🇦🇺 There are numerous new issues due to be released by Australia Post in the next few weeks with subjects ranging from the trivial to the notable.
It is not surprising that there will be an issue to commemorate the holding of the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in Australia. The single stamp will be issued on 20 March 2018 and was designed by Sonia Young and lithographed by RA Printing and perforated 14.5 x 14. Rating:- ***.
A set of 4 gummed stamps and 4 self-adhesive stamps sold in 4 different $10 booklets (10 x $1 stamps) will be released on 6 March 2018 on the subject of 'Jam labels'. Presumably this trivial issue is an attempt to cash in on the nostalgia stamp market but I personally find it difficult to feel nostalgia for jam jar labels. I feel even less enthusiastic for this issue given that the total face value is $44. Rating:- 0.
An attractive set of Birds stamps will be issued on 16 March 2018 with the issue concentrating on Finches of Australia. Sadly the stamps have been produced in various formats so that the stamp collector is faced with the need of buying 4 gummed stamps, 4 self-adhesive stamps from coils and 4 self-adhesive stamps from a booklet of 10 x $1. The very attractive stamps were designed by John White and lithographed by RA Printing (coil stamps lithographed by Pemara) and perforated 14 x 14.5. The total face value of the issue is $18. Rating:- **.
The four Finches stamps will also be included in a miniature sheet to be released on 16 March 2018 to commemorate the Canberra Stamp Show which is to be held from 16 to 18 March. Rating:- **.
Five gummed stamps, 5 self-adhesive stamps from $10 booklets (10 x $1), a gummed miniature sheet and a $20.95c prestige booklet will be issued on 10 April 2018 as the fifth part of the ongoing series which commemorates a century of the Australian Armed Forces. This set is on the subject of War Memorials of Australia. This is a worthy subject. The issue was designed by Gary Dominey and lithographed by RA Print and perforated 14.5. Rating:- *****.
The annual issue to commemorate the Queen's Birthday will be released on 17 April 2018 and is made up of 2 gummed stamps and 1 gummed miniature sheet as well as 2 self-adhesive stamps each from individual booklets ($10 containing 10 x $1 and $15 containing 5 x $3). The designs by Jason Watts depict 2 delightful portraits of The Queen and the stamps were lithographed by RA Print and perforated 14.5 x 14. Rating:- *****.
🇦🇺 Australia Post will also issue 4 stamps and 1 miniature sheet inscribed 'Australian Antarctic Territory' on 27 March 2018 on the subject of the Crabeater seal. The attractive issue was designed by Sonia Young and lithographed by EGO and perforated 14 x 14.5. Rating:- ****.
🇳🇫 Australia Post will also issue 2 stamps and a miniature sheet containing 2 different stamps which are inscribed 'Norfolk Island' on 30 April 2018 on the subject of Norfolk Island wrasses. This is another attractive issue and was designed by Roger Swainston of ANIMA and Sonia Young. The issue was lithographed by RA Printing and perforated 14 x 14.5. Rating:- ****.
🇨🇾 The first issue of 2018 from Cyprus Post was released on 12 February 2018 and is made up of 4 stamps which feature Flowers of Cyprus. The issue was designed by Manolis Emmanouel of Lefkosa from photographs by Christodoulos Makris and lithographed by Veridos Matsoukis SA of Greece. Rating:- ****.