Thursday 5 February 2015

521. Surprise Marine Life Surcharge From Cyprus; Turtles From Ascension.

  Cyprus Post released a new surcharged stamp without any prior warning on 4 February 2015. The 43c sea anemone stamp originally issued in 2013 has been surcharged 34c (depicted above). I frequently buy my new Cyprus issues from the excellent Cyprus Stamps and they have been kind enough to supply me with this item free of charge with the latest part of the new definitive series which I had preordered from them. What excellent service.

  Ascension Island will issue 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 14 February 2015 on the subject of the green turtle (depicted above and below). The stamps are issued at the 50p airmail postcard rate and were designed by Bee Design and lithographed by BDT International:-

  The IGPC philatelic agency seems to have embarked on releasing a series of philatelic products on the subject of "Rare stamps of the world" (see Blogs 495 and 520). The latest products have been released in the name of St. Vincent And The Grenadines and take the form of a sheetlet of 3 "stamps" and 1 miniature sheet. Why, one wonders, are not rare stamps of St. Vincent depicted in this set rather than stamps from foreign countries?

  Other recently announced philatelic products from the IGPC are inscribed with the name of several Commonwealth territories:-
Nevis - 21 January 2015 - Prehistoric mammals (part 2) - 1 sheetlet of 4 stamps and 1 miniature sheet:-

  16 December 2014 - Whales and dolphins of the Caribbean region (part 2) - 1 sheetlet of 4 stamps and 1 miniature sheet:-

  St. Kitts - 31 December 2014 - Seagulls - 1 sheetlet of 4 different stamps and 1 m.s.:-

  31 December 2014 - Sunflowers - 1 sheetlet of 4 differents stamps and 1 m.s.:-

  31 December 2014 - "Tropical Fish of the Caribbean region" - 1 sheetlet of 4 different stamps and 1 m.s.:-

  Tuvalu - 2 February 2015 - Coral reefs of the Indo-Pacific region -1 sheetlet of 4 different stamps and 1 m.s.:-

  16 January 2015 - Surfing (Part 2) - 1 sheetlet of 4 different stamps and 1 m.s.:-

  Papua New Guinea's postal administration, Post PNG, has announced that it made "a joint issue" of stamps with the Bank of Papua New Guinea on 10 December 2014 to commemorate the Bank's 40th anniversary. The set consists of 4 stamps and 2 miniature sheets and the press announcement stated that this is the country's first issue since the founding of the Papua New Guinea Philatelic Bureau in 1952 to have a gold inscription on the stamps. The announcement states that this was Papua New Guinea's 8th and final stamp issue of 2014:-

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