Saturday 20 March 2021

1851. ๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Kiribati Celebrates Island Life.


๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ฎ These are the sort of new issues I like - stamps which illustrate and inform the collector about the country whose name appears on them - be it about the people, the culture, the wildlife, the scenery, the history, the architecture, the folklore and so on. A good sensible set of stamps, pleasingly but not over-cleverly designed, with face values that ensure a profit for the postal administration but which do not leave the collector feeling robbed. Is it too much to ask for? Alas, with so many postal services and philatelic agencies it is indeed too much to hope for to the ruin of the hobby.

  The postal service of Kiribati however has that fine attitude towards issuing stamps which do indeed highlight the country’s story. The latest new issue of 4 stamps and 1 miniature sheet containing 2 different stamps from the Kiribati postal service fully lives up to my hopes and has the title Island Life and illustrates various aspects of the way people live in the small island nation. It’s a great little set and was released on 1 February 2021. Rating:- ****** (yes, 6 stars).

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ In Blogs 1797 and 1798 I mentioned the set of stamps from Posta Uganda which commemorated the 65th birthday of the Kabaka of Buganda. I initially speculated that the 2 stamps were accompanied by a miniature sheet but eventually concluded that the issue was made up of just the 2 stamps. Now it appears that there was indeed a miniature sheet which contained both stamps and this item is now being offered for sale on an internet auction site. Rating:- *****.

๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฟ A second item which has only just come to my attention is a single ‘real’ locally produced stamp from the postal service of Mozambique. This item dates back to 2017 and is on the subject of Children but the poor quality of the illustration on top of the poor printing of the stamp makes it difficult to read the inscription (and in truth my ability to read Portuguese is somewhat absent). Still, an interesting item. Rating:- *****.


  1. The inscription on the Mozambique stamp reads 'SOS Aldeia das crianรงas', translated: SOS Children's Village.

  2. List of Mosambik stamps printed in Mosambik during the past 10 years

    Briefmarken (Inlandsdrucke, nicht von Stamperija)
    Verkauf zumindest im Hauptpostamt in Maputo

    2005 Sรผdafrikanische Entwicklungsgesellschaft (Mi 2844) 8.000,00 MT

    2005 Traditionelle afrikanische Heilkunde (Mi 2845) 8.000 MT

    2005 WSIS Tunis 2005 (Mi 2846) 8.000,00 MT
    Neue Wรคhrung ab 1. Juli 2006: 1 Mtn = 1000 MT
    2006 25 Jahre Fernsprechgesellschaft TDM (Mi 2865) 8000 MT (8,00 Mtn)

    2006 World Vision (Mi A2865 und B 2865) 2 x 33.00 Mtn (spรคter MT)

    2008 World Vision (Kinderzeichnung) Metical 33,00

    2010 AICEP (Mi. Nr. 4255) (Flaggenband) Metical 92,00

    2011 TVM (2) (Mi. Nr. 4256/57) (TVM 30 ANOS) Metical 66,00 / 92,00

    2011 World Vision (Wort: World Vision) Metical 92,00

    2012 AICEP (Schriftsteller) Metical 92,00

    2013 World Vision (Familie) Metical 92,00

    2014 8 Seculos da Lingua Portuguesa (Flaggenband) Metical 92,00

    2015 AICEP (25 anos, Symbole) Metical 92,00

    2016 World Vision (Kinder spielen) Metical 184,00

    2017 INCM (25 Jahre) Metical 60,00

    2017 SOS Kinderdorf (Kind, Symbol) Metical 184,00

    2017 World Vision (Menschen im Kreis) Metical 184,00

    2018 World Vision (Kind, Hand) Metical 184,00

    2019 World Vision (Kind im Kreis) Metical 184,00

    2019 Papstbesuch (3) (Papst vor Landkarte) Metical 37,- /184,- /215,-