Wednesday, 27 January 2016

705. Flying Down To Jamestown.

  The St. Helena postal administration has issued (or is just about to issue - the usual lack of publicity information to collectors from the territory's morose philatelic agents, CASCO, means that I have not yet seen any precise details about this interesting and important set) 4 stamps and 1 miniature sheet to commemorate the opening of the island's new airport.
   This is a momentous event for St. Helena and doubtless the local population is hoping that this will open the territory's doors to a steady stream of tourists; doubtless some will be drawn there by the knowledge about the island which they've obtained from their stamp collections - let's hope that St. Helena's philatelic agents will give us timely news about its philatelic commemoration. Rating:- *****. 

  The Isle Of Man postal administration will issue a set of 8 stamps on 6 February 2016 to commemorate the 90th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. The set was designed by Isle Of Man Advertising using text and images by Arthur Edwards and printed in lithography. Rating:- *****.

  A huge number of philatelic items will be released by Australa Post on 3 February 2016 on the subject of the Lunar new year, the Year of the Monkey. The issue was designed by Dani Poon and Sharon Rodziewicz and lithographed by RA Print. The various items are inscribed "Christmas Island Australia". The release is made up of a "basic issue" - 2 stamps and 1 miniature sheet (1 x$1, 1 x $3 and $4):-

  So far so good, but then there's the $8 "Zodiac Sheet":-

  The $9.95 "Lotus sheetlet" pack which includes 13 different stamps including a central circular $2 stamp:-

  The $25 "Silk Minisheet" pack which contains 3 examples of the "Basic" miniature sheet in "three different versions" - "Traditional offset-printed Minisheet gummed and perforated", "Digital printed on real silk, gummed and perforated minisheet" and "Digital printed on silk-like rayon paper, self-adhesive with mesh perforated minisheet":-

  and.....finally, a 20.95 "Prestige Booklet":-

  If you must have "one of each", dig deep into your pockets and pull out $71.90 (£35.28)!

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