Tuesday, May 29, 2012

20120416 - CUBA

Release Date: April 16, 2012
Postal Authority: ECC - Empresa de Correos de Cuba
Title: 20 Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Cuba and Azerbaiyán
Format: 1 stamps
Sheets of: 24 stamps
Currency: Cuban Peso (code CUP)
Facial: 75  (0.75 cuban peso)
Lighthouse: Qiz Qalasi (Maiden Tower). Azerbaiján.

Thanks Jaap for the alert on this issue.

20120531 - CROATIA

Release Date: May 31, 2012
Postal Authority: Hrvatska pošta
Title: Lighthouses 2012

Format: Serie of 3 stamps
Sheets of: 10 stamps
Design: O. Franković (Zagreb)
Photos: Andrew Carli (Split)
Paper: white, 102 g., gummed (selfadhesive: white, wood-free, 181 g)
Printing Method: Offset Multicolor
Printed by: "Zrinski" - Čakovec
Quantity: 100000 series

Currency: Kuna (code HRK)
Dimensions (mm): 48,28 x 29,82
Perforation: 14

 Sveti Petar
Facial: 3.10

Sveti Nikola
Facial: 7.10

Pokonji dol
Facial: 7.10


Complete Sheets

 First Day Cover

Thanks Jaap for the images.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

20111028 - SRI LANKA

A new discovery from last year...

Release Date: October 28, 2011
Postal Authority: Sri Lanka Post
Title: Vintage & Classis Cars of Sri Lanka - National Stamp Exhibition
Format: Block with 4 stamps
Value of the block: Rs. 40,00 (Sri Lanka Rupee - LKR)
Printed by: Department of Government Printing, Sri Lanka


Colombo Clock Tower

Extra Material: This block can be found also with the logo of LANKA PHILEX 2011. Bottom left of the block.

Thank you very much Ravi, from Sri Lanka for the alert on this issue.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

20120713 - JAPAN

Release Date: July 13, 2012
Postal Authority: JP Post
Title: 60th Anniversary of Enforcement of the Local Autonomy Law -  Kanagawa
Format: Block with 5 stamps
Dimensions (mm): 93,5 x 175
Designer: Maruyama Satoshi
Printing Process: Rotogravure in 6 colours
Quantity printed: 2.000.000


Facial: 80 (Yen - JPY)
Dimensions (mm): 30 x 36
Photo: Miura-Shi
Lighthouse: Joga-shima

Bonus Lighthouse

The photo used for the background of the block is fantastic. It shows the coast of Shonan,  the Fujiyama, and the Enoshima island.  At the center of the island is visible the figure of Eno-shima Lighthouse.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

20100504 - CUBA

2 new issues from CUBA, but from the year 2010.  Sooner or later always appear some new stamp, and of course they are very welcome.

Release Date: May 04, 2010
Postal Authority: ECC - Empresa de Correos de Cuba
Title: FIT Cuba 2010 - International Tourism Fair 2010
Format: 6 stamps + 1 block
Currency: Cuban Peso (CUP)
Lighthouse: The logo of the fair is a stylized lighthouse, inspirated in Castillo del Morro.  This logo is present in the six stamps of the set and in the block.

Originally this logo looked different. And the image of the lighthouse was more accurate. 

But in 1995, when the fair changed his name from Cubatur to FITCuba, the logo also changed.  The graphic designer Hubert Delestre was in charge of the redesign.  The new and modern logo shows now an stylized version of the lighthouse.


Thanks Jaap for the alert on this issue

Monday, May 7, 2012

20100629 - CUBA

Release Date: June 29, 2010
Postal Authority: ECC - Empresa de Correos de Cuba
Title: Popular Dances
Format: 6 stamps + 1 block

Stamp with Lighthouse

Facial: 45 (0.45 Pesos - CUP)
Dance: SON
Lighthouse: Castillo del Morro

How to dance the SON?  Watch this, it´s easy...

Thanks to Jorge (from Argentina, now in Canada),  for this discovery.

Friday, May 4, 2012

20120424 - CHILE

Release Date: April 24, 2012
Postal Authority: Correos Chile
Title: Carabineros de Chile - 85 years
Format: 2 stamps se-tenant
Sheets of: 40 stamps (20 series)
Design: Roberto Sepúlveda Bustos
Paper:  Semi-brilliant - 90g/m2
Printing Process: Offset with 4 colours
Printed by: Casa de Moneda de Chile SA
Quantity: 60000 (30000 series)


Facial: $ 310 (Peso - CLP)
Dimensions (mm): 48 x 30
Perforation: 13 1/2
Lighthouse: Monumental La Serena

Chile Correos:

Thursday, May 3, 2012

20120417 - PORTUGAL

Release Date: April 17, 2012
Postal Authority: Ctt
Title: Erasmus - 25 years
Format: 1 stamp and 1 block with 1 stamp
Design: Folk Design
Paper: FSC 110g/m2
Printing process: Offset 
Printed by: INCM


Facial: € 0,68 (Euro - EUR)
Dimensions (mm): 40 x 30,6
Perforation: 13 with Cross of Christ
Sheets of: 50 stamps
Quantity printed: 185000


Facial: € 3.00 (Euro - EUR)
Dimensions (mm): 125 x 95
Perforation: 13 with Cross of Christ
Quantity printed: 50000

Lighthouse: in both items (stamp and block), at the left, the Torre de Belém.

Collector´s Pack

CTT brochure:

Thanks Jaap for the alert on this issue.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

20120523 - NEW ZEALAND

Release Date: May 23, 2012
Postal Authority: New Zealand Post
Title: 2012 Scenic Definitives 
Format: 3 values
   $ 1.40 in self-adhesive and gummed
   $ 2.10 in self-adhesive and gummed
   $ 3.50 gummed
Sheets of: 50 stamps
Booklets of: 10 stamps (self adhesives values)
Designer: Stamps Business, New Zealand Post, Wellington
Printed by: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand

Stamp with Lighthouse

Facial: $ 1.40 (New Zealand Dollar - NZD)
Dimensions (mm):  30 x 25
    Gummed: 13,33 x 13,60
    Self-adhesive: die cut
Lighthouse: Cape Reinga


First Day Cover

Booklet of 10 stamps

New Zealand Post: