Sunday 19 May 2024

2501. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Isle Of Man Commemorates Tynwald Week.


New issues.

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Isle Of Man Post Office -

29 June 2024 - Photographs of Tynwald Week taken by Martin Parr - 8 stamps costing £11.10 and 1 Prestige book containing 4 panes (2 x 8 stamp panes and 2 x 4 stamp panes) sold for £22.20p.  Designed by EJC Design and lithographed by bpost and perforated 11.5. There are several other items including one of the booklet panes being sold singly and an ‘album’ combining the prestige booklet and a set of postcards. Rating:- *.

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ญ Bahrain Post -

15 May 2024 - Arab Summit held at the Sakharov Palace in Bahrain - 1 stamp printed on sheets of 50. Lithographed. Rating:- ****.

Thursday 16 May 2024

2500. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Beautiful Irish Bees Feature On New Issue.


New issues -

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

16 May 2024 - Native Irish bees - 4 self-adhesive stamps printed in sheets of 20 and 1 gummed miniature sheet. Designed by Design HQ from art by Shavorn Doherty and lithographed by Enschedรฉ. Rating:- *****.

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฒ Isle Of Man Post Office -

28 May 2024 - Aviation anniversaries (Centenary of Imperial Airways, Centenary of the Fleet Air Arm, 75th anniversary of the English Electric Canberra; 75th anniversary of the De Haviland.Comet, 75th anniversary of the Avro Shackleton and 60th anniversary of the Red Arrows) - 6 stamps. Designed by Glazier Design and Brian Riddle (the IOM PO website does not use the term “designed by” but instead informs the reader that the stamps “were crafted with meticulous attention to detail” and lithographed by bpost and perforated 11.5. Total face value - £11.39. Rating:- * (for the meticulous crafting!).

๐Ÿ‡ด๐Ÿ‡ฒ Oman Post -

6 March 2024 - First anniversary of the inauguration of the Royal Academy of Management - 1 stamp issued in sheetlets of 8 and 1 miniature sheet containing a single stamp. Lithographed. Rating:- *****.

Tuesday 14 May 2024

2499. ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Three Issues In 2024 From Namibia.


New Issues.

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Namibia Post -

22 May 2024 - Biodiversity of the Etendeka Plateau - 1 sheetlet containing 10 different stamps. Designed by Helge Denker and lithographed. Rating:- *****.

14 June 2024 - Sea turtles of Namibia - 1 miniature sheet containing 4 different stamps. Designed by Helge Denker and lithographed. Rating:- *****.

11 October 2024 - Migratory birds - 2 se-tenant stamps each with attached labels. Designed by Helge Denker and lithographed. Rating:- *****.

๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡น Stamperija.

This Lithuania-based producer and purveyor of philatelic products under contract from some African postal authorities produces an easily recognisable series of items on a regular basis with the names of the countries it represents printed on them. It is highly doubtful that most, if not all of these products, are ever put for sale in the countries whose names appear on them.

More recently products which look more convincingly like postage stamps that might be used in post offices have appeared from time to time with the names of Stamperija’s client territories printed on them. It is probable that they emanate directly from Stamperija though another agent may also be involved In bringing them to market to disguise the origin of the products and to add to their degree of verisimilitude. Such issues involve a large number of products with high prices attached to them and often include basic perforated stamps, imperforate stamps, booklets, sheetlets, miniature sheets, ‘deluxe proofs’ and postal stationery. When such products are released with a particular country’s name printed on them, the cost of a single issue embracing all these items can be several hundred if not thousands of pounds. I can not yet recall seeing any evidence that these products have been sold in, or found any usage in, the countries whose names appear on them although they look more authentic than the usual rubbish Stamperija unloads on to the philatelic market.

If nothing else, the combination of the vast number of items issued and their very high cost means that they may be considered as excessive issues and treated with great caution, As always, caveat emptor when considering spending any amount of money on these products.

Such a collection of products has recently appeared on an internet auction site with the name of the Commonwealth country of Togo printed on the numerous items sold as part of this vast collection.

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ Items inscribed Togo -

Stated ‘date of issue’ - 25 April 2024 - 75th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China - 10 perforate stamps, 10 imperforate stamps, 1 miniature sheet containing all 5 stamps and 5 sheetlets each containing 6 of each design. Other types of products are also offered for sale.

25 April 2024 - Various species’  ‘Art of camouflage’ - 6 perforated stamps, 6 imperforate stamps, 1 miniature sheet containing all 6 stamps and 1 set of 7 deluxe proofs.

25 April 2025 - Venomous and poisonous species - 6 perforated stamps, 6 imperforate stamps, 1 miniature sheet containing all 6 stamps, 1 miniature sheet containing all 6 stamps and 7 deluxe proofs.

25 April 2025 - Reptiles - 8 perforated stamps, 8 imperforate stamps, the same 8 perforated and 8 imperforate stamps with overprint applied reading, “JOURNร‰E MONDIALE DE LA VIE SAUVAGE’, 2 miniature sheets each containing 2 of each 1500F but 1 sheet overprinted ant the other not overprinted and a set of 4 deluxe proofs.

25 April 2025 - Amphibians - 8 perforated stamps, 8 imperforate stamps and 8 perforated and 8 imperforate stamps with overprint applied as in the ‘Reptiles’ issue and 2+sheetlet each of 16 stamps unoverprinted and overprinted from 2 booklets combining 2 each of the reptiles issue and 2 each of the 1000F ‘Amphibians’ issue, 12 deluxe proofs and 2 miniature sheets each containing 2 of each stamp but 1 sheet overprinted and the other not overprinted.

25 April 2024 - Birds of Togo - 

25 April 2024 - Biodiversity of Togo - 9 perforated stamps, 9 imperforate stamps, 9 perforated stamps with overprint applied, 9 imperforate stamps with overprint applied, 32 sheetlets of 6 x 1250F identical stamps (9 perforated without overprint, 9 imperforate without overprint, 9 perforated with overprint and 9 imperforate with overprint), 4 single stamp miniature sheets (1 with and 1 without overprint, both perforated and imperforate), 2 perforated and 2 imperforate miniature sheets containing 8 different stamps (with and without overprint) and 9 de luxe proofs (each containing 2 versions of each respective stamp, 1 being with overprint and the other without overprint).

It is possible I have overlooked some products - there are far too many to be 100% sure but the above list gives an impression of what has been released in the name of the postal service of Togo. There are of course other items such as first day covers and postal stationery if the collector feels that completion is de rigeur.

Compare these exploitative products with the serenely collectible new issue programme of Namibia.