Wednesday, 18 October 2017

1102. ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฌ Beautiful New Fish Issue From The Virgin Islands.

  ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฌ The postal service of The British Virgin Islands will issue a beautiful set of 4 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 8 November 2017 as the second part of its Underwater Life series, the subject this time being Fish life. The stamps are highly attractive and gorgeously coloured and the photographs used for the designs are very well chosen. The issue was designed by Bee Design and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 13.5. The stamps are also printed in sheetlets of 20 providing 5 se-tenant strips each of 4 different stamps. Rating:- *****.
  Thanks to Juliet Warner for information about this issue.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Intelligent AR/Royal Mail has announced a plethora of "Poppy" Post and Go issues which are upcoming. This will be a new version of the stamp with code R17YAL.
  At the Postal Museum, Kiosk A001 will replace the Machin Head stamp from 1 to 24 October 2017 with the Poppy design.
  At The Royal Navy Museum in Portsmouth, Kiosk A002 will dispense the Union Jack stamp with an additional "Trafalgar Day" inscription and the Poppy stamp will replace the Machin Head stamp from 20 October 2017.
  At the Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton, Kiosk A003 will dispense Poppy stamps instead of Union Jack Stamps from 20 October 2017.
  At the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Kiosk A004 will dispense Poppy stamps instead of Union Jack stamps from 20 October 2017.
  At the Royal Navy Museum HMS Trincomalee, Kiosk A006 will have 2 changes - the Machin Head stamp will be sold with the inscription "12th Oct 1817" to mark the Bicentenary of the launching of Trincomalee and the Poppy stamp will replace the Union Jack stamp from 20 October 2017.
  At the Royal Navy Museum of Naval Firepower in Gosport, Kiosk A007 will dispense the Poppy stamp instead of the Machin Head stamp from the 20 October 2017 and the Union Jack stamp will be dispensed with an additional "Trafalgar Day" inscription.
  For the Royal Corps Of Signals, Kiosk A011 will replace the Union Jack stamp with the Poppy stamp from 20 October 2017 and the Machin Head stamp will cease to have the "White Helmets" inscription and logo applied to it.
  IAR kiosks M001 (RAF Northolt), M002 (Mount Pleasant), M003 (Bradford), M004 (Kingston) M005 (Windsor), M006 (Doncaster), M010 (Norwich) and M011 (MOD Filton Abbey Wood Bristol) will dispense Poppy stamps instead of Union Jack stamps from 24 October 2017.
  NCR kiosks in ordinary post offices are also expected to dispense the new Poppy stamps from 24 October 2017.
  I think that this means that there will be at least 12 new Post and Go stamps produced by these changes (if all the Poppy stamps have the new code and if the collector just wants a single value of each stamp - if the collector wants a multivalue strip then that may well mean 72 new stamps at some unimaginable cost).

  ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ In Blog 1098 I mentioned the 5 gummed Christmas stamps which will be issued on 1 November 2017 by New Zealand Post. There will also be a gummed miniature sheet and 3 self-adhesive stamps ($1, $2.20c and $2.70c) sold in booklets for $10, $19.80c and $24.30c respectively. The designs are not very exciting. Rating:- **.

Monday, 16 October 2017

1101. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Guernsey Post Plans 14 New Issues In 2018.


  ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Guernsey Post plans to issue 14 stamps as its Christmas issue - 7 will be inscribed "Guernsey" and the remainder will be inscribed "Alderney". Both subsets will be issued on 8 November 2017 and are on the theme of "Christmas carols". The stamps, designed by Keith Robinson, are pleasant enough though nothing we haven't seen before. The "Guernsey" stamps depict scenes from the traditional carol, "Good King Wenceslas" and the Alderney issue depicts scenes from "The Holly And The Ivy". The issue is self-adhesive with "simulated" perforations and was lithographed by Southern Colour Print. Each subset costs £4.45p with a total face value of £8.90p. The total population of Guernsey is about 65,000 and that of Alderney is about 2,000. Collectors will draw their own conclusions about whether such a small population needs 14 different Christmas stamps. Rating:- **.

  Three days after these 14 stamps, Guernsey Post will issue a set of 6 stamps (cost £4.06p) and a Prestige booklet (cost £16.24p) as the 4th part of its commemoration of the Centenary of the First World War (see Blog 1088) having also issued a set of 6 stamps on 8 November 2017 to commemorate the Platinum Wedding Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh.
  The Platinum Wedding set was designed by Two Degrees North and lithographed by Enschedรฉ and perforated 13.5. I'm sure that collectors are thoroughly bored with the never ending release of countless stamps related to the British royal family though I can understand the wish and need for territories of which Queen Elizabeth is the monarch to release sets honouring her. This set appears to be exceptionally dull. Rating:- **.

  So, with 26 stamps being issued in just 4 days, what little gems are Guernsey Post planning to try to sell us next year? Do we care?
  The 2018 programme lists 14 issues but says nothing about additional planned sets such as the "Visiting cruise ships" Post and Go stamps and other special Post and Go issues.

  1 February 2018 - Year of The Dog - 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet
  14 February - Endangered species - the Black Rhinoceros (frequently to be seen roaming the sweeping plains of Sark)
  14 February - 50th anniversary of The Wombles (actually not so silly as it sounds since the creator of these children's characters was a resident of Alderney for many years). Inscribed "Alderney".
  14 February - "Valentine's Spring Stampex 2018 Exhibition sheet"
  14 February - Post and Go stamps - Flowers of the Bailiwick of Guernsey.
   2 May - Europa, Bridges
  23 May - 65th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II
  1 August - Centenary of the Royal Air Force, 201 Squadron (Guernsey's Own)
  1 August - Alderney Week. Inscribed "Alderney".
  1 August - SEPAC, "Spectacular Views"
  8 November - Christmas, Charles Dickens' "Christmas Carol"
  8 November - Christmas, Charles Dickens' "Christmas Carol". Inscribed "Alderney".
  8 November - 70th Birthday of The Prince Of Wales. Inscribed "Alderney".
  8 November - Centenary of The First World War, Part 5, "Memorials".

  ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India Post issued a single stamp on 11 October 2017 to commemorate the late Nanaji Deshmukh (1916 - 2010) who was a social activist working in the fields of education, health and rural self-reliance. Rating:- **.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง In Blog 1098 I included depictions of the no fewer than 12 Christmas stamps which will be issued on 7 November 2017 by Royal Mail. There will also be 2 "Generic" (Smilers) sheets, each made up of 20 stamps with attached labels. The price of the first sheet will be £16.40p and it will include 4 x 2nd Class stamps and 4 x 1st Class stamps and 1 each of the other values. All designs featured in the first sheet are religious in nature. Rating:- 0.
   The second sheet is made up of 10 x 1st and 10 x 2nd Children's art competition stamps with attached labels and will be sold for £12.60p. Rating:- 0.

  Not content with the above items, Royal Mail will then issue another similar sheet on 16 November 2017 on the subject of "The Year of The Dog". The sheet contains 20 x 1st "Fireworks" stamps with attached labels. Rating:- 0.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

1100. ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ Mauritius Shells And Bahamas Christmas Flowers.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡บ Mauritius Post issued a very attractive set of 4 stamps and 1 miniature sheet on 9 October 2017 (World Post Day) on the subject of Sea shells of Mauritius. This is one of the best sets to have been issued by Mauritius for a long time. Rating:- *****.

  ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ธ The Bahamas Post Office will issue a set of 4 stamps on 30 October 2017 as its Christmas issue, the subject being Christmas plants. This is a very attractive set which was designed by Andrew Robinson and lithographed by Lowe-Martin and perforated 13. Rating:- *****.
  Thanks to Juliet Warner for the information about this issue.

   ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง In Blogs 1084, 1091 and 1093 I wrote about the Royal Mail Post and Go stamps dispensed at three party political conferences in recent weeks. The Scottish Nationalist Party held its annual conference in Glasgow from 8 to 10 October 2017 where Kiosk M007 dispensed 1st and 2nd Class Machin Head stamps with the added inscription "Glasgow/2017". The 1st Class stamps have the code  MA14 and the second class stamps have the code MA15. Examples of the two types are depicted below:-

   ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Stamperija's latest paraphilatelic products are made up of 10 sheetlets, each containing 4 different "stamps’, and 10 "miniature sheets", all with the name of Sierra Leone printed on them. The subjects depicted are eclectic and frequently of no relevance to Sierra Leone. The featured subjects are Endangered species of China/China International Collection Expo 2017, Birds of prey, 135th anniversary of the death of Charles Darwin, "The melting of Antarctica", 140th birth anniversary of Louis Renault, 145th anniversary of the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 135th birth anniversary of Igor Stravinsky, 170th birth anniversary of Thomas Edison, 135th anniversary of Franklin D Roosevelt and 75th Birthday of Muhammad Ali. Rating:- 0.
  The "date of issue" is stated to have been 30 August 2017.