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Hitting the road with new stamps of Ireland, Romania and Portugal

August 29, 2016 03:00 PM

Four Irish stamps highlight some of the activities found along the Wild Atlantic Way, the longest defined coastal touring route in the world.

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New specialized catalog details obscure collecting area

August 29, 2016 07:00 AM

During the past few years, a number of specialty catalogs have been published for some outside-the-norm collecting areas.

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Samoa’s 1921 Hut and Flag stamps offer perforation and paper varieties

August 28, 2016 02:00 PM

Collecting the Hut and Flag stamps starts off being interesting and quite inexpensive, but complications arise the deeper you delve into them.

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The two events that inspired Royal Mail’s gold Machin stamps

August 26, 2016 05:00 PM

Gold is an unusual color for a stamp, but Great Britain’s Royal Mail used it twice for its Queen Elizabeth II Machin definitive stamps to celebrate two golden occasions.

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Crete stamps offer wide range of collecting opportunities: Tip of the Week

August 26, 2016 01:00 PM

Collectors of Greek stamps, dead country and classic stamps, and topical mythology stamps should all take a look at Crete.

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Political conflict leads to Taiwan stamp show boycotts

August 26, 2016 07:00 AM

Postal companies in China, Hong Kong and Vietnam will not be attending the PhilaTaipei World Stamp Championship Exhibition.

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Small Queens of Canada: How one sale showcased the stamps’ many usages

August 25, 2016 07:00 PM

“The issue has much to fascinate the serious collector: the great range of collectible varieties, the different printing periods, various perforation measurements, colours and papers.”

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Jordan overprints undergo reorganization in upcoming 2017 Scott Classic catalog: Editor’s Insights

August 25, 2016 05:00 PM

Collectors will notice that several stamp sets throughout the catalog have been reorganized to allow for more expanded listings.

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Austria’s dirndl silhouette dress and the world of embroidered stamps

August 25, 2016 01:00 PM

Wayne Chen explores some of the beautiful embroidered stamps from around the world. Switzerland issued the world's first embroidered stamp in 2000.

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Austria Post has issued stamp made of glass

August 24, 2016 03:00 PM

The stamp is a great example of how Austria Post is a pioneer when it comes to innovative stamp material and printing methods.

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World Heritage sites on United Nations-Czech Republic joint issue

August 21, 2016 08:00 PM

As part of its long-running World Heritage series, the United Nations Postal Administration is participating in a joint-issue with the Czech Republic’s Ceska Posta. The stamps depict sites in the Czech Republic that have been inscribed on the World Heritage list of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, known as UNESCO.

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‘Downton Abbey’ setting included in new Royal Mail issue honoring landscape designer Capability Brown

August 21, 2016 08:00 AM

One of the stamps in Great Britain’s new Landscape series is inscribed “Highclere Castle,” but you might know it by another name.

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The sights of Copenhagen you might already have seen on Denmark stamps

August 20, 2016 08:00 PM

Wayne Chen hit all of Copenhagen's notable spots, but the highlight of his visit was the philatelic experience.

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Off to the races: the Brown Ribbon semipostal stamps of Germany

August 20, 2016 02:00 PM

During the Third Reich era in Germany, a semipostal stamp was issued each year to support an annual horse race.

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Clinton and Trump are featured on a set of new stamps, but not in the U.S.

August 19, 2016 05:00 PM

Called Race to the White House, these stamps and souvenir sheets feature photographs of the candidates and their spouses.

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Taking a second look at Scott’s online catalogs: 2017 Australia eCatalogue

August 19, 2016 01:00 PM

One advantage of online catalogs is that there is no shipping charge. Another is that you get immediate access to the catalog after purchase.

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Eye-catching French colonial series selling below Scott values: Stamp Market Tips

August 17, 2016 04:00 PM

Being exotic and colorful with intricate designs, French colonial stamps are very popular with collectors of classic stamps.

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Born Aug. 17: Robert Thirsk

August 17, 2016 03:30 AM

Robert Thirsk is one of eight Canadian astronauts honored on stamps in 2003. Thirsk holds the Canadian record for the most time logged in space.

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Four countries come together for Jan Jessenius joint issue: New Stamps of the World

August 16, 2016 01:00 PM

The Polish-born physician, politician and philosopher performed the first public autopsy in what is now the Czech Republic in 1600.

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Royal Mail wins hobby’s Oscar equivalent for best stamp issue of 2015

August 15, 2016 01:00 PM

Considered the Oscars of the stamp-design field, the Asiago awards are presented annually in Asiago, Italy. The ceremony for the 46th Asiago awards took place July 3. In addition to Great Britain, stamps of Portugal, Spain, Poland and San Marino received awards.

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Born Aug. 14: Hans Christian Oersted

August 14, 2016 03:30 AM

While conducting research at the University of Copenhagen, Hans Christian Oersted discovered electromagnetism.

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How Judaica is represented on stamps of the world: Topics on Stamps

August 13, 2016 06:00 AM

No matter where or what the country may be, the Jewish culture is depicted on almost all of their postage at some point.

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A pair of countries are issuing stamps to honor their Rio 2016 medalists

August 12, 2016 09:33 AM

The stamps are often referred to as “instant” stamps and usually go on sale to the public the day after an Olympic win.

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Columbus-themed Dominican stamps in demand: Tip of the Week

August 11, 2016 05:00 PM

The Dominican government hoped to raise funds to build a Columbus mausoleum by sale of the stamps to collectors.

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Australia Post looks to boost Asian presence with $100M investment in e-commerce platform

August 11, 2016 08:55 AM

Australian Post has inked a deal with the Dubai-based mailing firm, Aramex, boosting its capacity to service the global eCommerce market.

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Born Aug. 9: Jean Piaget

August 09, 2016 03:30 AM

Swiss-born psychologist Jean Piaget, whose observations have shaped the education of children worldwide, is commemorated on a 1996 Swiss stamp.

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Online dating, other tech developments on new world stamps

August 08, 2016 09:21 AM

San Marino is calling its new online dating issue “Amore Tecnologico,” which translates to “technological love.”

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Puffins will appear on Lundy cancel for World Cinderella Congress

August 08, 2016 08:44 AM

The World Cinderella Congress will be held in London, England, Sept. 16-18 at the Royal Philatelic Society. On Sept. 18, the Lundy Collectors’ Society will conduct an afternoon meeting at the congress.

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Saudi Arabia issued anti-smoking stamps in 1980: Middle East Stamps

August 05, 2016 01:00 PM

The set is very affordable. In mint condition and in the grade of very fine, it has a value of $6 in the 2016 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue.

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Poland and Vatican City stamps feature the Black Madonna: Stamps of Eastern Europe

August 04, 2016 05:00 PM

Most artists have tended to show Mary as looking very much like themselves. The Black Madonnas of Europe are an exception.

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Royal Mail stamps celebrate Beatrix Potter’s 150th birth anniversary

August 04, 2016 01:00 PM

Great Britain’s Royal Mail celebrated Beatrix Potter’s 150th birth anniversary on postage stamps, a souvenir sheet, and two booklets issued July 28. The designs depict characters she created and illustrated in her more than 20 books for children.

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Stamps to look for from Norfolk Island, newest dead country: Stamp Market Tips

August 03, 2016 05:00 PM

Readers of Linn’s are aware that Norfolk Island just became the world’s newest dead country (a country or postal authority that no longer issues postage stamps). Linn’s senior editor Denise McCarty reported the news in July that Australian stamps replaced stamps of Norfolk Island effective July 1.

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Born Aug. 3: King Haakon VII

August 03, 2016 03:30 AM

When Norway became independent in 1905, Prince Carl of Denmark was chosen as independent Norway's new king, Haakon VII.

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John Lennon, Freddie Mercury stamp collections going on display: Linn’s Buzz

August 02, 2016 05:00 PM

The legendary musicians' stamp collections will be available for viewing at Stampex in London in September.

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Afinsa officials receive prison terms for stamp-investment scheme

August 02, 2016 12:15 AM

Eleven former directors of Afinsa Bienes Tangibles S.A., one of Spain’s biggest stamp companies, were sentenced to prison July 27 by Spain’s National Court.
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