🇬🇲 Publicity put out by the US- and China- based philatelic agency, IGPC, draws attention to a single stamp miniature sheet inscribed 'The Gambia' which is inscribed 'PAN African Postal Union Joint Stamp Issue 2018'. A similar item inscribed 'Liberia' is also depicted in the same publicity. The issue commemorates the Centenary of the birth of the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, a great figure in the modern history of Africa. Rating:- ****.
I have not been able to track down any further information on what might be a very large omnibus issue from all the countries of Africa - including 20 Commonwealth states - but this sounds like an interesting prospect for the latter half of 2018.
🇧🇲 A new issue from the Bermuda Post Office which was announced in Bermuda's The Royal Gazette is a set of 4 stamps which depict Bermuda bags, apparently a '1970 fashion item - a popular gift item for decades'. The bags are described as 'iconic' and have cedar handles. This is an attractive and interesting set. The article does not state the date of issue. Rating:- ****.
🇵🇰 Pakistan Post will issue a single stamp on 1 July 2018 to commemorate the achievement of '70 years of excellence' of the State Bank of Pakistan. The stamp was designed by the 'courtesy of the Director of the State Bank Museum and Art Gallery' and lithographed by the National Security Printing Company, Karachi and perforated 13. The publicity does not state the dates of issue. Rating:- **.
🇦🇬🇬🇩 More IGPC publicity depicts illustrations of new issues with the names of Antigua And Barbuda and Grenada printed on them. Collectors won't be surprised that these items deal with the recent British royal wedding and the foreign trips of the current US President, Donald Trump (as someone who doesn't want any foreigners in his own country he seems to be keen on turning up in other people's countries whether or not the local population want him there). These subjects continue to feature on products released by this agency ad nauseum. Rating:- 0.
Grenada - Wedding of the Duke and Duchess Of Sussex - 1 miniature sheet containing a single stamp.
Antigua And Barbuda - Engagement of Prince Henry Of Cambridge and Meghan Markle - 1 miniature sheet containing 3 different stamps.
Visit of US President Trump to The Holy See - 2 miniature sheets, 1 containing 5 different stamps and the other containing a single stamp.
🇨🇾 I do not think that I have so far illustrated this year's Refugee stamp from Cyprus Post. The stamp was issued on 12 February 2018. Rating:- *****.
🇹🇷 Meanwhile, the postal service of the Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus issued a pair of stamps in the format of 3 se-tenant pairs in small sheetlets of 6 stamps on 14 June 2018 to commemorate the holding of the FIFA World Cup Championships Finals in Russia. The issue was designed by GK Sonmezer and lithographed by Bolan Dujital Baski Ltd.