Monday, 7 March 2016

721. St. Helena's Missing Napoleon Commemorative Turns Up At Last.

  In Blog 661 I mentioned that visitors attending celebrations on the island of St. Helena to commemorate the Bicentenary of the arrival into exile of the French tyrant, Napoleon Bonaparte, on the island after his final defeat at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, had been disappointed that stamps intended to commemorate the anniversary had not arrived in St. Helena on time. 
  The British stamp dealer, Tony Bray, is now offering a £2 miniature sheet for sale on his website which one supposes must be the item intended to have been put on sale in 2015. Tony Bray's site usually announces new issues from the remaining 11 territories associated with the philatelic agency, CASCO, a long time before CASCO gets around to publicising it's clients' products to stamp collectors and this is another instance of Bray providing this service to collectors. 
  It's a memorable issue of historical significance even if it's rather late appearing on the scene. Rating:- *****.

  Pos Malaysia issued a lovely set of 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 7 March 2016 as the second part of its "Scented flowers" series. The stamps are issued as 3 x 2 vertical pairs with a se-tenant block of 6 being offered as an additional item to philatelic bureau account holders. Rating:- *****.

  The Bangladesh Post Office has issued a number of new stamps recently:-
   February 2016 - Bangladesh National Museum, Muslin Festival (5 February - 4 March) - 2 stamps. Rating:- ***.

  16 December 2015 (previously mentioned in Blog 690 but date of issue now given) - Victory Day - 1 stamp. Rating:- ***.

  10 January 2016 - Indian Ocean Naval Syposium - 1 stamp. Rating:- ***.

  25 January 2016 - International Customs Day - 1 stamp. Rating :- *.

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