Elizabethan did in the past - that is - to include in it all the postage stamps issued by the Commonwealth postage stamp entities during the reign of King Charles III which we date from 8 September 2022 when he succeeded to the throne. I will try to produce a list of stamps known to have been issued with a numbering system every couple of weeks or so. There will be some illustrations but many of the stamps will already have been featured in Commonwealth Stamps Opinion and so reference will be made to the edition of CSO in which the stamps were first announced and where they were illustrated to avoid repeating illustrating large numbers of stamps 

  The issues originating from exploitative philatelic agencies will not be included unless there is good reason to believe that they were sold freely to the particular philatelic entities’ general mail-sending public across ordinary local post office counters. The issues originating from IGPC  will generally be mentioned in a footnote only as will those produced and sold by Philatelic Collector Inc. Products released by Stamperija will not be included nor mentioned in footnotes unless there is good reason to believe that they were issued to address postal needs in the countries whose names are printed on them.

  Generally now, ‘countries’ do NOT issue stamps - they have them produced and sold on their behalf by governmental departments, private businesses or private philatelic agencies - and therefore it is more appropriate to include the issued stamps in the listing under headings which name the department or business or agency which release them rather than the country name; hence the stamps of Australia appear under the heading Australia Post and those of The United Kingdom under Royal Mail.

  These lists will include all present Commonwealth philatelic entities as well as those countries and territories with former, and often continuing, close links with Commonwealth countries, which made an appearance in the former Elizabethan Catalogue.

So let the new Carolean philatelic adventure begin. See Blog 2161.


Saturday, 24 September 2022

2163. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ Bangladesh Commemorates Historic UN Speeches..


New issues.

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ Bangladesh Post -

23 September 2022 - Speeches given in Bengali at the United Nations from Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to Sheikh Hasina - 1 stamp. Designed by Sumanto Kumar and lithographed by Security Printing Corporation (Bangladesh) Ltd, Gazipur. Perforated 13.5. Rating:- ****.

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Isle Of Man Post Office -

12 October 2022 - Shipwrecks in the waters of the Isle Of Man - 6 stamps. Designed by Paul Parker and lithographed. Rating:- *.

๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ฒ Oman Post

18 September 2022 - Freshwater fish of which there are 23 species in Oman - 4 stamps issued in sheetlets containing 4 se-tenant strips and 1 miniature sheet containing 1 each of the same 4 stamps. Rating:- ****.

๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Stamperija - products inscribed Maldives -

11 October 2021 (stated ‘date of issue’) - ‘Act Now’ - 2 miniature sheets, 1 containing a single stamp and the other 10 different stamps. Rating:- 0.

Wednesday, 21 September 2022

2162. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada Post Commemorates Defeat Of Russians.

New issues.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada Post -

21 September 2002 

‘The Summit Series’, 50th anniversary of the Canada Ice Hockey team’s defeat of the Soviet Union’s team  - 1 self-adhesive stamp issued in booklets of 10. Designed by Jim Ryce from an illustration by Gary Alphonso and lithographed by Lowe Martin. Rating:- *****.

Something else to make Putin fume!

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Royal Mail -

29 September 2022 - The Royal Marines. See Blog 2158. I mention this issue again merely to point out that, as far as I can see, it is the first stamp issue since 1840 ever to be released by ‘Great Britain’ which does not have some form of the reigning monarch’s portrait included in the designs. True, stamps with the previous monarch’s portrait on them have been sold across the counter for some months after the succession of a new monarch but never has a new stamp issue been released without the portrait of the reigning monarch on the new stamps.

Thus a precedent is set. It is pleasing however that the vile Transformers stamps will not be the very last stamps to include a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, a great monarch whose final stamp issue should have some dignity about it.

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India Post 


75th anniversary of PSG College of Arts and Science, My Stamp  1 stamp with attached label produced in sheetlets of 12 stamps with attached labels sold at a premium.