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    Dec 31, 2015, 15:02 PM

    Indian stamp designer flourishes through creativity

    These are the words of Sanaka Samanta, an Indian stamp designer with more than 400 postage pieces to his name.

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    Dec 31, 2015, 13:36 PM

    The ever-expanding universe of new stamp issues

    Scott editors have updated the review of worldwide new issues and their costs and added the chart for 2014.

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    Dec 30, 2015, 10:54 AM

    Nicaragua Bluefields overprints met economic crisis but spawned fakery

    ollowing the listings for Nicaragua’s postal tax stamps in the Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940 is the modest array of postal issues of the Province of Zelaya (Bluefields) on the eastern coast of Nicaragua. Bluefields is in the area originally known as the Mosquito Coast Reservation, and its chief Caribbean port. The Mosquito name refers not to the flying insect but rather is a corruption of the name of the indigenous Miskito Indians.

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    Dec 30, 2015, 10:52 AM

    Identifying Brazil’s Bull’s Eyes corresponding plates can be fun

    If you overhear someone saying “Brazil came in second,” you might surmise that the subject of conversation is a soccer championship, or coffee production. Instead, you might learn that Brazil was the second nation in the world to have issued postage stamps, and the first on the American continent to have done so. he Empire of Brazil issued stamps Aug. 1, 1843. At first the three issued stamps were used in Rio de Janeiro. That might have been considered a trial period. After 30 days, the stamps were distributed to all major post offices in the empire.

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    Dec 29, 2015, 12:35 PM

    Donate your used stamps to a good cause

    The London-based Royal National Institute Blind People’s Christmas Stamp Appeal is encouraging folks to send in their stamps as part of an effort to raise money for the RNIB, which is "a leading source of information on sight loss and the issues affecting blind and partially sighted people," according to its website.

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    Dec 29, 2015, 10:50 AM

    Exploring creative philatelic entrepreneur Nicholas Frederick Seebeck

    Nicholas Frederick Seebeck was born in Germany in 1857, and in common with many of his compatriots, he and his family moved to the United States in search of a better future. Nicholas Frederick was 9 when the family settled in New York City. Quite early on, he got involved in the printing business. He also began dealing in postage stamps for collectors. In 1876, he compiled and published a stamp catalog with the rather lengthy title Descriptive Price Catalogue of All Known Postage Stamps of the United States and Foreign Countries.

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    Dec 28, 2015, 10:51 AM

    Here’s how to classify the 1888 centenary stamps of New South Wales

    Collecting stamps from Australia’s former British colonies can be an expensive proposition, particularly colonial stamps issued by New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria between the 1850s and 1880s. Nevertheless, each of the colonies has classic stamps that fall into the realm of “budget friendly,” and good examples are the lower denominations of the stamps marking the centenary of New South Wales, issued between 1888 and 1910.

  • Dec 28, 2015, 10:51 AM

    New South Wales Centenary stamps, 1888-1906

    This table will help you organize the many different varieties of the New South Wales Centenary stamps of 1888-1906.

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    Dec 27, 2015, 11:04 AM

    New book makes Nejd Sultanate stamps, postal history accessible to novice and expert alike

    Ghassan “Gus” Riachi announced in his Dec. 28 Middle East Stamps column the publication of his magnum opus: a work of 16 years titled The Sultanate of Nejd: A Philatelic Manual. After my careful perusal of this scholarly treatment from one of the preeminent students of Saudi Arabia philately, I think it safe to assume that it will be regarded as the primary reference work of the stamps and postal history of the Nejd period for many years to come.

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    Dec 27, 2015, 06:00 AM

    A guide to identifying 2-penny blue line-engraved issues of 1840-80

    During the 40 years of its life (1840-80), the Two-Penny Blue line-engraved Queen Victoria stamp was issued in 10 distinctly different versions. The Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue assigns numbers 2, 4, 10, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 29 and 30 to these 2d blue stamps. Several changes in design, two different perforation gauges, two distinct watermarks, white and blued paper, and combinations of these features determine the Scott number of each stamp.

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    Dec 25, 2015, 10:50 AM

    Stained glass windows shimmer on Christmas stamps issued in 2015

    A half dozen postal entities pictured stained glass windows on their 2015 Christmas stamps. In alphabetical order, they are Alderney, Brazil, Croatia, Guernsey, Jersey and New Zealand. Guernsey Post issues stamps for both Alderney and Guernsey. The seven stamps issued Nov. 6 for Alderney picture scenes from a stained glass window in St. Anne’s Church on the island. The 42-penny stamp shows Jesus blessing children, and the other stamps picture children from different parts of the world.

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    Dec 23, 2015, 11:58 AM

    Great Britain stamps honor story of Shackleton’s survival against the odds

    Great Britain’s Royal Mail is issuing eight stamps Jan. 7 reproducing photographs of Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. In 1914, Shackleton and his 28-man crew, including photographer James Francis “Frank” Hurley, set sail in Endurance on an expedition to cross the Antarctic continent. Although the expedition didn’t reach its goal, it is remembered as one of the greatest survival stories of all time. The story has been retold in books, films, television specials and in an exhibition organized by the American Museum of Natural History in 1999.

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    Dec 22, 2015, 13:34 PM

    Help provide hearing dogs for the deaf with used Christmas card stamps

    Rutland & Stamford Mercury is reporting that the charity has raised over £10,000 for the deaf who aren't fortunate enough to have a seeing eye dog. These stamps are being recycled and put towards a greater cause.

  • donna-houseman
    Dec 22, 2015, 11:04 AM

    Vol. 2 of ‘The Philatelic Book of Secrets’ helps collectors determine stamp colors

    With publication of Vol. 2 of The Philatelic Book of (even more) Secrets, Professional Stamp Experts of Newport Beach, Calif., continues its efforts to help stamp collectors become more knowledgeable. The book is a special edition of Stamp Market Quarterly, the expertizing firm’s official publication.

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    Dec 22, 2015, 10:50 AM

    Netherlands Antilles 2003 Butterfly block of 12 selling well above Scott catalog value

    On April 23, 2003, Netherlands Antilles issued a set of 12 se-tenant Butterfly stamps (Scott 1005). The stamps were printed in sheets of 24, as two blocks of 12 separated by a central gutter. The 2016 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue values a block of 12 se-tenant Butterfly stamps at $13.50 in mint never-hinged condition.

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    Dec 22, 2015, 10:49 AM

    From pointers to 'Dog 92': working dogs on the stamps of Canada

    In May 2015, Canada Post issued a Love Your Pet booklet and souvenir sheet with delightful illustrations and common-sense tips on basic pet care (Linn’s, May 25, 2015). As background for the story, I compiled a chart of Canada’s stamps depicting pets, and was surprised to find that more than 70 percent of the face-different canine designs issued over the last 58 years have pictured working dogs.

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    Dec 22, 2015, 08:00 AM

    World Stamp Show-NY 2016 receives grant for theater

    A $25,000 grant from the TurningPoint Foundation will fund an enclosed 32-seat theater at World Stamp Show-NY 2016 in New York City.

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    Dec 21, 2015, 10:50 AM

    Hong Kong wins Chinese New Year poll for the fourth year in a row

    Stamps from Hong Kong, Canada, and Liechtenstein won a competition for the best Year of the Ram stamps. The contest included stamps from 56 countries, or special administrative regions celebrating the Year of the Ram. The stamps were issued in late 2014 or early 2015. The Year of the Ram began Feb 19, 2015, and will end Feb. 7, 2016.

  • donna-houseman
    Dec 18, 2015, 11:03 AM

    Don’t forget World Stamp Show-NY 2016 when setting stamp goals for the new year

    It’s that time of the year: We feel the need to make resolutions and set goals for the new year. In reflecting on my own goals, I have a few suggestions I believe might be of interest to you, our readers. First and foremost, resolve to have fun with this great hobby of ours.

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    Dec 18, 2015, 10:49 AM

    For one Canada Numeral cancellation, a case of mistaken identity

    One of the images in my Nov. 2 column, “Canada’s early 19th-century Numeral cancels by the numbers,” brought a response from a keen-eyed collector, noting “that the image showing the stated number 17 is, in actuality, number 47.” My critic added that “perhaps Mr. Baumann could notify Siegel Auction Galleries of a misidentification.”

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    Dec 17, 2015, 11:59 AM

    Recent Christmas stamps feature animals, from peace doves to crabs

    A cluster of recent Christmas stamps from Brazil, the Netherlands, San Marino, and other countries feature a delightful cross-section of festive and iconic images.

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    Dec 17, 2015, 10:49 AM

    Tip of the week: Qatar 1966 Sheik Ahmad Coin set of 12

    The 2016 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue values the set in mint never-hinged condition at $172.25. This set remains in demand and consistently sells at full Scott catalog value.

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    Dec 15, 2015, 13:59 PM

    Great Britain Philatelic Society celebrates Diamond Jubilee in style

    There was a record attendance of 210 at the meeting of The Royal Philatelic Society London on 10 December at which The Great Britain Philatelic Society celebrated its Diamond Jubilee.

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    Dec 15, 2015, 06:59 AM

    New Japan stamps offer cold weather Winter Greetings

    Japan’s Winter Greetings pane of 10 stamps features snowy scenes.

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    Dec 14, 2015, 10:48 AM

    New authoritative book published for stamps of Sultanate of Nejd

    The stamps of the Sultanate of Nejd are one of the most difficult areas of philately, and to help collectors, I recently completed a book that focuses on these stamps, titled The Sultanate of Nejd, A Philatelic Manual. The era of the Sultanate of Nejd heralded the rise of the great desert warrior, Ibn Saud, and his consolidation of the various areas of the Arabian Peninsula into what we know today as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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    Dec 14, 2015, 10:44 AM

    Private post served Trondheim, Norway, for 48 years

    Last year marked the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Throndhjems By-Post (later Trondhjems By-Post) in the Norwegian city of Trondheim. Back in 1865, the Norwegian Post Office did not offer any local deliveries, and the local post was established to fill this void. Trondheim is one of Norway’s largest cities located on its West Coast. It is also one of the oldest cities in the country, having been founded in 997.

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    Dec 11, 2015, 10:48 AM

    Turbulent history of Bulgaria’s peasants revealed through its stamps

    Bulgaria was a major empire from the ninth to the 14th centuries. Conquered by the Ottoman Empire in 1396, Bulgarians spent the next 500 years trying to oust the Muslim conquerors and regain their independence. With Russian help, Bulgaria became an autonomous principality of the Ottoman Empire in 1878. Bulgaria issued its first postage stamps May 1, 1879.

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    Dec 10, 2015, 15:19 PM

    Producers of 'Freaks and Errors: A Rare Collection' documentary in final stage of fund-raising

    A group of stamp collectors and postage enthusiasts from Chicago have set of goal of $17,000 to help fund the production of their stamp-focused documentary, "Freaks and Errors: A Rare Collection."

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    Dec 9, 2015, 10:44 AM

    Great Britain’s Penny Black evolved into many colors

    reat Britain’s Penny Black, the first stamp issued in the world, was at first printed in black. That, in itself, requires an explanation. Its creator, Sir Rowland Hill, was from the beginning worried that people could erase a cancellation and thus would be able to fraudulently reuse the stamp to prepay postage on more than one letter.

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    Dec 9, 2015, 10:44 AM

    Retelling Charles Dickens’ classic 'A Christmas Carol' with stamps

    A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens was published Dec. 17, 1843, and in the 172 years since then the story has become a timeless classic, retold hundreds of times in a variety of films, television specials and plays, and faithfully read and re-read every year as part of many families’ holiday traditions. Another way to enjoy A Christmas Carol is by forming a topical collection of stamps that picture the characters from this story of redemption.

  • donna-houseman
    Dec 8, 2015, 11:03 AM

    Linn’s introduces special section for international stamp enthusiasts

    Collectors with global stamp interests will find an assortment of columns and features to serve their interests in Linn’s new section devoted to the international collecting scene and marketplace.

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    Dec 7, 2015, 11:58 AM

    Canada to open 2016 with a 14-stamp salute Jan. 11

    Canada Post will kick off 2016 on the second Monday in January (Jan. 11) with an estimated 14 stamps, including multi-stamp installments in two continuing series, a five-stamp inaugural release in a new series of Birds of Canada, and a new definitive depicting Queen Elizabeth II. The biggest surprise of this multi-stamp Monday may be the return of old designs in new denominations. The sites pictured on five $1.20 and $2.50 UNESCO World Heritage booklet and souvenir stamps issued May 16, 2014, (Scott 2739-44) will be back as nondenominated (85¢) permanent-rate stamps.

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    Dec 4, 2015, 10:44 AM

    Marx leads stamp trio on 1919 Hungarian Soviet Republic cover

    The Hungarian Soviet Republic headed by Bela Kun lasted only from March 21, 1919, until Aug. 1, 1919, but during that time the postal administration issued a set of large bicolor postage stamps in the style of contemporaneous political poster art.

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    Dec 4, 2015, 10:44 AM

    1905 Japan issue put best face on takeover of Korea post

    Japan’s nearest neighbor to the west, the peninsula of Korea, is about 120 miles away, across the Strait of Korea. The two countries engaged in diplomatic and trading exchanges as early as the third century, and Korea was the conduit to Japan for many elements of Chinese culture, including food and religion. A treaty in 1876 launched the efforts to make Korea economically and politically part of the Japanese empire, and early in the 20th century, Japan accelerated the maneuvering to dominate its small neighbor.

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    Dec 3, 2015, 10:43 AM

    Tip of the week: Bulgaria Knights Templar stamps could be a hit

    Although there was only minimal historical contact between the Knights Templar and Bulgaria, they are very popular in that country, with secret societies claiming to be their spiritual heirs. In 2008, Bulgaria issued a 1-lev 700th Anniversary of the Destruction of the Knights Templar stamp (Scott 4486), and in 2012, issued a 65-stotinki 700th Anniversary of the Disbanding of the Knights Templar stamp (4589).

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    Dec 3, 2015, 10:43 AM

    Stamps show Christmas celebrations around the world

    Here in the Northern Hemisphere we are used to seeing holiday cards and stamps featuring snowy scenes. Our friends living in the Southern Hemisphere have a very different holiday season: their December means summer, not winter, and that season is reflected on their holiday stamps.