Sunday 20 October 2019

1532. ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong Post’s First Issues Of 2020.

 ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Hong Kong Post has announced its new issue programme for 2020 and the earliest issues of the year are mentioned here:-

11 January 2020 - Lunar New Year, Year of the Rat - 4 stamps, 1 single stamp miniature sheet, 1 ‘silk’ miniature sheet and 2 ‘Heart warming’ sheets each containing 12 stamps with attached labels. Rating:- ****.

11 January 2019 - Lunar New Year, gold and silver sheet. 1 miniature sheet. Designed by Simon Chung. Lithographed with silver hot foil printing and 22k gold plating. Rating:- ****.

4 February 2020 - ‘24 Solar terms’, Spring - 6 semicircular stamps (3 se-tenant pairs). Designed by Sherman Lai, the designs depict ‘Spring commences’, ‘Spring showers’, ‘Insects waken’, ‘Vernal equinox’, ‘Bright and clear’ and ‘Corn and rain’. Rating:- ***.

10 March 2020 - Centenary of YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) activity in Hong Kong. 4 stamps and 1 miniature sheet. Designed by Michael Miller Yu. Rating:- ****.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Universal Mail United Kingdom issued a new strip of 5 stamps with the date 07/19 on the subject of the University of Glasgow. This is a ‘Bespoke’ issue and not obtainable from Universal Mail but only from the client university and therefore it is an issue with extremely limited availability. Rating:- 0.

๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India Post issued 4 scented stamps and 2 miniature sheets on 15 October 2019 as the second issue of stamps titled ‘Indian perfumes’. The scents and designs feature orange blossom and agar wood. Rating:- ****.

India Post also issued an almost monochromatic set of 8 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 19 October 2019 on the subject of ‘Historical Gates of Indian forts and monuments’ which are interesting but a great deal is lost by the absence of colour in the designs. Rating:- **.

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