Thursday, November 24

Best Sepac stamp 2022

Europe

You can now vote for the most beautiful 2022 SEPAC stamp.

Simply send a short email on info@sepacstamps.eu with the country you wish to vote for and include the county's name on the subject line.

You can see all the 2022 Sepac stamps here on this page.

At the same time, you take part in the draw to win year collections from all the SEPAC members issuing SEPAC stamps! 

The competition runs up to 31.01.2023

1st Prize: a year collection from every post participating in the 2022 SEPAC folder (worth approx €600euro) + the 2022 SEPAC folder

2nd Prize: seven year collections selected by the prize winner + 2022 SEPAC folder

3rd Prize: three year collections selected by the prize winner + 2022 SEPAC folder

Note: Only one vote per person

Friday, November 18

Ukraine 2022

Ukraine

Date of Issue: 22nd November 2022

two stamps (2x A value = 1.- USD)


 both stamps are issued in a mini sheet of 6 stamps


 

Svarog – God is the creator of the Universe - Svarog is a Slavic god of fire and blacksmithing, who was once interpreted as a sky god on the basis of an etymology rejected by modern scholarship. He is mentioned in only one source, the Primary Chronicle, which is problematic in interpretation. He is presented there as the Slavic equivalent of the Greek god Hephaestus. The meaning of his name is associated with fire. Source Wikipedia

Lada – Goddess of motherhood - Lada was first mentioned around 1405-1412 in the sermons of Lucas of Wielki Koźmin, which warned against worshipping Lada and other gods during spring ceremonies and folk performances. They owe their popularity to Długosz, who in one of his sources recognized Lada as a goddess and in another as a god of war, the Polish equivalent of the Roman god Mars, to Aleksandr Faminstyn, who recognized the word Lada in Russian songs as the goddess of marriage, and to scholar Boris Rybakov, who insisted on recognizing her historicity. However, the vast majority of religious scholars and Slavists reject the historicity of these deities, believing that they owe their divine status to a misunderstanding of the song refrains by medieval scribes. Source Wikipedia

 

Europa stamps 2022

Europe

Europa 2022 

"Stories & Myths"


20.01.2022 Russia - 1 stamp (55.- RUB) 

25.02.2022 Gibraltar - 2 stamps (1.96 & 3.16 GBP) & 1 souvenir-sheet (1.96 & 3.16 GBP)
 
07.03.2022 Liechtenstein - 2 stamps (2x 1.80 CHF)
16.03.2022 Jersey - 2 stamps (0.88 & 1.25 GBP) (out of a set of 6 stamps) & 1 souvenir-sheet (0.88 & 1.25 GBP)
 
05.04.2022 Bosnia and Herzegovina (Croat post) - 2 stamps (2x 3.- BAM) & 2 souvenir-sheets (2x 3.- BAM)
05.04.2022 San Marino - 2 stamps (1.10 & 1.15 €)
06.04.2022 Czech rep. - 1 stamp (E value)
08.04.2022 Latvia - 2 stamps (1.77 & 1.98 €)
08.04.2022 Romania - 2 stamps (10.- & 16.- RON) & 2 souvenir-sheets (2x 10.- & 2x 16.- RON)
18.04.2022 Artsakh - 2 stamps (2x 500.- AMD)
21.04.2022 Poland - 1 stamp (4.50 PLN)
22.04.2022 Norway - 2 stamps (2x 28.- NOK) issued in a booklet
27.04.2022 Finland - 2 stamps (2x International value)
28.04.2022 Sweden - 1 stamp (26.- SEK)
29.04.2022 Lithuania - 2 stamps (2x 0.95 €)
29.04.2022 Moldova - 2 stamps (9.50 & 11.- MDL)
 
02.05.2022 Hungary - 1 souvenir-sheet of 4 stamps (4x 715.- HUF)
02.05.2022 Slovakia - 1 stamp (1.50 €)
05.05.2022 Estonia - 2 stamps (2x 1.90 €)
05.05.2022 Germany - 1 stamp (0.85 €)
05.05.2022 Switzerland - 2 stamps (2x 1.10 CHF)
06.05.2022 Belarus - 2 stamps (2x P value)
06.05.2022 Cyprus - 2 stamps (0.34 & 0.64 €)
06.05.2022 Serbia- 1 souvenir-sheet (85.- RSD)
07.05.2022 Austria - 1 stamp (1.- €)
09.05.2022 Åland - 1 stamp (2.30 €) 
09.05.2022 Azores - 1 stamp (0.95 €) & 1 souvenir-sheet (2x 0.95 €)
09.05.2022 Bosnia and Herzegovina - 2 stamps (2x 2.50 BAM) & 1 souvenir-sheet (2x 2.50 BAM)
09.05.2022 Croatia - 2 stamps (2x B value) 
09.05.2022 Cyprus (Turkish post) - 2 stamps (6.- & 10.75 TRY)
09.05.2022 France - 1 stamp (1.65 €) 
09.05.2022 Kosovo - 2 stamps (1.- & 2.-) & 1 souvenir-sheet (2.- €)
09.05.2022 Madeira - 1 stamp (0.95 €) & 1 souvenir-sheet (2x 0.95 €)
09.05.2022 Malta - 2 stamps (0.59 & 2.- €) 
09.05.2022 Monaco - 1 stamp (1.65 €)
09.05.2022 the Netherlands - 2 stamps (2x International value)
09.05.2022 Portugal - 1 stamp (0.95 €) & 1 souvenir-sheet (2x 0.95 €)
09.05.2022 Spain - 1 stamp (B value)
09.05.2022 Turkey - 2 stamps (2x 5.- TRY)
10.05.2022 North-Macedonia - 2 stamps (2x 144.- MKD) & 1 souvenir-sheet (72.- MKD)
11.05.2022 Bosnia and Herzegovina (Serb post) - 2 stamps (1.95 & 2.70 BAM) 
12.05.2022 Greece - 2 stamps (2.- & 4.50 €)
14.05.2022 Andorra (French post) - 1 stamp (1.65 €)
16.05.2022 Andorra (Spanish post) - 1 stamp (1.65 €)
 16.05.2022 Faroe Is. - 2 stamps (19.- & 29.- DKK)
16.05.2022 Vatican - 2 stamps (0.10 & 0.30 €) & 1 souvenir-sheet (1.15 €)
17.05.2022 Luxembourg - 2 stamps (L50g & E50g values)
19.05.2022 Denmark - 1 souvenir-sheet (2x 12.- & 1x 36.- DKK)
21.05.2022 Guernsey - 2 stamps (0.79 & 1.10 GBP) (out of a set of 6 stamps) & 1 souvenir-sheet of 2 stamps (0.79 & 1.10 GBP) 
27.05.2022 Armenia - 1 stamps (350.- AMD)
27.05.2022 Slovenia - 2 stamps (1.33 & 1.46 €)
 
09.06.2022 Georgia - 2 stamps (2x 4.20 GEL) & 2 souvenir-sheets (2x 4.20 GEL)
13.06.2022 Belgium - 1 souvenir-sheet of 2 stamps (2x Europe 3rd class value) 
16.06.2022 Azerbaijan - 2 stamps (0.50 & 0.60 AZN) & 1 souvenir-sheet (1.- AZN)
24.06.2022 Montenegro - 1 stamp (0.95 €) & 1 souvenir-sheet (1x 0.95 €)

31.08.2022 Greenland - 2 stamps (18.- & 20.- DKK)

08.09.2022 Ireland - 2 stamps (N & W values)
12.09.2022 Isle of Man - 1 stamp (1.04 GBP) out of a set of 9 stamps
28.09.2022 Kazakhstan - 2 stamps (2x 2000.- KZT)
 
25.10.2022 Italy - 2 stamps (B 50gr & B zona 3 value)

22.11.2022 Ukraine - 2 stamps (2x A value) NEW
 
??.??.2022 Albania
??.??.2022 Bulgaria - 2 stamps + 1 souvenir-sheet 

 
Any information regarding the 2022 Europa stamps issues are welcome! Post a comment or send me a message! ;)

Thursday, November 10

Åland 2023

Åland

Date of Issue: 9th May 2023

two stamps (2x Europa value = 2x 2.40 €)



Europa stamps 2023

Europe

Europa 2023 

"Peace – the highest value of humanity"
 

27.04.2023 Sweden - 1 stamp (30.- SEK)
??.04.2023 Poland - 1 stamp
 
09.05.2023 Åland - 2 stamps (Europa value) NEW
09.05.2023 Bosnia and Herzegovina (Croat post) - 2 stamps
09.05.2023 Czech rep. - 1 stamp (E value)
09.05.2023 Faroe Islands - 1 stamp
09.05.2023 Finland - 1 stamp (national value)
09.05.2023 Liechtenstein 
09.05.2023 Lithuania - 1 stamp
09.05.2023 the Netherlands - 1 stamp (Internationaal value)
09.05.2023 Norway - 1 stamp (29.- NOK)
09.05.2023 Slovakia - 1 stamp 
26.05.2023 Slovenia - 2 stamps
??.05.2023 Belarus - 2 stamps 

12.06.2023 Belgium
 
??.??.2023 France - 1 stamp 
??.??.2023 Germany - 1 stamp 
??.??.2023 Latvia - 2 stamps
 
no issue from Russia


Any information regarding the 2023 Europa stamps issues are welcome! Post a comment or send me a message! ;)

Tuesday, October 25

Italy 2022

Italy

Date of Issue: 25th October 2022

two stamps (B50g & B zona 3 values = 2.70 & 3.10 €) - NOTE both stamps are self-adhesive
 

Colapesce - Colapesce holding up one of the three columns on which Sicily rests, consumed by the fire of Mount Etna, to prevent the island from sinking.

In a version from Palermo, edited by Italo Calvino, Colapesce spends all of his time swimming, until his frustrated mother curses him to turn into a fish. He instantly becomes half fish, with duck feet and a frog's throat. He appears to fishermen and warns them of upcoming storms, and also informs them of the marvels found at the bottom of the sea. A king hears of him and summons him, then gives him orders to swim around the island and explore the bottom of the ocean. The king sends him down on numerous dives around Italy. Nick Fish discovers that Messina rests on three columns, some of which are broken, and brings back hot and fresh water from springs in the ocean around Naples. Finally the king urges Nick Fish to explore a bottomless ocean chasm, despite his resistance. He throws his crown into the chasm and orders him to fetch it. Nick Fish reluctantly dives in. Some lentils he was carrying float to the surface, but he but never returns. Source Wikipedia

Romeo and Juliet - Grieving Juliet in the presence of lifeless Romeo.

Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young Italian star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.
The play is set in the Italian city of Verona.

Thursday, October 13

Finland 2023

Finland

Date of Issue: 9th May 2023

one stamp (national value = 2.10 €) - NOTE this tamp is self-adhesive

 

this stamp is issued in a mini-sheet of 10 stamp

 

Sunday, October 9

Europa 2023 - Common design competition

Europe


PostEurop announced during their General Assembly in Dublin on 5 October 2022 the common design who will be used on all 2023 Europa stamps on the theme 

“PEACE – the highest value of humanity”

29 entries were submitted for the design competition, 44 postal companies participating in the voting. 

The winning motif is the one submitted by Luxembourg : “The New Peace Symbol”.


Designers : Linda Bos and Runa Egilsdottir from A Designers' Collective.

PostEurop writes in their press release this about the story of the design: 

The world needs a new Peace symbol, uniting all nations. Cultural differences perchance a barrier for a state of Peace. If only mankind could respect each other's differences by understanding their significance and responding to them with consideration, the world would be a better place. This design shows a visual metaphor for a peacefully integrated, cooperative society in which people embrace each other’s culture. It was inspired by the Celtic Love Knot symbol, with interlocking hearts. The colour palette illustrates all the nations in the world. By adding hands with intertwined fingers, it conveys the message of mutual respect.

I find this logo not very original. You can see a quite similar design already used on the UPU 2016 World Post Day campaign. The design was made by Swiss designers Büro Sequenz. The meaning of this one was explained like this :

The emblem's design represents the two remaining pillars, integration and inclusion. The crisscrossed arms and layered colours act to show the integration of knowledge and processes, enabling seamless and affordable services for all. The intertwined design was inspired by the Celtic knot, which itself has Persian roots. Finally, the clasped hands represent how the Post connects and includes people around the world.



 
On this date, we know only one design proposed by another country in this selection. The design of Ukraine, more about in this post.

Friday, October 7

Best Europa stamp 2022

Luxembourg

The 2022 Best Europa stamp has been announced by PostEurop in this press release.

Luxembourg (stamp 2/2) is the winner of the 2022 Best Europa stamp contest organized by PostEurop. Finland (stamp 1/2) finished second and Liechtenstein (stamp 2/2) is third.

  1. LUXEMBOURG
  2. FINLAND
  3. LIECHTENSTEIN

As written earlier on this blog, PostEurop changed the rules for this contest. 3 voting panels (public, jury and operators) are selecting the best Europa stamp. The results of these three panels are compiled and gives an overall winner.

Luxembourg wins the overall contest in a deserved way by winning 2 of the 3 voting panels :

Public voting :

1. Finland
2. Georgia
3. Turkey

Jury voting :

1. Luxembourg
2. Liechtenstein
3. Switzerland

Postal operators voting :

1. Luxembourg
2. Finland
3. Åland

Consolidated result of all three panels - top 10 :

1. Luxembourg
2. Finland
3. Liechtenstein
4. Croatia
= Georgia
= Åland
7. Azerbaijan
= Germany
9. Switzerland
= Turkey

Note that Belarus and Russia were excluded of this contest due to their aggression of Ukraine.
Armenia withdrew for "technical" reasons.

Wednesday, September 28

Kazakhstan 2022

Kazakhstan

Date of Issue: 28th September 2022

 2 stamps (2x 2000.- KZT)




both stamps are issued in a souvenir-sheet of 4 stamps (2 of each)


Bayterek and Samruk : Ancient Turkic myth a tree of life "Bayterek" and a sacred bird "Samruk". Bayterek in Kazakh means "High poplar tree", every year the Samruk, lays its egg (the Sun) in the crevice between the branches of the poplar tree.

Wednesday, September 14

Malta - Sepac 2022

Malta - Sepac

Date of Issue: 13th September 2022

one stamp (0.37 €) out of a set of four stamps (only this stamp is bearing the official Sepac logo).

this stamp is issued in a mini sheet of 10 stamps


Sepac 2022

Europe - Sepac
Sepac 2022
"Local beverages"

16.05.2022 Faroe Is. - 1 stamp (29.- DKK)
24.05.2022 Jersey - 1 stamp (0.91 GB) out of set of 6 stamps
31.05.2022
Greenland - 1 stamp (20.- DKK)

07.06.2022 Liechtenstein - 1 stamp (1.80 CHF)
14.06.2022 Monaco - 1 stamp (1.65 €)
22.06.2022 Guernsey - 1 stamp (1.10 GBP) out of a set of 4 stamps

06.09.2022 Åland - 1 stamp (1.90 €)
13.09.2022 Luxembourg - 1 stamp (E50g value)
13.09.2022 Malta  - 1 stamp (0.37 €) out of a set of 4 stamps

no issue Gibraltar
no issue Isle of Man
no issue Vatican

Friday, September 9

Ireland 2022

Ireland

Date of Issue: 8th September 2022

two stamps (N & W values = 1.25 & 2.20 €)



According to the Irish folklore tales, Balor caused great pain and anguish to the Tuatha Dé Dannan, the other supernatural race in Irish folklore.

The legend centres on Balor having an eye that, when unleashed, could cause instant death or poisoning.

Balor’s Poisoned Eye is the main focus of one stamp. The second stamp relates to the legend that claimed Balor had only to look on the landscape to cause damage, such as in the Poisoned Glen in County Donegal.

In both cases, contemporary colours are used to create the impression of poison almost leaping off the stamp. 


Wednesday, September 7

Isle of Man 2022

Isle of Man

Date of Issue: 12th September 2022

one stamp (1.04 GBP) out of a set of eight [!] stamps (only this stamp is bearing the official Europa logo)


 
this stamp is issued in a mini-sheet of 9 stamps

but this stamp is alos issued in a sheet of 9 stamps + 1 vignette (this sheet is also issued imperforated)

this stamps is also issued in a "mini-book" with 4 panes of 4 stamps (2x the Europa value)



David Bowie starring as Jareth the Goblin King in Jim Henson's film Labyrinth which ties into the wider 2022 PostEurop theme of Myths and Legends
 
 

Special 2022 Europa folder issued by 6 countries

Europe


6 countries - Austria - Germany - Liechtenstein - Luxembourg - the Netherlands and Switzerland - issued a common "Multilaterale" folder containing this year's Europa stamps from the six countries (10 stamps in total).


Sepac folder 2022

Europe - Sepac

"Local beverages 13", this special folder contains the 9 Sepac stamps issued in 2022.


This folder will be on sale by any of the Sepac countries philatelic offices !


Saturday, August 27

Luxembourg - Sepac 2022

Luxembourg - Sepac

Date of Issue: 13th September 2022

one stamp (E50g value = 1.40 €)

 this stamp is issued in mini-sheets of 10 stamps


Friday, August 26

Greenland 2022

Greenland

Date of Issue: 31st August 2022

two stamps (18.- & 20.- DKK)

both stamps are also issued in a booklet of 12 self-adhesive stamps (6x each stamp)

 
both stamps are also issued in mini-sheets of 10 stamps

 

 

Aka Høegh, one of Greenland’s most significant living artists, says about her two stamps :

- “The first stamp symbolises Inuit narratives in a broader sense. I have drawn two mask-like faces to represent that our stories are told and passed on. The book is open to let the stories come out. In creating the design, I cut from an old history book with old orthography, as a form of talking flower that grows.

- The second stamp depicts a myth about the children between the willow twigs. After Earth came into being, humans appeared. It is said that the little children came forth out of the earth between the willow bushes, covered in willow leaves. Then they lay there with their
eyes closed, between the bushes, squirming. Then the children crawled around and ate of willow twigs and of the soil. This is an Inuit narrative of the genesis of man.”


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