Saturday, 10 November 2012

175. Stamperija Latest.

The latest issues to be announced by the stamp production agency, Stamperija, add another 6 miniature sheets to this year's total printed with the name of Mozambique included on them. These items, said to have been issued on 28 February 2012, note "Rossica 2013" and depict traditional Russian eggs:-

Mozambique's total number of stamps for 2012 is now 298 stamps and 56 miniature sheets. Uganda's philatelic reputation is, er, enhanced by the  release of 9 sheetlets, each of 4 stamps and 9 related miniature sheets, on 8 November 2012 on the subject of endangered wildlife. The sub-themes within the issues are the cheetah (4 stamps and 1 m.s.), the secretary bird (4 stamps and 1 m.s.), birds of prey (4 stamps and 1 m.s.), lions (8 stamps and 2 m.s),  chimpanzees (4 stamps and 1 m.s.) and elephants (8 stamps and 2 m.s.):-

In addition to the above is a set marking "co-operation with the WWF" (World Wide Fund For Nature). This set also portrays the secretary bird and comes in an extraordinary array of formats as depicted below (sheetlets of 16, perforate and imperforate, miniature sheets of 4, also perforate and imperforate, a miniature sheet with a single stamp and miniature sheets of 8 stamps, again in perforate and imperforate format:-

The total number of Uganda stamps for 2012 now amounts to 150 stamps and 31 miniature sheets which looks excessive except when you compare it with the productions of Royal Mail during 2012 which now amount to approximately 197 stamps and 72 miniature sheets. Hmm....Royal Mail makes Stamperija look positively conservative in its new issue production rate. That will give collectors of British stamps something to think about.

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