Sunday, 1 August 2021

1920. πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί More Australia Medal Stamps.

πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia Post issued the tenth stamp in its Tokyo Olympics gold medal winners series on 1 August 2021 to commemorate the victory of Kaylee McKeown in the Swimming women’s 200m backstroke event. As usual the stamp was produced in a sheetlet of ten. An eleventh stamp was then released on 2 August 2021 to commemorate the victory of Emma McKeon in the Swimming women’s 50 metre Freestyle event. Rating:- ***.

  With the Australian team having so far won 14 gold medals there are at least another 3 stamps to be issued.

 πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ό Bogus Issues - Delcampe, the Internet auction site, is now featuring a large number of philatelic items from Francophone African states all on the subject of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the issues is inscribed with the name of Rwanda, the only Commonwealth member to have its name used on these items (the other countries are Madagascar, Benin, Mali, CΓ΄te D’Ivoire, Gabon and Congo. The illustrations on the auction site give the impression that these products are of reasonably high quality but considering that all these items are for African countries it is odd that so many of them depict white people who look like middle class North Americans. The dealer offering these products is based in China. It’s worth knowing about this stuff so that collectors will not waste their money on it.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ The first place to visit when you want to know anything about what is happening in modern British stamps is of course Norvic Philatelics Blog, and the information Ian Billings provides there is up to the minute and extremely detailed. The Blog is now showing illustrations of the various products associated with the Royal Mail new issue, due to be released on 12 August 2021, which commemorate some of the vast number of ways the British changed the world with their inventions of the Industrial Revolution. The issue commemorates such names as Richard Trevithick who was a pioneer of the use of high power steam which was the basis of the industrial revolution, Sir Henry Bessemer who revolutionised steel production, James Hargreaves who advanced textile production and Joseph Aspdin who brought cement to the modern world. 

  The issue also celebrates James Watt, a Scotsman who developed the steam engine, and moving to Birmingham after forming a partnership with Matthew Boulton, produced steam engines at the famous Soho Works in Handsworth. Boulton and Watt fired up the Industrial Revolution that ushered in the modern world and are fittingly commemorated on British postage stamps. It’s unfortunate that at the same time some people want to tear down a splendid statue of Boulton and Watt in the city because some of their machines were exported to the Caribbean and used by slave owners in British colonies in the processing of sugar cane thereby enabling it to be said that the industrialists benefitted from slavery.

  The issue was designed by Common Curiosity and lithographed by International Security Printers. As well as the 6 basic stamps (3 se-tenant pairs) and 4 stamp miniature sheet (which celebrates the British contribution to the Electricity Revolution) there is also a 4 pane Prestige booklet which includes a pane of Machin Head definitive stamps (2 x 5p, 3 x 10p, 2 x 20p and 1 x £1.70p). 

Saturday, 31 July 2021

1919. πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬ Singapore’s Tribute To Frontline Heroes.

πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬ Singapore Post will issue a second COVID-19-related issue on 6 August 2021 which is titled ‘A Tribute to Frontline Heroes”. The set will be made up of 5 stamps. Further details and illustrations to follow. Rating:- ****.

πŸ‡§πŸ‡³ Brunei Post, the postal service of Brunei Darussalam, issued a set of 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet containing all 6 stamps on 31 May 2021 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Royal Brunei Armed Forces. The issue was 767 Major Mohammad Azan bin Haji Ahmad and lithographed by Southern Colour Print and perforated 13.5. Rating:- ****.

πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί On 31 July 2021 Australia Post issued the ninth stamp in its series commemorating Australian Gold medal winners at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Issued in a sheetlet of 10, this stamp commemorates Emma McKeon who won the Swimming Women’s 100m Freestyle event. Rating:- ***.

  The stamps suggest that the Australian women are being altogether more successful at the Games than the Australian men with seven stamps featuring female Gold medal winners and only two showing male success. Well done to the Australian women!

Friday, 30 July 2021

1918.πŸ‡¬πŸ‡Έ South Georgia Features Whales In Ecosystem Recovery Issue.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡Έ The postal service of South Georgia and The South Sandwich Islands will issue a fine set of 6 stamps (as 3 se-tenant pairs) on 1 September 2021 on the subject of ‘Ecosystems in recovery - Whales’. The issue was designed by Andrew Robinson and lithographed by Cartor and the stamps are perforated 13.5. Rating:- *****.

πŸ‡«πŸ‡° The postal service of the Falkland Islands will issue a set of 4 stamps on 30 August 2021 to commemorate the life of the late Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II. The issue was designed by Bee Design and lithographed by Cartor and the stamps are perforated 13 x 13.5. Rating:- ****.

  Thanks to Juliet Warner of Pobjoy Stamps for information about the above issues.

 πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia Post issued 2 more Olympic Games gold medal winners stamps on 30 July 2021. As before they were issued in sheetlets of 10. The successful sportsmen commemorated are Zac Stubblety-Cook who won the Men’s swimming 200m Breaststroke event and Jessica Fox who won the Women’s Canoe slalom event. Rating:- ***.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ The USA-based producer and purveyor of philatelic items, IGPC, has released a new list of products with the names of client Commonwealth philatelic entities printed on them. All items are here rated ‘0’.

πŸ‡¦πŸ‡¬ Antigua and Barbuda - no date of issue specified - 6 issues - 4 made up of 2 miniature sheets and 2 made up of a single miniature sheet.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡² The Gambia - 5 July 2021, 10th Wedding anniversary of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (2 miniature sheets); 7 July 2021, Elvis Presley (1 miniature sheet);19 July 2021, the Bitcoin (1 miniature sheet)

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡© Grenada - 5 July 21 - 2 issues - 1 made up of 2 miniature sheets and the other of a single miniature sheet.

πŸ‡°πŸ‡³ Nevis - 5 July 2021 - 3 issues - 2 made up of 2 miniature sheets and the other of a single miniature sheet.

πŸ‡»πŸ‡¨ St Vincent And The Grenadines - 7 June - 2 issues both made up of 2 miniature sheets.

πŸ‡ΉπŸ‡» Tuvalu - 5 July 2021 - 3 issues - 1 made up of a single miniature sheet and the others each made up of 2 miniature sheets.

Thursday, 29 July 2021

1917. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Royal Mail Celebrates The Industrial Revolution.

πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Royal Mail’s next issue can now be seen on Buckingham Covers’ internet site showing as it does a set of 6 stamps accompanied inevitably by a miniature sheet containing 4 different stamps. The subject of the issue will be Industrial revolutions with a date of issue of 12 August 2021. The stamps are interesting if profoundly unattractive. Doubtless they will be accompanied by numerous other pieces of philatelic detritus.

Three more Olympic Games gold medal winners stamps were issued by Australia Post in the established format of sheetlets of 10. The stamps commemorate the achievements of the Men’s Fours rowing team, the Women’s Fours rowing team and Ariarne Titmus who won a second gold medal in the Women’s swimming 200m Freestyle event. Rating:- ***.

  As July draws to a close here is the list of Commonwealth philatelic entities which are not yet known to have issued, or have had issued on their behalf, any postage stamps so far in 2021:-

Anguilla (most recent known issue - 10 October 2016)



Cayman Islands 





Lesotho - most recent known issue 7 October 2016



Montserrat (most recent issue - 31 December 2019)


Pitcairn Islands 


Ross Dependency 

Rwanda - most recent known issue 15 November 2010

St Kitts

Saint Lucia

Samoa - most recent known issue 2018

Sierra Leone

Solomon Islands 



Turks and Caicos Islands - most recent known issue 7 December 2015



  This means that only 27 Commonwealth philatelic entities are now not known to have issued, or had issued in their name, any postage stamps so far this year. This compares with a total of 30 at the end of June, 39 at the end of May, 41 at the end of April and 54 at the end of March. The list currently includes 88  philatelic entities though this will be reduced to 87 as the government of Mozambique announced the abolishment of the national postal service (as previously reported) on 26 May 2021 although, notably, Stamperija claims to have issued stamps with the name of Mozambique printed on them on the 25 May, one day before the announcement, and a second source, which some have suspicions that it is linked to Stamperija, also claims to have issued stamps on the subjects of COVID-19 and the Olympics on 25 May.

Tuesday, 27 July 2021

1916 πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Another Australian Gold Medal Winners Stamp.

 πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia Post issued a third Olympic Games gold medal winner stamp on 28 July 2021 to commemorate Kaylee McKeown who won a gold medal in the Women’s swimming 100 metre backstroke event. The stamp was produced and sold in a sheetlet of ten. The Australian team has now won 6 gold medals so there are at least 3 more gold medal stamps pending. Rating:- ***.

πŸ‡§πŸ‡© Bangladesh Post issued a single stamp on 27 July 2021 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the birth of Sajeeb Ahmed Wazeed Joy, a Bangladeshi Awami League politician and businessman, who just happens to be the only son of the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, and the eldest grandson of the founding father of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. No political bias there then. Rating:- **.

πŸ‡­πŸ‡° The next issue from Hong Kong Post will be released on 25 August 2021 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Hong Kong postal service.  The issue is made up of 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet. Further details to follow. Rating:- **.

Monday, 26 July 2021

1915. πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Australia Post Issues Gold Medal Winners Stamps.


 πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Although Australia Post is never slow to issue a postage stamp when the opportunity presents itself, it must be acknowledged that it has a long tradition of issuing Olympics gold medal winner stamps and it seems a little mean spirited to complain about Australia Post continuing the tradition to commemorate those Australians who have distinguished themselves in the same way at the Tokyo Olympic Games given all the additional difficulties related to the pandemic athletes have experienced this time round.

  Thus we have the first of Australia Post’s issues to commemorate the country’s gold medal winners being released on 27 July 2021 in the form of 2 stamps each issued in a sheetlet of 10 each of the same stamp. This is the same format as has been used for previous Gold Medal winner stamps. The issues celebrate the success of the Australian Women’s 4 x 100 Freestyle swimming team and of Ariadne Titmus in the Women’s 400 metres Freestyle swimming event. Rating:-***.

  Australia has now also won a third gold medal and has a total of 7 medals (3 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze) putting it sixth in the current medals table. Other Commonwealth countries to have won medals so far are:- 

5. Great Britain 4 golds, 5 silver, 1 bronze (12 medals)

10. Canada 1 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze (5 medals)

15. Bermuda 1 gold (1 medal)

34. India 1 silver (1 medal)

34. South Africa 1 silver (1 medal)

48. New Zealand 1 bronze (1 medal)

πŸ‡±πŸ‡° Sri Lanka Post issued 2 stamps and 1 miniature sheet containing the same 2 stamps on 27 July 2021 as its half of a joint issue with Singapore Post which commemorates the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. An attractive issue. Rating:- ***.