Recent and upcoming issues:-
🇵🇰 Pakistan postal service - 5 February 2020 - Kashmir Solidarity Day - 1 stamp. One of the great present flash points of potential serious conflict is Kashmir where the two Commonwealth states of India and Pakistan continue to confront each other over the status of the territory. Both sides over the years have issued stamps related to their disagreements about Kashmir and both frequently issue stamps with a military theme which tie in with this confrontation. This is the latest stamp from one of the two sides which relates to the tensions in Kashmir. Designed by Khalid Nawaz and lithographed by National Security Printing Company Karachi and perforated 13. An interesting issue. Rating:- ****. (PA20.2).
🇮🇲 Isle Of Man Post Office - 26 February 2020 - Exploration of the moon and space - 8 stamps. Designed by Glazier Design and lithographed by Lowe Martin and perforated 14. Rating:- 0.
See also Blog 1596. Irrelevant subject. (XIOM20.5 -12)
🇬🇮 Royal Gibraltar Post Office - 5 February 2020 - Post and Go stamps, Chinese New Year, Year of the Rat - various postal rate values. Rating:- 0. Irrelevant subject. (XGIBPG20.1)
🇬🇧 Royal Mail - Booklets
10 March 2019 - London 2020 Stamp Exhibition - 1 retail counter booklet sold for £4.60p containing 6 x 1st stamps (2 x Penny Black, 2 x Penny Red, 2 x Twopenny Blue). Self-adhesive. (RMCB20.2)
11 February 2020 - ‘Visions of the Universe 200th anniversary of the Royal Astronomical Society’ - Prestige booklet with highly limited public availability sold for £16.10p. Four panes. Two panes contain commemorative stamps from Visions of The Universe issue (panes 1 and 3), one pane contains Machin Head definitives (2 x 5p and 2 x 10p) and Regional stamps (4 x 1st, one each for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales) and 1 stamp-sized label (pane 2) and one pane contains 8 Machin Head definitives (2 x 1p, 4 x 2p and 2 x £1.35 plus one stamp-sized label). (XRMPB20.1)
Stamps are now numbered. An ‘X’ at the start of a number implies that for reasons such as excessive issuing including high face value and persistently large numbers of issues or irrelevance of subject matter such numbered issues would not be added to my personal collection. It goes without saying that I would not include the issues of the postal services of Commonwealth territories which use Stamperija as the producer and issuer of their philatelic items - currently, Sierra Leone, Maldives and Mozambique - in my collection and such issues are not mentioned in this Blog unless there is good reason to believe that there is a possibility that they may be sold at local post offices for use on ordinary mail.