Friday, December 28

Armenia 2012


Date of Issue: 27th December 2012

one stamp (350.- AMD)

This stamp is issued in a mini sheet of 4 stamps and 2 vignettes

This stamp is issued in a mini sheet of 6 stamps

Saturday, December 22

Best Sepac stamp 2011


The Sepac organized an on line voting in order to select the best Sepac stamp 2011

Here are the results of this voting :

  1. Faroe Islands 2011 - 50.5% of the votes !
  2. Åland 2011 - 11%
  3. Iceland 2011 & Guernsey 2011 - 8.2%

It's the second time in a row that the Faroe Islands wins that competition. They won already the first Best Sepac stamp competition.

Wednesday, December 12

Åland - Sepac 2013

Åland - Sepac

Date of Issue: 20th August 2013

one stamp (1.- €)

Monday, November 26

Åland 2013


Date of Issue: 6th May 2013

one stamps (Europa value)

Friday, November 23

Greenland Europa stamps t-shirts


If you still don't know what to ask at Father Christmas, you can visit Post Greenland webshop ! They are selling Europa stamps t-shirts ! Black t-shirts with the 2012 Europa stamps of you choice ! Price 99.- DKK (13.30 €)

Friday, November 16

Iceland 2013


Date of Issue: 2nd May 2013

two stamps 50g to Europe (175 ISK) & 50g outside Europe (230 ISK) - NOTE both stamps are self-adhesive

both stamps are issued in mini-sheets of 10 stamps

both stamps are also issued in two booklets of 10 stamps each

Wednesday, November 7

Belgium 2013


Date of Issue: 11th February 2013

one souvenir-sheet of two stamps (2x Europe 3rd class value)

Tuesday, November 6

Denmark 2013


Date of issue: 4th March 2013

one stamp (12.50 DKK) and one souvenir-sheet (12.50 DKK) - note the lose stamp is self-adhesive

Tuesday, October 23

Finland 2013


Date of Issue: 6th May 2013

two stamps (2x 1std class value) - NOTE both stamps are self-adhesive

both stamps are issued in a mini-sheet of 10 stamps se-tenant (five of each)

Friday, October 19

Montenegro 2012


Date of Issue: 17th October 2012

two stamps (0.80 & 0.95 €) and one souvenir-sheet (0.80 & 0.95 €)

both stamps are issued in two mini-sheets of 8 stamps + 1 vignette

Friday, September 28

Albania 2012


Date of Issue: 21st September 2012

two stamps (30.- and 250.- ALL)

both stamps are issued in one mini-sheet of 10 stamps (2 of each)

Wednesday, August 29

The last 4 countries...


The 2012 Europa stamps year is reaching his end and we are already focusing on the 2013 season with the theme "The postman van".

But 4 countries still haven't issued their 2012 Europa stamps yet !


I've received a mail from the Albanian Post saying that their Europa stamps will be issued in August or September. As August is almost finished let's hope it will be issued next month. The Europa issue should be 2 stamps (30.- & 250.- ALL).

my guess : 75% chances to have an issue before the end of 2012


Each year Armenia is one of the last countries to issue their Europa stamps. In 2010, their stamp was issued in October and in 2011 in December ! On Haypost's website a souvenir-sheet with 1 stamp is scheduled for the 2nd quarter of the year [!!].

my guess : 85% chances to have an issue before the end of 2012


Georgia became a PostEurop member this year ! They even took part to the Best Europa stamp on line contest ! Two souvenir-sheets were expected as 2012 Europa stamps but still aren't issued. Georgia didn't issue any stamps in 2011 but had already 5 issues this year. Let's hope their Europa stamps will show off before the end of the year.

my guess : 20% chances to have an issue before the end of 2012


Montenegro first announced a 2012 Europa issue on the 20th of April this year, but then cancelled that issue. That issue has been rescheduled on the 10th of October

my guess : 95% chances to have an issue before the end of 2012

Tuesday, July 24

Sepac news

Europe - Sepac

Some news from the Sepac stamp collection.

During their last annual conference held in Gibraltar earlier this year, the Sepac association took two important decisions regarding their common stamps issues.

  1. Annual issues starting from 2013 (until now it was every two year)
  2. New theme will be chosen for each issue (until now the same theme was kept during 3 issues)

Sepac stamps will still be 1 stamp per country and per year bearing the official Sepac logo.

A common folder will still be on sale for each issue.

Friday, June 15

Best Europa stamp 2012 - Public prize


Hungary is the winner of this year's Best Europa stamp contest organised by PostEurop. Last year winner, Turkey finished second and Croatia third.
  1. HUNGARY   1602 votes
  2. TURKEY        832 votes
  3. CROATIA      444 votes

this 235.- HUF stamp is part of a souvenir-sheet of 4 stamps designed by Ágnes Rozmann.

It's the fourth time Hungary wins this on line voting during the last five years ! Here the statement on the Hungarian post website.

The Best Europa stamp design competition is a yearly event. The first competition took place in 2002. All official Europa stamp issues can enter the competition.

The result of this competition was announced during this year's Philatelic Forum in Paris, France on the 13th June.

The stamp has been selected via the internet ! All people could vote through PostEurop's website ! A total of 8063 votes were registered, compared to last year it's an increase of 45% in the number of public votes.

A jury of 7 members (stamp designers, philatelic design directors) awarded earlier this year, the Best Europa stamp - Jury prize to Russia !

The prizes for both the Jury and public voting competitions will be handed out during the Belgian Philatelic Grand Prix to be held in the Brussels City Hall on the 22nd September 2012. 

Here you can find the full list of winning stamps since the first contest in 2002 when Malta won.

Postcrossing blog wrote an article about the on line voting.

Thursday, June 14

Best Europa stamp 2012 - Jury prize


The 2012 Best Europa stamp - Jury prize was awarded yesterday in Paris ! This was the second edition of this neutral and artistic prize.

Seven philately experts were invited to join the jury and judge the Europa stamps based on their expert opinion. 55 entries were displayed before the jury and after much deliberation, the jurors casted their closed ballots followed by a round of voting and discussion. Having reached a consensus, Mr. David E. Failor, Chief of the United Nations Postal Administration, proudly announced Russian Post as the winner of the 2012 Europa stamp Jury Prize.

The Jury this year composed of:

  • David E. Failor, the United Nations Postal Administration, United States (Jury President)
  • Vita Franckova, Philatelist expert, Czech Republic
  • Jürgen Haepers, Philatelist expert,, Switzerland
  • Stefan Klein, Designer, Germany
  • Olaf Neumann, Designer, Germany
  • Martin Mörck, Designer, Intaglio Printing, Sweden
  • Botond Szebeny, PostEurop's Secretary General, Hungary 

The 7 Jury members and representatives from the Russian Federation

This year winning stamp is the Europa stamp of Russia and designed by A. Drobyshev

"Ultimately the jury selected the entry from the Russian Federation because of its inviting theme, high quality production and superior iconic image. The stamp did a wonderful job of celebrating the "Visit..." theme."

The prizes for both the Jury and public voting competitions will be handed out during the Belgian Philatelic Grand Prix to be held in the Brussels City Hall on the 22nd September 2012.

Gibraltar 2012


Date of Issue: 15th June 2012

two stamps (0.42 & 0.44 GBP) out of a set of six stamps (only those two stamps are bearing the official Europa logo)

those stamps are issued in mini-sheets of 8 stamps

NOTE : for the first time since 1979 and the first Gibraltar Europa issue, Gibraltar is using the official Europa logo !
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