Thursday, 15 October 2015

650. New Zealand Post Explores Antarctica.

  New Zealand Post will issue a set of 6 stamps and 2 miniature sheet bearing the inscription "Ross Dependency" on 4 November 2015 to commemorate the centenary of the Imperial Trans- Antarctic Expedition. The issue was designed by Jonathan Gray and lithographed by Southern Colour Print. Rating:- *****.

 For collectors who feel they really must have everything, a special miniature sheet is being issued as part of a "limited edition" (total number of 2000) pack which is available to buy at the bargain price of NZ$135 (!). Rating:- 0.

The Guyana Post Office Corporation released a sheetlet of 4 different stamps on 10 May 2015 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of "the Hand-In-Hand". Rating:-***. 

  The latest philatelic products from IGPC include:-

  Guyana  - 2 September 2015 - Visit of Pope Francis to Brazil - 1 sheetlet of 6 different stamps and 1 miniature sheet. Rating:- 0.

  - 4 May 2015 - Visit of The Duke of Cambridge to China - 1 miniature sheet. Rating:-0

  St. Kitts - 8 September 2015 - Owls of Central America and the Caribbean region - 2 sheetlets each of 4 different stamps and 2 miniature sheets. Rating:- 0.

St. Vincent And The Grenadines - 2015 - "Reptiles" - 1 sheetlet of 6 different stamps and1 miniature sheet. Rating:- 0.

  Botswana Post issued a set of 5 stamps and 1 miniature sheet which included all 5 stamps during September 2015 (precise date of issue not yet known) on the subject of "Save Botswana's Vultures". This wonderful issue was designed by Philip Huebsch and printed in lithography. Rating:- *****.
Why is it that African countries like Botswana and Namibia can have new issue programmes which contain a sensible number of issues with very well designed stamps sold at a realistic price with face values that can be used on ordinary mail while other territories such as Mozambique or Ghana feel they must hand over their stamp releases to foreign exploitative agencies? I suppose that we all have our own theories on the answer to that question.

   Back to New Zealand Post which will also release a set of 5 gummed stamps, 4 self-adhesive stamps (1 x 80c from a coil and 3 values from booklets) and 1 miniature sheet on 4 November 2015 as this year's Christmas issue. The issue was designed by Hannah Stancliffe-White and lithographed by Southern Colour Print. The miniature sheet is "printed on translucent gummed paper and is die-cut in the shape of traditional stained-glass windows". 
   Miniature sheet:-

   Self-adhesive stamps:-

   Gummed stamps:-

  Pakistan Post has issued 1 stamp (precise date of issue not yet known) which commemorates the centenary of Urdu in Istanbul University (the precise meaning of this is rather ambiguous - I guess it means that this is the centenary of the study of Urdu in Istanbqul University). Rating:- **.

   Also issued by the Pakistan postal administation is its first ever circular stamp which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Cadet College at Kohar. Again I do not yet know the precise date of issue. Rating:-****.

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