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UCI Road World Championships Stamp Issue from Denmark

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Rating: 4.8/5

The UCI Road World Championships 2011 are being held in Denmark.

Denmark is hosting the world championships in road cycling for the first time in 55 years. To mark the occasion, a stamp has being issued featuring a rider wearing the famous multi-coloured world champion’s jersey. The stamp was designed by the graphic artist Leo Scherfig.

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published October 3rd, 2011

Royal Mail Definitive Stamps Marking London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games

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As we approach the 300 days to go milestone to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Royal Mail has announced that millions of definitive stamps for use next year are rolling off the printing presses. 

The stamps will be available from all 11,800 Post Office branches across the UK from Thursday 5th January 2012.  There are four new stamps – two 1st Class and two for Worldwide use to post items up to 20 gm in weight. Both sets of values feature one stamp with the London 2012 Olympic Games logo and one with London 2012 Paralympic Games logo.  (read more)

published October 2nd, 2011

Gibraltar’s Superb Barbary Macaques Issue

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Although not strictly speaking correct, the Barbary macaque is traditionally called an ape, since it resembles one in having almost no tail. Barbary macaques (scientific name, Macaca sylvanus) are Old World primates belonging to the family Cercopithecidae. In addition to the Barbary and other macaques, this family also comprises baboons, guenons and langurs. The members of this family share several skeletal features, such as a narrow nose, hindlimbs longer than the forelimbs, and a tail (when present) that is not prehensile. Due to other anatomical features mainly related to dietary adaptations, this family is divided into two subfamilies. The macaques belong to the subfamily called Cercopithecinae. One of the characteristic features of this subfamily is the presence of cheek pouches in which the animals store food.

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published October 2nd, 2011

American Artist Romare Bearden’s Work Honored on Forever Stamp

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The artwork of Romare Bearden, one of America’s most prolific artists, is featured on a set of four Forever stamps dedicated by the U.S. Postal Service during a first-day-of-issuance ceremony at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

“Today, we are proud to dedicate a sheet of stamps that honor a man who became one of the 20th Century’s most distinguished, important and inventive American artists,” said Deputy Postmaster General Ron Stroman. “Using various materials, such as foil, cut paper, and fabric, Romare Bearden transformed collage into a forceful means of expression with mainstream appeal — and in doing so, he framed the complexities of the African-American experience in a broad historical and cultural context.”  (read more)

published October 1st, 2011

Guernsey’s 2011 SEPAC Issue

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Guernsey Stamps is pleased to announce the release of its 2011 SEPAC* stamp issue which, for the final time in the Sea Guernsey series, showcases some of the beautiful scenery found on the island.

Victoria Marina (36p stamp) lies within the harbour at St Peter Port, Guernsey’s capital, which has remained a busy trading post since Roman times.  As the image depicts, the buildings surrounding the harbour offer a wonderful mix of styles.

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published October 1st, 2011

Gibraltar’s 75th Anniversary of the Spitfire stamp issue

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The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries throughout the Second World War. The Spitfire continued to be used into the 1950s both as a front line fighter and in secondary roles. It was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft and was the only Allied fighter in production throughout the war. 

The Spitfire was designed as a short-range high-performance interceptor aircraft by R. J. Mitchell, chief designer at Supermarine Aviation Works (since 1928 a subsidiary of Vickers-Armstrong). Mitchell continued to refine the design until his death from cancer in 1937, whereupon his colleague Joseph Smith became chief designer. The Spitfire’s elliptical wing had a thin cross-section, allowing a higher top speed than several contemporary fighters, including the Hawker Hurricane. Speed was seen as essential to carry out the mission of home defence against enemy bombers.

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published September 30th, 2011

Introduction of Irish Animals and Marine Life Stamp Coil

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On September 29, 2011, An Post issued two stamps from its Irish Animals and Marine Life definitive series to issue on a coil. The Irish Animals and Marine Life series illustrates Ireland’s biodiversity from the seabed to the mountain top. Biodiversity is an all-encompassing term used to describe the variety of all life and natural processes on Earth.

The species featured on the stamps are; the Red Squirrel and the Bottlenose Dolphin.

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published September 30th, 2011

The Saga of Burnt Niall stamp issue from Iceland

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One thousand years have elapsed since the historic events recounted in „The Saga of Burnt Niall“ took place at Bergthorshvoll in the south of Iceland. The saga deals with the process of blood feuds in the Icelandic Free State where minor insults to one‘s honor could lead to destructive and prolonged bloodshed. In the saga 100 armed men attack the farm as a part of a cycle of killing and vengeance.

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published September 29th, 2011

Scenic stamps from Jersey Post

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Scenery is consistently a popular theme with collectors of stamps; today , Jersey Post will issue the third set of six stamps in the ‘Scenery’ series. In keeping with the previous issues, the style alludes to traditional picture postcards and a long ‘landscape’ format is used.

Philatelic Researcher, Mrs Melanie Gouzinis, explains “We learnt from our 2009 customer survey, that stamp collectors particularly like to see our island depicted on stamps.  Luckily we have a seemingly endless choice of landscapes to choose from.”  Those which are shown on the new set of stamps are:  Beauport, St Ouen’s bay, Ouaisné Common, St Brelade’s Bay, Mont Orgueil and Portelet.  (read more)

published September 28th, 2011

Australia Post scores a “hole in one” with golf stamps

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One of Australia’s most popular sports, golf, will feature in a new stamp issue coinciding with the hosting of The Presidents Cup at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in November. The stamp issue comprises three domestic rate stamps (60 cents) and two international rate stamps ($1.65 and $2.35). This stamp issue is available from 27 September 2011.

“Australia Post is delighted to celebrate Melbourne’s hosting of The Presidents Cup with this stamp issue,” said Australia Post Philatelic Manager, Michael Zsolt. “The Presidents Cup showcases golf’s best players as well as raising much needed funds for worthwhile charities.”

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published September 28th, 2011

New Stamps from Small European Postal Administration Cooperation, SEPAC

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Since 1996 a number of small European Postal Administrations have cooperated in a group called SEPAC. Today this group includes Aland, Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Guernsey, Iceland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican City. All the members of the group have small home markets and face the same challenges, making it natural to cooperate.

On 28th September 2011, twelve of fourteen members of SEPAC will launch a new joint stamp issue with one stamp from each postal administration. The common theme of the stamps will once again be ‘Scenery’. All the stamps bear the official SEPAC logo.

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published September 27th, 2011