Tuesday 25 July 2017

1049. 🇬🇬 Guernsey Commemorates Local Regiment.

  🇬🇬 Guernsey Post will issue an excellent set of 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 1 September 2017 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment which, so Guernsey Post informs us, is the successor regiment to the Royal Hampshire Regiment and is the county regiment for the South-East of England along with the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands. With this information Guernsey Post seems to have established a good degree of relevance of this issue to Guernsey. 
  The issue uses some extraordinarily good and interesting photographs in its designs and the miniature sheet depicts Diana Princess Of Wales and thus gives Guernsey Post the chance to mark the 20th anniversary of her death in a road accident in Paris. This is an excellent issue and I shall be pleased to add it to my Guernsey collection. Rating:- *****.

  🇸🇬  In Blog 1033 I mentioned the set of 4 stamps issued by Singapore Post on 12 July 2017 on the subject of Wedding Jewellery. The set was accompanied by a miniature sheet which combined all 4 values. It is a very attractive item. Rating:- *****.

  Singapore Post will next issue a tremendously good set of 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 4 August 2017 on the subject of "Morning in Singapore". This is a highly original theme and design which deals with day-to-day life in the city state and the individual stamps are highly detailed so that one can spend some time just looking at what all the depicted Singaporean citizens are up to. The marvellous designs are by Brett Antonio and Christian Hernandez (DNA Life Pte Ltd) and lithographed by Secura Singapore and perforated 13. Rating:- *****.

🇧🇩 Bangladesh Post issued a single stamp on 17 May 2017 as a "Celebration of WTISD 2017" (World Telecommunications and Information Society Day). The stamp was designed by Sanjiv Kanti Das and lithographed by The Security Press Corp. (Bangladesh) Ltd., Gazipur and perforated 12.5. Not the most exciting of new issues I regret to say. Rating:- **.


  1. Let's see if SG lists the Singapore Wedding Jewellery miniature sheet - 4 x $10 stamps, sold at $68, would almost means that these shouldn't qualify.

    1. Thank you. Chris. Your observation is spot on as always. This miniature sheet is described as a "Collectors sheet" - these are usually sold at a premium and not catalogued by Stanley Gibbons because of being sold at prices above face value.
      I like the Collectors sheets mainly because they are usually such attractive products and look very nice in my collection. Nowadays I don't really let the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue editor dictate what I collect (and I don't suppose he would want to) so even if new issues are given full Catalogue status, if I think they are excessive or irrelevant in subject matter to the issuing country then I don't collect them - alternatively I might collect items which seem reasonable to me even if the Catalogue editor excludes them.
      There's no doubt however that the price of this Jewellery sheet is extremely high - an astonishingly expensive £35 or so - I shall have to think quite a lot about it before I decide whether or not to splash out on anything priced so high, whether or not it is a modern philatelic masterpiece.