Monday, 27 January 2020

1591. ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ New Surcharges From Tanzania.

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ The postal service of Tanzania has issued 5 new provisional surcharges in which previously issued stamps have been reissued with new values applied. I do not know the dates of issue of these new surcharges. Rating:- ****.

  In Blog 1590 I mentioned an issue of stamps released by the Tanzanian postal service on 18 January to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Pan-African Postal Union (PAPU) but additional information is now available in that a 2000/- value was also released (‘Barcode scanning for Track and Trace’). I also include below a better illustration of the 900/- value. The complete set of 3 stamps and 1 miniature sheet is depicted below:-

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง The first new definitive variety of 2020 from Royal Mail was issued on 21 January in the form of the 1st Class rate with M20L MCIL security code. The stamp is included in the £4.20 Video Games self-adhesive booklet and there are four of them together with 2 different 1st Class stamps from the Tomb Raider miniature sheet (‘1996’ and ‘2013’).

As mentioned in Blog 1583 Royal Mail will release a Prestige booklet as part of its Visions of the Universe issue on 11 February 2020 and 2 of the 4 panes are devoted to Machin Head definitives with one of them also including ‘Regional’ stamps (1 x 1st Class for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales). The Machin Head definitives are in 5 values - 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p and £1.35p. However the invaluable Norvic Philatelics Blog by Ian Billings has pointed out that the security codes on the Machin Head Stamps from these 2 panes will have the security code M19L MPIL and so  only the 1p, 10p and £1.35p values are new stamps because the 2p and 5p values have been issued previously with that code - the 5p in the 2019 Star Wars Prestige booklet and the 2p in the 20@9 Queen Victoria Prestige booklet.
  Ian Billings also notes slight differences in the regional stamps but particularly in the England stamp  which has a markedly different shade from previously.

Of course Royal Mail’s conviction that the only way to make money out of stamp issues is by issuing a vast number of products featuring present-day culture and not necessarily always British culture (Marvel Comics, Star Trek) must lead us to the conclusion that we are only 3 years away from an enormous issue to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the BBC’s Doctor Who, now an ultra-woke social commentary-science fiction television programme. That may be interesting because the 2013 issue which commemorated the programme’s 50th anniversary featured all of the previous Dr Who ‘incarnations’ - all men - but now the producer has arrived at the point in a storyline where all Dr Who’s previous incarnations never actually existed and in fact they were all women so I suppose the 2023 issue will feature all the previous Doctor Whos but not the ones depicted 10 years previously. (See also Blogs 23September 2012, 184, 232 and 1294).
  As a starter we have the previously unknown female Doctor Who played by Jo Martin who was introduced in the latest episode of the programme over the past weekend. The expected 60th anniversary issue is preempted here by this ‘stamp’ depicting this latest Doctor Who:-

Jo Martin as ‘The Doctor’

The only real problem that may prevent a 2023 Dr Who issue is the fact that the programme has lost so much of its popularity since it became more keen to show its social awareness than its interest in entertaining its audience - with the programme’s lowest viewing figures for decades - is that the programme may have been taken off television screens by then and consigned to television history.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

1590. ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ Tanzania Commemorates 40th Anniversary Of PAPU.

๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฟ In Blog 1585 I mentioned that collectors should look out for new stamp issues from various African postal administrations to commemorate the 40th of the Pan-African Postal Union (PAPU) and especially an issue from Tanzania Posts Corporation which was the host postal service at the meeting of the organisation held in Arusha from 17 to 19 January 2020. Well, it appears that Tanzania Post Corporation has indeed released such an issue and the issue appears to be made up of 2 stamps and 1 miniature sheet. The issue has a low face value and takes the form of a 900/- value (regrettably the illustration here of a block of 4 is rather poor) depicting Tanzania Posts Corporation transport, a 2300/- value (“Mv Mapinduzi of Zanzibar Improves Transport”) and a 2300/- miniature sheet (“Air Tanzania Energize Route”). The issue was lithographed by Oriental Security Printing Solutions Bahrain. Rating:- *****.

๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฌ While I’m on the subject of the PAPU anniversary I mention that the postal service of Egypt ‘unveiled’ a single stamp on 18 January 2020 to commemorate the 40th year of the organisation. Will some Commonwealth postal services follow Tanzania’s and Egypt’s precedent? I would not be surprised to see more such issues.

๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ It is reported that New Zealand Post intends to release the following issues during 2020:-

4 March - Parakeets
1 April - 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War
6 May - Olympic Games, Tokyo
3 June - Four Winds
1 July - Paralympic Games, Tokyo
5 August - World War 2 landscapes
2 September - Maori Language Week
7 October - ‘Kiwi cakes and bakes’
7 October - issue for Ross Dependency
4 November - Christmas
2 December - Chinese new year, Year of the Ox.

1589. ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada’s Ice Hockey Commemoration.

Recent and upcoming issues:-

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada Post - 24 January 2020 - Black History Month - 125th anniversary of the Colored Hockey Championship - 1 self-adhesive stamp issued in booklets of 10. Designed by Lime Design and lithographed by Lowe Martin. Rating:- *****.

2 March 2020 - Flowers, Dahlias - 2 self-adhesive stamps sold in booklets of 10 and in coils and 1 gummed miniature sheet. Designed by Lionel Gadoury, Umayma Motala and Maliki Soin of Context Creative. Lithographed by  Canadian Bank Note. Rating:- ***.

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore Post is very busy with its new issues in the first month of January. 24 January 2020 - My Stamp, Singapore flowers - sheetlets of 5 different small stamps with attached labels. A lovely issue. Rating:- ****.

Thursday, 23 January 2020

1588. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland’s City Of Culture Issue.

Recent and upcoming issues:-

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช An Post (postal service of the Irish Republic) - 23 January 2020 - Galway and Rijeka, European capitals of culture - 2 stamps and 1 miniature sheet. Designed by Steve Simpson and lithographed by Enschedรฉ and perforated 13.5 x 14. Rating:- ****.

๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Singapore Post - 2020 - Chinese New Year, Year of the Rat, personalised stamps. The Chinese Zodiac - 3 miniature sheets sold in a pack - 1 sheet containing 14 stamps (7 x 2) with attached labels, 1 sheet containing 6 stamps (3 x 2 stamps) with attached labels and 1 circular miniature sheet containing 2 identical stamps with a single large attached label.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Royal Gibraltar Post Office will issue a se-tenant pair of stamps (in the style of previous such issues) to commemorate the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat on 30 January 2020. Of course the subject of the issue has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with Gibraltar. Additionally annoying is the high total face value of this pair of stamps - £6.40p. Rating:- 0.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

1587. ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡บ Vanuatu Chinese New Year Issue.

Upcoming issues:-

๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡บ Vanuatu Post will issue a miniature sheet containing 2 different stamps on 25 January 2020 to commemorate the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat. The printing includes the use of gold foil. Not really a subject of relevance to Vanuatu. Rating:- 0.

๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฉ Bangladesh Post - 20 January 2020 - 9th National Cub Camporee - Designed by Tupash Kanti Golder of the Bangladesh Scouts. Lithographed by Security Printing Corporation (Bangladesh), Gazipur. Rating:- ***.

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India Post - 22 January 2020 - Centenary of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) - 1 stamp. I like this stylish issue because the designs of stamps commemorating the ILO are usually very dull and unoriginal. Rating:- ****.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Royal Mail - 10 March 2020 - London 2020 International Philatelic Exhibition - 1 counter booklet containing 6 x 1st self-adhesive stamps (2 x 1st Penny Black, 2 x 1st Penny Red and 2 x 1st Twopenny Blue).
Rating:- ***.

2020 - London 2020 International Philatelic Exhibition - 1 miniature sheet containing 8 x 1st Class rate stamps. Rating:- ***.