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    Posted: 23 December 2020 at 14:13

Waikoa Island 2016 Christmas stamp, showing Raphael's "Alba Madonna."





Merry Christmas everyone!



Quote Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (1483 – 1520), known as Raphael, was an Italian painter and architect of the High Renaissance. His work is admired for its clarity of form, ease of composition, and visual achievement of the Neoplatonic ideal of human grandeur. Together with Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci, he forms the traditional trinity of great masters of that period.

Raphael was enormously productive, running an unusually large workshop and, despite his early death at 37, leaving a large body of work. Many of his works are found in the Vatican Palace, where the frescoed Raphael Rooms were the central, and the largest, work of his career. The best known work is The School of Athens in the Vatican Stanza della Segnatura. After his early years in Rome, much of his work was executed by his workshop from his drawings, with considerable loss of quality. He was extremely influential in his lifetime, though outside Rome his work was mostly known from his collaborative printmaking.


Some folks have inquired why Waikoa Island hasn't done any more recent Xmas stamps.  The answer: due to widespread decline in posting of Xmas Cards as folk seem to prefer to do "emailed cards", the leftover 2016 Xmas stamps continue to be offered in the Post Office every year since then.



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Fortunately, my fisherwoman pal on the island was able to prevail on Miss Smergley to sign some covers.  Mine just arrived in the post, looking good:



Waikoa Island 2020 Stamp Collecting Month set,
on first day cover, and signed by the designer.
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It is great news to hear that the Waikoa Island Post Office is planning a new issue to promote philately. They just announced this new issue last Friday:

Originally posted by Waikoa Observer newspaper Waikoa Observer newspaper wrote:

Stamp Collecting Month to be honoured

Waikoa Island will issue a special set of two commemorative stamps to celebrate the month of October as Stamp Collecting Month, announced the Postmaster, Mr Whetu Ngatai, today.

"The two stamps, valued at 35 tanos and 1.70 reis, each show a view of a stamp stockbook page with a magnifier and some stamps thereon. Date of issue will be Tuesday 1st September 2020, and the stamps are being issued in small minisheets comprising five of each value, at Rs 10.25," he added.



Millions of philatelists

The president of the Waikoa Stamp Club, Mr Rasjid Grvanch, explained: "Stamp collecting is an important aspect of the modern world, and philatelists worldwide number in the millions.  In fact, were it not for philately, many small islands such as Waikoa, Pitcairn, Tuvalu, and St Kitts, would hardly be known at all in the wider world.  Despite much communication being done by email, philately still has a vital role to play in the modern world, and philatelists remain valued humans in every land."

The sheets of stamps carry messages on the side-selvedges urging folks to join their local stamp clubs, and mentioning that Waikoa Island's first stamps appeared over half a century ago, back in 1965.  Most stamps have widely-accepted valuations, and exhibitions are held around the globe.  Exchanging duplicate stamps by mail with friends from other lands is a great way to build up an interesting collection, and meet fellow collectors.

The new stamps were designed by Miss Millicent Smergley of Takavau, and printed by Chan Hui Shudian Printers in Minaue.  They are printed in full-colour on 100 gram security paper, and perf 12.


Spice of philately

Asked about the recent stamps celebrating Letter-Writing Week (some of which had a spelling error), Mr Grvanch said that errors are the spice of philately.  "Collectors enjoy finding stamps with errors on, and the fact that the Post Office continues to sell both the stamps with and without the error makes life more interesting for us," he concluded.



Waikoa Island 2020 Stamp Collecting Month, minisheet.


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A funny tale concerning the Waikoa Island "Maggie Mailbox" stamp, which has been frequently discussed in the past on this thread.

Craft printers in New Zealand have been invited to submit printed posters for an exhibition to be held in Christchurch, opening later this  month, thence to tour the country.  The Love Letters Exhibition follows on from a similar successful exhibition in Auckland back in 2018.


For the 2018 exhibition, they sought large-size posters (between A3 and A2 size), with letterpress printing involved.  As I usually do smaller posters than that, mostly A5 (210 mm x 148 mm), that restricted me a bit, so I entered my 2017 Mevu tourism poster (A3 size, the page size of a normal tabloid newspaper) as my entry.  This is a digital print, but with letterpress red metallic bronzing to create the Mevu crest in the lower right corner.



Mevu tourism poster, published by the Ministry of Commerce, Mevu.
This is the A4 printed version, with the crest in brown, used as a full-page colour advertisement in the UK magazine "The Cinderella Philatelist".


For this year's exhibition, I decided to upgrade the Mevu tourism poster, so printed a small number of a new version, which includes one of the significant 50th anniversary of independence commemoratives, and the 2,000 reis fiscal stamp.


Mevu tourism poster, 2020 version, published by the Ministry of Commerce, Mevu.
Note the 2,000 reis fiscal stamp, and the crest in gold at lower right.



I paid my entry fee, posted down the poster in time for the deadline (end of July), and the curator confirmed he had received it.

But a day later, I got an email from the curator saying he refused to include it, as it was identical with my work in the 2018 exhibition.  I protested, and called attention to the fact that this is the 2020 version, as can be proved from having 2020 stamps shown.  He still refused to include it, and said he would refund my entry fee and post back my poster.  I asked if I could submit a replacement, which he agreed to, "as long as it reaches here promptly."

Then I got an idea.
   Lamp  I asked him if he could use the envelope I mailed it in as my entry in the exhibition.  It is printed by letterpress, and also has two letterpress-printed stamps (Rs 200 and one million reis fiscals) on the envelope, along with a Maggie Mailbox sheet (with spelling error) and sundry other stamps.  He has agreed to this, so the A4 first day cover will now be shown in this exhibition of printed posters, seen throughout NZ.

He sent me a scan, and I see the NZ stamps to get it delivered have not been cancelled, as is usual these days.  So my efforts to do a nice cover have paid off, with the cover being exhibited, rather than the contents!



Waikoa Island 2020 Lettter Writing Week FDC, sent to the Love Letters Exhibition in Christchurch.



Terms of this exhibition are that exhibitors do not get their artworks returned: they all become part of the Ferrymead Museum collection. Aren't you glad stamp exhibitions don't have such curious  conditions‽

I seem to have circumvented that proviso, being the sole artist whose entry is being returned, while the Maggie Mailbox cover,  accompanied by a million-dollar revenue stamp (which I assumed would end up in the trash) is being kept for posterity by the Museum. Maggie rules! — oh frabjous day!

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Penguin on Marijuana

Or Marijuana on Penguin?



Mevu 2020 Marijuana Tax overprint on 2019 fiscal stamp.

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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.

Visit their website.


The 7¼ reis stamp (mainly used for Marijuana Tax) was recently issued with an appropriate overprint.

Rs 7.25, Orange & green . . .    Marijuana tax. (Must be affixed to every half-ounce bag of cannabis sold.)

The basic stamp is printed in fluorescent orange, which does not take kindly to being scanned, and here seems a pale pink.  If you recall the bright fluoro orange supplied to paint model aircraft, it is the exact match!

Should we describe this as a
Penguin on Marijuana?

Or Marijuana on Penguin?   Tongue

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I like the image of that Cherokee.  Indeed, it is "A fine aircraft."

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Upper Yafa celebrates the 70th birthday of its much-loved ruler, Sultan Bogdo the second, on 19th July 2020 (or 28th Dhul Qadah, 1441, in Hijri calendar.)

As the birthday itself is a public holiday, the stamps were issued somewhat ahead of the date, namely on 8th July 2020.

Upper Yafa 2020 Sultan's 70th Birthday set.

The stamps show His Majesty the Sultan, and a Piper Warrior aircraft, a small plane that His Majesty learned to fly back in 1978 (= 1398 A.H.)

Originally posted by Wikipedia Wikipedia wrote:

The Islamic calendar, also known as the Hijri, Lunar, or Arabic calendar, is a lunar calendar consisting of 12 lunar months in a year of 354 or 355 days. It is used to determine the proper days of Islamic holidays & rituals, such as the annual period of fasting & the proper time for the Hajj.

Dhu al-Qa'dah is the 11th month in this calendar. It is one of the four sacred months in Islam during which warfare is prohibited, hence the name "Master of Truces". The most correct transliteration of the month according to the thirteenth century Syrian jurist al-Nawawi is Dhu'l Qa'dah.

The Piper PA-28 Cherokee is a family of two-seat or four-seat light aircraft built by Piper Aircraft and designed for flight training, air taxi and personal use. The PA-28 family of aircraft comprises all-metal, unpressurized, single-engined, piston-powered airplanes with low-mounted wings and tricycle landing gear. They have a single door on the right side, which is entered by stepping on the wing.

The first PA-28 received its type certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration in 1960 and the series remains in production to this day. Current models are the Warrior, Arrow, and Archer TX and LX, and the Pilot 100 and i100.

The PA-28-161 Warrior II is a 4-place, fixed landing gear landplane, Lycoming O-320-D3G engine of 160 hp (119 kW), gross weight 1,055 kg. First certified on 2 November 1976. Changes from the PA-28-160 include a tapered wing. Certified in 1982 for gross weight of 1,107 kg.

Upper Yafa 2020 Sultan's 70th Birthday set in minisheet.

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Waikoa Island 2020 42 tanos Official stamp. 2019 fiscal stamp overprinted.


Seven values of the long fiscal set were overprinted for exclusive Admin usage, but not the One Million Reis stamp (as government officials don't pay bribes, they only accept them.)



Waikoa Island 2020 6¼ reis Official stamp. 2019 fiscal stamp overprinted.


Waikoa Island 2020 twelve reis Official stamp. 2019 fiscal stamp overprinted.


Waikoa Island 2020 fifty-six reis Official stamp. 2019 fiscal stamp overprinted.


Waikoa Island 2020 three hundred reis Official stamp. 2019 fiscal stamp overprinted.


Waikoa Island 2020 two thousand reis Official stamp. 2019 fiscal stamp overprinted.


Waikoa Island 2020 fifteen thousand reis Official stamp. 2019 fiscal stamp overprinted.

Note that the Rs 300 stamp is the obsolete colour, recently withdrawn from regular sale due to ambiguity.  Most of the withdrawn stamps were given the overprint, as an alternative to destruction.

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                                                   Two tee or not two tee. That is the question.


If you think the Maggie Mailbox stamp is complicated, it has nothing on other Waikoan issues:


                                  Waikoa Island 2019 postal-fiscal issue, 300 reis.


                                          The controversial "yellow" fiscal stamps.
Note the lemon shade of the 300 reis stamp, and compare this with the scan of the same stamp shown above in my earlier post.


Originally posted by Waikoa Observer newspaper Waikoa Observer newspaper wrote:

Scandal at the Post Office
over yellow stamps!


A row has erupted at the Minaue Post Office, which sells fiscal stamps for tax purposes as agent for the Department of Finance.

One of the main stamps purchased in big bulk is the 4¼ reis stamp for entertainment tax.  These are affixed to all cinema and sporting event tickets, and now that cinemas have re-opened following the pandemic lockdown, large quantities are being used.

But the fiscal stamp series includes two yellow stamps: the aforementioned 4¼ reis, and also the 300 reis stamp, which is also yellow, though in a lemon shade.  Far fewer of that stamp are sold, as it is mainly used for tax on land transfer.

Last week, a postal assistant got a request from a customer for two dozen "yellow stamps for cinema tickets", and accidently handed over twenty-four of the yellow Rs 300 stamp, and only charged the client 102 reis, assuming it was the 4¼ reis stamp.

When it was time to balance the books at the end of the day, it was noted that the discrepancy  was Rs 7,098, and after much re-checking, the source of the error was identified.

The assistant was ordered to reimburse the Post Office the shortfall, but distraught, she went home and took an overdose of drugs in a suicide attempt.  Fortunately she was able to be revived in hospital, and the Post Office has agreed to write off the amount.

However, it highlights the problem of the stamp colours being so similar.  To solve the problem, the Rs 300 lemon stamps have all been withdrawn, and the printers instructed to print a new supply of Rs 300 stamps in red.  Most of the withdrawn Rs 300 stamp have now been overprinted "Official" for government office use.

A spokesman for Chan Hui Shudian Printers, Mr Jiang Malingshu, said that the original instructions for printing the fiscal stamps were that each stamp should be a distinctive different colour, and that black must not be used.  He thought that the orange and lemon stamps were sufficiently different to comply with that directive, and pointed out that each had the value inscription in a different colour so they looked nothing like each other.  And the suggested stamp colours were all signed off by the Governor.


Yesterday the new Rs 300 stamp in red shade was released, and my fisherwoman pal on the island kindly organised a few FDCs. Luckily the fish have been biting lately, so she had a glut of cash to fork out the huge cost (= US$300!) per FDC:


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