Archive for June, 2010

Olympic stamps from the Royal Mail

June 24th, 2010

The Royal Mail will be issuing a set of 10 stamps on 27 July 2010 to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This is the second in a series of three issues, the first was released in 2009.

Also to be released on the same date will be a retail booklet  containing 4 Machin 1st class definitives and the Rowing and Table Tennis Olympic stamps.

Niue Butterflies

June 23rd, 2010

To be released on 7 July 2010 is set of 3 stamps and miniature sheet by Niue. It looks similar to the set and miniature sheet to be issued by New Zealand Post also on 7 July. Both these two issues are designed by Stamps & Collectables Business of New Zealand Post.

The die-cut miniature depicts the Hypolimnas antilope.

New Zealand’s 2010 Children’s Health – Butterflies

June 23rd, 2010

Come July 7, New Zealand Post will be issuing the 81st annual Children’s Health stamps.

The die-cut miniature sheet takes the shape of a monarch butterfly.  The 50c + 10c surcharge (pictured left) shows the boulder copper (Lycaena boldenarum) is issued in self-adhesive format and the gummed version is only available in the miature sheet.

Pan-American Center Inverted strip sold US$145,000

June 21st, 2010

The Pan-American inverts were the first bi-colored postage stamps produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the first invert postage errors issued by the Post Office since the 1869’s.

The 1c Pan-American Inverts were found in at least four different post offices around the country. Approximately 600 to 700 are known, including thirteen blocks of four, a block of six and a block of 20, some of which may have been broken into singles. This is the only example with an imprint or a plate number contained in our records.

Sold by Robert A. Siegel Auctions Galleries on 19 June 2010 for US$145,000.

Fullmetal Alchemist animation stamps from Japan

June 19th, 2010

Fans of Fullmetal Alchemist and thematic collectors should be delighted with this sheet released by Japan Post on June 14.

The 10 stamps, each of 80Yen face value, depicts ten characters from the series that first appeared in 2001. The characters appearing on the stamps are: Edward Elric, Alphonse Elric, Liza Hawkeye, Roy Mustang, Shaomei, Mae Chan, Ling Yao, Lenfant, Bell Rock Uinryi and Den.

(1) ??????????? Edward Elric
(2) (2) ????? ??????? Alphonse Elric
(3) (3) ???????? Liza Hawkeye
(4) (4) ?????? ?? Roy Mustang
(5) (5) ????? Shaomei
(6) (6) ?????? Mae Chan
(7) (7) ????? Ling Yao
(8) (8) ????? Lenfant
(9) (9) ??????????? Bell Rock Uinryi
(10) (10) ?????????????? Den / Edward Elric

Contest winners notified

June 18th, 2010

We have sent out notifications to the winners of our June 15 contest and awaiting their responses.

Singapore Living Earth Book
Normala Mohd.Noor

Kiribati Fish 16v overprinted SPECIMEN
Richard Lim

Singapore 2006 X-Men The Movie MyStamp sheets
Glauber Silmott
Larry Holly

Worldwide stamp mixture (50’s)
Derek Mifsud
Davide Massone
Pedro Martel

China issue pure silver stamp

June 10th, 2010

The Shanghai Philatelic Corporation, with approval from the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination and the China Post Group, has officially issued a set of pure silver commemorative stamps for the China Pavilion.

The stamps are made from .999 pure silver, and four different weights are available: 88 grams, 188 grams, 388 grams, and 688 grams. The number produced for each weight is restricted to 20,000, 10,000, 6,000 and 2,010, respectively.

Shanghai Chang Yu Investment Company, a licensed retailer of Expo souvenirs, is the chief distributor of the stamps.

The face of the stamp shows the China Pavilion and the reverse side has a lily designs with the Expo theme “Better City, Better Life” in Chinese and English.

Britain’s rarest stamp sold for £400,000

June 9th, 2010

One of Great Britain’s greatest philatelic rarity, the 1904 Edward II 6d Pale dull purple with I.R. Official overprint was sold for £400, announced Stanley Gibbons.

The stamp was issued on 14 March 1904 and was withdrawn almost immediately after an official order to stop using official stamps. Only 19 sheets of these stamps were produced and believed destroyed.

Other known examples of this stamp in existence can be found in the Royal Collection and one or two museums such as the National Postal Museum.

Queen portrait’s photographer used for stamps dies

June 9th, 2010

Picture: Copyright John Hedgecoe/TopFoto

John Hedgecoe, whose photograph of the Queen was used to design the image that appears on stamps of Great Britain and many other countries have died 3 June 2010.

The profile shot of the Queen, shown above, was used by Arnold Machin to make a plaster cast, was then re-photographed by Hedgecoe and used for the stamp image design.

This photograph is believed to be the most reproduced worldwide and used on over 200 billion stamps.

Source: Amateur Photographer

Russia 1875 rarity

June 8th, 2010

One of Russian philately great rarities will be offered in an an auction by Cherrystone Philatelic Auctioneers to be held 9-10 June 2010 in New York City.

The 1875 Russian 20 kopek blue error stamp has a doubled center. It is the only known example and is estimated to be worth $150,000.