Sunday 16 August 2020

1717. 🇧🇩 Mourning Stamps From Bangladesh.

🇧🇩 Gene W of Colnect has been kind enough to inform me of 2 new issues from the postal service of Bangladesh. The most recent was issued on 15 August 2020 to mark National Mourning Day and takes the form of a sheet of 18 different stamps marking the 45th anniversary of the assassination of the Father of the Nation - Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman - and the murders of many members of his family - men, women and children - by a cabal of army personnel involved in a conspiracy. Seventeen of the stamps depict victims of the massacre. Colnect records that the stamps were printed in lithography and digitally and perforated 12.5. Rating:- ****.

A single stamp was also released on 7 June 2020 to commemorate 6 Points Martyr Day. On 7 June 1966 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman launched a movement aimed at opposing Pakistani rule in what was then East Pakistan on the basis of a six-point political and economic programme. In demonstrations in support of Sheikh Mujib, the Pakistan authorities shot dead eleven demonstrators who are now known as the 6 Points Martyrs. Colnect reports the printing as having been by lithography and digital printing and the stamp is perforated 12.5. Rating:- ***.

🇮🇳 India Post commemorated India’s Independence Day with the issue of a set of 5 stamps and I miniature sheet containing all 5 stamps on 15 August 2020. The stamps depict UNESCO World Heritage sites in the country and this particular issues features places of worship. Rating:- ****.

🇬🇧 The latest addition to my Royal Mail Machin Head definitives collection with a M20L code is the 5p value from counter sheets with the code M20L MAIL. So now I have  the following:-


From counter sheets - M20L MAIL - 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 2nd, 1st, 2nd Large, 1st Large, 1st Large signed for, Special Delivery 500g, with no news that I know of so far of the 1p, 50p, £1, £2, £3 and £5.

 New values from counter sheets - M20L MAIL - £1.42, £1.63, £1.68, £2.42, £2.97, £3.66, £3.82.

 From Business sheets - M20L MBIL - 2nd. No news of the 2nd Large and 1st Large but the 1st is now being sold by dealers on E Bay.

From booklets of 4 x 1st Machin Head plus 2 x commemoratives - M20L MCIL - 1st

From booklets of 12 - M20L MTIL - 2nd and 1st

From booklets of 4 - M20L MFIL - No news of 2nd Large though the 1st Large is said to be on offer on E Bay.

From booklets of 6 - M20L MSIL - no news of 1st.

Gummed stamps:-

From Prestige booklets - M20L MPIL - 1p, 5p, 20p, 50p, £1.63p.

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