03 August 2015

Taj Mahal featured on new Korean stamp

 

The Gyeongju Silk Road Cultural Festival

 

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Date of Issue : 10 July 2015

Here is a beautiful stamp issued by Korea Post on 10th July 2015 , The stamp issued in celebration of The Gyeongju Silk Road Cultural Festival, features Taj Mahal, The Pride of India.

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Korea Post issued a postage stamp to commemorate the Silk Road Cultural Festival Gyeongju 2015 scheduled to be held at Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park from August 21 to October 18, 2015. The theme for the Silk Road Cultural Festival Gyeongju 2015 is Eurasia Culture Express Train.

Journey on the Silk Road

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The stamp depicts the “Journey on the Silk Road” in the hope that the Expo will give visitors excitement that transcends time and space, and help them understand the world and look into the future with the knowledge of culture. The item was released on the 10thof July.

The 2015 Gyeongju Silk Road Cultural Festival will be held at Gyeongju World Culture Expo Park and throughout the city of Gyeongju from August 21 to October 18, 2015 under the theme of “Eurasia Culture Express Train”.

The Silk Road was the great ancient route connecting the East and the West, and the 2015 Gyeongju Silk Road Cultural Festival will bring together the cultures of Korea and Eurasia through over 20 specialized cultural programs in three areas.

The first one is the “Meeting of Civilizations”. Here, visitors will learn about the histories and cultures of the participating countries through various performances and things to see. There will be the Silk Road Grand Bazaar, where each street will feature a participating country’s traditional tea and cuisine, craftworks, and folk performances.

The Silk Road Odyssey will present the history and culture of the Silk Road. The performance “Silla” (titled “BaSilla” in Korean) will inspire audience with a grand epic poem of Persian and Silla heroes fifteen hundred years ago as they came together over the sea. The second area is the “Golden State of Silla”. Here, programs and activities will highlight the art and culture of Silla, widely remembered for its glorious civilization of golden sculptures and adornments.

The special exhibition, “Silla: Korea’s Golden Kingdom”, will feature more than 640 golden relics, including Bodhisattva in Pensive Pose (National Treasure No. 83), and arrange them according to different stages of Silla art. Visitors can also enjoy some unique programs that combine historical elements and state-of-the-art technology.

Among these programs will be “Silk Road, the Festival of Lights” and “Seokguram HMD (head mounted display) travel experience”. The third area is “Venue of Mingling”. There will be not only performances of traditional musical instruments of the Silk Road countries, but also the special art performance, “Flying: Hwarang Expedition”, which features actions of the Hwarang during the Silla period, and the “Korea in Motion Festival”, showcasing unique elements of Korea’s performing art.

Some 40 countries including the Silk Road Countries, such as China, Uzbekistan, Iran, and Turkey, and the sister cities of Gyeongsangbuk-do Province and Gyeongju city will be coming to Korea to participate in the 2015 Gyeongju Silk Road Expo. Korea Post is issuing one commemorative stamp depicting the “Journey on the Silk Road” in the hope that the Expo will give visitors excitement that transcends time and space, and help them understand the world and look into the future with the knowledge of culture.

30 July 2015

Rugby World Cup 2015

 

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Monaco Post  celebrates the eighth Rugby World Cup. The competition will take place from 18 September to 31 October in England and Wales.

New Zealand will defend their title against the world’s best teams, including France, who reached the final in 2011, and England, who will be playing on home turf.

England was chosen to host the competition in July 2009, beating rival bids from Italy, Japan and South Africa. The competition’s organizers, Rugby World Cup Limited, had recommended England to the International Rugby Board.

Of the 20 teams competing at the 2015 World Cup, 12 of them qualified by finishing in the top three places in their pools in the 2011 World Cup. The other eight teams qualified through regional competition. Of the 20 countries that competed in the previous World Cup in 2011, there was only one change – Uruguay replaced Russia.

Stamps from Royal Mail

To celebrate the great sports event Rugby World Cup, Royal Mail will issue a set of special stamps  and covers on 18th September 2015.

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To be issued on : 18 September 2015

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27 July 2015

Error on recent Canada Post stamp

 

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Canada Post is recalling all stamps commemorating Dinosaur Provincial Park, issued to post offices last week, because the hoodoos on the stamp don’t exist there but are actually from east of Drumheller, Alberta. However, the image is labelled as Alberta’s Dinosaur Provincial Park, which is almost two hours away.

Spokeswoman Anick Losier says the stamps, which were part of a pack of five, were issued on the 3d July and meant to celebrate the country’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Almost immediately, Canada Post received feedback that it had made a mistake and took full responsibility for the flub on the 6th July.

“We contacted the mayor of Drumheller, Alberta Parks as well as the Canadian Badlands Tourism to apologize”, Losier says.

Once the mistake was confirmed, the stamps were pulled from Canada Post’s website and mail orders. The agency is currently recalling the product from about 6,000 post offices across the country. Once the incorrect stamps are collected, they will be destroyed.

Canada Post buys images from photographers or hires them to shoot a series. It also works with a stamp advisory committee and organizations like Parks Canada to source the right photos.

“Somehow in the process we missed the piece that led to this unfortunate mistake”, Loiser says. “That part of the process we’ve reviewed and have fixed to make sure this doesn’t happen again”.

Canada Post is currently working with Parks Canada and Dinosaur Provincial Park to reissue the stamp as soon as possible.

Mistakes on postage stamps are rare but not completely unheard of.Emil Hakim who runs the retail shop Century Stamps and Coins in Mississauga says the value of an erroneous stamp depends on how many are snapped up by private collectors.

“If less than 100,000 get in private hands, the rarity would go up”, he says. “You’re looking for something that’s going to be sought after. The value will decrease if there’s more issued”.

The market sets the price after about a year, when it’s established exactly how many of the stamps were bought.

Hakim says in 1995, a stamp was issued as part of a migrated wildlife set, which featured the word “fawn” without the “f”. Since a high number of those were released, the corrected version is worth more than the wrong one. Over 4.5 million were released, and when the mistake was discovered, 800,000 were corrected and put back into circulation.

Another factor that determines the market value is how many were actually placed on letters and mailed, says John Sheffield, executive director of the Canadian Stamp Dealers’ Association.

“My hunch is the market value will not be as great as some other printing errors that have happened in the past”, he says. “It could take years for the number in circulation to be known and a value to be determined”.

He says it’s now known that there were only 400 copies of the 1959 St. Lawrence Seaway five-cent stamp with the centre inverted that made it into public hands.

Unused copies of this stamp have a catalogue value of US$10,000 and used ones are US$8,000.

“This Dinosaur Provincial Park ‘flub’ is nowhere near as significant as the Seaway error and the market value will be whatever a collector is prepared to pay”, Sheffield says.Canada Post could not confirm the number of erroneous Dinosaur Park stamps in circulation.

 

24 July 2015

German stamp honoring His Holiness the Dalai Lama

 

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A postal stamp dedicated to the Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama turning 80 next week was unveiled in Germany to commemorate the 80th birthday landmark of the exiled Buddhist leader.

The stamp is designed by non-governmental organization ICT (International Campaign for Tibet) and produced by the German postal services. However, the spokesperson of the German postal services has announced that the stamp is a custom printing ordered by ICT and that although it can be used legally for postal services, it is “not an official stamp of the Federal Republic of Germany”. The stamp is valued at 62 cents.

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ICT-Germany on July 3, tweeted that the first stamp of the limited edition stamps was pasted on an envelope addressed to the Chinese Ambassador in Berlin.

Executive Director Kai Müller said, “This postage stamp is a rare recognition of the popularity of the Dalai Lama in Germany; it is sure to become a collector’s item. It is our way of honoring the world’s most famous Buddhist, the exiled religious leader of Tibet”.

Smart innovations on stamps

 

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Date of Issue : 7 July 2015

Estonian Post has issued a set of four stamps on occasion of 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. The items depict various innovations  which were born in Estonia. The issue was released and put into circulation on the 6th of July.

In the most general sense innovation is doing things in a new way. Several world-wide success stories have been born from Estonian innovational ideas and as a result rapid development has changed the lives of the people for good.

Smart ideas born in Estonia create added value both in the business and the private sectors and some of the success stories have now arrived also on postage stamps. Fortumo is an international mobile payment provider. GrabCAD helps engineers get products to market faster by making it simple to manage and share CAD files.

Transfer Wise is a global peer-to-peer money transfer service that got started from Estonia. Skype is the software that enables the world’s conversations, with more than more than 300 million active users globally.

 

18 July 2015

New Stamp from India

 

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Date of Issue : 17 July 2015

On the eve of Nabakalebara Rath Yatra 2015 a commemorative stamp on Nabakalebara 2015 was released by the Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas , Shri Dharmendra Pradhan at Puri on 17th July, 2015

 

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Commemorative Coins

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Nabakalebara is a festival observed in the Shree Jagannath Temple at Puri at a predefined time according to Hindu Calender. Naba means new and Kalebara is body. Lord Shree Jagannath adornes a new body during Nabakalebara. It is the re-embodiment of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Sudarshan when they relinquish their old bodies and assume a new one.

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