Thursday 27 July 2023

2346. 🇲🇹 🇬🇧 Excellent New Marine Life Set From Malta; Royal Mail 1st Class River Wildlife Back On Sale.


New issues.

🇲🇹 MaltaPost

28 July2023 - Marine life of the Mediterranean - 5 stamps. Designed by MaltaPost from paintings by Andrew Micallef and lithographed by Printex and perforated 14.. Rating:- *****. What excellent paintings.

🇬🇧 Royal Mail

27 July 2023 - River wildlife, 5 x 1st Class stamps with corrected phosphor bands. The Royal Mail Stamps and Collectables internet page is now advertising the 1st Class domestic rate stamps again having withdrawn them because of incorrect phosphor bands which have meant that they would have been recognised as 2nd Class rate values. The information states that those bought from 27 July “are not affected” and so presumably they are being reissued with the correct phosphor bands printed on them.

🇯🇪 Jersey Post -

2 August 2023 - The Jersey Dolls Hiuse and Miniatures Club - 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet containing all 6 stamps. Designed from photographs by Glenn Perotte and lithographed by bpost, Belgium. This issue does not seem to be associated with any particular event or anniversary. Rating:- *.

🇮🇳 India Post -

25 July 2023 - 75th anniversary of the High Court of Orissa - 1 stamp. Rating:- **.

25 July 2023 - India’s hosting of the G20 Summit, September 2023 - 2 stamps. Information obtained from tweets by Better Philately. Rating:- ***.


  1. That Jersey set is foolish. They may be miniatures on the stamps, but you can't tell - they could just as easily be normal size as there is nothing to give an idea of scale.

  2. Looking back at Jersey stamps of the 1970s the stamps were well produced with pleasing and relevant subjects. There were fewer issues and modest numbers on each set. Now they are simply not worth the money. This latest issue is totally superfluous.

  3. Passing Person30 July 2023 at 09:29

    The depictions in the Jersey stamps are probably quite/very impressive, but - as already mentioned - without something to give a sense of scale, it is impossible to judge.

    As for the stamps not being issued in connection with "any particular event or anniversary," that need not necessarily be a bad thing, but given that 2024 will mark the club's 25th anniversary, surely waiting 12 months would have made more sense... and might have gained the issue an extra star(?).

    (That said, every year is the anniversary of everything that has ever happened in the past - so why not mark the 24th instead of, or as well as, the 25th?)