Wednesday 29 November 2023

2409. 🇬🇾 Is Guyana About To Disappear?


Is Guyana about to disappear?

  A miniature sheet issued on 27 November 2023 by the postal service of Venezuela has been featured on a thread of Stampboards in the past couple of days. The item contains 4 stamps and was posted by the commentator Stewie1980 and publicises the referendum to be held in Venezuela as to whether or not Venezuela should annex the state of Essequibo which makes up about two thirds of the Commonwealth republic of Guyana, the former British Guiana, which gained independence from Britain in 1966 and is the only English-speaking country in South America.

  Essequibo is rich in minerals which is a great attraction for the pariah Venezuelan state but it is true that Venezuela has long layed claim to Essequibo although more vehemently at some times than others. The Guyana-Venezuela border was fixed by international negotiators of the British and Venezuelans as long ago as 1895 but this has not stopped the Venezuelans from claiming Essequibo intermittently. 

  Some experts feel that the Venezuelans are only days away from sending their armed forces into Guyananese Esequibo to occupy the territory and at a stroke put an end to the Guyana republic. Quite how the international community would react to a full scale occupation of Guyana by Venezuala remains to be seen. The toothless United Nations already has at least two very serious international crises to deal with - the Russian assault on Ukraine and the terrorist attack on Israel and Israel’s response in Gaza - so it’s hard to see that anything useful would come from that quarter which would result in putting an end to a Venezuelan invasion. 

  These are dangerous times for Guyana. Not that it has not lived with the fear of Venezuelan assault since it first achieved independence. Indeed, in the past, the Guyana postal service has previously issued a number of stamps which asserted that Essequibo is an integral part of Guyana. An example of these are an issue of 1981 which was made up of Revenue stamps depicting a map of Guyana and surcharged and overprinted with the inscription “ESSEQUIBO IS OURS”.

  The next few days may be critical in deciding Guyana’s fate.

New issues.

🇬🇬 Guernsey Post -

24 January 2024 - Chinese new year, Year of the Dragon - 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet containing all 6 stamps. This tweet mentions that this will be the penultimate issue in this long, tiresome and somewhat expensive series. Hopefully after that Guernsey Post will not introduce another 12 year cycle of stamps on this subject which has no relevance whatsoever to this small Channel island. Rating:- 0.

🇮🇳 India Post -

My Stamps, personalised stamps usually issued in sheetlets of 12 with attached labels and sold at a premium -

2023 - 75th anniversary of Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute in Kochi in Kerala - 1 stamp.

Tuesday 28 November 2023

2408. 🇧🇼 New Botswana Issue Features Local Hippopotamuses.


New issues.

🇧🇼 Botswana Post

23 November 2023 - Hippopotamuses in Botswana - 3 stamps and 1 miniature sheet containing all 3 stamps. Designed by Petrus Des Kuhlmann from illustrations by Itumeleng Motswetla and lithographed by Brebner Print. Rating:- *****.

🇱🇰 Sri Lanka Post -

12 November 2023 - Deepavali - 1 stamp and 1 miniature sheet containing a single stamp. I addition to the single stamp reported in Blog 2403, a miniature sheet containing the same stamp was also released. Rating:- ****.

🇴🇲 Oman Post -

15 March 2023 - Gold award to Oman Post and its ranking as First in the world for EMS performance - 1 stamp. Lithographed. Rating:- **.

1 September 2023 - Fiftieth anniversary of the Mwasalat Company (public transport) - 1 miniature sheet containing a single stamp. Lithographed. Rating:- ****.

Monday 27 November 2023

2407 🇲🇾 Malaysia Commemorates Sultan Of Terengganu’s Silver Jubilee.


New issues.

🇲🇾 Pos Malaysia -

28 November 2023 - Silver Jubilee of the Sultan of Terengganu, Al-Wathiqu Billah Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin ibni Almarhum Sultan Mahmud Al-Muktafi Billah Shah (18th Sultan of Terengganu and King of Malaysia (Yang-di-Pertuan Agong) from 2006 to 2011) - 3 stamps. Lithographed. Rating:- *****.

🇬🇬 Guernsey Post -

1 December 2023 - Christmas, Post and Go stamps - 12 stamps. ‘Visiting cruise ship’ Post and Go stamps dispensed from kiosks GG02 (main post office at Envoy House) and GG05 (Market post office) both in St Peter Port, with additional inscription, ‘Peace/ on Earth’ with 8-pointed star. On sale from 1 to 22 December 2023.

Commonwealth countries and territories whose postal administrations are not known to have issued, or had issued on their behalf, any legitimate postage stamps during 2023 up to the end of November.



British Indian Ocean Territory 

Brunei Darussalam 













St Kitts

Saint Lucia 



Solomon Islands 

South Africa 


Trinidad And Tobago 

Turks And Caicos Islands 



Therefore, at the end of November, 27 Commonwealth philatelic entities are not yet known to have issued, or have had issued on their behalf, any legitimate postage stamps during 2023. This represents 30.7% of the existing philatelic entities (no change from October) and compares with the figure of 22.5% at the end of November 2022.

Sunday 26 November 2023

2406. 🇸🇬 Singapore Commemorates Disabilities Movement.


New issues.

🇸🇬 Singapore Post -

1 December 2023 - 10ths anniversary of The Purple Parade, a local “ground-up movement to raise awareness, foster inclusion and celebrate the abilities of persons with disabilities” - 4 stamps. Designed by Sonny Lee and lithographed by Secura and perforated 13. Rating:- ***.

🇺🇬 Posta Uganda -

29 June 2023 - International Day of Family Remittances - 3 stamps. See Blog 2278. The seller Leolion is now offering this issue for sale on the Delcampe internet auction site. In Blog 2278 I conjectured that tis issue might be made up of between 4 to 6 single-stamp miniature sheets based on publicity illustrations but presently only 3 stamps are being offered for sale. Whether or not there are additional miniature sheets remains to be seen. The publicity photographs certainly showed a 10,000/- value. Rating:- *****.

🇱🇹 Stamperija (Lithuania-based purveyor and producer of paraphilatelic products under contract from the postal administrations of a number of sub-Saharan African countries). In most cases there is little or no chance that these products are ever sold normally at post offices in the countries whose names are printed on them or used on genuine mail posted in those countries.

🇹🇬 Togo -

Alleged ‘date of issue’ - 28 June 2023 - Coronation of King Charles III - 2 miniature sheets, the first containing 4 ‘stamps’ and the other a single ‘stamp’. Though Stamperija products are not usually mentioned in this Blog, this ‘issue’ is included here so that collectors are aware of all the products released by Commonwealth postal services, or released in their name, which relate to the king’s coronation. Although the price of these products is very high, collectors generally view these products as being worthless and of no resellable value. Caveat emptor. Rating:- 0.

Friday 24 November 2023

2405. 🇬🇮🇳🇦🇫🇰🇬🇧 Excellent New Issues From Gibraltar, Namibia, Falklands And BAT.


New issues -

🇬🇮 Royal Gibraltar Post Office -

20 November 2023 - ‘Working trains on The Rock’ - 3 stamps and 1 miniature sheet containing the 3 stamps plus an additional £4 value. Designed by Stephen Perera using photographs from the Gil Podesta Collection and lithographed by BPost. Rating:- ****.

24 November 2023 - New definitive issue depicting King Charles III - 10 stamps. Designed by Stephen Perera from illustrations by Leslie Gaduzo and lithographed by BPost Security Printers. Rating:- ***.

🇳🇦 Nam Post (postal service of Namibia) -

23 October 2023 - Hedgehogs of Namibia - 1 stamp depicting the Southern African hedgehog. Designed by Helge Denker and lithographed. Rating:- *****.

🇫🇰 Falkland Islands Postal Service -

3 November 2023 - 40th anniversary of the Falkland Islands Development Corporation - 5 stamps. Lithographed. Rating:- *****.

🇬🇧 Postal service of British Antarctic Territory -

2023 - 30th anniversary of the UK Antarctic Heritage Trust - 4 stamps. Lithographed. Rating:- *****.

2023 - 60th anniversary of the first British Antarctic Territory postage stamps - 8 stamps issued as 4 se-tenant pairs. Lithographed. Rating:- *****.

2023 - Emperor penguins - 5 gummed stamps (letter rate) and 5 self-adhesive stamps (postcard rate). Lithographed. Rating:- *****.