Saturday, May 20, 2017

DOUBTFUL - Central African Republic 2017

Code: CAF-2017-01
Release Date: May 19, 2017
Title: The Lighthouses
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Thanks Jaap for the alert on this issue

Saturday, May 13, 2017

CYPRUS - Northern Turkish Republic - 2017


Code: CYT-2017-01
Release Date: May 11, 2017
Postal Authority: KKTC - Posta Dairesi
Title: Castles (Unofficial Europa stamps)
Format: Serie of 2 stamps
Printing Process:
Printed by:

Stamp 2 of 2

Currency: Turkish Lira - TRY
Facial: 3.30 (TRY)
Dimensions (mm):

Lighthouse: The Kyrenia (Girne) Kalesi. An old light (now disappeared) was located in the north west tower of the fortress.  At top of the round bastion at the right of this photo. 

Friday, May 12, 2017



Using a parcial desing from the serie "New Zealand Surf Breaks" (this set of stamps were published in this blog previously),  NZ Post will release 2 new definitive stamps in June 07.

Code: NZL-2017-02
Release Date: June 07, 2017
Postal Authority: New Zealand Post
Title: 2017 Scenic Definitives 
Format: Serie of 2 stamps
Presentation: Sheets of 50 stamps same value
Dimensions (mm): 30 x 25
Perf: 13.3 x 13.6
Design: New Zealand Post Ltd, Wellington, New Zealand
Printing Process: Offset Lithography 4 colours
Paper: Tullis Russell 104 gsm gummed stamp paper
Printed by: Southern Colours

Do not look for lighthouses in the stamps. Search for it in the First Day Cover. In this case, the base design was also the same photo that was used in one of the stamps of Surf Breaks.  The one with Taiaroa Head. And the view of the lighthouse is clear here.

Firs Day Cover

Lighthouse: Taiaroa Head
ALL: K-4364
Location: Otago Peninsula, SouthEast of South Island, NEW ZEALAND

... and tomorrow we continue with more Castles.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

AZORES - 2017


Code: AZO-2017-01
Release Date: May 09, 2017
Postal Authority: CTT
Title: EUROPA - Castles and Fortifications
Format: 1 stamp and Block with 2 stamps
Presentation: Single stamp in sheets of 10 stamps
Block Dimensions (mm): 125 x 95
Stamp Dimensions (mm): 40 x 30.6
Perf: 13 + Cross of Christ
Currency: EURO  - EUR
Design: Atelier Design & etc - Helder Soarez
Printing Process: Offset
Paper:  FSC - 110 g/m2
Printer: Cartor
Stamp: 135.000
Block: 40.000


Pay atention to the church inside the circle...

This is the Igreja da Misericordia (Church of Mercy). The east tower of the church (left) will become in the future in the Angra do Heroismo Range Front (D-2666.2) 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017



Code:  PHI-2017-01
Release Date: May 8, 2017
Postal Authority:  PHLPost
Title:  National Heritage Month - Philippine Sunsets
Format:  Serie of 4 stamps and Souvenir Sheet of 4 stamps
Presentation: Single stamps in sheets of 16 stamps
Design:  Victorino Z. Serevo
Printing Method:  Offset 4 colours
Souvenir Sheet with Hot Foil Stamping
Paper: Imported 
Security: Unwatermarked
Printed by: Amstar Company, Inc.
Single Stamps: 25.600 series
Souvenir Sheet: 5.000 

Stamp 3 of 4 Singles

Currency:  Philippine Peso - PHP
Facial:  12 (PHP)
Dimensions (mm):  40 x 30
Perf: 14

Lighthouse:  Basco (Naidi Hills)
ALL: F-2822.5
Location: Batan Island - North of Philippines

Stamp 3 of 4 Souvenir Sheet

Currency:  Philippine Peso - PHP
Facial:  25 (PHP)
Souvenir Sheet Dimensions (mm): 130 x 70
Dimensions (mm):  40 x 30
Perf: 14

Lighthouse:  Capones
ALL: F-2680
Location: Capones Island - 120kms  Nortwest of Manila - Philippines

Friday, May 5, 2017



Before the Great Kiwi Road Trip of July we have this little..., small..., petite appetizer from New Zealand.  I call it that way for a tiny appearance of ...

Code: NZL-2017-01
Release Date: June 07, 2017
Postal Authority: New Zealand Post
Title: New Zealand Surf Breaks
Format: Serie of 5 stamps
Single Stamps in sheets of 25 stamps same denomination
Minisheet of 5 stamps (1 serie)
Design: Hannah Stancliffe-White, New Zealand Post Ltd
Printing Process: Offset Lithography 4 colours
Paper: Tullis Russell 104 gsm gummed stamp paper
Printed by: Southern Colours

Stamp 5 of 5

Currency: NZ Dollar (NZD)
Facial: 3.30 (NZD)
Dimensions (mm): 50 x 25
Perf: 14.4 x 14

Lighthouse: Don't you see it?  It is there...

Lighthouse: Taiaroa Head
ALL: K-4364
Location: Otago Peninsula, SouthEast of South Island, NEW ZEALAND

Thursday, May 4, 2017

GERMANY - 2017 (II)


Code: GER-2017-02
Release Date: June 08, 2017
Postal Authority: Deutsche Post
Title: Lighthouses 2017
Format: 2 stamps
Presentation: Sheets of 10 stamps same denomination
Design: Prof. Johannes Graf, Dortmund
Printing Process: Offset Multicolor
Paper: Coated, White, Fluorescent / DP II
Printing by:  Bagel Security-Print GmbH & Co. KG, Mönchengladbach

Stamp 1 of 2

Currency: EURO - EUR
Value: 45 (0.45 EUR)
Service: Local Postcard
Dimensions (mm): 35x35
Lighthouse: Holtenau Nord
ALL: C-1246
Location: NorthEastern Entrance of Kiel Canal, Kiel, GERMANY

Stamp 2 of 2

Currency: EURO - EUR
Value: 70 (0.70 EUR)
Service: Local STD Letter up to 20g
Dimensions (mm): 35x35
Lighthouse: Bremerhaven Front Range
ALL: B-1268

Location: Bremerhaven, GERMANY

The Bremerhaven Rear Range that make couple with this last stamp was also depicted in the serie Leuchttürm by Deutsche Post.  It was 10 years ago, in 2007.

C-1268 Front   (2017)                                            C-1268.1 Rear (2007)
Yes, they have totally different styles, but they make a couple.

Thanks Klaus for the alert and images of this set

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 ...