Wednesday, 26 April 2017

987. PNG Football Stamps Finally Appear; Norvic Reports Perth Post And Go Madness.

  🇵🇬 Said to have been issued on 12 December 2016, but only now having just appeared on the Post PNG website, the Papua New Guinea philatelic bureau is selling a set of 4 stamps and 2 miniature sheets on the subject of the holding of the FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup in Papua New Guinea from 13 November to 3 December 2016. The release of the first issues of 2017 is awaited. Rating:- ****.

  🇮🇳 India Post issued a set of 3 stamps on 26 April 2017 on the subject of Telugu writers. Those commemorated are Atukuri Mella (1440 - 1530), Viswanatha Satyanarayana (1895 - 1976) and Tarigonda Vengamamba (1730 - 1817). Rating:- ***.

  🇬🇧 In his latest posting of Norvic Philatelic Blog, Ian Billings has given additional information about the Post and Go labels issued in just a two day period at the 88th Scottish Congress held in Perth from 21 to 22 April 2017. In 955a I noted that 4 different Collectors strips were dispensed by the kiosks at the exhibition at a total cost of £32.16p but Ian reveals that strips for the Perth meeting were also sent to dealers who had preordered these items which originated from kiosk B001 - the Heraldic Lion stamp and the Thistle stamp both with different inscriptions from those actually dispensed at Perth - "88th Scottish/Congress 2017" (the year not being included in the inscription for those items dispensed by kiosks A012 and A014 - see Blog 955a). Bizarrely, Machin Head stamps in the as yet unissued design were also sent to those who had preordered these exhibition souvenirs so these new designs also exist with the inscription "88th Scottish/Congress 2017".
  In all, therefore, this short Philatelic meeting has provided collectors with 7 new Collectors strips at a total cost, if bought at face value, of £56.28p and no doubt considerably more for those collectors who must buy these items from dealers. The new Queen's Head strip is currently being offered for sale on E Bay for £75 (a cool £66.96p - 933% - profit) plus £6.50p postage cost. Rating:- 0.

  This Blog is numbered 987 as it is actually the 987th edition - previous numbering did not take into account all the "a" numbers given to some previous editions. The next Blog will be 988. For people who are kind enough to read this stuff - you haven't missed 30 or so posts.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

956. Mauritius Commemorates 25 Years As A Republic.

  🇲🇺 Mauritius Post issued a single stamp on 12 March 2017 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the country becoming a republic. The rather undistinguished stamp depicts the national coat of arms and must have taken very little imagination to design. Rating:- **.
  If you think I'm being unfair about the design compare it with one of the 1968 Independence stamps and how the national coat of arms was incorporated in an exciting and original design on that occasion.

  🇮🇪 In Blog 954 I outlined the upcoming new issues from Ireland's An Post and now illustrate three of the issues:-

  1 June 2017 - Centenary of Lions International - 1 stamp. The stamp was designed by Red Dog from photography by Paul McCarthy and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13.5. Rating:- ****.

  8 June 2017 - Centenary of the Battle of Messines Ridge - 1 stamp. The stamp was designed by Ger Garland and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13.5. Rating:- ****.

  29 June 2017 - 150th anniversary of the death of Thomas Meagher - 1 stamp. Designed by WorkGroup from an illustration by Charles Cullen and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 14 x 14.5. Rating:- ***.

  🇮🇳 Recent My Stamp issues from India Post which I have not yet mentioned in the Blog are listed and illustrated below. They are generally issued in sheetlets of 12 and sold at a premium above face value:-

  9 February 2017 - Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam, a Hindu monastic institution in Kanchipuram in Tamil Nashua said to have been founded by Audi Sankara in 428BC. 1 stamp with attached label. Rating:- ***.

  11February 2017 - Centenary of the founding of the Anglo-Indian Montfort School in Yercaud in Tamil Nahdu by Brother Eugene Mary of the Montfort Brothers of St. Gabriel. 1 stamp with attached label. Rating:- ***.

  17 March 2017 - 160th Anniversary of the founding of the University of Mumbai. 1 stamp with attached label. Rating:- ***.

  17 April 2017 - Global Exhibition on Services. 1 stamp with attached label. Rating:- ***.

  🇭🇰 Hong Kong Post issued a set of 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 25 April 2017 on the subject of the revitalisation of historic buildings which is actually the second in a series. The issue was designed by Eric Chan and lithographed by Enschede and perforated 13.5 x 14.5. A HK$50 "Prestige booklet" was also issued. Rating:- ***.

  Hong Kong Post will issue a miniature sheet on 20 June 2017 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the stationing of the Chinese People's Liberation Army in Hong Kong. The design which depicts goose stepping troops marching under the flag of the Chinese People's Republic with the city of Hong Kong in the background makes for a very interesting issue. Rating:- ****.

Monday, 24 April 2017

955. Malta George Cross, Guernsey Cruise Ships And Namibia Rabbits.

  🇲🇹 Malta Post issued one of its greeting stamps depicting a map of Malta with an attached label which commemorated the 75th anniversary of the award of the George Cross to the island on 15 April 2017. Rating:- ***.

  A similar such item will be issued on 11 May 2017 to commemorate Malta Post's participation in the Essen 2017 stamp fair.

  🇳🇦 Nam Post, the postal service of Namibia, issued a pair of stamps on the subject of local hares and rabbits on 15 April 2017. The delightful designs are by Helge Denker. Rating:- *****.

  🇬🇬 The first of the Guernsey Post visiting cruise ship Post and Go stamps have now been issued and are being offered for sale on an internet auction site. Some of these ships are enormous and the thought of what would happen if the passengers from some of these behemoths all suddenly descended on Smith Street post office wanting to dispense their souvenirs from kiosk GG01 is truly mind-boggling. The first 2 ships are:-

   21 April 2017 - Caribbean Princess (Princess Cruises):-

   22 April 2017 - Azura (P & O Cruises):-

  The next cruise ship to visit Guernsey will be Le Soleal on 26 April and after that will be Caribbean Princess again on 2 May. That will give us chance to see for the first time how Guernsey Post deals with a ship's return visit.

  🇼🇸 A commentator on Stamp Boards has indicated that an informed source has revealed that Samoa Post has suspended the issue of any more stamps on its behalf by Philatelic Collector Inc. Princestamps states that the Samoan postal service took the action because PCI was not "issuing many suitable supplies, a lack of supplies locally and a high number of expensive and irrelevant issues that were drawing the Samoa name into disrepute".
  Interestingly, if one visits the Samoa Post website and enters the Philately Services section a list of pre-Philatelic Collector issues is shown and some of them are shown on a stock list - no PCI issues are mentioned on the site.
  Meanwhile, in the same thread on the subject of the need or otherwise for very high face value stamps, the expert Steven Zirinsky delivered what sounded like less positive news. He wrote, "I think you will soon see values from various countries that make this $90 value (from the previously reported issue by British Virgin Islands) pale in comparison. In fact, I know it. And they will be real. And they will be used primarily on large Parcel Mail because the meter machine broke down and no one bothers to fix them any more. But maybe I have said too much" 
  He then goes on to advise readers to "watch my newsletter or Linn's or Stanley Gibbons for an article by me in about a month's time".
  This seems like a very gloomy prophesy by Steven Zirinsky and we await the bombshell when it is dropped. It is interesting that the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue editor has recently been commenting on his approach to very high face value stamps and I guess we must now put it in the context of the article which Steven Zirinsky tells us is soon to be published in Stanley Gibbons Monthly. Presumably when he wrote about his ideas about listing very high face value stamps the editor was aware of what Steven Zirinsky had written in his article which he has foreshadowed in Stamp Boards and the editor is clearly thinking of how to deal with, as Zirinsky has written, "values ... that make this $90 pale in comparison".

  🇮🇳 India Post released at last its miniature sheet on the subject of Coffee on 23 April 2017. It is said to have a faint aroma of coffee attached to it. Rating:- ***.

955. Kingfishers Featured On New Singapore Issue.

  🇸🇬 Singapore Post will issue a set of 4 stamps on 26 April 2016 on the subject of Kingfishers. This highly attractive set was designed by Leo Teck Chong and lithographed by Secura Singapore Pte Ltd. and perforated 13. Rating:- *****.

  🇹🇷 The postal administration of the Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus issued a set of 3 stamps on 23 March 2017 on the subject of Cittaslow member towns in Northern Cyprus. The stamps were designed by GK Sonmezer and lithographed by the State Printers. Rating:- ****. 

  🇮🇳 India Post issued a miniature sheet on 22 April 2017 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Ambedkar Telecommunications Institute in Jabalpur. The design depicts an interesting Art Deco style building and this is a rather more interesting item than India Post's usual very dull stamps which feature buildings. Rating:- ***.

  🇬🇧 More Royal Mail Post and Go stamps. Issued on 21 April 2017 and on sale for just 2 days, various labels were dispensed by kiosks A012 and A014 at the 88th Scottish Congress held in Perth. Various labels were dispensed with the added inscription "88th Scottish/Congress". Kiosk A012 dispensed Machin Head labels and Thistle labels from the "Symbolic flowers" set while kiosk A014 dispensed Thistle labels and Heraldic Lion labels. Extra varieties were created by using Machin Head stamps with 2 different codes (MA13 and MA15) and Thistles stamps with the code MA17 and the Lion label with code MA15. Hence Post and Go enthusiasts appear to have had 4 different strips to buy at a cost of £32.16p as the price of a full Collectors strip was £8.04p. Rating:- 0.