Tuesday, July 18, 2017

IRELAND - 2016 (II)

Updated with new Images and Information

Code: IRE-2016-02
Release Date: October 06, 2016
Authority: An Post
Title: Commissioners of Irish Lights
Format: Serie of 4 stamps
Sheets of 16 stamps (4 series)
Booklets of 4 panes with 1 set of stamp each pane (4 series total)
Design: Vermillion Design
Printing Process: Lithography Multicolour
Paper: Tullis Russell 102 gsm
Gum: PVA 
Security: Phosphor Tagging
Printer: Cartor Security Printing

 Stamp 2 of 4

Currency: Euro - EUR
Facial: 72c - 0.72 EUR
Dimensions (mm): 45 x 28
Perf: 13,3 x 13,6
Lighthouse: Fanad Head
ALL: A-6168
Location: Arryhernabin, North of Ireland

Stamp 4 of 4

Currency: Euro - EUR
Facial: 72c - 0.72 EUR
Dimensions (mm): 45 x 28
Perf: 13,3 x 13,6
Lighthouse: Cromwell Point
ALL: A-6416
Location: Valentia Island, Kerry County, South West of Ireland

Also, a stylized lighthouse is present in all the stamps, and 4 stylized lighthouse as a colour proof in border of sheet.


First Day Cover with Rathlin O´Birne (A-6216)

First Day Cancellation

Cover of Booklet with Rathlin O´Birne Lighthouse (A-6216)

Booklet Pane with Fastnet (A-5702)

Booklet Pane with Rockabill Lighthouse (A-5904)

*** Updated in  July 2017 ***

Copies of this last pane with Rockabill Lighthouse with the overprint in ocassion of the STAMPA 2017  (Irish National Stamp Exhibition) can be found.

Thanks Jaap for the image

Thanks Klaus for the images.
Thanks Michael for the info and additional photos

Saturday, July 8, 2017

TURKEY - 2017 (III)


Code: TUR-2017-03
Release Date: July 09, 2017
Postal Authority: PTT
Title: 22nd World Petroleum Congress (WPC) 2017
Format: 1 stamp
Printing Process:
Printed by: PTT Matbaasi / PTT Printing House

Currency: Turkish Lira - TRY
Facial: 1.60 (TRY)
Dimensions (mm):

Lighthouse: Kiz Kulesi


And in the First Day Cancellation too

Friday, July 7, 2017

DOUBTFUL - Maldives 2017 (II to XI)

Code: MDV-2017-02 to MDV-2017-11
Release Date: June 14, 2017

Ten different issues under the common subjet of "Science and Exploration". What you see up here are only the Blocks of each issue, that are the items that contain the lighthouse.  Every one of these was released with a Minisheet of 4 stamps.

Titles: "Alexander Fleming", "Ferrari Car", "Sir Ernest Shackleton", "Ferdinand von Zeppelin", "Jacques Custeau", " Wilbur Wright", "Space", "Dimitri Mendeleev", "Alexander Bell" and "Alfred Nobel".

Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Stylized Lighthouse in Blocks

Thanks Klaus for the alert on these issues

Saturday, June 24, 2017


UPDATED with Info and Images

Code: BUL-2017-01
Release Date: June 22, 2017
Title: Lighthouses along the Bulgarian Coast
Format: Set of 4 stamps singles and in Minisheet of 1 serie
Presentation: Single stamps in sheets of 50
Design: Todor Vardjiev
Stamps Dimensions (mm): 32.5 x 43
Minisheet Dimensions (mm): 94 x 125
Perf: 13
Currency: Lev (BGN)
Printing Process: Offset
Printed by:

Stamp 1 of 4

Facial: 0,65 (BGN)
Lighthouse: Ahtopol
ALL: N-4968
Location: Ahtopol city. South-East of Bulgaria

Stamp 2 of 4

Facial: 1,00 (BGN)
Lighthouse: Shabla
ALL: N-5016
Location: North-East of Bulgaria. 6km east of the town of Shabla

Stamp 3 of 4

Facial: 1,50 (BGN)
Lighthouse: Burgas 
ALL: N-4984
Location: Burgas Harbor in Bulgaria

Stamp 4 of 4

Facial: 2,00 (BGN)
Lighthouse: Galata (new)
ALL: N-5000
Location: Cape Nos Galata, South of city of Varna, Bulgaria

Thanks Ivan and his website Stamps of Bulgaria for the news, image and info.

Friday, June 23, 2017

DOUBTFUL - Solomon Islands 2017 (II)

Code: SOL-2017-02
Release Date: May 15, 2017
Title: Lighthouses
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Thanks Jaap for the alert on this issue

Tuesday, June 20, 2017



Code: NCA-2017-01
Release Date: July 07, 2017
Postal Authority: OPT Nouvelle-Calédonie
Title: The Legendary "Paquebots" - Le Natal 1882-1917
Format: 1 stamp
Presentation: Sheets of 10 stamps
Currency: CFP Franc - XPF
Facial: 110 (XPF)
Dimensions (mm): 27 x 48
Design: Jean-Jacques Mahuteau
Printing Method: Offset
Printed by:
Quantity: 20.000

Border of Sheet

Lighthouse: Amédée
ALL: K4802.01
Location: Amédée islet, 25km south of Noumea

Saturday, June 17, 2017

FRANCE - 2017 (II)


Code: FRA-2017-02
Release Date: July 10, 2017
Postal Authority: La Poste
Title: Tourism 2017 - Cherbourg-En-Cotentin Manche
Format: 1 stamp
Presentation: Sheets of 48 stamps
Design and Gravure: Elsa Catelin
Printing Process: Taille-douce
Printed by: Phil @ poste
Quantity: 1.100.016 stamps

Currency: Euro - EUR
Facial: 0.73 (EUR)
Service: Local Lettre Verte up to 20g (in post office)
Dimensions (mm): 41 x 30

Lighthouse: Jetée du Homet Head (Front)
ALL: A-1486

Also depicted in the stamp, the Fort Central of the Cherbourg. One of many fortifications present in the area.  A lighthouse mounted in a tower (destroyed) functioned here until the ends of the 19th century.  Now, a light under the ALL code of A1478 is mounted in one of the walls of the fort, but it is not visible in the gravure.

Friday, June 16, 2017

DOUBTFUL - Guinea (Rep) 2017

Code: GUI-2017-01
Release Date: May 22, 2017
Title: The Lighthouses
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Thanks Jaap for the alert on this issue

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

TAIWAN - 2017


Code: TWN-2017-01
Release Date: August 09, 2017
Postal Authority: Chunghwa Post Co. Ltd.
Title: Taiwan Scenery - Matsu
Format: Serie of 4 stamps
Presentation: Sheets of 20 stamps (Same Design)
Printing Process: Offset
Colour: Colorful
Paper: Phosphorescent
Printed by: Southern Colour Print Ltd (New Zealand)
Quantity: 760.000 series

Stamp 1 of 4

Currency: Taiwan New Dollar - TWD
Facial: 5 (TWD)
Service: Ordinary Local Letter up to 20g
Dimensions (mm): 50 x 30
Perf: 14 1/2 x 14

Lighthouse: Tungyin Tao  /  Dongyin
ALL: P 3644
Location: East of Dongyin Island - Matsu Archipelago - Taiwan

Full Sheet

Saturday, June 10, 2017

JAMAICA - 2015

*** 2015 Issue ***

Code: JAM-2015-01
Release Date: Unconfirmed
Postal Authority: Jamaica Post 
Title: Definitives - Lighthouses I
Format: Set of 4 stamps

Third Reprint of the 2011 Issue

This week I received the last reprint of the original set of 4 stamps of the Definitives "Lighthouses of Jamaica" issued originaly in 2011.
I couldn´t confirm the release date of this reprint. Some says that, despite the year printed, the release was in 2016. For the moment, I will asign to this set to the year 2015.
Nothing different in the design of the stamps except the year "2015" printed at the bottom of the stamps. 

And the original stamp and the 3 reprints together, looks like this.  Click over the image for a better view of the different years...

Let´s see what will happen in the future with this 4 stamps and if the new stamps of 2016 will receive reprints .

-Post of the original issue in 2011: Click Here
-Post of the 2012 reprint: Click Here
-Post of the 2013 reprint: Click Here

Friday, June 9, 2017

DOUBTFUL - Maldives 2017

Code: MDV-2017-01
Release Date: May 17, 2017
Title: Ivan Aivazovsky - 1817..1900
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Painting: View of Leandrovsk Tower in Constantinople  (1848)
Today known as Maiden Tower in Istambul.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

DOUBTFUL - Solomon Islands 2017

Code: SOL-2017-01
Release Date: May 15, 2017
Title: Wilbur Wright
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Bodie Island Lighthouse - USA
Thanks Jaap for the alert on this issue.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017



Code: NZL-2017-03
Release Date: July 12, 2017
Postal Authority: New Zealand Post
Title: The Great Kiwi Road Trip
Format: Serie of 14 stamps
Presentation: Sheets of 14 stamps (1 serie)
Design: Graeme Mowday
Artwork: Chris Boniface
Illustrations: Chris Davidson
Printing Process:  Offset Lithography 4 colours with syneal overgloss
Paper: Tullis Russell 104 gsm
Printed by: Southern Colour Print

Stamp 1 of 14

Currency: New Zealand Dollar - NZD
Facial: 1 (NZD)
Dimensions (mm): 50 x 40
Perf: 14.4 x 14

Lighthouse: Cape Reinga
ALL: K 3688
Location: Northern point of North Island of New Zealand

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Guayaquil, ECUADOR

Yes, you guessed.  At the end of the Diego Noboa y Arteta stairs, and after climb 444 steps, the Santa Ana Hill Lighthouse wait for us. An icon of Guayaquil. 
It is not a real aid to the navigation of the Guayas Ria, but it is a beautiful faux lighthouse to visit. The experience of climb to there,  and the views from there are great.

Back to the philately in the next days.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Back On Line

Hello Friends: 

Back on line after a short trip inside my continent, South America. Of course, I made time to visit a lighthouse during my itinerary. Take a look at this stair.  It is 444 steps long and after several turns, it ends in the lighthouse.  Too many clues...  Tomorrow the answer.

In the meantime, next there is an update with the confirmed release date of the Cuba´s Guanacabibe Peninsula set of stamps. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

CUBA -2017

UPDATED with Release Date

... and Cuba continues the trend for this year.  To hide Lighthouses behinds the birds.

Code: CUB-2017-01
Release Date: March 16, 2017
Title: 30th anniversary of the declaration of the Guanacabibes peninsula as a biosphere reserve by Unesco.  
Format: Set of 4 stamps
Printing Method:
Printed by:

STAMP 1 of 4

Currency: Cuban Peso - CUP
Facial: 65  (CUP)
Dimensions (mm):

Lighthouse: Roncali / Cape San Antonio
ALL: J-4820
Location: Extreme Western Point of the Island

Thanks to Drazen and his very good eyes for the alert on this issue.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

DOUBTFUL - Central African Republic 2017

Code: CAF-2017-01
Release Date: May 19, 2017
Title: The Lighthouses
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Thanks Jaap for the alert on this issue