Friday, June 23, 2017

DOUBTFUL - Solomon Islands 2017 (II)

Code: SOL-2017-02
Release Date: May 15, 2017
Title: Lighthouses
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Thanks Jaap for the alert on this issue

Tuesday, June 20, 2017



Code: NCA-2017-01
Release Date: July 07, 2017
Postal Authority: OPT Nouvelle-Calédonie
Title: The Legendary "Paquebots" - Le Natal 1882-1917
Format: 1 stamp
Presentation: Sheets of 10 stamps
Currency: CFP Franc - XPF
Facial: 110 (XPF)
Dimensions (mm): 27 x 48
Design: Jean-Jacques Mahuteau
Printing Method: Offset
Printed by:
Quantity: 20.000

Border of Sheet

Lighthouse: Amédée
ALL: K4802.01
Location: Amédée islet, 25km south of Noumea

Better images soon.

Monday, June 19, 2017



Code: BUL-2017-01
Release Date: June 22, 2017
Title: Lighthouses along the Bulgarian Coast
Format: Set of 4 stamps singles and in Minisheet of 1 serie

Thanks Ivan and his website Stamps of Bulgaria for the news.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

FRANCE - 2017 (II)


Code: FRA-2017-02
Release Date: July 10, 2017
Postal Authority: La Poste
Title: Tourism 2017 - Cherbourg-En-Cotentin Manche
Format: 1 stamp
Presentation: Sheets of 48 stamps
Design and Gravure: Elsa Catelin
Printing Process: Taille-douce
Printed by: Phil @ poste
Quantity: 1.100.016 stamps

Currency: Euro - EUR
Facial: 0.73 (EUR)
Service: Local Lettre Verte up to 20g (in post office)
Dimensions (mm): 41 x 30

Lighthouse: Jetée du Homet Head (Front)
ALL: A-1486

Also depicted in the stamp, the Fort Central of the Cherbourg. One of many fortifications present in the area.  A lighthouse mounted in a tower (destroyed) functioned here until the ends of the 19th century.  Now, a light under the ALL code of A1478 is mounted in one of the walls of the fort, but it is not visible in the gravure.

Friday, June 16, 2017

DOUBTFUL - Guinea (Rep) 2017

Code: GUI-2017-01
Release Date: May 22, 2017
Title: The Lighthouses
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Thanks Jaap for the alert on this issue

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

TAIWAN - 2017


Code: TWN-2017-01
Release Date: August 09, 2017
Postal Authority: Chunghwa Post Co. Ltd.
Title: Taiwan Scenery - Matsu
Format: Serie of 4 stamps
Presentation: Sheets of 20 stamps (Same Design)
Printing Process: Offset
Colour: Colorful
Paper: Phosphorescent
Printed by: Southern Colour Print Ltd (New Zealand)
Quantity: 760.000 series

Stamp 1 of 4

Currency: Taiwan New Dollar - TWD
Facial: 5 (TWD)
Service: Ordinary Local Letter up to 20g
Dimensions (mm): 50 x 30
Perf: 14 1/2 x 14

Lighthouse: Tungyin Tao  /  Dongyin
ALL: P 3644
Location: East of Dongyin Island - Matsu Archipelago - Taiwan

Full Sheet

Saturday, June 10, 2017

JAMAICA - 2015

*** 2015 Issue ***

Code: JAM-2015-01
Release Date: Unconfirmed
Postal Authority: Jamaica Post 
Title: Definitives - Lighthouses I
Format: Set of 4 stamps

Third Reprint of the 2011 Issue

This week I received the last reprint of the original set of 4 stamps of the Definitives "Lighthouses of Jamaica" issued originaly in 2011.
I couldn´t confirm the release date of this reprint. Some says that, despite the year printed, the release was in 2016. For the moment, I will asign to this set to the year 2015.
Nothing different in the design of the stamps except the year "2015" printed at the bottom of the stamps. 

And the original stamp and the 3 reprints together, looks like this.  Click over the image for a better view of the different years...

Let´s see what will happen in the future with this 4 stamps and if the new stamps of 2016 will receive reprints .

-Post of the original issue in 2011: Click Here
-Post of the 2012 reprint: Click Here
-Post of the 2013 reprint: Click Here

Friday, June 9, 2017

DOUBTFUL - Maldives 2017

Code: MDV-2017-01
Release Date: May 17, 2017
Title: Ivan Aivazovsky - 1817..1900
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Painting: View of Leandrovsk Tower in Constantinople  (1848)
Today known as Maiden Tower in Istambul.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

DOUBTFUL - Solomon Islands 2017

Code: SOL-2017-01
Release Date: May 15, 2017
Title: Wilbur Wright
Format: Minisheet of 4 stamps and Block with 1 stamp

Bodie Island Lighthouse - USA
Thanks Jaap for the alert on this issue.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017



Code: NZL-2017-03
Release Date: July 12, 2017
Postal Authority: New Zealand Post
Title: The Great Kiwi Road Trip
Format: Serie of 14 stamps
Presentation: Sheets of 14 stamps (1 serie)
Design: Graeme Mowday
Artwork: Chris Boniface
Illustrations: Chris Davidson
Printing Process:  Offset Lithography 4 colours with syneal overgloss
Paper: Tullis Russell 104 gsm
Printed by: Southern Colour Print

Stamp 1 of 14

Currency: New Zealand Dollar - NZD
Facial: 1 (NZD)
Dimensions (mm): 50 x 40
Perf: 14.4 x 14

Lighthouse: Cape Reinga
ALL: K 3688
Location: Northern point of North Island of New Zealand

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Guayaquil, ECUADOR

Yes, you guessed.  At the end of the Diego Noboa y Arteta stairs, and after climb 444 steps, the Santa Ana Hill Lighthouse wait for us. An icon of Guayaquil. 
It is not a real aid to the navigation of the Guayas Ria, but it is a beautiful faux lighthouse to visit. The experience of climb to there,  and the views from there are great.

Back to the philately in the next days.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Back On Line

Hello Friends: 

Back on line after a short trip inside my continent, South America. Of course, I made time to visit a lighthouse during my itinerary. Take a look at this stair.  It is 444 steps long and after several turns, it ends in the lighthouse.  Too many clues...  Tomorrow the answer.

In the meantime, next there is an update with the confirmed release date of the Cuba´s Guanacabibe Peninsula set of stamps. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

CUBA -2017

UPDATED with Release Date

... and Cuba continues the trend for this year.  To hide Lighthouses behinds the birds.

Code: CUB-2017-01
Release Date: March 16, 2017
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.

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