Saturday 9 March 2024

2465. 🇬🇩 Grenada Definitives Date Of Issue Confusion.


New issues.

🇬🇾 Guyana Post Office Corporation -

13 December 2023 - 30th anniversary of the establishment of the Rotary Club of Demerara - 1 stamp. Lithographed. Rating:- ***.

🇧🇼 Botswana Post

23 November 2023 - Hippopotamuses in Botswana - 1 sheetlet containing 2 sets of three different stamps. See Blog 2408. This additional sheetlet/miniature sheet was sold in Gaberone in very limited numbers and sold out on the day of issue. Rating:- ****.

🇬🇩 Grenada postal service -

 4 November 2022 (50c, $1, $1.50c, $5, $100 and $500) - 19 December 2023 (25c, 50c, $1 and $5 [$5 listed twice]) - Definitive series, Flowers and fish. Lithographed.

  This issue was produced and is marketed by USA-based Intergovernmental Philatelic Corporation (IGPC) and various values, some more than once, are featured at different places in the company’s internet site. The $5 value (Fairy basslet) is featured 3 times - firstly as part of a set of 6 values and accorded a date of issue of 4 November 2022 and then it has been added again - twice - in the last few days - firstly as part of a set of 4 (stated date of issue 19 December 2023 and then as a single value with the same stated date of issue of 19 December 2023. The illustrations on the IGPC internet site do not suggest that the 3 depicted $5 values are different from each other in any way and so I assume the single depiction of the $5 is included in error though whether the stamp (as well as the50c, $1, $1.50c, $100 and $500 values) were ever actually issued on 4 November 2022 remains unclear.

  The recent set of 4 is frustrating since it contains a new value - the 25c butterfly stamp (not included in the set of 6) but does not include the $1.50 Plumeria value (which was featured in the 2022 set). It would have been possible to obtain a short set of the 5 low values if the $1.50 had been included in the latest offering without forking out for the excruciatingly high values (EC$500 is presently equivalent to £143.89 and the EC$100 to £28.78). 

  Up until now I have not seen any stamp dealers offering for sale any of these new Grenada definitives and that may be because of the viciously expensive nature of the first set of 6 or just because the stamps have not not available despite them appearing on the IGPC internet site with a stated 2022 date of issue.

  The IGPC site is fairly chaotic when it comes to stated dates of issue and I suppose only time will make things clear. Perhaps there is someone local to Grenada or visiting the island who may have clearer knowledge of precisely what is happening with these definitives.

Stated date of issue 19 December 2023 -

Stated date of issue 19 December 2023 -

Stated date of issue 4 November 2022 -

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