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What’s new for 2024 Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940?

Nov 2, 2023, 11 AM
The 2024 Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940 includes many editorial enhancements and value changes.

From the Scott Editors by Jay Bigalke

The 2024 Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940, widely recognized as the best single-volume catalog for classic-era stamps of the world, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.

Many important value and editorial changes enhance this year’s catalog. More than 12,000 value changes were made to the 2024 Scott Classic Specialized catalog.

For 28 years, special editorial consultant Sergio Sismondo worked tirelessly to help the Scott editors expand and improve the editorial content and maintain up-to-date stamp values in the Scott Classic Specialized catalog. Sadly, Mr. Sismondo died on March 13, 2023.

We recognize the indefatigable efforts of Scott editor-at-large Donna Houseman, who works diligently each year as the lead editor of the Scott Classic Specialized catalog.

Houseman was assisted by Bill Jones, a former Scott associate editor who also provided substantial input by updating values and providing editorial enhancements.

James E. Kloetzel, editor emeritus of the Scott catalogs, provides thousands of value changes and significant editorial changes to the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers, many of which find their way into this specialized catalog for U.S. and worldwide classic stamps.

We also thank our many advisors who offer improvements each year to make this catalog an invaluable reference for worldwide classic stamps.

An abundance of editorial changes and additions can be found throughout the catalog. Various footnotes and editorial notes have been expanded or clarified to further explain complicated listings, and other notes have been screened carefully to ensure accuracy.

What sets the Scott Classic Specialized catalog apart from the six volumes of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue are the thousands of never-hinged listings, on-cover listings, varieties, pre-stamp postal markings and forerunning listings, local stamps and other important features.

In this 30th edition, on-cover listings were added for the first time for Jordan and Syria. Thirty new on-cover listings were added to the already existing listings of Lebanon.

The on-cover listings for Denmark received a thorough review this year. New on-cover listings and 13 new stamp listings were added to that Scandinavian country.

More than 275 value changes for Guatemala were carried over to the 2024 Scott Classic Specialized catalog. Also, 25 new listings were added for mint, never-hinged stamps.

In addition to 196 value changes in Turkey, the stamp series introduced in 1931 and popularly referred to as the Ataturk series was reorganized by perforation and paper. Each stamp in the series features a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Pash (Kemal Ataturk), the founding father and first president of Turkey. As a result of this reorganization, 41 new major number and minor number listings were added to this year’s catalog.

Speaking of reorganization, the British South Africa stamp issues of Rhodesia received a thorough review, resulting in 369 value changes. The 1910 Queen Mary and King George V stamp issue (nicknamed Double Heads) and the 1913-23 King George V series (known as the Admirals) were reorganized, resulting in 88 new minor number listings.

An extensive review of Portugal and Portuguese colonies took place in 2023 for the 2024 Scott Standard catalogs. That review translated into more than 8,600 value changes and numerous new listings in the 2024 Scott Classic Specialized catalog.

Mozambique Company Scott 108-145 were reorganized by perforation, resulting in 25 new minor number listings.

We encourage users of the catalog to pay special attention to the Number Additions, Deletions and Changes listing found in this catalog. We also strongly suggest reading the introduction, which includes an abundance of important information.

And, for those with interest in the Scott Digital Catalogue Subscription, images of stamps not pictured in the print catalog but shown in the digital version were added to a number of countries, with the most new images appearing in Austria. Overall, approximately 200 new images were added to the online catalog.

To purchase the 2024 Scott catalogs, call Amos Media at 800-572-6885 or visit Amos Advantage online.

To subscribe to the most current version of the digital catalog, visit the Scott Digital Catalogue subscription.

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