Archive for May, 2011

Gandhi Stamp Sold For US$205,000 At David Feldman

May 25th, 2011

A 1948 Indian 10rp stamp of Mahatma Gandhi overprinted Service was sold on 19 May 2011 at David Feldman for €120,000 versus a pre-sale estimate of  €20,000 to €30,000.

This is believed to be a world record price for any modern stamp.

Only 18 of this stamp is known to exist today and this copy is described as one of the finest copy.

It was issued by the Government of India as a set of 4 commemorative stamps on August 15th, 1948 as a tribute to the father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi, who was assassinated in January of the same year.

 

Falkland Islands WWF Southern Sea Lion

May 24th, 2011

The Southern sea lion (Otaria flavescens) is perhaps the archetypal sea lion in appearance. Males have a very large head with a well developed lion-like mane, making them the most lionesque of the eared seals.

These sea lions are the most sexually dimorphic of the five sea lion species and size and weight varies considerably.

Date of issue: 30 May 2011

Vanuatu WWF Massena’s Lorikeet

May 24th, 2011


Listed as a sub-species of the Rainbow Lorikeet, Massena’s Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus massena is also known as the Coconut Lory and in Bislama – Nasiviru.

While the Rainbow Lorikeet, through 21 different races is found throughout Indonesia, New Guinea, the Solomons and parts of Australia, Massena is found only in the Bismarck Archipelago (near New Guinea), the Solomons and throughout Vanuatu except Futuna and Lopevi.

Date of issue: 25 May 2011

 

Scented Farming Stamps From Australia

May 12th, 2011

Australia Scented stamp

This issue represents four of Australia’s largest native horticultural industries: eucalyptus oil, honey, macadamia nuts and tea tree oil.

A very special “Rub and Smell” sheetlet of 10 x 60c gummed stamps highlights the importance of native plants and their place in Australian horticulture and native
plant production.

The unmistakable fragrance of Australian eucalyptus oil escapes when the stamps are gently rubbed.

Date of issue: 17 May 2011

 

Royal Wedding “instant stamp”

May 12th, 2011

Australia 2011 Royal Wedding stamp

Australia 2011 Royal Wedding stamp sheet

Just days after the historic Royal Wedding of Prince William and Miss Kate Middleton, Australia Post issued a stamp featuring a scene from the wedding.

According to Australia Post, the sheetlet is able to be released within days of the wedding due to special technology that allows the image to be uploaded into a Royal Wedding stamp template, pre-approved by Buckingham Palace.