When the Egyptian government proudly announced plans to build a new Suez Canal last month, officials were so puffed up with pride that they took the time-honored step of commissioning a series of stamps to mark the project.
But in an embarrassing mix-up, instead of featuring photographs taken only in Egypt, the stamps have been printed with pictures of the other world famous canal that runs through Panama. The dual-lane construction of the Panama Canal is the unmistakable centerpiece of the three-stamp series.
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The Germans were so convinced of their eventual victory that they printed a run of five million of the special stamps before their soccer team even entered the pitch in Rio de Janiero.
Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble stated: “Germany has won the 2014 football World Cup – a remarkable success which we are celebrating by issuing a special stamp. Having previously won the title in 1954, 1974 and 1990, the German Football Association is now close on the heels of five-times champions Brazil.
This year, I started hoping very early on that our team would win the Cup – and I suspect many other Germans did as well. It is fantastic that the German team was able to make this dream come true! I hope that the stamp will remind people on a day-to-day basis of the great joy that the team brought us.”
The special stamp was designed by the graphic designer Lutz Menze from Wuppertal. The 60-cent stamp for standard letters will be available across Germany from Deutsche Post’s outlets beginning July 17. Deutsche Post was actively involved in ensuring that the stamp could be issued so quickly.The players, coaches and support staff of Germany’s victorious national football team will receive first-day editions of the special stamp.
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KUALA LUMPUR: In conjunction with the official opening of Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (klia2) on June 24, 2014, Pos Malaysia will issue commemorative stamps and other philatelic products, including a minature sheet and official first day covers.
According to Yasmin Ramli, head of Pos Malaysia'ss stamps and philately unit, the 80 sen stamps will be available in four designs featuring the Main Terminal Building, Gateway@klia2, Skybridge and Departure Hall. Pos Malaysia also announced that 50,000 first day covers will be available and sold at 50 sen each, starting June 24.
In addition, a souvenir folder is priced at RM6 each and available at selected outlets.
Value: 80sen x 4 designs
Stamp size: 30mm x 50mm
Paper: Phosphor Coated, Security Stamp Paper
Printing Process: Litography
Sheet Content: 20 stamps
Miniature Sheet size: 100mm x 60mm
Stamp size in Miniature Sheet: 30mm x 50mm
First Day Cover
Value : 50sen
First Day Cover with Stamp
First Day Cover with Miniature Sheet
Value : RM5.50
Value: RM6.00 (only at selected Post Outlets)
Stamp Designer: Malaysia Airports
Printer: Southern Colour Print, New ZealandDate of Issue: 24-June-2014
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OTTAWA (Ont.) – With less than a month until the much-anticipated return of Ottawa to the Canadian Football League* (CFL®), Canada Post is issuing two Ottawa REDBLACKS™ Permanent™ domestic rate stamps. The stamps add to the CFL commemorative issues initiated in 2012, which pay tribute to the legendary stories and players that make up the history of the CFL and celebrate the league’s exciting future.
Canadian-born quarterback and legendary Ottawa Rough Rider Russ Jackson is featured on one stamp against the background of Ottawa’s new stadium; this is a nod to both the history and future of football in the nation’s capital. Mr. Jackson spent his entire 12-year professional football career with the Ottawa team and quarterbacked the Rough Riders to three Grey Cup victories. Mr. Jackson is a member of the Order of Canada, the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. The second stamp features the REDBLACKS logo – a saw blade-notched “R” in front of a circular saw that represents Ottawa’s early lumber heritage.
“With over 100 years of history, the CFL has a storied past and reflects the culture, enthusiasm and spirit of Canadians,” says the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport and responsible for Canada Post. “These stamps build a bridge between Ottawa’s football history and future.”
“We are proud to play a part in Ottawa’s return to the CFL and complete the special issues by representing all nine cities and teams,” says Deepak Chopra, President and CEO, Canada Post. “The determination and dedication of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group and their fans bodes well for them to create their own legacy.”
“The return of CFL football to our nation’s capital is an historic moment for our league,” said CFL Commissioner Mark Cohon. “Capturing its significance through commemorative stamps is an honour and another indication that the dream of returning CFL football to Ottawa is a reality. Like millions of Canadians from coast to coast, we can’t wait to see the REDBLACKS take the field in front of their home crowd for the very first time on July 18.”
‘It’s a tremendous honour for the REDBLACKS and Ottawa CFL fans to be recognized with these stamps,’ said Roger Greenberg, Chairman of the REDBLACKS parent company, the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group. ‘To see a picture of Russ Jackson in his prime with our new stadium in the background is a testament to our team’s storied past and promising future. It’s a wonderful tribute.’
In addition to the stamps being on sale at post offices across Canada, the stamps and an Official First Day Cover may be ordered online from Canada Post.
About the stamps
The two Permanent™ stamps were designed by Bensimon Byrne, the official advertising agency for the CFL. The stamp featuring Russ Jackson and the new TD Place stadium, printed by Canadian Bank Note Company Limited, is available in booklets of 10 and the stamp featuring the new team logo, printed by Lowe-Martin Group, is available in coils of 50. Both stamps are printed on Tullis Russell paper and have simulated perforations. The Official First Day Cover will be cancelled in Ottawa, Ontario.
The British Guiana one-cent magenta was sold at auction by Sotheby's in New York on June 17 for a record $9.5 million (£5.6 million) which included a buyer's premium. The auction lasted a mere two minutes before an anonymous telephone bidder bought the world's most famous stamp in front of a filled gallery.
The British Guiana one-cent magenta is not only the world's most valuable stamp, it is also the rarest stamp in existence. The stamp that just sold for the record price is the only copy known to exist.
The famous stamp was sold at the New York auction by the estate of du Pont Chemical heir John E. du Pont. Du Pont purchased the rare stamp in 1980 for the then-record price of $935,000. Du Pont died in prison in 2010 while serving a sentence for the 1996 murder of David Schultz, a champion U.S. wrestler, who was living on du Pont's estate.
The previous record price for a rare stamp sold in public auction was set in 1996 when the only known copy of the 1855 Swedish Treskilling Yellow stamp was sold for $2.3 million (2,880,000 Swiss francs). That stamp was sold again at a private auction in 2010 for an undisclosed price which was reported to be "at least the $2.3 million price" that it sold for in 1996.
History of the British Guiana one-cent magenta
In 1856, an expected shipment of stamps from England did not arrive in British Guiana (now Guyana), so the local postmaster hired a local printer to print an emergency issue of three stamps. The 1 cent magenta was intended for use on local newspapers. The other two stamps, the British Guiana 4 cent magenta and the British Guiana 4 cent blue, were for letter postage.
The only surviving example of the one-cent magenta was first discovered in 1873 by a 12-year-old Scottish schoolboy living in the Guyanese town of Demerara (whose postmark the stamp bears). He sold it some weeks later for six shillings to a local collector, whose collection in turn was sold in 1878 to a Liverpool stamp dealer for £120. Later the same year, dealer sold the stamp to Count Philippe la Renotière von Ferrary for about £150.
The Count's huge stamp collection was donated to the Postmuseum in Berlin. The entire collection was seized by France as war reparations following the end of World War I. France sold the famous stamp in 1922 to an American collector, New York textile magnate Arthur Hind. Hind bought the rare stamp for over $36,000, reportedly outbidding three kings, including King George V of England.
In 1940, the one cent magenta was purchased for $40,000 by Fred "Poss" Small, an Australian-born engineer from Florida, who completed a full set of stamps from British Guiana with the purchase of the rare stamp.
In 1970, Small auctioned his entire stamp collection. The one cent magenta stamp was bought by a group of Pennsylvanian investors, headed by Irwin Weinberg, for $280,000.
In 1980, the rare stamp was purchased by du Pont for the then-record price of $935,000.
The United States celebrates the arrival of spring with ten stamps featuring melodic songbirds: the Western Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta), the Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides), the Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana), the Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris), the Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula), the Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus), the Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea), the Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus), the American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) and the White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis).
Each colorful bird is shown perching on a fence post or branch embellished with vines, pinecones, leaves, or flowers. The artwork appears against a plain, white background.
Why do songbirds make such a glorious racket every morning? In a word, love. Males sing to attract females, and to warn rivals to keep out of their territory. Between 4,000 and 4,500 different types of songbirds can be found around the planet, accounting for nearly half of all bird species. Songbirds are identified by their highly developed vocal organs, although some, like the crow, have harsh voices, and others sing rarely, or not at all. All songbirds are classified as perching birds. With three toes that point forward and one that points backward, they can grip branches, grasses, or telephone wires with ease.
Illustrator Robert Giusti painted the portraits, based on photographs. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamps.
Songbirds were released April 5, 2014 and are sold as Forever® stamps in booklets of 20. These Forever stamps will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.
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The Philippine Postal Corporation, in collaboration with the Holy See, has released a commemorative postage stamp celebrating the pontificate of Pope Francis.
“The stamp will make this event memorable and will serve as a historical patrimony for the generations to come,” Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See Mercedes Tuason told CNA March 21.
“The postage stamp is an effort of the Filipino people to, in some way, materialize our thanksgiving to God for giving us Pope Francis and to ask him to continue to bless the Pope and guide him in his task.”
The stamp features a smiling image of Pope Francis and the words “Pope Francis year II – 2014.” The Philippine Postal Corporation released the stamp March 19, while the Vatican Postal administration issued a similar one March 21. Read the rest of this entry »
The world's rarest stamp is the British Guiana 1 Cent Magenta issued in 1856. Only a single copy is known to exist.
In 1852, British Guiana (now Guyana) began receiving regular postage stamps manufactured in England by Waterlow & Sons. But in 1856, an expected shipment of stamps did not arrive on time, which threatened a disruption of postal service throughout British Guiana.
The local postmaster, E.T.E. Dalton, secured the services of printers Joseph Baum and William Dallas, who were the publishers of the Official Gazette newspaper in Georgetown, to print an emergency issue of three stamps. The 1 cent magenta was intended for use on local newspapers. The other two stamps, the British Guiana 4 cent magenta and the British Guiana 4 cent blue, were for letter postage.
Postmaster Dalton provided some specifications about the design of the stamps, but the printer chose to add a ship image of their own design. Dalton was not pleased with the end result, and as a safeguard against forgery ordered that all correspondence bearing the stamps be autographed by a post office clerk. This particular stamp was initialed 'E.D.W.' by the clerk E.D. Wight.
The sole-surviving example of the one-cent magenta was first rediscovered not far from where it was first purchased. In 1873, L. Vernon Vaughan, a 12-year-old Scottish schoolboy living with his family in the Guyanese town of Demerara (whose postmark the stamp bears), found the rare stamp among his uncle's letters. There was no record of it in his stamp catalog, so he sold it some weeks later for six shillings to a local collector, N.R. McKinnon. Read the rest of this entry »