Guernsey Post will issue a charming £2 miniature sheet on May 2016 to coincide with the NY2016 philatelic exhibition to be held in New York from 28 May to 4 June 2016. The scene depicted could not be more removed from a typical New York scene showing as it does a handsome Guernsey cow lying calmly in a field which makes up a lovely Guernsey pastoral scene. A lovely miniature sheet - designed by Andrew Robinson and lithographed by BDT International, perforated 15 x 14. Rating:- *****.
Details of other recent and upcoming issues from Guernsey Post are provided in Blogs 739, 741 and 748 and depicted below is the "Prestige booklet", price £14.80p which is part of the issue inscribed "Alderney" which commemorates the 90th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II which is also to be released on 25 May 2016. The entire issue was designed by Mark Totty and lithographed by Southern Colour Print, perforated 14. Rating:- **.
Jersey Post will issue 2 designs of "Post And Go" labels at the NY2016 exhibition. "Collectors strips" will be produced using the "Jersey Flag" and "Jersey Crest" designs with an added inscription "World Stamp/Show NY2016" and the exhibition logo depicting the Statue of Liberty. As well as there being labels, which of course have no postal validity in New York, dispensed from kiosk JE01, "back-office"-printed labels (BO02) will also be sold byJersey Philatelic Bureau. The cost of each strip will be £4.38 and therefore the price of having both designs will be £8.76p or, if a real enthusiast must have strips from both JE01 and BO01, the total bill will be £17.52p (cheap at half the price!):- 0.
Although I dealt with Royal Mail's next issue, the perplexing "Animail", I mention it again to give further details (date of issue:- 17 May 2016,; a remarkably large number of designers seem to have been involved in this ill-conceived but expensive (£6.04p) mediocrity - Osborne Ross, Andrew Ross, Magpie Studio and Owen Gildersleeve); lithographed by International Security Printers. Just what is it all about? Rating:- 0.
The excellent website, Joint Stamp Issues, has reported that 15 members of ECOWAS, the Economic Community of West African States, have each issued a single stamp each all in the same design on the subject of the 40th anniversary of the Organisation. The participating states are mainly Francophone territories (Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote D'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo) plus Liberia and the Lusaphone territories of Cape Verde Islands and Guinea Bissau. Additionally there are three Commonwealth territories involved in the issue - Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone plus the former Commonwealth state of The Gambia. Joint Stamp Issues reports that the date of issue was 17 December 2015 although a miniature sheet combining the stamps of all 15 countries was produced for presentation to ECOWAS officials and cancelled with a postmark dated 28 May 2015 which was the intended date of issue. The stamps were lithographed by Enschede.
The report also states that each country produced a miniature sheet which contains single imperforate versions of the respective country's stamp. This looks like an interesting and important issue and while the design is pretty poor the Rating is *****.