Despite much of the world still being caught in the grips of the Coronavirus COVID-19, 86 postal administrations and agencies still managed to issue some 214 separate issues (I didn’t try to count the individual stamps).  Of those, 92 have so far been featured on Philatelic Pursuits. Several which were not were either canceled outright or postponed due to the pandemic. In some cases, it has been difficult to determine if a particular issue was actually released or not.

This post attempts to list every stamp released during the month of May 2020. Unless I hear otherwise, I assume that the issues went ahead as originally scheduled. Being able to find an image of an actual stamp rather than an artist’s rendition is always welcome.

The stamp-issuing entities are listed alphabetically and the date of issue chronologically for each issue. 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 that particular release.

An issue name highlighted in red denotes an issue that doesn’t (yet) have an article on this site.  Eventually, the stamp will be added and this list updated with the link. Yellow means an active link to a New Issue post.  Those issuing entities printed in blue link to the 2020 stamp programme on this site while grey means that I haven’t yet created a page for that particular stamp-issuing entity.

Details in the original 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. There are occasional poor translations, either provided by the postal administration themselves or as a result of translation software. They can be amusing at times. I always welcome better-quality scans of the actual stamps and any on-cover (non-philatelic) usages of this material. If you have anything you would like to share, please send me an email at the address below.

Stay Safe and Keep Collecting Stamps.


Åland

08 May 2020


Andorra, French Administration

11 May 2020


Andorra, Spanish Administration

14 May 2020

29 May 2020


Armenia

26 May 2020


Artsakh (Nagorno Karabakh)

11 May 2020

15 May 2020


Australia

05 May 2020

19 May 2020


Austria

08 May 2020

15 May 2020

  • Amnesty International Austria 50th Anniversary

23 May 2020

  • Freistadt 800th Anniversary

The Azores

21 May 2020

  • Self-Adhesive Reprints

25 May 2020


Belarus

05 May 2020

08 May 2020

20 May 2020

  • Appearance of the Icon of the Zhirovichi Mother of God, 550th Anniversary

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH Pošta)

08 May 2020

22 May 2020

  • Cultural and Historical Heritage — Sultan Ahmed’s Madrasah in Zenica

Bosnia and Herzegovina (HP Mostar – Croatian Administration)

12 May 2020

  • Radimlja Necropolois, Stolac

Bosnia and Herzegovina (Pošte Srpske – Serbian Administration)

12 May 2020

  • Celebrities (postponed?)

xx May 2020

  • Red Cross Week (postal tax stamp)

Brazil

26 May 2020

  • Diplomatic Relations with Czech Republic and Slovakia — Castles and Bridges

Bulgaria

20 May 2020

  • Ludwig van Beethoven 250th Birth Anniversary

21 May 2020

  • Lion Statues of Sofia

Canada

07 May 2020

  • The Group of Seven Centenary

20 May 2020

  • Commercial Radio in Canada Centenary

Central African Republic

xx May 2020


China, People’s Republic of

11 May 2020

17 May 2020

20 May 2020

25 May 2020


Cocos (Keeling) Islands

12 May 2020


Croatia

08 May 2020

20 May 2020

  • Novigrad 800th Anniversary

27 May 2020

  • Saint Jerome 1600th Death Anniversary

28 May 2020

  • Declaration of Statehood 30th Anniversary

Cyprus

04 May 2020

14 May 2020

  • International Year of the Nurse and Midwife / Florence Nightingale Birth Bicentenary

Czech Republic

13 May 2020

  • Works of Art on Postage Stamps — Jiří Kolář
  • Works of Art on Postage Stamps — Petr Brandl
  • Václav Neumann, Conductor

Denmark

11 May 2020


Estonia

14 May 2020

26 May 2020

  • Post Horn (definitive stamps)
  • Flag of Estonia (€1,90 definitive stamp)

Faroe Islands

02 May 2020


Finland

06 May 2020


France

07 May 2020

15 May 2020

22 May 2020

  • Hydrography in France 300th Anniversary

Germany

07 May 2020


Gibraltar

07 May 2020

  • End of World War II 75th Anniversary (Post & Go label)

08 May 2020


Great Britain

08 May 2020

29 May 2020

  • Coronation Street 60th Anniversary

Greece

08 May 2020


Greenland

05 May 2020

18 May 2020


Guernsey

02 May 2020


Hong Kong

21 May 2020


Hungary

04 May 2020

11 May 2020

  • Buda Castle Funicular 150th Anniversary
  • Zugliget Chairlift 50th Anniversary

26 May 2020

  • For Youth 2020 — First Hungarian Space Flight 40th Anniversary

Iceland

07 May 2020


Isle of Man

04 May 2020

12 May 2020

  • WHO Year of Nursing and Midwifery

Italy

09 May 2020

  • Saints — Madonna of Loretto

21 May 2020

  • Italian Lapis Factory Centenary

24 May 2020

  • Eduardo De Filippo, Actor & Playwrite

25 May 2020

  • Bruno Ielo, Anti-Mafia Campaigner

29 May 2020

  • Cagliari Football Centenary

Japan

08 May 2020

  • Customs and Traditions (Series III) — Sumo Wrestling

14 May 2020

  • Greetings — Celebration Designs

20 May 2020

  • Doraemon

25 May 2020

  • National Treasures (Series I)

26 May 2020

  • Shimane Land Afforestation Campaign

Jersey

09 May 2020


Kazakhstan

xx May 2020

  • Sapargali Begalin, Poet 125th Birth Anniversary
  • Fish from the Red Book of Kazakhstan

Korea, North

10 May 2020

  • Animal Husbandry

23 May 2020

  • Brass Instruments

25 May 2020

  • Kim Jong-Un Birthday

Korea, South

29 May 2020

  • International Year of Plant Health

Latvia

08 May 2020

15 May 2020

  • Water Towers

29 May 2020

  • International Year of Plant Health

Lithuania

08 May 2020

  • Sigismund Augustus, Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland 500th Anniversary

29 May 2020

  • Gastronomic Heritage — Cold Pink Lithuanian Soup

Macau

21 May 2020

  • Women’s General Association of Macau 70th Anniversary

Madeira

25 May 2020


Malta

09 May 2020


Marshall Islands

22 May 2020

  • Wildlife of the Marshall Islands

Moldova

xx May 2020

  • Discover Moldova — Manuc Bei Manor House and Zamfirache Ralli Manor House
  • Personalities Who Changed World History
  • Lucian Blaga, Poet 125th Birth Anniversary [prepaid envelope]
  • End of the Second World War 75th Anniversary [prepaid envelope]

Monaco

06 May 2020


Mongolia

01 May 2020

  • Penny Black 180th Anniversary (overprint)

Montenegro

09 May 2020

27 May 2020

  • Nature Preservation — Biogradska Gora National Park

Morocco

07 May 2020


Myanmar

20 May 2020

  • Yangon University Centenary

Netherlands

11 May 2020


New Zealand

20 May 2020


Niue

20 May 2020

  • Weaving Styles

North Macedonia

05 May 2020

  • Kenzo Tange, Architect of Rebuilt Skopje

08 May 2020

22 May 2020

  • Bajram 2020

Norway

08 May 2020

15 May 2020

  • New Munich Museum

Papua New Guinea

27 May 2020

  • Post-Courier Newspaper 50th Anniversary

Poland

07 May 2020

  • Flowers and Fruits

13 May 2020

16 May 2020

  • Patrons of Poland
  • Leopold Tyrmand Birth Centenary

Portugal

05 May 2020

25 May 2020

28 May 2020

  • Feasts and Pilgrimages

Romania

05 May 2020

  • Diplomatic Relations with the Holy See Centenary

14 May 2020

  • Romanian Orders and Medals

18 May 2020

22 May 2020

  • Pheasants

Russia

06 May 2020

  • Berlin Offensive 75th Anniversary
  • Prague Offensive 75th Anniversary

07 May 2020

  • Rzhevsky Memorial to Soviet Soldiers
  • Radio in Russia 125th Anniversary

08 May 2020

  • End of World War II 75th Anniversary (joint issue with Belarus)

15 May 2020

  • Alexandre Benois, Artist 150th Birth Anniversary

19 May 2020

  • State Museum of Russia 125th Anniversary

22 May 2020

  • United Nations 75th Anniversary

26 May 2020

  • Admiral Fyodor F. Ushakov 275th Birth Anniversary
  • Contemporary Russian Art — Reflections of the War
  • Definitive Stamps (Series VII)

27 May 2020

  • Republic of Tatarstan Centenary

28 May 2020

  • Sergei Esenin, Poet

Serbia

05 May 2020

06 May 2020

  • Serbian Armed Forces Guard 190th Anniversary

09 May 2020

  • End of World War II 75th Anniversary

13 May 2020

  • Stamp Day 2020

19 May 2020

  • Tourism — Gobulac Fortress

Sierra Leone

01 May 2020


Singapore

NOTE:  Singapore Post cancelled/postponed all stamp issues due to be released in April/May due to the Coronavirus COVID-19.  The following issue was scheduled but not released.

xx May 2020

  • Singapore Skyline

Slovak Republic

13 May 2020

18 May 2020


Slovenia

29 May 2020

  • EUROPA — Ancient Postal Routes
  • Football Association of Slovenia Centenary
  • Steelmaking in the Meža Valley, 400th Anniversary
  • First Slovene Postage Stamps for Istria and the Slovenian Littoral, 75th Anniversary
  • Wine Cellars and Stores
  • Games of the XXXIIrd Olympiad, Tokyo 2020
  • 8th European Congress of Mathematics

Spain

14 May 2020

  • Provinces of Spain — Castelló/Castellón
  • International Day of Autism Awareness 
  • National Identification Document 75th Anniversary
  • Solidarity — World Wildlife Fund and Nature Protection
  • National Geographic Institute 150th Anniversary
  • EUROPA — Ancient Postal Routes (postponed from 23 April)

29 May 2020

  • Provinces of Spain — Ciudad Real
  • Minerals — Asturian Jet
  • Treasury Orphans School Charity 90th Anniversary

Sri Lanka

06 May 2020

  • Vesak Buja Day 2020

Switzerland

07 May 2020


Syria

01 May 2020

  • World Labor Day

Taiwan (Republic of China)

20 May 2020


Thailand

NOTE:  Thailand Post cancelled/postponed the stamp issues scheduled to be released in May 2020 due to the Coronavirus COVID-19.  The stamps listed below were scheduled on those dates but not actually issued.

01 May 2020

  • Vesak Bucha Day

04 May 2020

  • Coronation Day, Series 1
  • Coronation Day, Series 2 — Royal Regalia

Tokelau

20 May 2020

  • Weaving Styles

Tristan da Cunha

07 May 2020

  • Female Anscestors of Tristan Islanders

Tunisia

12 May 2020


Turkey

09 May 2020

11 May 2020

  • Year of Patara

Ukraine

08 May 2020

29 May 2020


United Arab Emirates

10 May 2020


United Nations (Offices in Geneva)

12 May 2020

  • Eradication of Smallpox 40th Anniversary

United Nations (Offices in Vienna)

12 May 2020

  • Florence Nightingale Birth Bicentenary

United States of America

13 May 2020

21 May 2020


Uruguay

13 May 2020


Vietnam

16 May 2020

  • Ho Chi Minth 130th Birth Anniversary

Wallis & Futuna

25 May 2020

  • Festival of Nature

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