Archive for January, 2011

Pond Life definitives from Singapore

January 31st, 2011

Singapore Post will be releasing a new set of definitives and the first part, the high values ($1.10, $2, $5 and $10), will be issued February 16.

The $1.10 design is of a Tilapa, the $2 shows a Pond Wolf Spider, the $5 shows a Water Strider and the $10 shows a Water Scorpion.

The second part of this series will be the low value definitives and they will be released April 13.

Mongolia 1911 Cover to Tibet sold for record HK$3.6 million

January 25th, 2011

Spink sold the The Mizhuhara Collection of Mongolian Stamps on 23 January 2011 in Hong Kong. The top grossing item in this collection, a Mongolian 1911 cover to Tibet sold for a whopping HK$3.6 million or £252,340. This is the only recorded example of a cover from Mongolia to Tibet of this period.

Another cover, from the Russian Consulate in Urga, Mongolia  to Peking dated 1878 sold for HK$2 million (£162,800).

Record price for Hong Kong’s 1863 96c block

January 24th, 2011

Spink just concluded sale saw a much coveted Hong Kong 1863 96c Olive-bistre block of 4 sold for a world record price of £447,700 or the equivalent of US$821,000.

Other rarities sold can be found at

WWF stamps from Royal Mail

January 23rd, 2011

The Royal Mail will issue a set of 10 stamps, a miniature sheet and a prestige stamp book to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of WWF on 22 March 2011.

Personally I find the design of the miniature sheet  horrible. Also, I do not remember seeing a WWF stamp issue showing the animals not in photographic form.

The Kapa Haka of New Zealand

January 21st, 2011

Kapa Haka means to stand in a row or rank (kapa) and dance (haka). Distinctive from other indigenous performing arts, Kapa Haka combines song, dance, expression and movement. It’s an art form that takes on various disciplines and this is illustrated in New Zealand Post’s latest stamp issue that captures the dynamism and strong cultural tradition of Kapa Haka.

The set of 6 stamps and a miniature sheet will be released on 17 February to conincide with the Te Matatini National Festival – widely regarded as the ‘premier Maori cultural performing arts festival’.

Endangered Birds of Iceland

January 21st, 2011

The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year.

Iceland will be issuing a set of 4 stamps on January titled Iceland Geese and Ducks. The designs are:

Barnacle Goose / Branta leucopsis
Black Scoter – Melanitta nigra
Greater White-fronted Goose / Anser albifrons
Gadwall – Anas strepera

Communications in Greenland

January 19th, 2011

The first 3 stamps of 2011 issued by Greenland have the title ”Communications in Greenland”.

Anne-Birthe Hovehas interpreted the theme beautifully on three stamps which will be printed in offset. The three stamps each depict an era of communication in Greenland: Kayak Post, The newspaper AG’s 150-year anniversary and the submarine cable Greenland Connect.

Also available will be a souvenir sheet.

Recent top auction realisations from Spink

January 17th, 2011

The recent Spink Winter Collector’s Series auction held on 12 January 20111 saw some spectacular items sold at spectacular prices.

An India 1854 cover bearing a complete set of the first issue sold for £117,090 against the pre-sale estimate of £60,000 to £70,000.

An India 1854 Four Anna inverted sold for £93,690 and a Canada 1851 Twelve Pence Black on Laid Paper sold for £72,630.

Paul Calle, top U.S. postage stamp designer

January 2nd, 2011
Paul Calle, a commercial artist whose most famous work was no bigger than a postage stamp, died Thursday in Stamford, Conn. Calle, one of the most highly regarded stamp designers in the nation, was 82.

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