Saturday, 1 April 2023

2277. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Royal Mail Reverses King’s Head Shock.


New issues -

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Royal Mail

1 April 2023 - New definitive series, King Charles III.

In a shock last minute decision prior to the issue of the first definitive stamps depicting King Charles III in a few days time, Royal Mail has announced that the stamps to be issued will vary from the previously publicised designs by showing the King’s head looking to the right instead of to the left. This last minute change has not been explained so far except that it is “for operational reasons”. An illustration of the 1st Class Domestic rate stamp has been released but it is expected that the remaining four values to be released will be publicised on the actual day of issue itself. Royal Mail is recalling all examples of the stamps showing the king looking to the left distributed pre-release and will replace them with the new versions. One commentator has suggested that the last minute change has been made because officials at Buckingham Palace feel that the new version shows His Majesty’s ‘better side’, something of which they became aware during the King’s recent state visit to Germany when he made his speech to the the German parliament.

Post scriptum -

I have also managed to obtain  an illustration of one of the upcoming Royal Mail Legend of Robin Hood stamps which confirms it will be something of a controversial set in the way it depicts this piece of  classic English folklore and seems to be tied in more with celebrating the Centenary of an American film-making company than English traditional pseudo-history 

Friday, 31 March 2023

2276. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Irish Country Music.

New issues -

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช An Post (postal service of the Irish Republic) -

31 March 2023 - Irish country music singers - 1 self-booklet containing 5 different stamps. Lithographed by Enschedรฉ. Rating:- **.

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India Post -

30 March 2023 - ‘Legends of Odisha’, performing arts celebrities of the state of Odisha - 1 miniature sheet containing 4 different stamps. Rating:- ***.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Royal Mail -

10 April 2023 (on sale until 5 May 2023) - Post and Go stamps, dispensed from kiosk A003 situated at the Fleet Air Arm Museum, based at RNAS Yeovilton near Ilchester in Somerset - 2 stamps both with additional inscriptions - ‘Carrier Experience’ (new exhibition at the museum) - one is the Machin Head stamp and the other the Union Flag stamp.

Commonwealth countries and territories whose postal services are not known to have issued, or had issued on their behalf, any legitimacy postage stamps so far in 2023 -


Antigua And Barbuda 



British Indian Ocean Territory

Brunei Darussalam 
















Papua New Guinea 

Penrhyn Cook Islands 


St Helena 

St Kitts

Saint Lucia 

St Vincent and The Grenadines 



Solomon Islands 

South Africa 



Trinidad and Tobago 

Turks And Caicos Islands 


United Republic of Tanzania 



By the end of March therefore, 40 out of 88 ( 45.5%) Commonwealth philatelic entities remained on the list. This compares with 56.3% at the end of March last year.

Wednesday, 29 March 2023

2275. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บ Mauritius Commemorates Former President.


New issues.

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บ Mauritius Post -

29 March 2023 - Commemoration of the late Sir Anerood Jugnauth (1939 - 2021), fourth President of Mauritius 2003 - 2012 - 1 stamp. Rating:- ****

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Royal Gibraltar Post office

30 March 2023 - Post and Go stamps, Chinese New Year, Year of the Rabbit - strip of 6 machine-dispensed identical self-adhesive stamps in different values. Designed by Stephen Perera and c.Bajena and Stewhoong @ Lithographed by Cartor.

๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ช Jersey Post

6 April 2023 - Post and Go stamps, ‘Jersey crest’ with Charles III cypher and in new colours - 6 machine-dispensed self-adhesive stamps from machine JE02 at Broad street and JE03 at Postal Headquarters, Rue de Pres and from the back office machine B002 at the Philatelic Bureau.

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ Bangladesh Post -

26 March 2023 - 52nd anniversary of Independence and National Day - 1 stamp featuring Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (founding father). Further details awaited. 

Friday, 24 March 2023

2274. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ผ Important Bird Areas Of Botswana.


New issues -

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ผ Botswana Post -

23 March 2023 - Important bird areas of Botswana - 4 stamps and 1 miniature sheet containing all 4 stamps. Designed by Shatgani Basupi from art by Keitshupile Tshiba and lithographed by Southern Colour Print. Rating:- *****.

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Isle Of Man Post Office

12 April 2023 - Manx waterfalls - 6 stamps. Designed by Tracey Dean and lithographed by bpost and perforated 11.5. Another reasonably attractive but wholly unnecessary issue released against a background of ridiculously excessive stamp issuing. Programme - *.

๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong Post -

4 May 2023 - ‘24 Solar Terms - Summer’ - 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet containing all 6 stamps. Lithographed. Rating:- **.

Tuesday, 21 March 2023

2273. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ธ New Pitcairn Issue Features Old Postcards.


New issues.

๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ณ Pitcairn Islands postal service -

27 March 2023 - Old postcards of Pitcairn from the 1920s - 6 stamps issued in se-tenant pairs. Designed by Pixe18 and lithographed by Breber Print. How pleasing to finally have stamps from Pitcairn which feature a local subject rather than endless royal commemorations, the first time since Tower Mint took over control of Pitcairn’s new issues. Rating:- ****.

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช An Post (postal service of the Republic of Ireland) -

21 March 2023  - Sean O’Casey’s three Dublin plays (Centenary of the first performance of The Shadow of a Gunman) - 3 self-adhesive stamps issued as se-tenant strips of 3 in sheetlets of nine stamps (3 of each stamp). Designed by Design HQ and lithographed by Enschedรฉ. Rating:- ***.

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India Post  -

2023 - My Stamps, personalised stamps usually issued in sheets of 12 with attached labels and sold at a premium -

2023- Commemoration of DK Jain, founder of the Luxor Group - 1 stamp.

2023 - Aero-India biennial air show and aviation exposition, 13 - 17 February 2023 - 1 stamp.

2023 - New Delhi World Bank Fair - 1 stamp.

Monday, 20 March 2023

2272. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ด Cook Islands And Tonga Commemorate Queen Elizabeth II.


New issues.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Cook Islands postal service -

16 January 2023 - Commemoration of the late Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of the Cook Islands - 4 stamps in a se-tenant block. Rating:- ***.

13 February 2023 - 4 stamps in se-tenant blocks of 4. Rating:- ***.

20 February 2023 - Stop plastic ocean pollution - 4 stamps in a se-tenant block of 4. Rating:- ***.

6 March 2023 - Cook Islands national symbols - 2 stamps and 1 miniature sheet containing a single stamp. Rating:-  ***.

20 March 2023 - Churches of the Cook Islands - 4 stamps in a se-tenant block. Rating:- ***.

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Issues inscribed Aitutaki Cook Islands -

10 February 2023 - The Giant Clam - 1 miniature sheet containing a single stamp.Rating:- *.

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ด Tonga postal service -

26 January 2023 - Commemoration of the late Queen Elizabeth II - 4 stamps in a se-tenant block. Rating:- ***.

23 February 2023 - Birds of the world, the red shining parrot - 4 stamps in a se-tenant block, 1 miniature sheet containing 2 sets of 4 and 4 ‘deluxe’ miniature sheets each containing a single stamp. Rating:- *.

15 March 2023 - The James Webb Telescope - 4 stamps in a se-tenant block. Rating:- *.

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ด Issues inscribed Niuafo’ou -

23 February 2023 - Birds of the world, the collared kingfisher - 4 stamps in a se-tenant block, 1 miniature sheet containing 2 sets of 4 and 4 ‘deluxe’ miniature sheets each containing a single stamp. Rating:- *.

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India Post -

16 March 2023 - International Year of Millets  - 1 stamp. Rating:- ***.

19 March 2023 - Commemoration of Pashuram (‘warrior sage’ of Jaipur) - 1 stamp. Rating:- ***.

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Namibia Post -

2022 - 75th anniversary of the Independence of India - 1 miniature sheet containing 5 different imperforate personalised stamps sold by Namibia Post. This is in addition to a similar perforated miniature sheet reported in Blog 2130. Rating:- ****.

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Sierra Leone postal service -

2022 - Masonic District Grand Lodge of Sierra Leone and The Gambia - 1 miniature sheet containing 4 identical stamps. Lithographed. Rating:- ***. It seems possible that this item is not a product emanating from the philatelic agency’ Stamperija.

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฒ Bermuda Post Office -

16 March 2023 - Express Post, King Charles III - 1 stamp issued in sheetlets of 8. This issue has been reported here previously but better illustrations are now shown here. 

๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ฒ Oman Post -

March 2023 - The ancient Omani alphabet - 1 miniature sheet containing 11 different stamps. Rating:- ****.