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Confusion over Peru overprints during the War of the Pacific

Confusion over Peru overprints during the War of the Pacific

You know the feeling when you think you’ve found something unusual to your collection? Then moments later you start to doubt it. And then, when you start digging in further, you end up with contradicting information and even more confused than in between. Well, that’s what has been happening with me lately, and I must say I was very tempted to title this post as ‘when stamp catalogs get it wrong – the sequel. But I think the current working title, confusion over Peru overprints during the War of the Pacific, describes the content even more accurately.

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SCB visits Aland Islands

SCB visits Aland Islands

For the past two days I’ve been at Mariehamn, capital of Åland Islands on work related matters. As most worldwide stamp collectors likely know, Åland Islands is one the smallest stamp issuing entities in Europe besides Andorra, Gibraltar and Vatican, and I was very much expecting to see the locations and places in more detail . As I had some spare hours yesterday afternoon, I headed into the town to seek some stamp related fun.

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When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who’s to blame?

When stamp catalog gets it wrong, who’s to blame?

This week I’ve been going through some stamps of Togo (thanks to Bill), and while adding new stamps to my collection, I noted something interesting that I consider worth sharing. In 1970 Togo issued a series of seven stamps and a minisheet to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of United Nations. Michel states the set was issued on October 25th 1970; Scott says October 24th 1970; and Yvert & Tellier states just the year 1970. So which one got it right?

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Some observations about Serbian 1905 King Peter stamps and it’s forgeries

Some observations about Serbian 1905 King Peter stamps and it’s forgeries

Recently I acquired a small bulk lot of Serbian stamps, and I had a ball with it, especially the 1905 King Peter stamps. This series has got eleven stamps, with face values from 1 para up to 5 dinars, all with identical design featuring portrait of King Peter the First of Serbia.

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Interesting print variations on modern Bulgarian stamps

Interesting print variations on modern Bulgarian stamps

Recently I’ve been going through a box lot of Bulgarian stamps, and to my surprise I’ve spotted a number of interesting print variations on 1988 ‘110th anniversary of liberation of Bulgaria’  commemoratives.  Based on catalog details, these should have nothing special. Both designs (5 Stotinki, Gen. Skobelev in attack in Pleven, and 13 Stotinki, Meeting the Russian troops), are minimum catalog value items with print run of approx. 1 million copies. Even the semi-specialized Bulgarian resource I’ve got mentions nothing special about these. But after going through a pile of around hundred specimens each, I would say that very likely these stamps exist in two different types. Additionally there are plenty of minor print varieties to look out.

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Common but generally unrecognized varieties on Polish definitive stamps

Common but generally unrecognized varieties on Polish definitive stamps

This year Poland is one of my attractions. Though Poland is one of the largest countries in Europe, there doesn’t seem to be as widespread philatelic interest towards its stamps. Possibly the most worrying result of this are the contradicting and lacking details of major variants in general catalogs such as Michel and Scott. Fortunately I’ve got a specialized Polish stamp catalog to rely on, and with this entry I’ll share tidbits about some of the common varieties that are either missing or falsely listed on major general catalogs. On large parts this entry is about perforation varieties, but I’ll share  few others constant variants as well.

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Interesting variety on 1922 Belgian Houyoux / Albert III stamp

Interesting variety on 1922 Belgian Houyoux / Albert III stamp

During the holidays I spent couple of days going through a largish pile of Belgian definitive stamps that had been sitting on my table for some months. All in all it seemed there was nothing of greater interest until I spotted an interesting looking variety on 5 cent stamp from the 1922 series generally known as Houyoux-series (after engraver Leon Houyoux).

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