🇬🇬 Guernsey Post will issue a set of 6 stamps inscribed ‘Alderney’ on 4 February 2022 to commemorate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. So far so good. Unfortunately those who plan stamp issues at Guernsey Post have come up with the daft idea of also issuing a set of the same stamps but printed only in black and white. These black and white versions will be available in a limited edition of 5000 (presumably 5000 of each stamp) but will not be sold and instead a single value will be placed randomly in each of the first 4000 stock sets of coloured stamp. Collectors will then be expected to “look for opportunities to swap, sell and purchase the other stamps within the philatelic community to complete their sets”. Frankly, I can’t be bothered to chase around after these black and white products because anyone with half a brain can see where this will all end up - ordinary collectors having to pay out extortionate prices to buy single limited edition stamps to complete their collection.
For good measure Guernsey Post will also release a miniature sheet and a Prestige booklet along with the basic stamp issue. As I write, it seems, those who plan stamp issue programmes are rubbing their hands in glee at the money to be made from philatelically commemorating The Queen’s landmark jubilee.
🇮🇳 News of more My Stamps from India Post. As usual they are sold in sheetlets of 12 with attached labels and at a premium price:-
31 October 2021 - 75th anniversary of Amul, a large dairy industry enterprise - 1 stamp.
25 November 2021 - Centenary of the Harcourt Butler Technical School, Kanpur - 1 stamp.
29 November 2021 - Centenary of the Nawab Ali Shah Zoological Gardens, Lucknow - 1 stamp.
19 December 2021 - 60th anniversary of the seizure of Goa, the former Portuguese colony, by Indian forces. Illustrations awaited.
🇫🇯 Fiji Post issued a set of 4 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 18 December 2021 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Fijian postal service. Rating:- *****.