🇵🇳 Bounty Post, the postal service of Pitcairn Islands, issued a set of 4 stamps on 12 December 2018 on the subject of 'Pitcairn from the air'. This is a very attractive and colourful set. Rating:- ****.
🇲🇾 The first issues of 2019 to be released by Pos Malaysia should be:-
15 January 2019 - Malaysian festivals, part 3 - 5 stamps and 1 miniature sheet
12 February 2019 - Exotic food
15 March 2019 - Tourist destinations, Melaka and Sarawak
21 March 2019 - Centenary of Chong Hwa School, Kuala Lumpur.
🇬🇧 Though I try to be as complete as possible with news of all the stamps coming from Commonwealth philatelic entities I generally do not touch on the constant flow of Machin Head definitives released by Royal Mail every year. There is really no reason for me to do so as the subject is fully and superbly covered by Ian Billings in his tour de force blog, Norvic Philatelics Blog. I find the Machin head definitives extremely confusing and hard to grapple with so long may Ian continue to unmuddy the waters on the subject even if he is not intending to handle and sell the items from the 2019 security code numbers onwards though he still has the 2018 code numbers and previously for sale.
In his Blog he has summarised the new Machin Head varieties of 2018 including the specialised subject of various phosphor colours which require an ultraviolet light to detect. My collection does not go as far as including such exquisitely specialised features so, excluding the phosphor varieties, it seems that Ian has identified that during 2018 there were 37 new Machin Head varities to add to one's collection and to the annual total of stamps issued by Royal Mail during the year. These stamps briefly are (but for full details visit the Norvic Philatelics Blog):-
50p counter stamp code M17L
100g Special Delivery code M17L
M18 stamps - self adhesive:-
All these were printed by Walsall Security Printers
2nd Class counter sheet
2nd Class business sheet
2nd Large counter sheet
2nd Large business sheet
1st Class counter sheet
1st Class business sheet
1st Large counter sheet
1st Large business sheet
100g Special delivery
500g Secial delivery
2nd Class retail booklet, 12 stamps, MTIL
2nc Large booklet, 4 stamps, MFIL
1st Class booklet of 8, MTIL
1st Class booklet of 4 definitives and 2 commemoratives MCIL
1st Class booklet of 6 MSIL
1st Large booklet of 4 MFIL
MPIL and M_IL stamps - gummed from prestige booklets:-
1st Class from World War I booklet
1st Class from Harry Potter booklet
2p from RAF booklet (M_IL)
5p from RAF booklet (M_IL)
20p from Harry Potter booklet
50p from Harry Potter booklet
£1.17p from RAF booklet (M_IL)
£1.25p from Harry Potter booklet
🇮🇳 The final India Post My Stamp issues of 2018 are depicted below - they take the form of sheets of 12 identical stamps with attached labels sold at a premium above face value:-
7 December 2018 - 75th anniversary of Dainik Jagran, newspaper.
11 December 2018 - 35th anniversary of the Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences.
15 December 2018 - 150th anniversary of the Bangalore Club.
18 December 2018 - 150th anniversary of the SBI Hyderabad Main Branch.
December 2018 - The red panda. This is one of my favourite stamps of the year. I can't resist pictures of cute animals. There's very few creatures more appealing than the red panda than, say, a labrador puppy!