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    Posted: 26 February 2020 at 23:29

Mevu 2019 fiscal stamps, showing the Mevu crest with a penguin on iceberg.
Mevu has used a standing penguin on its crest since independence 50 years ago.

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Originally posted by Mevu Philatelic Bulletin Mevu Philatelic Bulletin wrote:

The Mevu Taxation Department has issued a new series of revenue stamps to collect taxation, announced the President, Her Excellency, Mrs Liese Keller, today.

The stamps feature the crest of the country: a penguin standing on an iceberg. They have been printed in two colours by typography and perforated 12 gauge, by Chan Hui Shudian Printing SA, Minaue, Waikoa Island.  While not intended for postal use, they will be permitted for mail, as very high value postage stamps are not printed in the Antarctic.  So far, three values have appeared: Rs 56, Rs 500, and Rs 1,000,000, but other values are due for release shortly.

Date of issue was 22nd October 2019.  A curious item in this set is the top value: one million reis (= US $1,000,000).  This is for bribery tax.  In many places around the planet, large firms and billionaires pay huge graft or bribes to officials to expedite transactions or assure contracts go their way. Usually, such things are regarded as “corruption”, but in Mevu and its colony Waikoa Island, as long as the one million reis bribery tax is paid, then a firm or person is free to bribe or pay graft legally.  The stamp is affixed to the permit and cancelled by signature of the person receiving the bribe.

 









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Mevu 2019 fiscal stamps, showing the Mevu crest with a penguin on iceberg.

Mevu has used a standing penguin on its crest since independence 50 years ago.

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 Philatelic Bulletin Mevu Philatelic Bulletin wrote:

The Mevu Taxation Department has issued a new series of revenue stamps to collect taxation, announced the President, Her Excellency Mrs Liese Keller, today.

The stamps feature the crest of the country: a penguin standing on an iceberg. The stamp design is by Lemmath Babi, the first president of Mevu, done many years ago for a postal stationery design. The stamps have been printed in two colours by typography and perforated 12 gauge, by Chan Hui Shudian Printing SA, Minaue. This is the first time Mevu has ever issued fiscal stamps. While not intended for postal use, they will be permitted for mail, as very high value postage stamps are not printed in our country.  So far, seven values have appeared: Rs 4¼, Rs 6¼, Rs 7¼, Rs 56, Rs 100, Rs 500, and Rs 1,000,000, but other values are due for release shortly.

Date of issue was 22nd October 2019.  A curious item in this set is the top value: one million reis (= US $1,000,000).  This is for bribery tax.  In many places around the planet, large firms and billionaires pay huge graft or bribes to officials to expedite transactions or assure contracts go their way. Usually, such things are regarded as “corruption”, but in Mevu and its colony Waikoa Island, as long as the one million reis bribery tax is paid, then a firm or person is free to bribe or pay graft legally.  The stamp is affixed to the permit and cancelled by signature of the person receiving the bribe.

 


These are believed to be the first fiscal stamps ever issued in the Antarctic. The Rs 4¼ is printed in lemon yellow, which is very hard to see, and also hard for the scanner to distinguish.  However, the finance bureaucrats of Mevu insisted on distinctive colours for each stamp, to make accounting easy.



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