Monday, August 18, 2014

DOUBTFUL - Djibouti 2014

Code: DJI-2014-02
Release Date: 2014
Title: Phares  /  Lighthouses
Format: Minisheet of 3 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Saturday, August 16, 2014

20140915 - JERSEY

*** Sorry for the quality of the images.
But I decided to post them anyway because I think it is great news.
Fantastic serie from Jersey ***

Code: JER-2014-01
Release Date: September 15, 2014
Postal Authority: Jersey Post
Title: New Jersey 350 years
Format: Serie of 6 stamps, to be issued separatly and in Minisheet
Sheets of: 10 stamps
Currency: Pounds
Printing Method: Offset Litho
Printed by: Lowe-Martin (Canada)

46 (0.46 Pound)
Service: Local Standard Letter up to 100g

Lighthouse: Barnegat (New Jersey-USA)

62 (0.62 Pound)
Service: Europa Letters up to 20g

Lighthouse: La Corbiere (JERSEY)

Minisheet`s First Day Cover and
Cover of Minisheet Presentation Pack with La Corbiere
And more items that deserve a mention: The Seymour Tower (daymark) (70 stamp) , and of course the Statue of Liberty (former lighthouse)
Thank you very much Jaap and Klaus Kern for the alert, images the information.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

20140911 - ICELAND

*** UPDATED with new Rates and Information ***

Code: ICE-2014-01
Relase Date: September 11, 2014
Postal Authority: Pósturinn - Iceland Post
Title: Lighthouses IV

Format: Serie of 2 stamps
Sheets of: 10 stamps same denomination
Dimensions (mm): 40 x 30
Currency: Permanent Value
Design:  Örn Smári Gíslason
Photos: Friðrik Örn Hjaltested
Printing Process: Offset Litho
Paper: 196 gsm Self Adhesive
Printed by: Joh. Enschedé Security Printing

B50g Domestic: 500.000
50g Outside Europe: 100.000

Service: Domestic Non Priority Mail
up to 50g (actual value: 125 ISK)

Lighthouse: Dyrhólaey

Service: Letter outside Europe
up to 50g (actual value: 240 ISK)

Lighthouse: Akranes

Thanks Klaus for the alert on this issue

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

20140820 - SOUTH AFRICA

*** UPDATED with Images and Information ***


Code: SAF-2014-01
Release Date: August 20, 2014
Postal Authority: South African Post Office
Title: Lighthouses of South Africa
Format: Serie of 5 stamps issued in Minisheets
Sheet Dimensions (mm): 122 x 143
Stamp Dimensions (mm): 28,28 x 43,29
Design: JWS Longland
Paper and Gum: Self Adhesive 247gsm
Printing Process: Offset Lithography
Colour: CMYK
Printed by: Cartor Security Printing (France)
Quantity: 100.000 sheets
Currency: Permanent Value for Registered Small Letter


Cape Agulhas (D-6370)

Umhlangas Rock (D-6480)

Bird Island (D-6412)

Green Point (D-5900)

Robben Island (D-5870)

Outside the stamps
Slangkop Point
First Day Cover
Thanks Jaap and Ravindra for the alert.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

20140808 - GREECE

Code: GRE-2014-01
Release Date: August 08, 2014
Postal Authority: Helenic Post
Title: Tourism 2014
Format: Serie of 3 stamps.  Issued in Booklets of 10 stamps with the same design
Currency: Permanent Value
Service: Standard Mail Overseas lowest weight

Ágios Nikólaos (E-4744)
RHODES - Greece

This stamp is issued in a booklet of 10

Original cover of booklet "Visit Rhodes"

Hellenic Post personalizes the cover of the booklets.  You will find these stamps in booklets with different covers. A tool of marketing for hotels and other companies related with tourism.

Thank you very much Krugermeyer for the alert on this issue.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

20140822 - MONACO

Code: MON-2014-01
Release Date: August 22, 2014
Philatelic Authority: Office des Émissions de Timbres-Poste - Monaco
Title: Grande Bourse 2014
Format: 1 stamp
Sheets of: 10 stamps
Dimensions (mm): 30 x 40,85
Design: Creaphil
Printing Process: Offset
Quantity: 50.000
Currency: Euro
Facial: 0.59
Service: Ecopli (Economic Letter) up to 20g local and France
La Grande Bourse (Great Exchange) is a meeting that brings together dealers and collectors in the fields of numismatic and cartophilia. If you plans to visit Monaco in december,  take note of this date: December 7 in the  "Espace Léo Ferré. 
One of the items that describes this meeting in the stamp is what appears to be an old postcard.  Its a view of the harbour with one of the now extinct jetty lights.
Jetée du North   (Ex  E-0842) - MONACO

And for a better view, here it is an almost identical postcard


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

DOUBTFUL - Madagascar 2014

Code: MDG-2014-01
Release Date: 2014
Title: Lighthouses
Format: Minisheet with 3 stamps

DOUBTFUL - Benin 2014

Code: BEN-2014-01
Release Date: 2014
Title: The tallest lighthouses in the world
Format: Minisheet with 2 stamps

DOUBTFUL - Djibouti 2014

Code: DJI-2014-01
Release Date: 2014
Title: 70 Anniv of the liberation of Leningrad
Format: Minisheet with 5 stamps
Lighthouse: Rostral Column (Upper right corner)

Friday, August 1, 2014

20140901 - ISLE of MAN

Code: IOM-2014-03
Release Date: September 01, 2014
Postal Authority: Isle of Man Post Office
Title: Dark Sky Discovery
Format: Serie of 4 stamps
Sheets of: 20 stamps
Stamp Dimensions (mm): 62,2 x 31,1
Perf: 14
Currency: Pound
Design: Isle of Man Advertising
Texts: Howard Parkin BSc FRAS
Photos: Ron Strathdee,Glenn Whorrall
Printing Process: Offset Lithography 4 colours plus metallic
Paper: 110 gms PVA Gummed
Printed by: BDT

Stamp N. 4
230p  (2.30 pounds)
Service: Large Letter SIGNED FOR IoM, UK and Channel Islands
101 to 250 gr

Lighthouse: Langness (A-4762)


Another astonishing view of Langness

Links: IOM Stamps Web Site


Saturday, July 26, 2014

20140918 - GREAT BRITAIN

Both images are from the FIRST DAY COVER
Parts of the First Day Cancellation in black can be seen
in the corners of the stamps

Code: GBR-2014-01
Release Date: September 18, 2014
Postal Authority: Royal Mail
Title: Seaside Architecture
Format: Serie of 6 stamps and Minisheet of 4 stamps
Currency: Pound
Design: Why Not Associates
Photos: Lee Mawdsley
Printed by: ISP (Stamps) - Enschede (Minisheet)

Stamp 4 of the serie
97 (0.97 Pound)
Service: International Mail Europe up to 20g or
World outside Europe up to 10g

Lighthouse: Southwold (A-2272)
Stamp 3 of the Minisheet
1.28 Pound
Service: International Letter outside Europe up to 20g

Faux Lighthouse
Ride of the amusement park installed on the pier
named "Helter Skelter"

What appear to be the First Day Cover of the Minisheet shows another lighthouse in the design...

St.Mary´s Lighthouse (Ex A-2748)

Thank you very much Jürgen ( for the information.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

20140808 - ISLE of MAN

Code: IOM-2014-02
Release Date: August 08, 2014
Postal Authority: Isle of Man Post Office
Title: The History of Manx Playing Cards
Format: Serie of 6 stamps
Sheets of: 20 stamps
Stamp Dimensions (mm): 32 x 40
Perf: 13
Currency: Pound
Design: EJC Design
Texts: Alison Crellin
Printing Process: Offset Lithography 4 colours
Paper: 110 gms PVA Gummed
Printed by: Lowe Martin

This issue was a surprise.  Stamps of playing cards, and more... lighthouses inside playing cards inside stamps.   The six stamps depict different designs of playing cards.  The central image is the front of the card and the borders in colours, represents how they looked from behind.  A candidate to the bizarre issue of the year.
At this moment, I can identified 2 stamps with the same lighthouse.  But this set deserve a personal look, because I have my doubts about the 75p stamp.  I will update this post,  if necessary.
42p (0.42 pound)
Service: IOM, England and Channel Islands
STD letter up to 100g

Lighthouse: Douglas Head, seen from the sea
110p  (1.10 pound)
Service: Europe Letters range 21-40gs

Lighthouse: Douglas Head, seen from land

Friday, July 11, 2014

20140808 - ISLE of MAN

Code: IOM-2014-01
Release Date: August 08, 2014
Postal Authority: Isle of Man Post Office
Title: 100th Anniversary of the Panama Canal
Format: Miniature Sheet with 1 stamp
Dimensions (mm): 110 x 70
Stamp Dimensions (mm): 28 x 42
Perf: 14
Facial / Currency: 3.50 Pound
Design: Isle of Man Advertising / Allison Crellin
Printing Process: Offset Litho 4 colours
Paper: 110 gms
Printed by: BDT
Lighthouse: the miniature sheet depicts the passage of Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth through the Panama Canal just in front of one of many lights of this waterway. The design is a collage of images. I can not identified with a 100% of certainty wich one is. Next, I show a posible candidate,  the J-6132 (Leading Light). Or maybe it´s another, but with the same design.
J-6132 (Panama Canal Main West Entrance - Bahia Limon-
Leading Light Front N.4)  (*)
Also, on the cover of the Presentation Pack we have another lighthouse.  In this case is a more familiar.   The view is from the Atlantic entrance to the Canal, and the lighthouse (I draw a circle on it) is the Gatún Northbound Rear.
(*) Photo from Online List of Lights: Thanks Alex.

Friday, July 4, 2014

DOUBTFUL - Togo 2014


Code: TOG-2014-02
Release Date: May 20, 2014
Title: Great Painters - Ivan Aivazovsky
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp


Oil Painting: Neapolitan Lighthouse  1842

Sunday, June 29, 2014

20140730 - United States of America

Code: USA-2014-01
Release Date: July 30, 2014
Postal Authority: USPS
Title: 150 Anniversary of Civil War - 2014 issue
Format: 2 se-tenant stamps
Souvenir Sheet of: 12 stamps (6 sets)
Design: Phil Jordan
Mobile Bay Stamp: Painting by Julian Oliver Davidson (1886)
Facial:  Permanent Value "FOREVER" (First Class Mail 1 ounce)

Battle of Mobile Bay stamp
Mobile Point Lighthouse in Fort Morgan
(1822 - 1864)
The available image of the stamp is not clear enough, so until the stamps be released, we can take a look at the original painting.
Sector of the Painting by J.O.Davidson with
a clear view of the lighthouse

Next, two images of the remains of the lighthouse after this battle
from the US National Park Service website

Photo: US National Archives

Photo: US National Archives
I recommend to read about the lighthouses of this area.  It´s a history of construction and destruction (by human and nature).

Friday, June 20, 2014

DOUBTFUL - Togo 2014

Code: TOG-2014-01
Release Date: February 10, 2014
Title: 100 Anniv Panama Channel
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp