Despite earlier reports that dire financial circumstances were preventing the South African Post Office from releasing new stamp issues (see Blog 583), 2 issues have now appeared for sale on Internet auction sites. The first is a miniature sheet (depicted above) which commemorates Freedom Charter 60. First day covers of the issue are dated 25 June 2015.
A sheetlet of 8 different self-adhesive stamps has also been issued to commemorate International Firefighters' Day with first day covers being dated 4 May 2015:-
The latest philatelic products from Stamperija are issued in the name of the Maldives postal administration. Various birds and other animals are depicted on the numerous items which take the usual form of 10 sheetlets each of 4 different "stamps" with 10 accompanying single stamp miniature sheets. The featured subjects are:- Eagles, Owls and mushrooms, Kingfishers, Pandas, Working breeds of dogs, Orchids and butterflies, Domestic cats, Shells, Dinosaurs and Killer whales. The date of issue is stated to have been 25 May 2015:-
The unrelenting pace of philatelic product issuing which Isle Of Man Stamps is currently pursuing continues with an immodestly priced (£8.40p) sheetlet of 12 stamps which it plans to release on 12 July 2015 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The designs are from artwork by Keith Woodcock:-
These sort of products or "collections" as they are named increasingly by the producers and sellers of them make me feel that I am no longer a "stamp collector" but a "philatelic product collector". I shall resist this by not buying them and saving a lot of money at the same time.
New Zealand Post will issue a single stamp which depicts the New Zealand Parliament building in Wellington as well as an accompanying miniature sheet on 14 August 2015 to commemorate the Singapore 2015 World Stamp Exhibition. The single stamp also commemorates the 150th anniversary of Wellington as the capital city of New Zealand. The miniature sheet includes 2 additional stamps which depict respectively the Australian and Singaporean parliaments. The issue was designed by Australia Post Design Studio and Stamps and Collectables Business of New Zealand Post and lithographed by Southern Colour Print Ltd.:-