Collectors will be overjoyed to know that this Blog contains news of the latest stuff with the names of Commonwealth countries printed on it to be put out by both IGPC and Stamperija.
🇬🇲 The Gambia - 8 March 2017 - ?Definitive stamps - Although The Gambia is not at present a member of The Commonwealth it is expected to rejoin the organisation in the foreseeable future after the removal of the tyrannical former president earlier this year. This set of 3 stamps looks rather like 3 definitive values and if so may well be in actual postal service use in The Gambia when it rejoins The Commonwealth and it therefore makes sense to obtain these 3 very attractive stamps with that thought in mind. Rating:- *****.
Post scriptum - see the comments at the end of this Blog. I completely reverse what I wrote in the last sentence of the above paragraph! Revised rating:- 0!
🇱🇷 Depicted below are similar stamps produced by IGPC for Liberia - see the Comment section at the end of this Blog. The total face value of this trio is equivalent to £190!
🇬🇩 Grenada - 28 February 2017 - Bats (found in Grenada) - 1 sheetlet of 6 different stamps and 1 miniature sheet of 2 different stamps. Rating:- ****.
28 February 2017 - 50th anniversary of Ranger 7 space craft - 2 miniature sheets each of 4 different stamps. Rating:- 0.
🇬🇭🇬🇩🇻🇨 Issues commemorating the Birth Centenary of John Kennedy (former US President) - In addition to previously mentioned items, further issues have been produced by IGPC in the names of Ghana (1 miniature sheet of 6 different stamps, 1 ms of 4 different stamps and 1 ms of 1 stamp, issued 14 March 2017), Grenada Carriacou And Petite Martinique (1 miniature sheet of 6 different stamps and 1 miniature sheet of 4 different stamps- see also Blog 925, issued 28 February 2017) and St. Vincent And The Grenadines (1 miniature sheet of 6 different stamps and 1 miniature sheet of 4 different stamps, issued 28 February 2017). Rating:- 0.
🇦🇬 Antigua And Barbuda -
3 February 2017 - Death Centenary of Count Ferdinand Von Zeppelin - 1 miniature sheet of 4 different stamps and 1 miniature sheet of 2 different stamps. Rating:- 0.
3 June 2017 - 55th anniversary of Yuri Gargarin's first manned space flight - 1 miniature sheet of 6 different stamps and 1 miniature sheet of 2 different stamps. Rating:- 0.
11 January 2017 - Commemoration of the late King Bhumibol Adulayadej of Thailand - 1 sheetlet of 6 different stamps and 1 miniature sheet of 4 stamps. Rating:- 0.
15 February 2017 - Pacific jellyfish - 1 miniature sheet of 4 different stamps and 1 miniature sheet of 2 different stamps. Lithographed. Rating:- ***.
15 February 2017 - Commemoration of the late Shimon Peres, former President of Israel - 1 sheetlet of 6 different stamps. Rating:- 0.
🇸🇱 There's no reasonable explanation for the issuing of "stamps" with the name of Sierra Leone printed on them when they commemorate such unlikely subjects as the Centenary of the death of the spy Mata Hari and the 55th anniversary of the Cuban Missiles Crisis. But the relevance of subjects to the unfortunate country whose name is inscribed on the paraphilatelic products which emanate from the philatelic agency known as Stamperija has long been of trivial importance to the agency providing they sell their products and make a huge profit at the same time.
So the latest such items to be inscribed "Sierra Leone" generally remain irrelevant in subject matter to that country and include the above two improbable subjects along with the 50th anniversary of the Outer Space Treaty, the 50th anniversary of Valentina Tereshkova's space flight, 20th anniversary of the death of Mother Teresa, Birth Centenary of the former US President JF Kennedy, 160th anniversary of the Indian Mutiny, Centenary of The Russian revolution, 180th anniversary of the death of Alexander Pushkin and the 220th birth anniversary of Frank Schubert.
As usual these items are issued in sheetlets of 4 different "stamps" and accompanying miniature sheets and there are 10 sets in all which are stated to have been "issued" on 27 February 2017 though whether any of them were actually put on sale at any post office counters in Sierra Leone is another question altogether. Rating:- 0. Examples of 3 of the sets are shown below:-