Tuesday 27 June 2017

1029. ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฏ New Seychelles And Fiji Stamps; Birds To Appear on 2019 Europa Stamps.

  ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡จ Seychelles Postal Services issued a single stamp on 30 May 2017 to commemorate the Centenary of Lions Clubs. The stamp was designed by Lions Club of Seychelles and lithographed by Lowe-Martin. I like this stamp in comparison with a lot of the stamps issued to commemorate the Lions Clubs centenary which I have featured in previous blogs. Rating:- ****.

  ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฏ Fiji Post has issued an attractive set of 4 stamps on the subject of the "Great Sea Reef". Unfortunately I have not yet seen any details about these stamps including the date of issue. Rating:- ****. 
  Post scriptum - The date of issue was 19 May 2017.

  ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฏ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง At a meeting in Dubrovnik recently the Stamps and Philately Steering Committee of Post Europ agreed that the Europa stamp theme for 2019 will be "National Birds" which should make for a very attractive and interesting series. The themes for the next couple of years are almost ironic for The United Kingdom given that the 2018 Europa theme will be "Bridges" - just when Britain will be taking down its metaphorical bridges with Europe and then in 2019, when Britain leaves the European Union, our colourful and splendidly pugnacious little national bird - the robin - will be taking wing and flying home from Europe.
  In all The Commonwealth territories (plus Ireland and Turkish Cyprus) should have 9 birds depicted in the 2019 series though I haven't found it easy to discover what exactly are the national birds of all the territories.
  Among those featured should be the European robin, national bird of The United Kingdom - it has been depicted on a number of previously issued Royal Mail stamps, especially at Christmas time.

  Gibraltar- The Barbary partridge- 

  Republic Of Ireland - Northern lapwing - 

  Malta - Blue rock thrush - 

  I can not find any reference to the national birds of Cyprus, Turkish Cyprus, Guernsey, Isle Of Man and Jersey and so it will be interesting to discover which birds are eventually depicted on these territories' 2019 Europa stamps. The Manx coat of arms features a peregrine falcon and a raven as supporters and so maybe one of those may be depicted as the Manx national bird but the island is also home to the chough, another member of the crow family, and who could resist having a puffin as its national bird? And there's always the Manx shearwater. We'll see.


  1. I wonder what the SG catalogue editors will do with the $15 Fiji Reef stamp considering it clocks in at a tad over £5. Granted this isn't nearly as excessive as the other high value stamps issued by other countries, but Fiji now regularly includes a $10 (or other high value) stamp in every commemorative issue. Or will SG list these as Fiji is a 'respectable' stamp issuer?

  2. Dear Chris, Thank you. An interesting thought but I suppose that, though highish, the face value doesn't approach the £10 level which the editor mooted as his broad upper limit of acceptability for inclusion in the Catalogue. That, coupled with Fiji being a 'respectable' stamp issuer (as you put it) and certainly in terms of number of stamps issued per year it is an accurate description by modern-day standards - I guess will insure that the $15 should find a place in the catalogue. No doubt we will find out in the fullness of time.
    Best wishes.

    1. I agree that the value of the stamp is less than the limit mooted by the Catalogue Editors, but the reality is that when they issue one with every issue (so six or more a year), isn't that just as bad as a post office that issues one very high value stamp once? I also notice that the SG catalogue editors themselves are being cautious with the high value in the St Kitts issue not being listed, but a catalogue number being left vacant (just in case perhaps?).

    2. Thank you again Chris. You are of course quite right about the inclusion of a higher value in Fiji new sets and that this seems to be becoming a habit.
      You make an interesting point about the vacant catalogue number and the St. Kitts issue.

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