Czechoslovakia Currency Reform of 1953 Stamps and Rates

 

On June 1st, 1953, Czechoslovakia declared a surprise drastic currency reform that devalued the current Koruna by a factor of 50:1.   Known as the “Third Koruna”, this was the the 2nd reform in less than a decade, (the first being in 1945 when the 2nd Koruna was established at par value with the Bohemian/Moravian […]

Bohemia and Moravia – Varieties of the 1939 4K Iron Works Stamp (Michel 34, Scott 36)

 

  Although the Scott Catalog does not list any varieties for this issue, according to the Deutschland Specialized Catalog for Bohemia and Moravia, this stamp comes in 3 varieties (Michel #34) 34a – schwarzlichgraublau (blackish gray blue) 34b – schwarzlichgrauturkis (blackish gray turquoise) 34c – schwarzblau (black blue) Now these colors seem close, but here is another […]

Czechoslovak Legion Post in Siberia – Holding off the Red Army

 

This is an example of why I love these little pieces of paper. This stamp was in my pile of Czechoslovakia stamps, and although I think it may be a forgery, it still led me to the pretty kick-ass story of the Czechoslovak Legion. This was a force of (eventually) over 60,000 troops, mainly Czech’s […]

Czechoslovakia 1919 Double Transfer Printers Waste of the Hradcany, Newspaper and Postage Due Issues

 

In 1919, and in cahoots with a Czechoslovakian postal official, a local philatelic club procured, cut, and distributed approximately 2 Million stamps never intended to hit the streets.   The story, according to this article from the January 1956 issue of “The Czechoslovak Specialist” (page 14), is an interesting look at how these stamps came to […]

Czechoslovakia – 1066 – Color Shifts of #1414 – Trade Fair Brno Stamp

 

For stamps printed in multiple colors (2 in this case), one of the things I always am on the lookout for is color shifts.  These color shifts are usually pretty easy to spot, and, are usually pretty common if you have enough duplicates to look through. This is example is 1966, Scott #1414 issued to […]

Czechoslovakia 1965/1966 – Views of Towns – Flaws and Varieties

 

The Czechoslovakia “Views Of Towns” definitive series of 1965 is an extremely common series of stamps and most Czech collections probably contain the complete set. These are all common minimum value stamps. I found a few color varieties and, by chance, some design flaws in the 3K value of the set. The series contains a total […]

Belgian Congo Stamps with TAXES overprint (congostamps.com)

  This post originally appeared on the now defunct website: congostamps.com.   I had saved a copy for my own reference and am now posting here.  For my own examples of these stamps, see this post .. Including an Inverted Overprint   The surcharge stamps appeared in 1923. Before, as of 1906, the surcharge was added using […]

Japanese Special Service Post Burma – Bogus Covers

 

Burma was occupied by Japan during WWII between 1942 and 1945.  During this time stamps were issued for use in Burma.  First a series of overprints on existing Burmese stamps, later stamps of Japan hand-stamped with new values and finally a few sets of issues specifically printed for use in Burma. The majority of these […]

Chad – 1961 – Color Shifts and Varieties of Scott #70 – Biltine / Gazelle

 

One of the things I enjoy most in my collection is keeping “varieties” of stamps as I find them when sorting through the piles as I mount them. “Varieties” to me are most often non-cataloged things but yet still noticible differences in the same copies of a single stamp. I post about them here, for […]

Komitetit Te Qindreses Stamps on Churchill & FDR First Day Covers (USA)

 

The Komitetit Te Qindreses stamps were issued well before the death of Winston Churchill (and probably shortly after the death of FDR). Churchill would die on January 24th 1965, and the US Issued a commemorative stamp in his honor on May 13th 1965.   The First Day Covers for this Churchill Issue (US Scott #1264) […]

Komitetit Te Qindreses – More Dealer Promo Cards – Mystic, Zenith, and National Stamp

 

A few more items of interest to my Albania Komitetit Te Qindreses collection. Here are 2 dealer cards.   The first from Zenith Stamp company, in a different font than the 2 previous dealer cards I have from them. The Second is from “National Stamp Sales” out of New York     Below is an […]

Bulgaria: 1879 – 1896 Coat of Arms – Perforation and Color Varities

 

Bulgaria stamps from 1879 through 1896 all feature a similar coat of arms design, of which, there are a number of different design varieties. My own collection starts with a few issues from 1882.   The design used through 1887 were 2 color designs, whereas the issues from 1889 were single color. Here is a […]

College Post Office forgets to change the year on their Hand Cancel

 

I received this cover in the mail, postmarked out of Richmond, IA (College Post Office at Earlham College).   I received it today (February 2nd, 2015), but, I noticed that the postmark said it was cancelled on January 28th, 2014! – The Neopost label shows the correct year (it was printed), but, the hand cancelling device […]

Albania 1914: Scott #49 Skanderbeg, Postmarked 1 day before release, Overprint Study

 

Recently, while going through my collection of 1914 surcharge overprints on the Albania Skanderbeg issue, I came across an oddity that I found interesting.  The stamp below, appears to have been postmarked 1 day PRIOR to their release. According to both the Scott and Michel Catalogs, these overprints were first applied and released to the […]

Albania: 1913-1914 – Skanderbeg Issue, Overprint Varieties, Shifts and Flaws

 

The newly independent country of Albania, printed it’s first stamps featuring a design other than the double-headed eagle, in December of 1913. This series of stamps featured George Kastrioti Skanderbeg, the national hero of Albania, and were issued in 6 denominations: 2q, 5q, 10q, 25q, 50q, and 1fr. This also marks the first time that stamps appeared […]

Angola – The Bogus / Illegal Issues of 1999 – Early 2000’s

 

In 1999, Angola stamps began appearing on the market that were totally bogus / illegal issues.   These issues continued through at least 2003 and were all printed and sold by companies outside of Angola. Scott makes mention of these issues in the 1999 section of the catalog stating: “These Flora and Fauna stamps, formerly Nos. […]

Colombia: 1948 Postal Tax Overprint on Postal Savings Stamp – Perfs

 

In 1948, Colombia overprinted a set of 1942 Postal Savings stamps with the phrase: “Colombia Sobretasa 1 Centavo”   This roughly translates to “Colombia Surcharge 1 Cent” The Postal Savings Stamps, inscribed: “Banco Postal de Colombia Ahorro Postal” which translates to “Post Bank Colombia, Postal Savings” Postal Savings stamps were purchased by an individual as […]

Colombia: “Industry” Stamps 1932-1951. Printings, Unlisted Varieties, and Flaws

 

In 1932, Colombia issued a series of stamps featuring various industries.   New designs were introduced in 1935 and 1939, and many of the designs went through various printings through different printing companies. I don’t have many of the examples noted, but have added images of those I do possess. During this period, for these […]

Colombia – 1921 Retardo Overprint on 2c Narino Stamp of 1917

 

Starting in 1886, Colombia began using stamps inscribed “Retardo”  on mail to charge for items that had missed normal collection. In 1914 this practice was discontinued and the last legit stamps with the overprint were issued.   These stamps are listed as Scott Numbers I1 through I7 in the back of the Colombia catalog. However, […]

Cyprus – Postal Tax Stamps of 1974-2008, and the 1984 font type differences

 

The Cyprus Postal Tax stamps used starting in 1974 and through today were, according to Scott, for the “Refugee Fund” In the Scott Catalog, after the 1984 Issue (RA4), Scott notes “There are two types of No. RA4″.  Unfortunately, Scott does not elaborate further. The Michel Catalog comes to the rescue with Zypern #4 in […]

1971 Bangladesh Overprints on stamps of Pakistan

 

Last year I obtained a packet of “500 different” Bangladesh stamps from an online seller.  Much to my surprise, half of these stamps were Pakistani stamps with a Bangladesh overprint. In 1971, East Pakistan broke away from Pakistan and formed the new country of Bangladesh.  Without postage stamps of their own, they authorized the overprinting […]