Friday, December 28, 2012

New Stamps with Lighthouses - AWARDS 2012

Hello Friends:

As I promised at the beginning of december, this post is dedicated to the best releases with lighthouses for 2012.
Although the list was made based in your suggestions, the final cut have a lot of my personal opinion. So, if you disagree with the results, put all the blame on me.

 Best issue - 2012
April 02

Issues that complete the Podium

 Number 2
Norwegian Lighthouses III
 June 15

Number 3
Lighthouses 2012
May 31

Issues that complete the TOP 10
4 - Suriname
5 - Germany
6 - Iceland
7 - India
8 - New Zealand (Definitive)
9 -  Estonia
10 - Sweden


Germany and Estonia

These two Postal Administrations are running the serie Lighthouses for several years now. Maybe a sense of continuity and familiarity with the design of the stamps affects the way that we appreciate (or not appreciate) these issues year after year.

But the truth is that they are wonderful stamps, more when you look at them together.  This 2012 Special Mention, is for Deutsche Post and Eesti Post because they bring us two fantastic groups of Lighthouse Stamps.

GERMANY   -  Since  2004
Design: Prof. Johannes Graf, Dortmund

ESTONIA - Since 1995
Design: Roman Matkiewicz

Thanks for your opinions and contacts.   Until 2013, and...

Sunday, December 23, 2012

20121223 - INDIA

Code: IND-2012-01
Release Date: December 23, 2012
Postal Authority: India Post
Title: Lighthouses of India
Format: Serie of 2 stamps AND Block with the same 2 stamps
Block Dimensions (mm): 107 x 87
Stamps Dimensions (mm): 32,5 x 53
Stamp from Block (mm): 32 x 51,5
Perf: 13 1/2
Currency: Indian Rupee (INR)
Printing Process: Offset
Printed by: Security Printing Press (Hyderabad)
400.000 series and
200.000 Blocks

5oo (500 paise = 5 INR)
Domestic Letter up to 20 grs

Mahabalipuram Lighthouse

20oo (2000 paise = 20 INR)
Worldwide Letter up to 20 grs

Alleppey Lighthouse

Thursday, December 20, 2012

2013 - Netherlands

This is not confirmed yet.

This is a POSSIBLE Lighthouse issue.
Issuing Entity: PostNL
Release Date: February 25, 2013
Title: Mooi Nederland - Marken
Why is under watch?: Next February, The Netherlands will release a block from the serie "Mooi Nederlan" (Beautiful Netherland).  The beautiful place in this case is Marken.  And the Marken lighthouse has big chances of show up. Lets cross our fingers.
Thanks Jaap from the Netherlands for the alert.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

DOUBTFUL - Niger 2012

Format: 2 blocks
Title: Wonders of the ancient world


Colossus of Rhodes

Sunday, December 9, 2012

20121022 - URUGUAY

* Yacht Club Uruguay stamp added*

Release Date: October 22, 2012
Postal Authority: Correo Uruguayo
Title: Cruises 2012
Format: Serie of 4 stamps
Sheets of: 2 series (8 stamps)
Design: Arq. Daniel Pereyra
Printed by: Sanfer SRL
Quantity: 15000 series


Facial: $ 37 (Uruguayan Pesos - UYU)
Service: with this stamp you cover the service of Regular Mail (Carta Simple) up to 20grs - Worldwide.
Lighthouse: Colonia del Sacramento (Uruguay)

Facial: $ 37 (Uruguayan Pesos - UYU)
Service: with this stamp you cover the service of Regular Mail (Carta Simple) up to 20grs - Worldwide.
Lighthouse: Yacht Club Uruguay's building.  Mounted atop of this building is the   (ALL) G-0699.

(**) Confirmed Under-watch issue

Thanks Klaus for the alert on this issue.

Monday, December 3, 2012

20130128 - NETHERLANDS


Code: NET-2013-01
Release Date: January 28, 2013
Postal Authority: Postnl
Title: 125 years ARCADIS & KNHM
Format: Sheet of 10 differents stamps
Design: Nadji van den Broek and René Kuijpers (Werf3)
Printing Process: Offset 4 colours
Paper: with phosphor tagging
Gum: Synthetic
Printed by: Cartor Security Printing (France)
Quantity: 240.000 Sheets

Stamp 3 in the serie

Facial Value: Permanent "1"
Service: Local letters up to 20 grs
Dimensions (mm): 36 x 25
Perf: 13 1/2
Lighthouse: Noordwijk aan Zee

Thanks Jaap for the alert and the images of this issue.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Welcome 2013


Little activity in these last two months of 2012.  Zero releases in November, and apparently very little chances of new issues in December (only India and some other surprise from another country can reverse this).

So, it is time to look at the near future.  This week I will post issues confirmed for 2013. And the next weeks I will post issues "under watch".  Stamps with posibilities of lighthouse presence.

Also, on December 30, the best lighthouse issue from 2012 will be decided.  I already have some votes, and they went to these issues

-Minor Lighthouses of Isle of Man
-Cape Reinga - New Zealand Definitive Stamp

Do you have a favorite from this list or not listed here?  Send me your opinion to my mail or make a  comment in this post.

We keep in touch

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

DOUBTFUL - Guinea Bissau 2012

Format: 2 Blocks
Title: Faróis

Thanks Klaus for the alert on this issue.

Friday, November 16, 2012

20121024 - SURINAME

... and the wait is over!!! 

Weeks later of the release date, the first images of this issue are emerging in internet.
This release was the most intriguing of the year for me. The final result is a set of 6 stamps with an interesting selection of lights from South America,  5 of them never seen before on stamps (*)

Release Date: October 24, 2012
Postal Authority: Surpost
Title: Lighthouses
Format: serie of 6 stamps
Sheets of: 2 series (12 stamps) + 3 complements without value
Stamp Dimensions (mm): 26 x 36
Perf: 14
Currency: Surinamese Dollar - SRD

1.00 (SRD)
Cabo Raper - CHILE - ALL G1562

3.00  (SRD)
Punta Huacho - PERU - ALL G2071
5.00   (SRD)
Piedra Diamante (Río de la Plata)- ARGENTINA - ALL G0789
(Maintained by Argentina, located in shared
waters with Uruguay)

6.00  (SRD)
Manta Port / Breakwater Head - ECUADOR - ALL G3073
7.00   (SRD)
São João - Northern BRAZIL - ALL G0072
This is the nearest to Suriname.
(About 1400 kms from Paramaribo)

8.00  (SRD)
Morro Grande / Santa Marta - COLOMBIA - ALL J6256
Full Sheet
(*) The  São João lighthouse appeared in "Faros 1995" from Brazil.
Thanks to Gazmito (Del Campe seller) for the images.
Thanks to Kramer for the alert on this issue

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

DOUBTFUL - Tchad 2012

Official Release Date: September 04, 2012
Format: 16 stamps divided in 4 series. Individual stamps in sheets of 6 stamps. Also blocks of 1 and 4 stamps.

Are you ready to spend some money?...
Hmmmm,  No.

Lighthouses and SeaBirds
Blocks of 1 stamp
Block of 4 stamps
Lighthouses and Sharks
Blocks of 1 stamp
Block of 4 stamps
Lighthouses and Seals
Blocks of 1 stamp
Block of 4 stamps
Lighthouses and Shells
Blocks of 1 stamp
Block of 4 stamps
Thanks Klaus for the alert on this issue.

Friday, November 2, 2012

20121031 ALDERNEY

and a NEW STAMP ***
Block with the complete serie and
Alderney Lighthouse

Release Date: October 31, 2012
Postal Authority: Guernsey Post - Philatelic Bureau
Title: The History of Alderney Harbour
Format: Serie of 6 stamps + Block with 6 stamps
Stamp Dimensions (mm):  38 x 30.56
Perforation: 13 3/4
Design: Richard Thompson
Printing Process: Offset Lithography
Paper:  110gsm unwatermarked PVA adhesive
Printed by: BDT International

52  (0.52 pound)
Local (Bailiwick) Standard
 Large Letter up 100g

Braye Harbour End Breakwater Light
A1538.5  ?

59 (0.59 pound)
Europe/Worldwide Standard
Letter up to 20 grs

Lights at the entry of
Little Crabby Harbour (Braye)
A 1539.1  and  A1539.2

Better view of A1539.1  in
the 10 stamps sheet

69  (0.69 pound)
UK, Jersey and Isle of Man Standard
Large Letter up to 20grs

Alderney Lighthouse

Thanks Jaap for the alert on the images.

(**) Confirmed Under-watch issue.

Friday, October 19, 2012

20121018 - AZERBAIJAN

Release Date: October 18, 2012
Postal Authority: Azermarka Company
Title: 20th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations. Azerbaijan-Egypt(*)
Format: Block with 2 stamps
Dimensions (mm): 123 x 94
Design: Khasay Mirzoyev
Paper: Chalky
Printing Process: Offset
Quantity: 10000 blocks

Currency: Manat (AZN)
Facial: 60 qəp (0,60 AZN)
Dimensions (mm): 40 x 28
Perf: 14 x 14 1/4
Lighthouse: Maiden Tower (Azerbaijan)
(*) Joint issue between Azerbaijan and Egypt. On may 28 we had the egyptian stamp with the same design. Follow this link...
Thanks to   for the info.

Monday, October 8, 2012

20120608 - ECUADOR

Release Date: June 08, 2012
Postal Authority: Correos del Ecuador
Title: The Seven Wonders of Guayaquil
Format: Block with 7 stamps with value + 1 complement
Dimensions (mm): 178 x 95
Currency: US Dollar (USD)
Design: David Romero
Quantity: 25000 blocks

Facial Value: 0.75 (USD)
Perf: 13 x 13 1/2
Lighthouse: Up in the center, the Lighthouse of Santa Ana Hill, in Guayaquil (Ecuador).  This is not a real lighthouse, but I post it anyway as a lighthouse stamp, in recognition  to them that choose the figure of a lighthouse to design monuments.

Here it is a better look...
Thanks to John from Ecuador for
this Post Card

...and this is another product from "Correos del Ecuador" with this lighthouse.  It´s a postal stationery from November of 2012.

And this is another example of lighthouses that are not lighthouses.
Breda (Netherlands) in 2011.


Thanks Klaus for the alert on this issue.

Thanks to Elvis Velez and the Philatelic Club Guayaquil for the images and the technical information.