Monday, August 30, 2010

Latest Issue - UN Transport - Land/Sea/Air

On 2 September 2010, the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA) will issue three se-tenant strips of five stamps each in the denominations of 44 cents, F.s. 1,00 and ˆ 0,65 on the theme "UN Transport - Land/Sea/Air".

 Source: UNstamps.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

USA - Columbian Issue - The $5 stamp

Alfred Jones engraved the "Columbus" portrait, which faced the opposite direction from his similar engraving work on the Columbian Exposition half dollar. The two framing figures were engraved by Charles Skinner. 27,350 were printed, of which 21,844 sold.

USA - Columbian Issue - The $4 stamp

"Isabella and Columbus" was the first United States stamp to bear the portrait of a woman. Queen Isabella's place on U.S. postage in that regard would not be equalled until Martha Washington was depicted on a 1902 definitive. The portrait of Columbus on the right was adapted from one by Lorenzo Lotto.Only 26,350 were printed, the least of any of the Columbians.

Like with the 6-cent Columbian, a color variant exists that is awarded minor number status. While this stamp is normally described as crimson lake, the variety is considered to be rose carmine.


USA - Columbian Issue - The $3 stamp

"Columbus Describing Third Voyage" was one of five designs engraved by Robert Savage. All of which were his sole work, engraved without collaboration with either of the other two engravers working on the Columbian Issue. Engraving was based on a painting by Francisco Jover Casanova, the same artist whose work was adapted for the 8-cent stamp's design.The three highest value Columbians were printed in much smaller quantities than less expensive members of the set, 27,650 in the case of the 3-dollar value.

Like with the 6-cent Columbian, a color variety exists that is awarded minor number status. While this stamp is normally described as yellow green, the variant is considered to be olive green.

USA - Columbian Issue - The $2 stamp

"Columbus in Chains", its imaged derived from a painting by Emanuel Leutze,is one of only two stamps in the series to depict Columbus on land in the New World (along with the 2-cent). Here, he is shown facing charges of administrative misconduct after his arrest in San Domingo by Don Francisco de Bobadilla.


Monday, August 23, 2010

USA - Columbian Issue - The 50¢ stamp

A painting by A. G. Heaton was the basis for "Recall of Columbus",the first 50-cent stamp issued in the United States. Like all high value Columbians, it was primarily used in combination to meet the needs of heavyweight or international shipments.


USA - Columbian Issue - The 30¢ stamp

The title of painter Felipe Maso's work, "Columbus before the Franciscans at La Rabida" was shortened to "Columbus at La Rabida" when it was adapted for use in the Columbian Issue. This value was most commonly used to pay for mail to expensive foreign destinations.

USA - Columbian Issue - The 15¢ stamp

"Columbus Announcing His Discovery" depicts his return to court from his first voyage. The original painting by Ricardo Baloca y Cancico is lost and is believed to have been destroyed during the Spanish Civil War. Originally intended to pay postage for international registered letters, the change in the registered mail fee left this stamp with fewer direct uses. Although it would pay the cost for a triple-rate international letter, it was most commonly used in combination with other stamps to meet more expensive heavyweight charges.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

USA - Columbian Issue - The 10¢ stamp

The design for this stamp, "Columbus Presenting Natives", was modeled after one of the paintings created by Luigi Gregori for the administration building at the University of Notre Dame  after it was rebuilt following an 1879 fire, and was one of five designs engraved by Robert Savage. This denomination was originally intended to pay the fee for registered mail. However, the change in registered mail fees that necessitated the introduction of the 8-cent Columbian also changed the most common purpose of this value; it instead paid the full postage for registered first-class mail, rather than just the additional fee.


USA - Columbian Issue - The 8¢ stamp

When originally issued, there were only fifteen stamps in the Columbian Issue. However, when the fee for registered mail was lowered on January 1, 1893 it necessitated the introduction of 8-cent stamps. A design was prepared based on a painting by Francisco Jover Casanova, and this stamp, titled "Columbus Restored to Favor", was added to the Columbian Issue in March.

USA - Columbian Issue - The 6¢ stamp

In 1857, Randolph Rogers was commissioned to produce a number of door panels depicting Columbus's voyages, to be hung at the United States Capitol  building. The 6-cent value in the Columbian Issue, "Columbus Welcomed at Barcelona", was taken from one of those door panels, the seventh in Rogers's chronology. The framing figure on the left is King Ferdinand of Spain. The one on the right is Vasco Núñez de Balboa, a Spanish explorer inspired by Columbus's return. Robert Savage was the engraver for the printed design.[3]

Slight variations are known in the purple color of this stamp. The most dramatic, a color called red violet, is considered significant enough to be given a minor number listing by Scott. However, this variation is not considered to be an error like the 4-cent blue and so does not command substantial premiums.

USA - Columbian Issue - The 5¢ stamp

Alfred Major created the design for this stamp, entitled "Columbus Soliciting Aid of Isabella", basing it off an 1884 painting by Václav Brožík called "Columbus at the Court of Ferdinand and Isabella". This value was primarily used to pay the half-ounce Universal Postal Union international rate.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

USA - Columbian Issue - The 4¢ stamp

There is some dispute regarding the origin of the design of "Fleet of Columbus". Like the previous value, it is widely attributed to an unknown Spanish engraving. However, a similar image also appeared in an American book some six months before the Exposition. There are significant differences, however, and philatelic authors researching the issue have stated that it is not possible to conclusively determine the origins of the design with the information known. The stamp itself paid the first-class rate for double-weight mail.

The most significant collectible variety in the set also occurs on this value. The normal color of this stamp is a shade known as ultramarine. A very small number of 4-cent stamps were printed in error using the wrong color ink, a significantly darker shade that more closely resembles the blue of the 1-cent stamp. At least two error sheets, totaling two hundred stamps, are thought to have been produced, although significantly fewer copies are known to have survived. The "4-cent blue" is thus considered a great rarity, regularly selling for thousands of dollars.

USA - Columbian Issue - The 3¢ stamp

Entitled "Flag Ship of Columbus", this value depicts the Santa Maria. It is generally believed that a Spanish engraving was the model for this stamp, but the source remains unknown. Regardless of its original source, Robert Savage  performed the engraving used. Although over 11 million were printed, this stamp also did not pay any standard postal rate in 1893. Instead it was considered a "make-up" stamp, meant to be used in combination with other small denomination stamps to pay higher rates.

USA - Columbian Issue - The 2¢ stamp

John Vanderlyn's painting "The Landing of Columbus", originally commissioned by Congress, and already used on five dollar banknotes and the 15-cent stamp from the 1869 Pictorial Issue, was again pressed into service. By a substantial margin, this is the most common stamp of the Columbian Issue. More than a billion copies were printed, over seventy percent of the total number of Columbian Issue stamps, in part because it paid the first-class rate for domestic mail.

Damage to one transfer roll resulted in a chevron-shaped notch in the hat of the third man on Columbus' right on some copies of this stamp. This variety, known as the "broken hat", is no longer considered significant enough for the Scott catalogue to provide it with its own minor number listing, although the catalogue still tracks separate, slightly higher, prices for the variant, which is popular with collectors.

USA - Columbian Issue - The 1¢ stamp

Entitled "Columbus in Sight of Land", this lowest value in the set was based on a painting by William Powell and was one of several to be engraved by Alfred Jones. This stamp was primarily used to pay postage on third class mail.

Because the images in the series were not based on the works of a single artist, Columbus's appearance changes dramatically between this stamp, where he is clean-shaven, and the 2-cent value, where he sports a full beard, despite the depicted events occurring only a day apart.

Friday, August 20, 2010

USA - Columbian Issue - The $1 stamp

This design was based on a painting by Antonio Muñoz Degrain,and, like many others in the Columbian Issue, engraving for this design was done by Robert Savage. Prior to the printing of "Isabella Pledging Her Jewels", no United States postage stamp had been issued with a value above 90 cents. This stamp, like all five dollar-value stamps in the set, paid no specific rate at all. Although all five are known to have been used for heavy international shipments, there is speculation that they were primarily intended as Exposition advertising and as revenue for the Post Office Department. Most uses of the dollar-value Columbians were on philatelic covers.

USA - Columbian Issue

The Columbian Issue, often simply called the Columbians, is a set of 16 postage stamps issued by the United States to mark the 1893 World Columbian Exposition held in Chicago. The finely-engraved stamps were the first commemorative stamps issued by the United States, depicting various events during the career of Christopher Columbus and are today highly prized by collectors.


Fifteen of the stamps went on sale Monday, January 2, 1893. They were available nationwide, and were not restricted to the Exposition in any way. However, the $16.34 face value for the complete set was a substantial sum of money in 1893. In approximate 2006 dollars,the set would cost over three hundred dollars. As a result, only a small number of the most expensive stamps, especially the dollar values, were sold. Unsold stamps were destroyed after the Columbian Issue was removed from sale on April 12, 1894. Over two billion stamps, whose total face value exceeded forty million dollars, were printed by the American Bank Note Company.

Opinion regarding the Columbian Issue at the time was mixed. The set sold well and did not face the sort of criticism that led to the withdrawal of the 1869 Pictorial Issue. However, approval was not universal. An organization called the Society for the Suppression of Spurious Stamps was created in protest over the creation of this set, deeming the Exposition in Chicago insufficiently important to be honored on postage, while some collectors balked at the Post Office Department's willingness to profit from the growing hobby of philately. The Columbians did not immediately increase in value after being removed from sale, in part due to substantial speculation resulting in a glut of stamps on the secondary market. However, as of 2006depending on condition, a full set might be valued at $10,000 or more.

In the post to follow i will be describing each and every 16 stamps of the issue. Till then have a great day ahead

Extracts from Wiki. 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Western Australia - Inverted Swan

The Inverted Swan, a 4-pence blue postage stamp issued in 1855 by Western Australia, was one of the world's first invert errors. Technically, it is a "frame invert".

In January 1855, additional 4d stamps were needed. When Alfred Hillman  brought the printing stone out of storage, he found that two of the impressions had been damaged, so he had to redo them. One of the replaced frames was tilted; the other was accidentally redone upside-down. The stone's block of 60 was transferred four times to make the printing stone, and 97 sheets were printed before Hillman discovered the mistake and corrected it, resulting in a total of 388 errors being printed.

However, the errors went unrecognized and unreported for several years. Only 15 complete copies, plus a part of a stamp in a strip of three, have survived. No unused copies are known.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

My Blog awarded the Top Stamp Collecting Blogs.

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Just got a mail from Amy Wilkes of onlineuniversity website ( have chosen my blog as one of the Top stamp collecting blog.

Also congrats to all my friends ,whose website has been featured in the list of Top stamp collecting blog.

Monday, August 16, 2010

GDR stamp Robert Schumann 1956

A GDR stamp in 1956 commemorated Robert Schumann, but the musical score in the background was actually by Franz Schubert (top stamp). The lower stamp is a corrected version.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Switzerland - Canton of Basel

The Basel Dove is a notable stamp issued by the Swiss canton of Basel. It was issued on 1 July 1845 with a value of 2½-rappen and was the only stamp issued by Basel. At the time each canton  was responsible for its own postal service and there were no uniform postal rates for Switzerland until after the establishment of a countrywide postal service on 1 January 1849. The only other cantons to issue their own stamps were Zürich and Geneva.

The stamp, designed by the architect Melchior Berri, featured a white embossed dove carrying a letter in its beak, and was inscribed "STADT POST BASEL". The stamp is printed in black, crimson and blue, making it the world's first tri-coloured stamp. It was valid for use until 30 September 1854, by which time 41,480 stamps had been printed


Thursday, August 12, 2010

Falkland Islands 1964 HMS Glasgow error

The HMS Glasgow error is a 6d postage stamp error produced by the Falkland Islands in 1964. It commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1914 Battle of the Falkland Islands.The design error featured the incorrect ship, HMS Glasgow, instead of HMS Kent which should have been used.It is believed that only the one sheet of 60 stamps was produced and only 17 stamps have been recorded.
I am also in search of the stamp :)

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Malta - Maritime Cruise Liners Last voyage toward Dubai

On the occasion of the arrival in Malta of the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2 on her last voyage toward Dubai, MaltaPost p.l.c. Philatelic Bureau issued a set of 4 stamps in the maritime series, entitled ‘Cruise liners’. 

The stamps reproduce four world class liners that regularly visit Valletta Grand Harbour. The liners are MSC Musica, MS Voyager of the Seas, MS Westerdam, and obviously the RMS Queen Elizabeth 2.

The stamps, have a face value of Euro 0.63, Euro 1.16, Euro 1.40 and Euro 3.00. The stamps are 44.0 mm by 31.0 mm in size, with a perforation of 13.9 by 14.0 (comb.). All stamps are offset printed on Maltese Crosses watermarked paper by Printex Limited, and are available in sheets of ten

The Kappillan of Malta

Monday, August 9, 2010

Malta - Maritime-Cruise Liners

On the occasion of the first visit to Malta of the Cruise liner MSC Splendida on the 15th July 2009, MaltaPost issued 4 stamps in the maritime series, entitled “Cruise Liners”. This collection follows the first set which was issued in November 2008.  Together with the stamps MaltaPost will also issue a Maximum Card bearing the image of the MS Splendida to compliment this set.
The stamps reproduce five world class liners that visited the Valletta Grand Harbour. The liners are MS Seabourn Pride, MS Brilliance of the Seas, Costa Magica, Costa Atlantica and MS MSC Splendida.

The stamps carry a face value of Euro 0.37, Euro 0.68, Euro 0.91 and Euro 2.00. The stamps are 44.0 mm by 31.0 mm in size with a perforation of 13.9 x14.0 (comb). All stamps are offset printed on Maltese Crosses watermarked paper by Printex Limited.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

First Stamp on Indian Navy

Catalog: Scott # 399 ,SG# 498

This is the first Stamp on Indian Navy it was issued on 5th April 1965 to commemorate the National Maritime Day in the denomination of 0.15np. The stamp features the Freighter Jalausha and the port of Vishakapatnam.

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Monday, August 2, 2010

British Guiana 1c magenta

The stamp featured today is the British Guiana 1c magenta.

The British Guiana 1c magenta is among the rarest of all postage stamps. It was issued in limited numbers in British Guiana (now Guyana) in 1856. It is imperforate, printed in black on magenta paper and features a sailing ship and colony's Latin motto "Damus Petimus Que Vicissim" (We give and expect in return) in the middle. Four thin lines frame the ship. The stamp's country of issue and value in small black upper case lettering in turn surround the frame.

The 1c magenta was part of a series of three definitive stamps issued in that year and was intended for use on local newspapers. The other two stamps, a 4c magenta and 4c blue, were intended for letter postage.

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