Monday, 27 March 2017

938. Whales From Bahamas; Independence Celebrations From Maldives; Transport From India.

  🇧🇸 The Bahamas Postal Service will issue a set of 4 stamps on 10 April 2017 as the second part of its series which commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Bahamas Marine Mammal Research Organisation. The set features local whales and was designed by Andrew Robinson and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13.5. Another excellent issue from Creative Direction/Pobjoy Stamps. Rating:- *****.

  🇲🇻 Maldives Post is said to have issued 11 "local" miniature sheets during 2016 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the country's independence. Independence Day was celebrated on 26 July 2016. I do not know the date of issue of these sheets but if they were released on Independence Day then they would have been issued while Maldives was still a member of The Commonwealth so I suppose, given their local nature, that I really ought to add them to my Commonwealth stamp collection. Rating:- ***.

  🇮🇳 India Post issued 20 different stamps on 25 March 2017 on the subject of "Means of Transport". The issue was produced in various formats - 5 miniature sheets each of 4 different stamps (Palanquin, Bullock cart and horse carriage, Rickshaw, Vintage car and Public transport) issued in a Prestige booklet sold for Rs600, 1 sheetlet of 20 different stamps and 5 sheetlets each containing 5 se-tenant strips of 4 different stamps and each sold for Rs275. Rating:- **.


  1. Hi, You frequently give CASCO a hard time for lack of info. It has gotten worse - I just tried to go to the Harry Allen/CASCO site and got "New Web Site Under Construction" and no new issue info at all.

    1. Hello eyeonwall, Thank you for your comment. It seems that Harry Allen, of which CASCO is part, has merged with Benham and the business has moved from Poole to Folkestone which I presume is the reason for the construction of a new web site though it does seem to be taking a long time to get it set up. You really would think that these companies, keen to make their own profits, would understand how important detailed, up-to-date information is to collectors and potential buyers and also to their client territories who doubtless would like to see their agents actually helping them to sell their stamps and philatelic products.
      One wonders what will happen now with CASCO's last remaining 11 territories - St. Helena seems to have been particularly badly served in recent years with information to collectors being scant and new issues haphazard and infrequent.
      Best wishes.