Thursday, 12 March 2020

1620. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ผ Botswana Features Spiders Of The Kalahari.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ The United States-based ‘boutique philatelic agency’, Philatelic Collector Inc, has issued its first paraphilatelic products of 2020 - I’m not yet sure of the precise date of issue - in the name of its client postal administrations, those of Cook Islands and Tonga. Cook Islands has 4 sets produced in its name in the form of items inscribed either Cook Islands, Aitutaki, Penrhyn or Rarotonga and Tonga has two - inscribed Tonga or Niuafo’ou. In all the agents has managed to produce a total of 24 stamps and 12 miniature sheets depicting different types of animals ‘of the world’, so not necessarily species found in these particular South Pacific islands. The various items are depicted below. The items are not yet shown on the PCI website (so there are probably more issues to be revealed shortly) but are being offered for sale by a Russian internet auction site dealer as were the previously issued excruciatingly expensive  ‘Birds of the world’ issues of 2019. 

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Cook Islands - 2020 - Butterflies of the world - 4 stamps and 2 miniature sheets - Rating:- 0.








๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Cook Islands (inscribed Aitutaki Cook Islands) - 2020 - Turtles of the world- 4 stamps and 2 miniature sheets. Rating:- 0.







๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Cook Islands (inscribed Penrhyn Cook Islands) - Butterflies of the world - 4 stamps and 2 miniature sheets. Rating:- 0.







๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Cook Islands (inscribed Rarotonga Cook Islands) - 2020 - Turtles of the world - 4 stamps and 2 miniature sheets. Rating:- 0.







๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ด Tonga (inscribed Niuafo’ou) - 2020 - Whales and dolphins of the world - 4 stamps and 2 miniature sheets. Rating:- 0.







๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ด Tonga - Whales and dolphins of the world - 4 stamps and 2 miniature sheets. Rating:- 0.








๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ผ Botswana Post issued a set of 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 7 March 2020 as the second part of its Invertebrates of the Kalahari series. The stamps are triangular and were designed by Monkgogi Samson from illustrations by Baboloki Somolekae and were lithographed by Southern Colour Print. The miniature sheet containing all 6 stamps is shaped like a spider’s web. Another excellent and original issue from Botswana Post. Rating:- *****.

Dear 






๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท The postal service of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus issued a single stamp on 12 March 2020 to commemorate the UEFA European football championships being held in various locations across Europe. An issue of a single stamp to commemorate the Olympic Games to be held later in the year in Japan has also been announced but I have not yet seen an illustration of it. Rating:- ****.



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