Stamps of 2021

 

The Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation, or IGPC, is a philatelic agency that represents over 70 different countries in the design, production, and marketing of postage stamps. It also assists postal administrations with the running of their postal services. IGPC claim to produce nearly half of the different postage stamps issued each year but have been criticized for inappropriate and excessive issues

IGPC is a private business, not an international organization. It is run for profit and countries using its services are customers, not members.

The IGPC was founded by businessman Dr. Manfred Lehmann (1922–1997). Lehmann had taken an interest in the development of newly independent countries in Africa and the Caribbean. The IGPC’s first country client was the newly independent Ghana (formerly the colony of Gold Coast) who in 1957 appointed them to help with the distribution of their stamps and the administration of their post offices. The following year Togo became a client of IGPC and, later, Caribbean countries too. The fall of communism created more clients for IGPC and by the late 1980s IGPC had over 50 client countries. A key development was obtaining the permission of the Disney company to use their cartoon characters on stamps during the 1979 International Year of the Child. Disney-themed stamps have since become an important part of the company’s output.

The IGPC is particularly noted for the issue of stamps featuring popular thematic subjects, cartoon characters and individuals from sport and entertainment that have been criticized as having little connection with the culture or history of the issuing countries. The mass issue of stamps featuring images from American pop culture has even been called a form of cultural imperialism.

Examples of inappropriate issues might be those from Tuvalu, a small group of Polynesian islands in the South Pacific and an IGPC client, whose stamps have featured the American artist Norman Rockwell and the Chinese New Year.

In their own words “The New York based philatelic agency was the first to engage in depicting high profile icons and recognized motifs on in order to assist its clients in releasing a new breed of postage stamps, which honor pop culture and sport heroes of the day including Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Pokémon, Popeye, John Lennon, the Walt Disney cartoon characters and classic motion pictures, Jackie Chan, Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Major League Baseball, NFL Superbowl (sic), and the Sylvester Stallone ‘Rocky’ motion pictures to name just a few.”

IGPC has replied to charges of inappropriate issues by saying that “Pop culture stamps are only about 10 percent of what we do, even though they get most of the attention, insists Lonnie Ostrow, an IGPC spokesman. The rest are what we call ‘definitives’ — the usual flags, flowers, fearless leaders and dead presidents.”

According to IGPC, they employ a research team of over 100 members, and use over 300 freelance stamp artists. IGPC state that they have “…a full-time staff of graphic designers and in-house artists who can create a stamp design literally overnight.”

Similar to the other agencies — Philatelic Collector, Inc. and Stampera — IGPC only occasionally provides release dates and first day covers. 

IGPC lists more than 70 “clients” on their website. Some have not released any stamps for several years (Angola, for example, has not released any stamps since the end of 2019). Several others (such as Austria and China) have their own postal administrations; in these cases, IGPC may act solely as a sales representative for stamps already issued. Only those territories for which IGPC takes an active role in the theme selection and design of stamps are included in the Stamp Programmes listed below.

IGPC stamps can be purchased through the shop on their website (https://igpc.com/index.cfm).

 

Angola

TBA

2021

Angola last issued stamps on 20 December 2019


According to StampWorld.com, Angola issued 10 stamps in 2015, none in 2016, 7 in 2017, 150 in 2018, and 295 in 2019.

Antigua and Barbuda

TBD

February 2021

Rabbits of the World


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Antigua and Barbuda

TBD

 February 2021

Marine Life of the World


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Antigua and Barbuda

TBD

February 2021

Flowers


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Antigua and Barbuda

TBD

February 2021

United Nations 75th Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Antigua and Barbuda

TBD

February 2021

Automobiles – Morgan Plus 4 70th Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Antigua and Barbuda

TBD

February 2021

Automobiles – Land Rover 50th Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Antigua and Barbuda

TBD

February 2021

Automobiles – Audi Quattro 40th Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Antigua and Barbuda

TBD

February 2021

Automobiles – MINI Cooper 20th Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Antigua and Barbuda

TBD

February 2021

The Mayflower Compact and Pilgrims 400th Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Antigua and Barbuda

TBD

February 2021

Metropolitan Museum of Art 150th Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Antigua and Barbuda

TBD

February 2021

Pope John Paul II Birth Centenary


1 miniature sheet of 4

Antigua and Barbuda

11

April 2021

Lunar New Year – Year of the Ox


1 miniature sheet of 4

Antigua and Barbuda

TBD

2021

Inauguration of U.S. President Joe Biden


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Antigua and Barbuda

TBD

2021

Queen Elizabeth II 95th Birth Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Carriacou and Petite Martinique

28

January 2021

Queen Elizabeth II 95th Birthday


1 miniature sheet of 4

Carriacou and Petite Martinique

28

January 2021

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, 150th Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4

Carriacou and Petite Martinique

28

January 2021

Range Rover 50th Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Carriacou and Petite Martinique

28

January 2021

Arrival of Mayflower at Plymouth Harbor 400th Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4

Carriacou and Petite Martinique

28

January 2021

Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle 2nd Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Carriacou and Petite Martinique

28

January 2021

Inauguration of Joe Biden as US President


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Carriacou and Petite Martinique

17

May 2021

Dorje Chang Buddha III


1 stamp (sheet of 8)

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Savannah Cat


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Big Cats


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Orcas


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Extinct Fishes


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Flying Dinosaurs


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Extinct Insects and Invertebrates


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Turacos


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Owls


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Plantain Eaters


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Trogons


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

High-Speed Trains


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

African Trains


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

French Trains


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

RMS Titanic


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Tall Ships


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Submarines


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Concorde Commercial Service 45th Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Fire Engines


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Wilhelm Maybach 175th Birth Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Robert Baden Powell 80th Death Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 265th Birth Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Albrecht Dürer 550th Birth Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Alexander Wilson 255th Birth Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Alexander Alekhine 75th Death Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Shenzhou 2 Launch 20th Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Marilyn Monroe 95th Birth Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Lunar New Year (Year of the Ox)


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Orchids of the Guyana Plateau


2 miniature sheets of 4, 2 souvenir sheets

Central African Republic

29

January 2021

Support Global Vaccination Against Covid-19


12 stamps (sheet of 12)

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Minerals


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Fossils


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Fruits


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Vegetables


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Mushrooms


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Orchids


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Dogs


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Domestic Cats


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Dolphins


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Fishes of the Abyss


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Lighthouses


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Crabs


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Amphibians


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Butterflies


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Spiders


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

African Birds


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Hummingbirds


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Birds of Paradise


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Ramphastids


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Foundation of SAS 75th Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Flight of LZ 129 Hindenburg 85th Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Queen Elizabeth II 95th Birth Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Napoleon Bonaparte Death Bicentenary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Pierre Auguste Renoir 180th Birth Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Rembrandt 415th Birth Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 120th Death Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Max Euwe 120th Birth Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Launching of Vostok I 60th Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Launching of Venera-1 60th Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Samuel Morse 230th Birth Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Linus Pauling 120th Birth Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Sinking of HMS Hood by German Warship Bismarck in WW II


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

China’s Communist Party Centenary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

World Wildlife Federation 60th Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

World Wildlife Federation 60th Anniversary


4 miniature sheets of 8, 4 miniature sheets of 16

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Global Vaccination


1 miniature sheet of 5 plus 1 label

Central African Republic

31

March 2021

Vassily Smyslov Birth Centenary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Djibouti

01

March 2021

World of Minerals – Morocco


8 stamps (sheet of 8)

Djibouti

01

March 2021

Shells


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Djibouti

01

March 2021

Orchids


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Djibouti

01

March 2021

Cats


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Djibouti

01

March 2021

Dogs


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Djibouti

01

March 2021

Horses


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Djibouti

01

March 2021

Fishes


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Djibouti

01

March 2021

Turtles


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Djibouti

01

March 2021

Birds


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Djibouti

01

March 2021

Parrots


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Djibouti

01

March 2021

High-Speed Trains


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Djibouti

01

March 2021

Concorde Commercial Service 45th Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Djibouti

01

March 2021

Queen Elizabeth II 95th Birth Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Djibouti

01

March 2021

Marilyn Monroe 95th Birth Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Djibouti

01

March 2021

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 265th Birth Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Djibouti

01

March 2021

Alexander Fleming 140th Birth Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Djibouti

01

March 2021

Vostok 1 and the First Man in Space 60th Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Djibouti

01

March 2021

Emanuel Lasker 80th Death Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Djibouti

01

March 2021

Pierre Auguste Renoir 180th Birth Anniversary


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Djibouti

01

March 2021

Joe Biden’s First Days as President of the United States


1 miniature sheet of 4, 1 souvenir sheet

Djibouti

01

March 2021

Djibouti’s First Satellite


1 stamp (sheet of 10), 1 souvenir sheet

Djibouti

01

March 2021

First International Day for Education


1 stamp (sheet of 10)

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