Thursday, 21 March 2019

1410. 🇵🇸 Palestine Commemorates Stamp Centenary.

  🇬🇧 Shown below are better quality illustrations of Royal Mail's upcoming Birds of Prey issue due to be released on 4 April 2019. The issue was designed by Royal Mail Group Ltd based on original designs by GBH using photographs by Tim Flach. The issue was lithographed by International Security Printers and perforated 14 x 14.5. A lovely set. Rating:- *****.

  🇲🇲 I have not yet mentioned the set of 6 stamps which was issued by the postal service of Myanmar on 14 September 2017 on the subject of local musical instruments. A colourful set. Rating:- ****.

  🇵🇸 I do not collect the new issues of the states and territories of the Middle East and Gulf regions which were previously occupied territories, trust territories, mandated territories and protectorates of The United Kingdom but from time to time I add stamps to my collection which hark back to the days when their stamps qualified for inclusion in Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue 'Part 1'.
  One such interesting and relevant issue is a stamp and miniature sheet issued by The State Of Palestine to commemorate the Centenary of the first postage stamp issued in the territory under British occupation at the end of the First World War. The date of issue was originally intended to be 10 February 2018 but release was delayed until 15 January 2019.
  In the struggle with The Ottoman Empire which had allied itself with The German Empire against Great Britain and its allies during World War I the British had waged a campaign against the Turks across the Middle East. On 10 February 1918 a single postage stamp was issued for use in areas under British occupation - Palestine, Transjordan, Cilicia, northern Egypt and Syria. The stamp was printed in indigo-coloured ink by 'photo-lithography' by the Typographical Department of the Survey of Egypt sited at Giza and was inscribed 'E.E.F.' which stood for 'Egyptian Expeditionary Force'. The stamps were perforated by means of rouletting and were ungummed.
  A second value was issued on 16 February 1918 by surcharging the original 1 piastre value with a 5 mils value with a new shade of colour of the stamp itself - 'cobalt blue' instead of 'indigo'. A new shade of the 1 piastre was issued on 5 March 1918 in 'ultramarine' and on gummed paper.
  A very interesting new issue. Rating:- *****.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

1409. 🇲🇾 Tourism In Malaysia.

  🇲🇾 Pos Malaysia issued an excellent set of 4 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 15 March 2019 on the subject of Tourist destinations and featuring Sarawak and Malacca. The issue took the form of 2 se-tenant pairs, one for Sarawak and the other pair featuring Malacca. The miniature sheet features river scenes from both states. The issue was designed by KY Lim. Rating:- *****.

  🇲🇲 Myanmar Posts has issued the third of its Myanmar Calendar issue which it is releasing monthly during the course of 2019. The third issue is again a single stamp and marks the month of Tabaung. The issue depicts the Sand Pagoda festival and the Tharaphi flower. The stamp was issued on 6 March 2019. I like this modest series very much. Rating:- *****.
  See also Blogs 1370 and 1389.

  🇲🇺 Mauritius Post issued a single stamp on 13 March 2019 on the subject of Rescue and lifesaving and featuring a helicopter of the Police Helicopter Squadron. A nice straightforward stamp. Rating:- ****.

  🇸🇬 Singapore Post is planning to issue a pair of stamps on 8 May 2019 as its part of a joint issue with the postal service of Israel. Despite the poor quality of the illustration here I think it's possible to see just how delightful are the designs of the two stamps depicting as they do the national birds of the 2 countries perched on garlands of flowers. Rating:- *****.

  🇵🇳 The next issue from Bounty Post, the postal service of Pitcairn Islands, will be released on 10 April 2019 on the subject of 'Fragrant flowers'.

  🇸🇱 Stamperija released 40 stamps and 10 miniature sheets with the name of Sierra Leone printed on them on a stated 'first day of issue' of 30 January 2019 covering 10 different subjects with little or no relevance to Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone therefore becomes the 40th country of The Commonwealth to have its name added to the list of countries which have either issued stamps or have had stamps issued in its name so far in 2019. Rating:- 0.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

1408. 🇨🇾🇵🇬 Trees Of Cyprus And Papua New Guinea Sports Teams.

  🇨🇾 Cyprus Post will issue a set of 3 stamps on 28 March 2019 on the subject of Centennial Trees. This is an attractive set and was designed by Manolis Emmanouel. Rating:- ****.

  🇵🇬 Papua New Guinea Post issued a set of 4 stamps and 2 miniature sheets on 15 March 2018 on the subject of National Sports Teams. This excellent set was designed by Kin Kaupa and printed in lithography by Southern Colour Print. The issue of Sports subjects stamps are becoming increasingly unusual and postal administrations seem to see more opportunity for profit in the release of stamps depicting Fantasy and Science Fiction subjects be they films or television programmes. Rating:- *****.

  🇮🇳 India Post issued a single stamp on 6 March 2019 to commemorate Professor Ram Chand Paul who worked at Panjab University in the Department of Chemistry and was later the Vice Chancellor of that institution. Rating:- **.

  A single stamp was also issued on 9 March 2019 to commemorate Kubernath Ray (1933 to 1996) who was a notable Hindi writer and essayist. Rating:- *.

  🇯🇪 News of yet more Post and Go stamps from Jersey Post. Stamps will be dispensed from kiosks JE02 and JE03 from 26 March 2019 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Durrell Wildlife Trust. The 6 Jersey Crest stamps dispensed from JE02 (Broad Street post office) and the 6 Durrell: Saving Primates stamps dispensed from JE03 (Jersey Post Headquarters) will have the additional inscription 'Durrell - 60th Anniversary' plus the Durrell Wildlife Trust logo applied to them. Rating:- 0.

Wednesday, 13 March 2019

1407. 🇱🇨 Saint Lucia Commemorates 40 Years Of Independence.

  🇱🇨 After a long break the postal service of Saint Lucia has released a set of 4 stamps. The issue commemorates the 40th anniversary of the island's Independence from The United Kingdom. I do not yet know the date of issue but Independence Day is celebrated there on 22 February and so it is reasonable to assume that the date of issue was 22 February 2019. It is a very attractive set and among other subjects two local birds are depicted on two of the stamps. Rating:- *****.

  🇳🇿 New Zealand Post will issue a set of 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 3 April 2019 on the subject of the ANZAC Dawn Service. New Zealand Post has published the following information about the subject, "Whether an ANZAC Day Dawn Service is held at Auckland or Kaikoura, Gallipoli or London, Scott Base or Stewart Island, New Zealanders rise early on Anzac Day. On this 'the one day of the year' we for-go a holiday sleep-in to acknowledge at dawn those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and who now sleep forever".
  "Once a solemn and silent parade of veterans, today Anzac Day belongs to all New Zealanders as we acknowledge the human cost of war and share in a sense of pride in the collective deeds of those who served".
  The issue was designed by Helcia Berryman of Grange Park Creative and lithographed by Southern Colour Print and perforated 14.5 x 14. Rating:- ****.

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

1405. 🇸🇱 The Commonwealth's Greediest Stamp Issuing Territories In 2018.

  🇸🇱  Time to list the greediest stamp-issuing territories of 2018. This provides a simple list of territories (regardless of whether their own postal service issued their stamps or whether it was a foreign agency which released stamps on their behalf) and may not include some stamp issues which have not yet made themselves known to stamp collectors. Each listed territory has the number of items issued by it or for it and this total may include ordinary postage stamps, miniature sheets, booklets, sheetlets, My Stamp/Smilers issues, Post and Go issues and so on.
  The main weakness is that a country's 'greed' is only illustrated by the number of items issued rather than the cost of them and some territories have been responsible for some highly expensive items such as Royal Mail's outlandish limited edition Prestige booklets and various extremely high face value stamps from a number of territories. Nevertheless the list gives an impression of which Commonwealth postal services are using any means they can think of to screw money out of stamp collectors and those which show respect to their collectors by having reasonable new issue programmes.

1. Sierra Leone - 1169 items (2017 also placed at no. 1 with 1239 items) (Stamperija)
2. Mozambique - 748 items (2017 issued 75 items) (Stamperija)
3. Australia - 323 items (2017 issued 242 items placed at no. 6) (Australia Post, includes items inscribed 'Australian Antarctic Territory', 'Christmas Island Australia', 'Cocos (Keeling Islands) Australia' and 'Norfolk Island Australia').
4. Malaysia - 318 (115 in 2017) (Pos Malaysia)
5. Guernsey - 300 (264 in 2017) (Guernsey Post, includes items inscribed 'Alderney')
6. United Kingdom - 257 (364 in 2017) (Royal Mail)
7. Antigua And Barbuda - 217 (139 in 2017) (IGPC)
8. India - 183 (288 in 2017) (India Post)
9. Isle Of Man - 164 (120 in 2017) (Isle Of Man Post Office)
10. Jersey - 161 (125 in 2017) (Jersey Post)
11. New Zealand - 158 (112 in 2017) (New Zealand Post)
12. Grenada - 137 (229 in 2017) (IGPC, includes items inscribed 'Grenada Carriacou And Petite Martinique)
13. Guyana - 107 (83 in 2017) (IGPC)
14. Cook Islands - 97 (68 in 2017) (Philatelic Collector Inc.)
15. Papua New Guinea - 91 (54 in 2017) (PNG Post and IGPC)
16. The Gambia - 86 (not a Commonwealth member in 2017, total includes items issued only after the country rejoined The Commonwealth) (IGPC)
17. Gibraltar - 84 (101 in 2017) (Royal Gibraltar Post Office)
18. Canada - 82 (94 in 2017) (Canada Post)
19. Singapore - 78 (93 in 2017) (Singapore Post)
20. Nevis - 73 (66 in 2017) (IGPC)

  Thanks to the activities of the notorious philatelic agency, Stamperija, its client territory - Sierra Leone - is top of the list for the second consecutive year followed by another client country of that company - Mozambique.
  The fall in the number of items issued by Royal Mail is mainly attributable to the large reduction in Post and Go stamps issued by the company. Guernsey Post's high place is attributable to its large number of Post and Go stamps most of which were sold to mark the arrival of various cruise ships in the island. There was a large increase in the output of Malaysian stamps because of the issue of 168 stamps (84 perforated and 84 imperforate) issued in sheetlets of 6 different values.

  The list of territories with the least number of stamp items issued during 2018 is mainly made up of postal administrations which issued no stamps at all:- 

1. Anguilla - 0
1. Belize - 0
1. Brunei Darussalam - 0
1. Cameroon - 0
1. Dominica - 0
1. Ghana - 0
1. Lesotho - 0 (2 stamp issues have been reported but I have not seen any confirmation of this)
1. Rwanda - 0
1 St Kitts - 0
1. Saint Lucia - 0
1. Samoa - 0
1. Seychelles - 0
1. Solomon Islands - 0
1. Turks And Caicos Islands - 0
1. Uganda - 0
16. Jamaica - 1
16. Zambia - 1 
18. Nauru - 2
18. Vanuatu - 2
20. British Virgin Islands - 5

  Most notable is the presence of Solomon Islands, a client of Stamperija, in the second list with no known stamp issues in 2018 having being second in the first list the previous year with a total of 636 items. Has Solomon Islands escaped the clutches of Stamperija?

  🇧🇼 Botswana Post has issued a set of 6 stamps which depict Insects of Botswana. The attractive issue was designed by Baboloki Somalekae. I do not yet know the date of issue. Rating:- *****.

  🇮🇳 India Post issued a premium-priced My Stamp on 18 February 2019 which commemorated the 36th anniversary of Apollo Hospitals. Rating:- *.