🇬🇧 The incredible ineptitude of those responsible for Royal Mail marketing whereby they have held off like grim death from giving details of the Rolling Stones issue to collectors for weeks in order to try to have a worthwhile launch of it (though everybody who might be vaguely interested now knows just about everything there is to be known about the issue) knows no bounds. Anyway, for what it’s worth, this is what Royal Mail’s eventual official announcement tells us:-
The issue for release on 20 January 2022 will be made up of 8 stamps (2 horizontally se-tenant strips of 4) pleasingly not in the now very tiresome ‘album cover’ format, along with 1 miniature sheet containing 4 different stamps. There will also be a Prestige Booklet, costing £20.85, with one pane made up of 2 x 10p, 2 x 20p, 2 x 50p and 2 x £1 Machin Head definitive values and a limited edition version of the Prestige booklet on sale for £49.99.
Collectors will also be delighted to add several other miniature sheets to their burgeoning collections - there will be 2 self-adhesive ‘Collectors sheets’ (‘Hyde Park’ and ‘Rolling Sones On Tour’), each costing £11.50p and each containing 8 stamps with attached labels, and 2 different ‘Fan sheets’ (‘Voodoo Lounge’ and ‘Hyde Park’), each containing 3 identical stamps and each costing £7 and released inevitably in a ‘limited edition’ of 10000 (don’t all rush at once). The issue’s paraphilatelic delights do not end there - the devoted Rolling Stones enthusiast and the well-heeled one-of-everything collector may also be tempted by such exquisite pleasures as a set of 8 ‘gold stamps’ - a snip at £149.99 - and 2 ‘silver stamp ingots’, each costing a mere £99.99. Who can resist?
The issue was designed by Baxter and Bailey and lithographed by International Security Printers and the stamps are perforated 14. Rating:- *.
🇬🇬 Guernsey Post
19 January 2022 - Chinese New Year, Year of the Tiger - 1 miniature sheet costing £95 produced in ‘24 carat gold’ in a ‘limited edition’ of 200 and sold in a protective acrylic case. Rating:- 0. See also Blogs 1981 and 1993.
9 February 2022 - ‘Heart of the forest’ (part 1) - 1 stamp with design featuring origami. Rating:- 0.
4 February 2022 - Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II - 1 Prestige booklet sold for £21.12p. Rating:- 0. See also Blogs 1998 and 2006.
2022 New issue programmes
🇳🇿 New Zealand Post.
12 January - Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II
2 February - Historic ships of the 19th century
2 March - Centenary of the Poppy appeal
6 April - 75th anniversary of NZ Symphony Orchestra
6 April - Eid mubarak
4 May - Matariki 2022
1 June - The Lord of the Rings movies, 20th anniversary of The Two Towers
6 July - Te Kura 100
3 August - 50th anniversary of the Maori Language Petition
7 September - Women in science
7 September - issue inscribed Ross Dependency
5 October - IHC Awards
2 November - Christmas
7 December - Chinese New Year, Year of the Rabbit
🇮🇪 An Post (postal service of the Republic of Ireland).
13 January - ‘100 Years of History’ - 3 stamps
27 January - Centenary of the publication of Ulysses by James Joyce - 2 stamps
3 February - Love - 1 stamp
3 March - Irish women in sport - 6 stamps
24 March - Irish Oscar award winners - 4 stamps
28 April - Irish breakfasts - 4 stamps
26 May - Colāisti Samhraidh - 2 stamps
23 June - Centenary of the Irish civil war - 1 stamp
18 August - Centenary of the death of Michael Collins - 1 stamp
1 September - Urban street art (II) - 4 stamps
8 September - EUROPA, Stories and myths - 2 stamps
3 November - Christmas - 6 stamps
24 November - Centenary of the death of Erskine Childers - 1 stamp
1 December - Centenary of the establishment of the Irish Free State - 1 stamp
Date to be announced - Definitive series - 12 stamps
🇨🇦 Canada Post
21 January - Black history month, Eleanor Collins and Salome Bey
1 March - Flowers - Calla lily
Centenary of the Governor-General’s Foot Guard
Canadian aviators (fourth issue)
Capex International Philatelic Exhibition - 1 miniature sheet
Indigenous leaders, 3 leaders to be commemorated
Vintage travel posters
Remembrance Day - Tommy Prince, “one of Canada’s most decorated First Nation soldiers” (Second World War and Korean War
50th anniversary of the Canada-Russia Ice hockey summit.