Editor’s Insights — Donna Houseman
The 2018 edition of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue is now available in two volumes, A and B. Vol. 3A covers the G countries of the world. Vol. 3B includes countries from H through I. The new volumes offer thousands of value changes and many new editorial changes and listings.
More than 150 value changes in Cambodia reflect increases over decreases. The changes are mostly among key issues. The souvenir sheets of one from the 1951-52 issue (Scott 15a, 16a, and 17a) each increase from $50 unused to $55.
A review of Great Britain resulted in value increases for scarcer modern stamps, especially for booklets that were issued in smaller quantities.
Among the value changes for Isle of Man stamps, the booklet stamps honoring the 1999 Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s 174th anniversary soar in value. The 43-penny stamp (Scott 821) jumps from $1.60 mint and used to $5 both ways. The 56p stamp (822) moves upward, from $2.25 mint and used to $7 both ways. Likewise, the booklet pane (822a) more than doubles in value, going from $7.25 mint to $16.
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Renewed interest in the classic stamps of Gambia, particularly in rare items, results in upward movement of values for several early issues. Gambia Scott. 1, the 1869 Queen Victoria 4-penny pale brown from the first-issue Cameo series, jumps from $550 unused in Vol. 1 of the 2017 Scott Standard catalog to $575 in the 2018 edition. Similarly, the 6p blue (4) of this issue rises in value, from $625 unused to $675.
Almost 2,700 values changes were made to the listings of the German Democratic Republic (East Germany). An overall softening of the market is reflected throughout, although better items are holding their own.
German Offices Abroad received a thorough vetting this year. The market reflects an expanded interest in German Offices in China. Among the Tientsin handstamped issues, the 1900 3-pfennig brown (Scott 17) jumps from $575 unused to $600, and from $750 used to $800. The 50pf purple and black on salmon paper (22) soars from $15,000 unused to $16,000.
Among the more than 50 value changes for Gilbert and Ellis Islands, the 1911 2-penny gray of the first-issue overprints (Scott 3) moves upward from $20 unused to $22.50.
A sprinkling of value increases can be found among the Gold Coast listings. The 1-penny King Edward VII stamp of 1908 (Scott 68) leaps from $8 unused to $9.50.
Almost 400 value changes occur in Greece, with a mix of increases and decreases. The 1960 4.50-drachma with double impression of the black (Scott 684a) moves upward, from $350 mint to $365, and from $200 used to $450.
New minor listings for double impression varieties have been added to the Greece semipostal stamps of 1944.
Values for 30 imperforate sets have been added as footnotes among the Ghana listings.
The Central American country of Honduras received a thorough review this year, which resulted in 71 value changes. Many increases can be found among the airmail issues. The 1972 set of four overprinted airmail stamps honoring the 50th anniversary of the Masonic Grand Lodge in Honduras (Scott C501-C504) moves upward in value, from $11.70 mint to $20, and from $9.15 used to $11.50.
Market activity in Iceland results in almost 2,300 value changes. Value changes reflect the weak euro.
Although the market for Hong Kong stamps is not as robust as it once was, the values for Hong Kong stamps continue to reflect a strong, active market. More than 700 value changes were made among the listings for this autonomous territory in East Asia.
Activity in Italian States stamps is reflected in more than 650 value changes combined for the various states.
Most of the value changes for stamps of Iran occur among the modern issues, from 2014 to present.
Used values for select Official stamps were made among the listings for Iraq. The 1932 1-dinar claret (Scott O71) moves upward, from $100 used to $125.
Numerous illustrations of Trieste Zone A stamps of Italy overprinted “A.M.G./F.T.T.” for use by the Allied Military Government of the United States and Great Britain have been added to the listings.
Minor listings have been added for chalky paper varieties among the 1904-11 King Edward VII series of Hong Kong (Scott 86-108).
A double impression of the 1904 Indo-China 5-centime France stamp has been added as Scott 27a, valued at $450 unused and used in italics. New major number listings have been added to the postage due listings of Indonesia.
Values of numerous footnoted items in Honduras have been updated.