🇱🇰 Sri Lanka Post has released its first two new issues of 2021. The first stamp (illustrated above) was issued on 16 March and is what is termed a ‘high value’, with a face value Rs500 (which is actually only the equivalent of £1.81p which by modern standards is not really a high value at all). The design features a Yaphuwa lion and the stamp, like the rest of Sri Lanka’s new stamps, was lithographed by the Department of Government Printing. Rating:- ***.
The second new issue is another single stamp released the following day on 17 March 2021 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Sri Lanka national crickets team’s victory in the 1996 ICC Cricket World Cup. Fewer stamps than ever seem to feature sporting events and anniversaries presently so collectors of cricket on stamps themed collections will welcome this modest little stamp. Rating:- ****.
🇲🇾 Pos Malaysia will issue a set of 4 stamps and 1 miniature sheet containing a single stamp on 18 March 2021 on the subject of Breeds of cattle of Malaysia. I assume the subject is to tie in with the Lunar new year which is the Year of the Ox. This is a very attractive set featuring some lovely art. The issue was lithographed with additional embossing and metal ink used on the miniature sheet. Rating:- *****.