🇳🇦 NamPost, the postal service of Namibia, has revealed its new issue programme for 2020 and has revealed many of the wonderful designs for its upcoming stamps all by Helge Denker. There are 4 issues, 3 of which feature different types of Namibian birds and the fourth set features some of the country’s species of squirrels. Of the many Commonwealth countries whose postal administrations continue to issue postage stamps Namibia is one of the very best. I give all 4 issues five stars.
20 February 2010 - Squirrels of Namibia - 3 stamps. Designed by Helge Denker. Rating:- *****.
2 April - Woodpeckers of Namibia - 5 stamps. Designed by Helge Denker. Rating:- *****.
18 June 2020 - Batises of Namibia - 2 stamps. Designed by Helge Denker. Rating:- *****.
20 August 2020 - Kites of Namibia - 2 stamps. Designed by Helge Denker. Rating:- *****.
🇲🇾 Pos Malaysia issued 3 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 6 February 2019 as the second part of its Calligraphy series, the first part of which was issued in 2016. This beautiful issue is on the subject of Peace, Prosperity and Happiness. Rating:- *****.
🇻🇬 The Government of British Virgin Islands released a set of 6 stamps on 22 January 2020 with a total face value of US$1000. But collectors of postage stamps need not enter a state of extreme anxiety at this news because the stamps in question are not Postage stamps, which of course is what most of we stamp collectors put in our collections, but Revenue stamps which are collected by far fewer people. There is no indication that these stamps are valid for postage.
The excellent designs featuring the BVI coat of arms and the territory’s national bird, the Mourning Dove, were designed by Bee Design and were lithographed by Cartor and are perforated 13.5 x 13. I would love to see these designs used for the territory’s ordinary postage stamps which would hopefully have much lower face values.
Not for my postage stamp collection of course but interesting to know about and attractive to look at.
Thanks to Juliet Warner of Pobjoy Stamps for supplying information about this issue.