Sunday, 18 March 2018

1194. 🇳🇷 New Nauru Postal Service Issues First New Stamp In 7 Years..

  🇳🇷 Those of us who have been wondering about what has been happening in Nauru as regards its postal services in recent years now seem to have had our questions answered. It appears that there probably has not been a postal service at all which explains why we have seen no new postage stamps from that country since 2011. 
  In Nauru News, an internet publication of the Government of Nauru, it is announced that Nauru Post 'was opened as a corporate body ... (on 5 March) along with the release of a commemorative coin and pendant as part of the 50th Independence Day anniversary. At the opening event in front of the post office, His Excellency President Baron Waqa released the commemorative coin and was received by Madame Louisa Waqa. ..... A commemorative stamp for the 50th anniversary was also released during the Independence celebration at the State banquet on Wednesday 31January.... The Nauru Parliament enacted for the establishment on 1 March 2018 the Naoero Postal Services Corporation at a sitting of Parliament on 25 January 2018. At the opening of the new 
post office President Waqa said the establishment of the new postal corporation will seek to enter into cooperation with other postal services and draw on best practices with postal organisations including Australia and Asia. The establishment of an efficient and comprehensive postal service in Nauru is very important internationally and from a domestic viewpoint.
  The vision is to connect the Nauruan people and its culture internationally through an efficient post and philatelic services"
  "Services are expected to expand to provide the sale of merchandise items, introduction of new stamps, passport photos and ID services, as well as promote Nauru's traditional handicraft items" ....
  "Chairman of the new corporation Samuel Grundler reaffirmed his commitment through his mission statement that Nauru Post will bridge the gap between Nauruan communities and international communities through post and philatelic efforts. All three mementos are available for sale at the post office."
  Unfortunately the article did not include an illustration of the new stamp (but the stamp is being offered for sale on E Bay and I can therefore illustrate it) but we do know now that the new Nauru Post has indeed issued the country's first new postage stamp for about 7 years. It also seems that should expect more stamp issues in the future. So .... watch this space!
  Collectors will be hoping that the new Nauru Post will not be persuaded by one of the less respected philatelic agencies (we know who they are) to provide it with stamps and philatelic items as so many other postal services of small Pacific countries have allowed in recent years at the cost of the ruin of their philatelic reputations.

  🇲🇼 Currently being offered for sale on an internet auction site is a set of 5 surcharged stamps from Malawi Post. Two of the surcharged stamps are fro the 1996 Butterflies set while the other 3 are from the 'Protect Nature' Butterflies set of 2002. I know no other details about this issue at present. Rating:- *****.

  🇯🇪 Although Royal Mail seems to have recognised the growing futility of trying to keep exhausted and overwhelmed collectors interested in Post and Go stamps in general, and exhibition-related labels in particular, Jersey Post, ever hopeful of a quick financial gain, carries on undaunted.
  Thus, while Royal Mail has ceased attending the Scottish Congresses, Jersey Post has annnounced that it will issue its Jersey Flag stamps with an additional inscription '89th Scottish Congress 2018'. The Congress will take place at the Dewars Centre in Perth on 20 and 21 April 2018 and Jersey Post 
will have kiosk JE01 present at the exhibition. The kiosk will also dispense strips of the Visiting Naval Ships stamps but without an additional inscription. Rating:- 0.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

1193. 🇧🇲 Bermuda To Issue Turtle Stamps.

  🇧🇲 The Bermuda Post Office will issue a set of 4 stamps depicting turtles on 22 March 2018 to commemorate the Bermuda Turtle Project which for more than 50 years has promoted the conservation of marine turtles through research and education. A worthy subject for a stamp issue and some attractive designs. Rating:- *****.

  🇵🇰 Pakistan Post issued a single stamp on 5 March 2018 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Army Burn Hall College at Abbottabad. Rating:- **.
  The issue was designed by Naveed Awan and lithographed by National Security Printing Company in Karachi and perforated 13.

 🇱🇹 This week's paraphilatelic products from Stamperija are inscribed 'Sierra Leone'. The issue is made up of 10 sheetlets each containing 4 'stamps' and 10 accompanying miniature sheets. The depicted subjects are Working dogs, 115th anniversary of the death of Camille Pissarro, 30th anniversary of the death of Enzio Ferrari, 190th anniversary of the birth of Henry Dunant, 90th anniversary of the death of Roald Amundsen, 55th anniversary of the launch of Vostok 6, 125th anniversary of the death of Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Submarines, Parrots and Whales. Rating:- 0.
  The stated date of issue is 27 February 2018.

  🇱🇹 Stamperija has also released more paraphilatelic products with the name of Mozambique printed on them in the form of 10 sheetlets each containing 4 different 'stamps' with 10 accompanying miniature sheets. The featured subjects are Birds of prey, Polar bears, Bees, Birds of Mozambique, Parrots, Monkeys, Tigers, Endangered species, Owls and Turtles. Rating:- 0.
  The stated 'date of issue' is 15 February 2018.

  🇬🇭 In the April 2018 edition of Gibbons Stamp Monthly the Catalogue section, as shown below, draws attention to 3 stamps from Ghana which the editor finds to be rather mysterious though, as also reproduced below, Commonwealth Stamps Opinion had mentioned this issue, with some admittedly rather poor quality illustrations, in Blog 819 of 7 September 2016.
  The short piece In CSO mentioned that the issue was made up of 5 stamps which were released to promote a peaceful atmosphere locally in the run up to elections in the country. I have not seen any of these stamps to date - often the best way to obtain these real Ghanaian stamps is to search for them in kiloware - but it is just possible that a dealer somewhere may eventually be in a position to put some on sale.
  I've noticed that there are sometimes some occasional dismissive comments in Gibbons Stamp Monthly about internet Blogs but it seems to me that the Catalogue editor who has admitted before now that he has no real interest in modern new issues should perhaps resolve to read them and he might be better informed about these odd issues which sneak out from various countries from time to time. Nowadays, Internet sites are a much better source of information about new issues than old-fashioned printed philatelic magazines which often publish such news long after it has been current and the chance to obtain such items has already passed.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

1192. 🇲🇹 Malta To Release Sixth Maritime Issue.

  🇲🇹 MaltaPost will issue 3 stamps on 23 March 2018 as the sixth part of its ongoing 'Maritime Malta' series. The subject of this issue is 'Ships of the Order of St. John' and the set was designed by Sean Cini and lithographed by Printex and perforated 14. Rating:- ***.

  🇳🇿 New Zealand Post has now put on sale its 2017 Pack of Personalised stamp issues. The contents include 24 gummed and 15 self adhesive stamps and 2 booklets. The New Zealand Post website does not state the subject of every stamp in the pack and illustrates only 4 of the stamps, which New Zealand Post insists on calling 'labels' even though the items in the pack clearly fulfill the definition of a postage stamp since they are sold for use on mail not in restricted numbers and freely available to the mail-sending public (by the very fact of being sold in these packs to the public).
  I always find these to be interesting items and worth splashing out on. Rating:- ***.
  This gives New Zealand Post a year's total of 153 stamp products having been released by it during 2017 and pushes it up the 'Commonwealth's greediest stamp issuers' list of 2017 (see Blog 1186) from the 13th position to the 8th spot above, among others, Antigua And Barbuda, Jersey, Bangladesh and Isle Of Man.

  🇬🇧 Royal Mail will issue 2 se-tenant strips of 5 x 1st Class rate stamps on 11 May 2018 on the subject of Owls (and owlets) found in The United Kingdom. The featured species are the Barn Owl (which seems to have been depicted on almost as many British stamps as has The Queen herself), the Little Owl, the Tawny Owl, the Short eared Owl and the Long eared Owl. This is an attractive enough set but there is no obvious reason, as far as I can see, of why the subject should be chosen to be featured on British stamps at this particular moment. Perhaps it's International Owl Year or something like that. Rating:- **.

Monday, 12 March 2018

1191. 🇲🇺 Commonwealth Day 2018; Mauritius Commemorates 50 Years Of Independence.

  Commonwealth Day is celebrated this year on 12 March 2018. This year there are again 53 members of The Commonwealth after The Gambia rejoined the organisation earlier this year. This year will see the holding of CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting) from 19 to 20 April in London and Windsor and the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia from 4 to 15 April at the Carrara Stadium in Carrara.
  Royal Mail will not issue any stamps to commemorate the hosting by The United Kingdom of CHOGM but Australia Post will commemorate Australia's hosting of the Commonwealth Games by the release of a single stamp, depicted below, as well as a number of sheets containing Greetings stamps with attached labels (see Blog 1136).
  The theme of this year's Commonwealth Day is 'Towards A Common Future'.

  A number of Commonwealth countries celebrate significant Independence anniversaries this year - Sri Lanka (70th anniversary on 4 April, see Blog 1189), Nauru (50th anniversary on 31 January see Blog 1171), Mauritius (50th anniversary today, 12 March, commemorative stamps issued on 12 March - see below - Solomon Islands (40th anniversary on 7 July), Tuvalu (40th anniversary on 1 October), Dominica (40th anniversary on 3 November) and Swaziland (50th anniversary on 6 September, commemorative stamp news awaited).
   🇲🇺 The issue by Mauritius Post is made up of 3 stamps and 1 miniature sheet released, as stated above, on 12 March 2018. The Rs6 depicts the words of the national anthem, the Rs13 depicts the national flag with the motto Lame dan lame, which I imagine is Creole for Hand in hand, and the Rs1 depicts Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, past and present. The miniature sheet contains all 3 values. These are not the most exciting of designs, in true modern Mauritius fashion, but it's an important issue. Rating:- ****.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

1190. 🇬🇬 Guernsey Post To Commemorate Local RAF Squadron.

  🇮🇳 India Post issued a Se-tenant pair of stamps on 8 March 2018 which commemorates the golden jubilee of the Central Industrial Security Force. A colourful and interesting pair. Rating:- ***.

  🇲🇲 2018 is quite a year for notable Independence anniversaries of Commonwealth countries along with former British colonies which did not join The Commonwealth (see also Blog 1189). In the latter category is Myanmar which, even now, may one day join The Commonwealth though its current oppression of its racial minorities will do nothing to hasten that day. On 4 January 2018, the Myanmar postal service released a set of 3 stamps to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the country's achievement of Independence from Great Britain. This is a colourful and attractive set. Rating:- ****,

🇬🇬 Guernsey Post will issue a set of 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 3 April 2018 to commemorate the Centenary of the Royal Air Force. The issue is centred on 201 Squadron known as 'Guernsey's own'. The issue was designed by Bridget Yabsley from illustrations by Brian Byron and was lithographed by Cartor and is perforated 14 x 15. Given the local emphasis I like this set. Rating:- ****.

  🇬🇧  Royal Mail will issue no fewer than 21 new stamps to meet the needs of the postal service caused by increased postage rates which will be introduced on 26 March 2018.
  The issue to be released on 20 March 2018 and is made up of 4 new values in the standard Machin Head definitive series - £1.25 (standard international letters), £1.45 (World zones 1 and 2 up to 20g), £1.55 (Europe up to 100g) and £2.65 (large letters to Europe up to 100g).
  In addition the previously available £2.25 'plum purple' stamp will be issued having been printed by International Security Printers Walsall. 
  The stamps will have the security code M18L MAIL.
  The remaining stamps are new values (£1.25 and £1.45) for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The 1st and 2nd class stamps of all 4 regional stamps are also new with a different font being used for the denominations. The price of a 1st Class stamp will be 68p and the 2nd will be 59p.
  Rating:- **.