March 2020 was a difficult and confusing month for a number of reasons throughout the world and the future remains uncertain.  My own workload tripled despite the government shutting all schools (initially from 18 to 31 March but that has just been extended to 30 April, at the earliest). All of that has begun to settle down and I can focus on philatelic pursuits once again.

Due to the shutdown of postal administrations and services throughout the world, a number of stamp first day of issue ceremonies are being cancelled.  In the United States at least, the stamps are still being issued but without an associated event.  Malaysia has ceased issuing its scheduled stamps altogether until the crisis has passed; it is unknown which other entities have postponed or cancelled recent and upcoming issues.  I will continue posting the stamps with the dates as originally announced.  Any changes will be updated on the original posts themselves.

This summary post lists the issuing entities alphabetically and the date of issue chronologically for the month of March 2020.

Clicking on the issue name will take you to the original post on Philatelic Pursuits where images may be found of the stamp(s) and often full sheets, first day covers and other items associated with at particular release. Details in those blog entries are almost always taken directly from materials published by the issuers’ philatelic agency, either as press releases, collector announcements or online shop product descriptions.

The items in each stamp release are listed as best as I can determine. It can be difficult at times to determine the exact scope when there are multiple formats involved.

If an issue name is highlighted in red, that denotes an issue that doesn’t (yet) have an article on this site.  Eventually, the stamp will be added and this post will be updated with the link.

 

Åland

05 March 2020

SEPAC — Artwork in the National Collection

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 30

Albania

27 March 2020

Milanofil 2020

  • The exhibition has been postponed from the original dates 27. – 28. 3. 2020 provisionally to autumn 2020. It is likely that the associated stamps have been delayed as well.

Andorra, French Administration

21 March 2020

La Francophonie 50th Anniversary

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 20

Andorra, Spanish Administration

06 March 2020

Women of Andorra — Carolina Plandolit i Pelati

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 25

19 March 2020

Popular Culture — Wolf Collars

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 25

Armenia

27 March 2020

Milanofil 2020

  • The exhibition has been postponed from the original dates 27. – 28. 3. 2020 provisionally to autumn 2020. It is likely that the associated stamps have been delayed as well.

Australia

03 March 2020

Sydney-San Francisco Mail Steamer 150th Anniversary

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 10

13 March 2020

Canberra 2020 Philatelic Exhibition – Trans-Australia Rail

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 4

19 March 2020

New Zealand 2020 International Philatelic Exhibition

  • 1 miniature sheet of 4 stamps

20 March 2020

New Zealand 2020 International Philatelic Exhibition

  • 1 miniature sheet of 4 stamps

21 March 2020

New Zealand 2020 International Philatelic Exhibition

  • 1 miniature sheet of 2 stamps

22 March 2020

New Zealand 2020 International Philatelic Exhibition

  • 1 miniature sheet of 2 stamps

24 March 2020

Sports Stadiums (Series 2)

  • 4 gummed stamps
  • 1 self-adhesive booklet pane of 10 stamps (4 designs)
  • 1 self-adhesive coil of 100 stamps (4 designs)

Australian Antarctic Territory

31 March 2020

Wyatt Earp Expedition, 1948

  • 3 stamps
  • 1 miniature sheet of 3 stamps

Austria

06 March 2020

Sacred Art in Austria — Vöcklabrucker Christus, St. Egid’s Church, Vöcklabruck

  • 1 stamp

07 March 2020

Loyalty Bonus Stamp 2019 – Blue Passion Flower

  • 1 stamp

Classic Edition — Definitives of 1891/96

  • 1 miniature sheet of 2 stamps

17 March 2020

Contemporary Art in Austria — Brigitte Kowanz “Opportunity”

  • 1 stamp

18 March 2020

Music Country Austria — Double Bass

  • 1 stamp

Azerbaijan

10 March 2020

Azerbaijani Red Cross Society Centenary

  • 1 stamp

17 March 2020

Novruz (New Year)

  • 1 miniature sheet of 9 stamps

Bangladesh

17 March 2020

Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Birth Centenary

  • 1 stamp

Belarus

03 March 2020

Bird of the Year — Western Capercaillie

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 7

27 March 2020

Act Now — Climate Action. Local Produce 

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 8

Belgium

16 March 2020

Masters of Painting — Jan van Eyck

  • 1 miniature sheet of 5 stamps

King Philippe, 60th Birthday

  • 1 stamp

The Belgian Country — The Pigeon Fancier and His Story

  • 1 miniature sheet of 5 stamps

United Nations 75th Anniversary

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 5

Birds of Buzin — Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

  • 1 stamp

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH Pošta)

24 March 2020

Munib Maglajlic, Historian 75th Birth Anniversary

  • 1 stamp

27 March 2020

Fauna — Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus)

  • 1 souvenir sheet

Bosnia and Herzegovina (Croatian Administration)

22 March 2020

Mostar Half Marathon 2020

  • 1 stamp

World Water Day — Lake Rama

  • 2 stamps in sheets of 8

Bosnia and Herzegovina (Serbian Administration)

19 March 2020

Cinema 125th Anniversary

  • 1 stamp

27 March 2020

Easter 2020


Botswana

07 March 2020

Spiders of Botswana

  • 6 stamps in sheets of 24
  • 1 miniature sheet of 6 stamps

Brazil

19 March 2020

The Zodiac Chart

  • 1 miniature sheet of 4 stamps

British Indian Ocean Territory

23 March 2020

Crabs

  • 5 stamps

Canada

02 March 2020

Flowers — Dahlias

  • 2 self-adhesive stamps in booklets of 10
  • 2 self-adhesive stamps in coils of 50
  • 1 miniature sheet of 2 gummed stamps

People’s Republic of China

20 March 2020

The Art of Wu Guanzhong

  • 6 stamps in sheets of 8

Colombia

04 March 2020

Guadalajara de Buga 450th Anniversary

  • 1 miniature sheet of 4 stamps

Cook Islands

xx March 2020

Butterflies of the World

  • 1 miniature sheet of 8 stamps
  • 1 miniature sheet of 4 stamps

Costa Rica

09 March 2020

International Women’s Day

  • 1 miniature sheet of 3 stamps

Croatia

11 March 2020

Guard Brigade Badges

  • 4 stamps in sheets of 8

20 March 2020

Protected Flora of Croatia

  • 4 stamps

27 March 2020

Act Now — Climate Action. Local Produce 

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 8

Cyprus

19 March 2020

Marathon Runner Stelios Kyriakides

  • 2 stamps in miniature sheet of 8

Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020

  • 4 stamps in sheets of 8

Czech Republic

11 March 2020

The Castle Kašperk

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 8

Josef Gočár + Architecture of the City Hradec Králové

  • 1 miniature sheet of 2 stamps

Songbirds Around Us

  • 2 stamps in sheets of 50

25 March 2020

Honey Bees

  • 1 self-adhesive stamp in sheets of 40

Estonia

03 March 2020

National Archives Centenary

  • 1 stamp

21 March 2020

Georg Ots Birth Centenary

  • 1 souvenir sheet

Falkland Islands

16 March 2020

Wrecks (Series 4)

  • 4 stamps

Finland

12 March 2020

Easter

  • 2 stamps

Two Hearts

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 10

Migratory Birds

  • 1 booklet of 4 stamps

France

06 March 2020

Boris Vian Birth Centenary

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 30

A Cabinet of Curiosities (booklet stamps)

  • 1 booklet of 12 self-adhesive stamps

13 March 2020

European Capitals — Dublin

  • 1 miniature sheet of 4 stamps

20 March 2020

Andrée Chedid Birth Centenary

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 15

27 March 2020

Dole — Spring Philatelic Fair

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 40

28 March 2020

Festival of Stamps — Peugeot Automobiles

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 48
  • 1 souvenir sheet

French Polynesia

06 March 2020

International Women’s Day

  • 2 stamps

Germany

02 March 2020

Sky Events — Kelvin-Helmholtz Clouds, Lenticular Clouds

  • 2 gummed stamps in sheets of 10
  • 2 self–adhesive stamps in booklets of 20

Green Belt of Germany

  • 1 gummed stamp in sheets of 10
  • 1 self-adhesive stamp in booklet panes of 10

Sesame Street

  • 1 gummed stamp in sheets of 10
  • 1 self-adhesive stamp in booklet panes of 10

Gibraltar

25 March 2020

End of World War II 75th Anniversary

  • 5 stamps
  • 1 souvenir sheet

Anniversaries

  • 3 stamps

Great Britain

17 March 2020

Country Definitives

  • 8 gummed stamps

Machin Definitives

  • 7 self-adhesive stamps

James Bond Movies

  • 6 gummed stamps in panes of 36
  • 1 miniature sheet of 4 stamps
  • 1 prestige stamp booklet with the 12 commemorative stamps in unique combinations and exclusive pane of 8 definitive stamps
  • 1 self-adhesive booklet with 2 First Class James Bond stamps and 4 definitive stamps
  • 1 “Collector’s Sheet” of 10 gummed stamps and 10 labels
  • 11 PHQ cards

Greece

23 March 2020

Winter Tourist Destinations

  • 5 stamps in booklet of 10

Hong Kong

10 March 2020

Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association Centenary

  • 4 stamps in panes of 25
  • 1 booklet of 4 stamps (2 panes of 2)
  • 1 miniature sheet of 4 stamps

Hungary

04 March 2020

Ferdinand Magellan Arrival in the Pacific Ocean 500th Anniversary

  • 1 stamp

The Wonderful World of the Bakony Dinosaur Site (Series II)

  • 1 miniature sheet of 6 stamps

Ludwig van Beethoven 250th Birth Anniversary

  • 1 stamp

Easter 2020

  • 1 self-adhesive stamp in sheets of 50

India

16 March 2020

UNESCO World Heritage in India — Natural

  • 1 miniature sheet of 5 stamps

Indonesia

05 March 2020

Overprints 2020

  • 11 stamps

24 March 2020

Mass Rapid Transit Jakarta

  • 2 stamps

Iran

17 March 2020

National Heroes — Frontline Fighters of the Coronavirus

  • 1 stamp

Iraq

xx March 2020

Diplomatic Relations with Armenia 20th Anniversary

  • 1 stamp

Ireland

05 March 2020

Pioneering Irish Women

  • 5 stamps in sheets of 15

Isle of Man

16 March 2020

Douglas School of Art

  • 10 stamps in sheets of 20
  • 1 booklet of 10 self-adhesive stamps

Italy

16 March 2020

Tonino Guerra Birth Centenary

27 March 2020

Milanofil 2020 —Philatelic Day, Environmental Sustainability

  • The exhibition has been postponed from the original dates 27. – 28. 3. 2020 provisionally to autumn 2020. It is likely that the associated stamps have been delayed as well.

Japan

02 March 2020

Omotenashi (Hospitality) Flowers (Series 13)

  • 10 stamps in 2 sheets of 10 (5 designs each sheet)

10 March 2020

Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Torch Relays

  • 2 stamps in sheets of 10

World Of Arts — Blue

  • 20 stamps in 2 sheets of 10

Jersey

26 March 2020

Ludwig van Beethoven 250th Birth Anniversary

  • 6 stamps in sheets of 10
  • 1 souvenir sheet
  • 1 miniature sheet of 6 stamps
  • 7 postal cards

Kygyzstan (Kyrgyz Post)

xx March 2020

Pomegranates: A Gift From Nature

  • 1 miniature sheet of 6 stamps

Melis Ubukeyev, Film Director

  • 1 stamp

Kyrgyzstan (Krygyz Express Post)

27 March 2020

United Nations’ ActNow Climate Action Campaign


Lebanon

04 March 2020

Ludwig van Beethoven 250th Birth Anniversary

  • 20 stamps

Liechtenstein

02 March 2020

Prince Hans-Adam II 75th Birthday and Princess Marie 80th Birthday

  • 1 miniature sheet of 2 stamps

EUROPA — Ancient Postal Routes

  • 1 miniature sheet of 2 stamps
  • 2 maximum cards

Dragonflies (Series II)

  • 4 stamps in sheets of 20

European Economic Area — 25th Year of Membership

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 16
  • 1 maximum card

Vintage Fire Engines

  • 1 “Collection Sheet” of 10 stamps

Lithuania

06 March 2020

Modern Lithuanian Institutions 100th Anniversary

  • 1 miniature sheet of 3 stamps and 1 label

Declaration of Lithuanian Sovereignty 30th Anniversary

  • 1 stamp

Luxembourg

10 March 2020

Bird Protection Society Centenary

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 10

Rare Birds

  • 3 stamps in sheets of 10

UNESCO World Heritage — Luxembourg Old Town and Fortress

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 10

Gabriel Lippmann 175th Birth Anniversary

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 10

International Year of Plant Health

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 10

Macau

01 March 2020

Traditional Deserts

  • 4 stamps in sheets of 16
  • 1 souvenir sheet

Malaysia

26 March 2020

Wild Flowers (Series 3)


Malta

18 March 2020

Maltese Festa 2020 — Statues of St Joseph

  • 20 stamps in sheets of 10

Mexico

03 March 2020

Cancun City 50th Anniversary

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 50

06 March 2020

International Women’s Day

  • 1 stamp

Moldova

xx March 2020

Public Parks and Gardens

EUROPA — Ancient Postal Routes

Liviu Damian (1935 – 1986), Writer, 85th Birth Anniversary

  • 1 pre-paid envelope

Monaco

04 March 2020

Classic Racing Cars

  • 2 stamps

27 March 2020

International Bouquet Competition, Monte Carlo

  • 1 stamp

Rolex Monte Carlo Masters Tennis Tournament

  • 1 stamp

Legendary F1 Drivers — Niki Lauda

  • 2 stamps

Morocco

xx March 2020

Reconstruction of Agadir 60th Anniversary

  • 1 stamp

Netherlands

23 March 2020

The First Atlases

  • 1 miniature sheet of 6 stamps

24 March 2020

Traditional Foods — Chocolate Sprinkles

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 6

New Zealand

04 March 2020

Kakariki — New Zealand Parakeets

  • 1 miniature sheet of 5 stamps

19 March 2020

NZ2020 International Stamp Exhibition


Niuafo’ou (Tonga)

xx March 2020

Whales & Dolphins of the World

  • 1 miniature sheet of 8 stamps
  • 1 miniature sheet of 4 stamps

North Korea

20 March 2020

Greenhouse Vegetables

  • 4 stamps
  • 1 miniature sheet

xx March 2020

Fifth Plenary Meeting of Central Committee

  • 5 stamps

North Macedonia

09 March 2020

Scientific Anniversaries

  • 2 stamps

Space Stations

  • 1 miniature sheet of 3 stamps

Northern Cyprus

12 March 2020

UEFA EURO 2020 Football Championships

  • 1 stamp

EUROPA — Ancient Postal Routes


Norway

19 March 2020

Author Anniversaries

  • 3 stamps in sheets of 50

Oman

03 March 2020

Memorial To Sultan Qabus

  • 1 miniature sheet of 3 stamps

Penrhyn

xx March 2020

Butterflies of the World

  • 1 miniature sheet of 8 stamps
  • 1 miniature sheet of 4 stamps

Peru

06 March 2020

Tourism — Moquegua

  • 1 miniature sheet of 2 stamps

Poland

01 March 2020

Gorgets of Anti-Communist Martyrs

  • 1 miniature sheet of 2 stamps and 2 labels

08 March 2020

The Road to Freedom

  • 1 miniature sheet of 8 stamps

24 March 2020

Edward Raczyński, Diplomat & President in Exile

  • 1 stamp

Portugal

18 March 2020

Discovery of Straits of Magellan 500th Anniversary

  • 2 stamps
  • 1 souvenir sheet

Rarotonga

xx March 2020

Turtles of the World

  • 1 miniature sheet of 8 stamps
  • 1 miniature sheet of 4 stamps

Romania

03 March 2020

University of Bucharest Botanical Garden

  • 4 stamps

12 March 2020

Holy Easter 2020

  • 2 stamps
  • 1 souvenir sheet

20 March 2020

Alexandru Ioan Cuza Birth Bicentenary

  • 2 stamps in sheets of 20
  • 2 miniature sheets of 4 stamps

Russia

03 March 2020

Cats

  • 4 stamps in sheets of 8

05 March 2020

Friedrich Engels Birth Bicentenary

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 12

10 March 2020

Heroes of the Soviet Union — Ivan Kozhedub, WWII Ace Fighter Pilot

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 10

12 March 2020

Zhores Alferov, Physicist

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 9

16 March 2020

Pavel Golubitsky, Inventor

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 14

Ingushetia in Russia 250th Anniversary

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 8
  • 1 souvenir sheet

27 March 2020

Heroes of the Russian Federation — Sergei Basurmanov and Sergei Firsov

  • 2 stamps

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

16 March 2020

Fishing Trawler “The Vikings”

  • 1 stamp

San Marino

24 March 2020

Raphael 500th Death Anniversary

  • 1 souvenir sheet

Musical Domestic Animals

  • 4 stamps

Federico Fellini

  • 1 stamp

EUROPA — Ancient Postal Routes

  • 2 stamps

93rd Gathering of Alpini Veterans, Rimini-San Marino

  • 1 miniature sheet of 2 stamps

Serbia

03 March 2020

Notable Serbian Persons — Momčilo Momo Kapor

  • 1 stamp

10 March 2020

Cities of Serbia — Kruševac and Čačak

  • 2 stamps

20 March 2020

European Nature Protection

  • 2 stamps

xx March 2020

Roofs For Refugees

  • 1 stamp [possibly not released]

Slovakia

13 March 2020

Easter 2020 — The Traditional Slovak Blueprint

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 50

27 March 2020

Milanophil 2020 — ActNow (joint issue with Italy)

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 30
  • 1 miniature sheet of 1 stamp and 9 labels

30 March 2020

Personalities — Andrej Sládkovič Birth Bicentenary

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 30

Slovenia

13 March 2020

Tourism – Podčetrtek, European Destination of Excellence

  • 1 stamp

Fossil Mammals of Slovenia – Prohyracodon telleri

  • 1 stamp

Flora – Flowering Park Trees

  • 4 stamps
  • 1 souvenir sheet

National Volunteer Week

  • 1 miniature sheet

Ski Flying World Championships Planica 2020

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 6

Easter 2020

  • 1 stamp

South Korea

20 March 2020

Korean Aircraft (Series II)

  • 3 stamps in sheets of 15

26 March 2020

Historic Architecture in Korea – Royal Palaces

  • 4 stamps in sheets of 16
  • 1 miniature sheet of 4 stamps

Spain

02 March 2020

12 Months, 12 Stamps — Cueta

  • 1 stamp

 13 March 2020

Charming Villages

  • 4 stamps

18 March 2020

Spanish Coeliac Associations Federation 25th Anniversary

  • 1 stamp

Fraternidad-Muprespa Insurance Union 90th Anniversary

  • 1 stamp

19 March 2020

World Heritage — Mudejar Architecture of Aragon

  • 1 souvenir sheet

20 March 2020

Gastronomy of Asturias

  • 1 miniature sheet of 2 stamps

Literature — RAE New Words 2019

  • 1 stamp

23 March 2020

Museums

  • 3 stamps

25 March 2020

Air Bases Centenary

  • 1 stamp

26 March 2020

Campaign Against Climate Change

  • 1 stamp

30 March 2020

The Ways of Santiago del Norte Peninsular — Liébana Road

  • 1 stamp

Sri Lanka

03 March 2020

Species Endangered by Illegal Trade

  • 20 stamps

Switzerland

05 March 2020

Swiss Federation of Livestock Farming of the Hérens Breed Centenary

  • 1 stamp

Swiss Football Association 125th Anniversary

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 8

Ice Hockey World Championship in Switzerland

  • 2 stamps

Pro Infirmis Centenary

  • 1 stamp

Swiss Fire Brigade Association 150th Anniversary

  • 1 stamp

Solothurn Town 2000th Anniversary

  • 1 stamp in sheets of 9

National Library 125th Anniversary

  • 1 stamp

Engelberg Monastery 900th Anniversary

  • 1 souvenir sheet

International Year of Plant Health

  • 1 stamp

Taiwan

20 March

Taiwan Relics

  • 4 stamps

Tonga

xx March 2020

Whales & Dolphins of the World

  • 1 miniature sheet of 8 stamps
  • 1 miniature sheet of 4 stsmps

Tristan da Cunha

24 March 2020

Gough Island UNESCO Heritage Site 25th Anniversary

  • 4 stamps

Tunisia

05 March 2020

Lina Ben Mhenni, The Free Word Icon

  • 1 stamp

Turkey

04 March 2020

Service Dogs

  • 3 stamps

Turkmenistan

01 March 2020

Flowers

  • 7 stamps

Modern Architecture in Turkmenistan

  • 9 stamps

Archaeology

  • 9 stamps

United States

04 March 2020

Arnold Palmer

  • 1 self-adhesive stamp in sheets of 20

15 March 2020

Maine Statehood Bicentennial

  • 1 self-adhesive stamp in sheets of 20
  • released without a dedication ceremony due to the Coronavirus COVID-19; available from USPS.com

Uruguay

10 March 2020

Idea Vilariño, Poet

  • 1 stamp

Vietnam

31 March 2020

Prevention and Control of the Coronavirus Covid-19

  • 2 perforated stamps in sheets of 25
  • 2 imperf stamps in sheets of 25
  • 2 perforated stamps overprinted “SPECIMEN” sold to the public in sheets of 25
  • 2 imperf stamps overprinted “SPECIMEN” sold to the public in sheets of 25
  • 2 stamps in booklet pane of ??
  • 2 post cards

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