Friday, July 31, 2015

20150812 - ITALY

Code: ITA-2015-02
Release Date: August 12, 2015
Postal Authority: Poste Italiane
Title: Natural and Landscape Heritage - Parks, Gardens and Botanical Gardens
Format: Serie of 4 stamps
Sheets of: 28 stamps same design
Paper: 90g/m2 - White - Neutro - No Fluorescent
Gum: Self Adhesive
Design: Giustina Milite
Printing Process: Rotogravure 6 colours
Printed by: IPZS SpA (Rome)
Quantity: 800.000 series
Stamp 4 of 4
Currency: EUR - Euros
Facial: 0,95
Dimensions (mm): 48 x 40
Perf: 11
Service: Prioritaire Letter up to 20g to Europe and countries bordering the Mediterranean
Lighthouse: Asinara  (alternatives names: Porta della Scorno, Cape Caprara)
ALL: E-1130
Country: Italy
First Day Cancellation
Same design that the stamp

Thursday, July 30, 2015

DOUBTFUL - Niger 2015

Code: NIG-2015-03
Release Date: July 20, 2015
Title: Dolphins
Format: Minisheet of 3 stamps and Block with 1 stamp
Thanks Klaus ( and Jaap for the alert

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

20150602 - JAPAN

The serie from Japan "60 Anniversary of Enforcement of Autonomy Law" gave us thru the last years a lot of material to work with. This year can´t be the exception, although it is particularly difficult to identify.


Code:  JAP-2015-01
Release Date:  June 02, 2015
Coming from:  Japan Post
Title:  60 Anniversary of Enforcement of the Autonomy Law - TOKUSHIMA
Format: Set of 5 stamps in Minisheet
Minisheet Dimensions (mm): 93.5 x 175
Design:  Tomohiro Maruyama
Printing Method:  Rotogravure 6 colours
Printed by:
Quantity:  800.000 minisheets
Stamp 5 of 5 
Currency:  Yen - JPY
Facial:  82 (JPY)
Service:  Local Std Letter up to 25g
Dimensions (mm):  28 x 33,5
All:  M-5578.8
Country: Japan

Hiwasa ko North Breakwater painted in red.
The South Breakwater is not visible in the stamp

Next,  an image from Google Earth of Ohama Beach and the lights at the back.  Click over for a better view.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

20150722 - GUERNSEY



Code:  GUE-2015-01
Release Date: July 22, 2015 
Coming from:  Guernsey Post
Title:  Sark 450 Years as a Fief to the Crown
Format:  Serie of 5 stamps and Block with 2 stamps
Sheets of: 10 stamps
Design:  Nick Shewring
Printing Method:  Offset Litho
Paper: 110gsm unwatermarked PVA
Printed by: Lowe Martin

Sheet of 10

Stamp 2 of 5 
Currency:  Pound
Facial:  57p  (0.57 Pound)
Service:  Bailiwick Large Letter up to 100g
Dimensions (mm):  40 x 28
Perf: 13.3

This stamp depicts a dark period of Sark Island. Around the XV century the island was populated by pirates and outlaws mostly.
A common practice in stormy nights of these pirates was lure lost ships direct to the surrounding rocks using lighting beacons or bonfires.   A leading light to a wreck.

A stamp that describes a similar procedure came from Norfolk Island in 2010.

Issue listed in the PDF File from 2010

But in that case the purpose was exactly the opposite. Women and children lighting bonfires to show the men  and their whaler ships the safe way home at night.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

20150722 - ALDERNEY


Code: ALD-2015-02
Release Date: July 22, 2015
Postal Authority: Guernsey Post
Title: Alderney Forts
Format: Serie of 6 stamps
Sheets of: 10 stamps
Design: Mark Totty
Photos: Martin Batt
Printing Process: Offset Lithography
Paper: 120gsm unwatermarked PVA adhesive
Printed by: BDT International

Where is the Lighthouse?
Border of the 6 full sheets of the serie
Also on the cover of the Presentation Pack

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

DOUBTFUL - Maldives 2015

Code: MDV-2015-02
Release Date: May 25, 2015
Title: Ocean Shapes - Shells
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Thanks Jaap for the alert.

Monday, July 6, 2015

General Info: Coins from Australia

Two differents designs of coins will be issue together with the lighthouse stamps.  One design coming from the Perth Mint, and the other from the Royal Australian Mint.
Perth Mint

Royal Australian Mint

These 2 coins have their respective PNC (Philatelic and Numismatic Cover), a first day cover + coin.

Cover of the Perth Mint PNC
Inside the Perth PNC
Cover of the Royal Australian Mint PNC
Inside the Royal Australian Mint PNC

Sunday, July 5, 2015

General Info: Update on German Cancels - July 2015

Date: July 04
City: Büsum
Lighthouse: Büsum - B1606

Date: July 05
City: Balje
Lighthouse: Balje in his 111 Anniversary (born in 1904, but inactive since 1979)

Date: July 17
Shipmail during the Heiligenhafen Port Festival
Lighthouses: Lightship FS Fehmarnbelt and Heiligenhafen (C 1328)
Thanks Jaap and Klaus for the images

Thursday, July 2, 2015

DOUBTFUL - Togo 2015

Code: TOG-2015-01
Release Date: June 15, 2015
Title: The Lighthouses
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Thanks Klaus for the alert

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

20150707 - AUSTRALIA

See the botom of the post

Block of 4 gummed stamps
Code:  AUS-2015-01
Release Date: July 07, 2015 
Coming from:  Auspost
Title:  100 years of Commonwealth Management of Lighthouses
Format:  Serie of 4 stamps
Gummed Version: printed in Se-tenant block of 4
Self Adhesive Version: printed in Horizontal strip of 4
Sheets of:
Design:  Stacey Zass, Page 12 design
Printing Method:  Lithography
Paper: Tullis Russell (C100/SC85/WG85)
Printed by: McKellar Renown (Pemora)
Currency:  AUD - Australian Dollar
Facial:  70c  (0.70 AUD)
Service: Domestic Postcards and Small Letters up to  250g
Dimensions (mm):  26 x 37.5
Perf: 13.86 x 14.60

Cape Byron

Cape Leeuwin

North Reef

Tasman Island

Self Adhesive Version
5 series in strips of 4
 First Day Cancellation
 First Day Cover
 Philatelic and Numismatic Cover (PNC)  I
Coin from the Royal Australian Mint
Philatelic and Numismatic Cover (PNC)  II
Coin from the Perth Mint
Prestige Booklet

Panes with gummed Stamps
Self Adhesive Booklet
20 stamps (5 series)
Stamp Pack
Maximun Cards

Thanks to:

****  Updated November 2018 ****

Closing the year of the bicentenary of the building of Macquarie Lighthouse, Australia Post is launching  an exclusive collector pack of only 200 copies. 


Minisheet with the 4 stamps of this release of 2015

1968 Macquarie stamp.
In my personal opinion this is by far, the best item of this collector pack

Minisheet with 4 of the 5 stamps of 2006 release
Point Lonsdale is the missing one.
Minisheet with the 4 stamps of 2002 release

The Lighthouses of Sydney Minisheet of 2018 
Again the 2018 Lighthouses of Sydney in a new minisheet

There are only 200 copies availables.  The cost is around 65 u$s.  There is something that I do not understand. You build a very exclusive and expensive compilation, but incomplete. Where is the  "Point Lonsdale" stamp?
And this is something very interesting to follow.  Will this item sold out soon?  Wich will be the value at internet auction sites? The launch was in november 5.  I write this on november 10 and still there are copies availables.
Are we,  the lighthouse stamp collectors,  more than 200?
Just jocking...

Thank you very much Klaus for the alert