Sunday 4 March 2018

1187. 🇯🇪🇮🇲 Jersey To Commemorate RAF And Isle Of Man To Mark Royal Engagement.

  🇯🇪. Having finished in the number 9 spot of The Commonwealth's greediest philatelic issuers for 2017 Jersey Post presses on in 2018 with a set of 6 stamps (face value £4.79), a miniature sheet (cost £1.59) and a 'Prestige booklet' costing £14.37 to commemorate the Centenary of the Royal Air Force to be released on 31 March 2018. It is an attractive set designed by Adam Tooby and lithographed by Cartor but I think we are all going to be rather tired of stamps featuring airplanes by the time all of these postal administrations have commemorated this particular anniversary. Rating:- ***.

  🇲🇹 MaltaPost issued a single stamp with an appropriate attached label on 14 February 2018 to commemorate its participation in the Spring Stampex 2018 philatelic exhibition which took place in London. It provided a modestly priced souvenir for collectors who attended the exhibition and as such is far more preferable than countless, far more expensive strips of Post and Go labels. Rating:- ***.

  🇿🇼 Zim Post, the postal service of Zimbabwe, published its new issue programme for 2017 last year but very few of the planned sets actually seem to have been issued. Zim Post was planning to issue the following:- 
  31 January 2017 - Recreational fishing - 4 stamps and 1 miniature sheet (issued on 30 January 2017)
  25 April 2017 - Education in Zimbabwe - 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet (not known to have been issued)
  18 July 2017 - National heroes - 4 stamps (not known to have been issued)
  22 August 2017 - Exotic cattle - 4 stamps and 1 miniature sheet (issued on 22 August 2017)
  9 October 2017 - National symbols of Zimbabwe - 4 stamps (not known to have been issued)
  5 December 2017 - Ladybirds of Zimbabwe - 4 stamps (not known to have been issued).

  We may therefore look for stamps on these previously planned subjects to be released in 2018 though I have not yet found any news of upcoming issues from Zim Post.

  🇮🇲 The Isle Of Man Post Office will issue a pair of stamps and 1 miniature sheet containing 2 each of the same stamps and 2 labels on 28 March 2018 to commemorate the engagement of Prince Henry Of Wales and Meghan Markle.
  The stamps were designed by EJC Design from photographs taken by Arthur Edwards and lithographed by Lowe Martin and perforated 14.
  Personally, I'm finding these unending flows of stamps featuring various members of the Royal Family to be increasingly dull and unnecessary and I can not understand why at least one of these stamps is not in a value corresponding to a domestic postage rate so that local people could use them on their mail. No doubt we will very shortly also have another issue to commemorate the wedding itself of this royal couple. Rating:- *.

  🇧🇳 In Blog 1098 I mentioned the se-tenant strip of 5 stamps and booklet containing one of the strips which were issued by the postal service of Brunei Darussalam on 5 October 2017 to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of the Sultan's accession. I now include much better illustrations of the stamp and booklet than appeared in Blog 1098.


  1. WOPA is currently offering a sheet about the Royal Engagement from Gibraltar, for which they say that it is only available on WOPA. Do you know anything about this issue?

    1. Thanks dustin15. I hadn't noticed the WOPA promotion of the upcoming Gibraltar Engagement sheet. I think that the statement that it is only available from WOPA refers to the offer of the 'free gift' in which the buyer of the new miniature sheet also will receive a free Duke and Duchess of Cambridge 5th anniversary miniature sheet.
      Best wishes

    2. Oh yes, that is very interesting. The German translation says that the miniature sheet is only available on WOPA, but when I use the English original version I can see that you are right and that they really just mean the offer. Very interesting translation error!