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.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

1099. ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Range Of Subjects Featured On South African New Issues.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ The South African Post Office issued a miniature sheet containing a single stamp on 11 October 2017 to commemorate the National Philatelic Exhibition "Sapdapex 2017". The item carried a surcharge and was sold for R20 with the additional charge going to "Philatelic Promotion". Rating:- ***.

  The South African Post Odfice had previously issued a single stamp miniature sheet on 8 September 2017 on the subject of Homo Naledi, a hominid of whom fragments of a skeleton had been found in South Africa. An interesting issue. Rating:- ***.

  Five self-adhesive stamps in a sheetlet were issued on 6 October 2017 to celebrate "Winemaking in South Africa". I like this set very much and it's not really a subject we find depicted on stamps all that often. Rating:- ****.

  Two self-adhesive stamps were also issued on 9 October 2017 to commemorate World Post Day and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of mail sorting by machine. These are quite complicated designs but are still interesting especially for those interested in postal history. Rating:- ***.

  ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡พ Pos Malaysia issued 4 stamps on 9 October 2017 to commemorate World Post Day with the theme being "Postcrossing". The stamps were issued in sheetlets of 10 with 5 x 2 designs featuring in one sheetlet and 5 of each of the others in the second sheetlet. I'm not very keen on stamps which feature cartoons as this set does and I don't think that they are as amusing as Pos Malaysia may believe them to be. Rating:- **.


  ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia Post issued a miniature sheet on 6 October 2017, as mentioned in Blog 1080, in conjunction with "Adelaide Stampex '17" which was held in Adelaide from 6 to 8 October 2017. I provide a better illustration of the sheet than was shown in Blog 1080. Rating:- ***.