Sunday, April 30, 2017

LEBANON - 2016

*** 2016 Stamp ***

Welcome Lebanon to this blog.  This is the first stamp published of this country here.

Code: LEB-2016-01
Release Date: December 03, 2016
Postal Authority: Liban Post
Title: 150th Anniv of the American University of Beirut
Format: 1 stamp
Presentation: Sheet of 20 stamps
Currency: Lebanese Pound - LBP
Facial: 2000 LL  (200 LBP)

Printing Method:
Printed by: Chemali & Chemali

The old Beirut Lighthouse (Ra´s Bayrut), inactive since 2003 is located only 700 meters of the American University of Beirut.  Let´s assume that this is a stylized representation of that lighthouse.

Saturday, April 29, 2017



Code: LIT-2017-01
Release Date: April 29, 2017
Title: Castles - EUROPA
Format: Set of 2 stamps
Presentation: Sheets of 10 stamps same design
Printing Method:
Printed by:

STAMP 2 of 2

Currency: EURO - EUR
Facial: 0,81 (EUR)
Dimensions (mm):

The design is based in a drawing by Christopher Hartknoch, and depicts Memel Castle in 1684.  The picture here below have more definition than the stamps. Click over it for a better view.

At the left of the channel, that geographically is the north side,  and in the same location that the actual Klaipeda Rear lighthouse, we can see this structure with a primitive lightning system.   A wooden pole with a hanging coal brazier. 

This is a very interesting stamp for our topic.

Thanks to the blog EUROPA-STAMPS for the stamps image.

Friday, April 28, 2017

CUBA -2017 (II)


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

Code: CUB-2017-02
Release Date: Not confirmed yet
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.

Do not miss the post of tomorrow night.  An Europa stamp of this year (Castles). A stamp to discuss over the weekend.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

DOUBTFUL - Guinea Bissau 2017 (II)

Code: GBI-2017-02
Release Date: April 26, 2017
Title: Lighthouses
Format: Minisheet of 5 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Thanks Klaus and Jaap for the alert on this issue

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

DOUBTFUL - Benin 2017

Code: BEN-2017-01
Release Date: 2017
Title: The Lighthouses
Format: Minisheet of 2 stamps and Block with one stamp

Monday, April 24, 2017

ALDERNEY - 2017 (II)

Updated with Images and Info

Code: ALD-2017-02
Release Date:  May 17, 2017
Postal Authority: Guernsey Post
Title: Alderney Scenes
Format: Serie of 6 stamps 
-Sheets of 10 stamps with same denomination
-Booklets of 4 series
Design: Mark Totty
Printing Process:  Offset Lithography
Paper:  110 gms Unwatermarked
Gum: PVA Adhesive
Printed by: Southern Colour Print

Stamp 4 of 6

Currency: Pound
Facial: 73p (0.73 pound)
Dimensions (mm):  41.47 x 35
Perf: 14 1/2 x 14 1/4
Lighthouse: Alderney
ALL: A-1536
Location: North east of the Alderney Island

Stamp 6 of 6

Currency: Pound
Facial: 90p (0.90 pound)
Dimensions mm:  41.47 x 35
Perf: 14 1/2 x 14 1/4
Lighthouse: Alderney
ALL: A-1536
Location: North east of the Alderney Island

Cover of Booklet

Border of Sheet - 44p Value

Friday, April 21, 2017



The release date of this issue has been moved from March to early June. With no certain day of release yet.  But thanks to Ivan, we have this fantastic advance of what it will look.  Great set of stamps.

Code: BUL-2017-01
Release Date: June, 2017
Title: Lighthouses along the Bulgarian Coast
Format: Set of 4 stamps singles and in Minisheet of 1 serie

Once again, thanks Ivan and his website Stamps of Bulgaria for the news.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017



Code: AZE-2017-01
Release Date: April 14, 2017
Postal Authority: Azermarka LLC
Title: Castles - EUROPA
Format: Serie of 2 stamps and Block with 1 stamp
-Sheets of 10 stamps same denomination
-Booklet of 8 stamps - 4 series
Printing Process:
Printed by:

Block Stamp

Currency: Manat (AZN)
Facial: 1 (AZN)
Dimensions (mm):

Lighthouse: Maiden Tower - Qiz Qalasi
Location: Baku, Azerbaijan

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

FRANCE - 2017


Code: FRA-2017-01
Availability: May 23, 2017  in Brest and Vannes only.
Postal Authority: La Poste
Title: 50th Anniv of the National Marine Rescue Society - L.I.S.A. (*)
Design: Vivi Navarro
Printing Process: Offset
Paper: Thermal LISA 2

Lighthouses: Île Vierge - Old (short, inactive) and New (tall)
ALL: A-1822
Location: Île Vierge, English Channel, France

(*) LISA: Libre-service d'affranchissement (postage self-service).  

Sunday, April 16, 2017

DOUBTFUL - Djibuti 2017

Code: DJB-2017-01
Release Date: March 17, 2017
Title: The Lighthouses
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Thanks Klaus for the alert on this issue

Regarding these material that I call "Doubtfuls" and all the issues coming from Stamperija, a rather interesting situation occurred last week. 

The philatelic sales site WOPA announced the Maldives as a new country they were to represent. This meant starting to market all the stamps inscribed "Maldives" released by Stamperija. For example for the year 2016 only,  there are more than 60 different issues. Each one composed of minisheet and block. 

WOPA received many negative comments on that decision from the collectors and customers of its site. They then decided to suspend the entry of Maldives to the list of countries they represents to study the situation more closely. 

We will see how this theme evolves ...

Thursday, April 13, 2017

ISLE OF MAN - 2017 (II)


Code: IOM-2017-02
Release Date: May 03, 2017
Postal Authority: Oik Postagh Ellan Vannin
Title: Green Man - Food Matters on the Isle of Man
Format: Set of 6 stamps
-Sheets of 24 stamps same denomination
-Self Adhesive Booklet
Design: EJC Design
Images: Nicola Dixon
Texts: Chris Collins, Isle of Man Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture
Printing Process: Offset Lithography
Paper: 110 gms
Gum: PVA 
Colours: 4
Printed by: Cartor

Stamp Dimensions (mm): 24 x 45,79
Perf: 14

Stamp 2 of 6

Lighthouse: Port St Mary Inner Pierhead
ALL: A-4756
Location: Port St.Mary, South of IOM

Stamp 6 of 6

Lighthouse: Point of Ayre High
ALL: A-4720
Location: North Point of Isle of Man

And these two are under investigation...

... any news and I will update this post.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017


*** No Image Yet ***

Code: NZL-2017-01
Release Date: July 05, 2017
Title: The Great Kiwi Road Trip

No much info about this issue so far.  The only interesting for us is one image of one of the stamps...

Cape Reinga?

Thanks to White Knight and his blog Commonwealth Stamps Opinion for the alert.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

CUBA - 2017


Code: CUB-2017-01
Release Date: April 01, 2017
Title: Lighthouses and Birds
Format: Set of 4 stamps
Printing Method:
Printed by:
Currency: Cuban Peso - CUP
Facial: 90  (CUP)
Dimensions (mm):

STAMP 1 of 4

Lighthouse: California
ALL: J-6330
Location: North Point of ARUBA

STAMP 2 of 4

Lighthouse: Hope Town / Elbow Cay
ALL: J-4572
Location: Elbow Cays, BAHAMAS

STAMP 3 of 4

Lighthouse: Zaragoza Point / Punta Faragoza 
ALL: J-6501
Location: Margarita Island, VENEZUELA

STAMP 4 of 4

Lighthouse: Colón / Maternillos Point
ALL: J-4926
Location: Sabinal Cay, CUBA

Thanks to the website Filatelia desde Cuba for the news.
Thanks Klaus for the images

Sunday, April 9, 2017

DOUBTFUL - St Tome & Prince 2017 (II)

Code: STP-2017-02
Release Date: March 13, 2017
Title: Confederations Cup - Russia 2017
Format: Set of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Rostral Columns in Saint Petersbug

Saturday, April 8, 2017

DOUBTFUL - Guinea Bissau 2017

Code: GBI-2017-01
Release Date: March 28, 2017
Title: Shells
Format: Minisheet of 5 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Thanks Klaus for the alert on this issue

Friday, April 7, 2017

GUERNSEY - 2017 (II)

New Issue

Code: GUE-2017-02
Release Date: May 04, 2017
Postal Authority: Guernsey Post
Title: Castle Cornet - EUROPA
Format: Serie of 6 stamps and Block with 1 stamp
Presentation: Sheets of 10 stamps same design
Stamp Dimensions (mm): 38 x 38
Perf: 13 3/4 x 14 3/4

Design: Two Degrees North
Printing Method: Offset Lithography
Paper: 110 gsm unwatermarked
Gum: PVA Adhesive
Printed by: Cartor Security Printings


Currency: Pound
Facial: 3 (Pound)
Dimensions (mm):
Stamp Dimensions (mm):

A Better View

Lighthouse: Castle Breakwater
ALL: A-1560
Location: St.Peter Port 

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

TURKEY - 2017 (II)



Code: TUR-2017-02
Release Date: April 04, 2017
Postal Authority: PTT
Title: Definitives 2017 - Antalya
Format: Serie of 4 stamps
Printing Process:
Printer: PTT Matbaasi / PTT Printing House

Stamp 3 of 4

Currency: Turkish Lira - TRY
Facial: 3,70 (TRY)
Dimensions (mm):

- Alanya South Breakwater (Right)
- And a ghostly appearence of Alanya North Breakwater at the left. 
I believe that a direct contact with the stamp will reveal both lights with more clarity. I will update this post if that happens.

ALL: N-5860.4 (North Breakwater at left)
ALL: N-5860.45 (South Breakwater at right)
Location: Alanya Harbor.  120 kms south-east of Antalya city following the Mediterranean coast.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

DOUBTFUL - St Tome & Prince 2017

Code: STP-2017-01
Release Date: March 13, 2017
Title: Lighthouses and Shells
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Thanks Klaus for the alert on this issue