Thursday 4 July 2019

1464. ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณ Brunei Darussalam Depicts National Costume On New ASEAN Stamp.

 ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ณ The postal service of Brunei Darussalam has kindly supplied me with a picture of a sheet of the upcoming ‘ASEAN Post’ National Costume stamp mentioned in Blog 1463 and due for issue on 8 August 2019. An attractive and remarkably inexpensive issue. Rating:- *****.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Pos Malaysia will issue packs of personalised stamps, similar to Australia Post’s Collectors packs, from 23 July 2019 on the subject of the 80th anniversary of Marvel Comics which reflect a lot of American culture and nothing to do with Malaysian culture. The packs will contain 3 sheets, 2 of which contain 5 different stamps each of which depict a Marvel Comics character, and the third contains a single stamp. An item strictly for comic enthusiasts. Rating:- 0.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง As any serious collector of modern British Stamps will know there is one indispensable internet site for expert, detailed, up-to-date information about the philatelic output of Royal Mail and that is Ian Billings’ Norvic Philatelic Blog. His coverage of new Machin Head definitives and their varieties is second to none and to know just what has and hasn’t happened on the Royal Mail new issue front a very regular visit to the Norvic site is of the greatest importance.
  I thought I ought to catch up on the 2019 definitive varieties so that I could track them down for my collection now that Norvic is no longer selling those new issues from 2019 onwards but of course I needed to refer to Norvic’s information on the new varieties to know what I should be looking for. As far as I can see the 2019 varieties which have appeared so far are:-

Counter stamps M19L MAIL - 1p, 10p, 20p, 2nd, 2nd Large, 1st, 1st Large, £1, £1.35, £1.55, £1.60, £2.30, £2.80, £3.45, £3.60, 100g Special Delivery, 
Business sheets M19L MBIL - 2nd, 2nd Large, 1st,
Booklets M19L MFIL - 2nd Large, 1st Large,  
Mixed Booklets (Marvel, Birds of Prey, D Day) M19LMCIL - 1st
Prestige Booklets (Queen Victoria), gummed M19L MPIL - 2p, 50p

 ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡น MaltaPost will issue a set of 3 stamps on 9 July 2019 as part of the Sepac omnibus issue which this year is on the subject of national costumes. The stamps were designed by MaltaPost plc from photographs by Heritage Malta and lithographed by Printex and perforated 14. Rating:- ***.


  1. In regard to your comments on the Malta costume issue, the SEPAC omnibus theme for 2019 is historic houses, not national costumes.

  2. Thank you for pointing out the error. I should have written that it was part of the Euromed omnibus rather than that for Sepac. I apologise for the confusion. There are so many of these omnibus and joint issues now that it’s hard not to mix them all up.
    Best wishes, WK.