Monday, 18 October 2021

1962. πŸ‡«πŸ‡° Falkland Islands To Feature Albatross On Upcoming Stamps.


  πŸ‡«πŸ‡° The postal service of the Falkland Islands will issue another attractive and interesting set of 4 stamps on 17 November 2021 on the subject of the Black browed albatross. The stamps were designed by Georgina Strange from photographs she had taken and were lithographed by Cartor and are perforated 13.5 x 13. The production of the issue was co-ordinated by Creative Direction. Thanks to Juliet Warner of Pobjoy Stamps for information about this issue. Rating:- *****.

  πŸ‡³πŸ‡¬ It is often very difficult to keep in touch with news of what is happening on the new issue front in a large number of African countries. On E Bay the dealer, cjtern, is an excellent source of information on the latest new issues of the postal service of Nigeria as well as being someone who has the items actually for sale at a reasonable price. Thus there is now news of an issue from NiPost, the Nigerian postal service, which commemorates the 45th anniversary of the founding of the Nigerian capital, Abuja. A single stamp was released by NiPost on 18 March 2021 and was lithographed by the Nigerian Security Printing and Minting Company. Rating:- ****.

  Cjtern is also offering for sale 2 recent Revenue stamps from Nigeria and points out that such items are often used as postage stamps and I feel are therefore worth mentioning here.

  He notes that a single stamp was issued, I think last year, as a follow-up to the Stamp Duty stamp released in 2006. He informs us that a spat had developed between two government organisations - the postal service NiPost and the government inland revenue service FIRS - as to which of them should have responsibility for the production of revenue stamps. It appears that NiPost was eventually successful in its claim but not before FIRS had produced its own version. Cjtern expected that this item, though rare, would find some usage on mail items.

  The NiPost version was issued on 3 August 2021 with Nigeria Philatelic Services producing a first day cover and by doing so, at a single stroke, giving it postal as well as fiscal validity. Very interesting. Rating:- *****.

 πŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ New Zealand Post will issue a set of 4 gummed stamps, 3 self-adhesive stamps from booklets and 1 gummed miniature sheet containing all 4 stamps on 3 November 2021 to commemorate Christmas. The colourful stamps which feature characters from the story of the Nativity were designed by Cam Price but it would have been more pleasing if the featured figures had been given faces. The issue was lithographed by Southern Colour Print and the gummed stamps are perforated 14.5 x 14. Rating:- ***.

Sunday, 17 October 2021

1961. πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ Canada Post Commemorates Actor Christopher Plummer.


πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ Canada Post’s latest new issues are:- 

14 October 2021 - Commemoration of the actor, the late Christopher Plummer (1929-2021) who is most famous I suspect for his role of von Trapp in the movie of the musical Sound of Music. The single self-adhesive stamp which is issued in booklets of 10 also depicts Plummer in the roles of King Lear, Rudyard Kipling in the film The Man Who Would Be King and as John Barrymore in the movie Barrymore. The stamp was designed by Stephen Slipp and Spooky Pooka and is accompanied by a miniature sheet containing 6 of the stamps. Rating:- ****.

19 October 2021 - Diwali (Hindu religious festival) - 1 stamp issued in booklets of 10. Designed by Seung Jai Paek. Rating:- ***.

  πŸ‡¬πŸ‡¬ Guernsey Post’s Post and Go kiosk GG02 located at Envoy House in St Peter Port will dispense strips of the Guernsey Flag stamps with an additional inscription to commemorate the Centenary of the Royal British Legion from 11 to 13 November 2021. The inscription will read, “RBL 100/1921-2021’ along with a Poppy icon.The day of issue coincides with Armistice Day.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ The Post and Go kiosk A002, situated at the Royal Navy Museum in Portsmouth and where Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory is located, will dispense strips of the Union Jack and Machin Head stamps with the additional inscription “Trafalgar Day” to commemorate the 216th anniversary of the British fleet’s defeat of the French at the glorious Battle of Trafalgar from 21 to 31 October 2021.

Thursday, 14 October 2021

1960. πŸ‡§πŸ‡² Bermuda’s Christmas Stamps.


  πŸ‡§πŸ‡²  The postal service of Bermuda issued a very attractive set of 4 Christmas ‘Greetings’ stamps on 30 September 2021. The stamps were lithographed by Lowe Martin.

  Thanks to Gene W of Colnect for drawing my attention to this issue. Rating:- *****.

  πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί The latest list of new issues from Australia Post contains only the upcoming Christmas stamps inscribed Australia and the Christmas stamps which are inscribed Christmas Island Australia

  The set inscribed Australia is made up of 3 rather uninteresting stamps featuring decorated biscuits and 2 with a more religious theme. All 5 designs are to be sold in gummed format as well as self-adhesive from booklets and the 65c secular stamps are also in self-adhesive format from sheetlets of 10. There is also a gummed miniature sheet. The issue is designed by Jo MurΓ© and Sonia Young and the stamps are lithographed by RA Printing (religious stamps) and EGO (secular stamps) and Rapid Labels (secular self-adhesives from sheets of 10). The gummed stamps are perforated 14.5 x 14. Rating:- **.

  The set inscribed Christmas Island is made up of 2 gummed stamps, 1 gummed miniature sheet and 1 self-adhesive stamp from a sheetlet of 10. The cartoony style of local wildlife meeting Father Christmas is cheerful and amusing but has been used continuously over the last few years and has now probably overstayed its welcome. The issue was designed by Andrew McIntosh and Sonia Young and the stamps were lithographed by RA Printing and Rapid Labels (sheetlet of 10) and are perforated 14 x 14.5. Rating:- ***.

  These items are all due to be issued on 1 November 2021.

  Apart from the above Australia Post also intends to issue even more of the tiresome stamp packs containing 2 sheetlets each of 12 different stamps (a total of 24 different stamps per pack) and sold at a premium price of A$17.95. There are two such packs titled ‘Elf on the Shelf’ and ‘Mickey Mouse and Friends Christmas pack’. Rating:- 0.

Monday, 11 October 2021

1959. πŸ‡±πŸ‡° Birds, COVID-19 And High Value Definitive Issues From Sri Lanka.

  πŸ‡±πŸ‡° Sri Lanka Post released 3 issues on 9 October 2021. The first was a truly beautiful set of 6 stamps and 6 single stamp miniature sheets depicting endemic birds species of Sri Lanka. This is a set of six gorgeous bird portraits which should prove to be highly popular with collectors who specialise in stamps with a bird theme. Rating:- ******.

  The second issue of 9 October 2021 is a new high value definitive stamp with a face value of Rs1000.The design by Isuru Chathuranga depicts a Yapahuwa lion and has already featured on a Rs500 released earlier this year. Rating:- ****.

  The final issue of 9 October 2021 is a single stamp designed by Pulasthi Ediriweera and is circular in format. The stamp commemorates World Post Day and deals with the subject of mail services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Rating:- ****.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ The US-based purveyor of philatelic items, IGPC,  has released a list of its latest products with the names of some of its Commonwealth country clients printed on them. All are rated 0.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡² The Gambia - 9 September 2021 - 2 issues (Hedgehogs [2 miniature sheets], 20th anniversary of the Terrorist outrages of 11/9/2021 [2 miniature sheets]).

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡© Grenada - 9 September 2021 - 1 issue (20th anniversary of the terrorist outrages of 11 September 2021 [2 miniature sheets].

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡Ύ Guyana - 11 September 2021 - 1 issue (20th anniversary of the terrorist outrages of 11 September 2021 [2 miniature sheets];

                       13 September 2021 - 1 issue (Nocturnal animals of the United States [2 miniature sheets]).

πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡» Tuvalu - 2 August 2021 - 1 issue (Tokyo Olympic Games [1 miniature sheet]).