is currently experiencing server and other problems (after the webhost recently “upgraded” the servers and assured me that everything would be working “better”). At present, clicking on any page or post from the homepage returns a “Error 404 Not Found On This Server” page.

I have contacted the IT support for my webhost (third time in as many days) and am awaiting their response and, hopefully, a fix to the site. Please check back in a few days to see if the site is working correctly.

As I write this, it is my final day at work before a 5-week holiday. My province is about to go back into lockdown due to a resurgence in COVID-19 cases. I had great plans for updating new issues and additional philatelic content. I hope the site is restored soon while I have time to work on it.




I fixed the problem myself by updating the .htaccess file.  Everything seems to be working now.  Let’s see if that continues!

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02 January 2020

HRH Felipe VI Definitives

Spain: HRH King Felipe VI Definitives, 2 January 2020. Image from Correos Filatelia.

Issue date: 02/01/2020
Printing Process: Offset
Paper: Autoadhesivo fosforescente
Size of stamp: 24,5 x 35 mm
Sheet effects: 50
Postal value of the stamps: Tarifas posibles: A – B + Consultar tarifas vigentes
Print run: Ilimitada


Correos issues its Basic Series again this year, with two stamps priced for standardised national and international postage, Rate A and B respectively, and offset-printed.

As is mandatory, the stamp shows the likeness of His Majesty King Felipe VI on a background of miniatures of the Spanish Crown, in line with previous years. On the lower right of the image we see the letter “ñ”, the logo of the Spain Brand.

The Basic Series is a type of philatelic series found among almost all the world’s postal operators. It is mainly characterised by very large or unlimited print runs, issued continuously over long periods. Its design is repeated year after year, with only the face value and the colour of the motif changing.

It is issued to meet all the possible postage needs of current postal rates. In monarchies, the stamps usually depict the king or queen, while in republics they show allegorical motifs or other symbols of the state, such as a coat of arms or flag.

The portrait of King Felipe VI appeared for the first time in the Basic Series on 19 January 2015, one year after Parliament proclaimed him King of Spain.

The king of Spain, as defined in Chapter II of our Constitution, is the head of state and a symbol of the country’s unity and permanence. He acts as an arbitrator and moderator of institutions and represents Spain in international relations, with an especially important role with former colonies.

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02 January 2020

Tourism — Sightseeing Routes on Two or Four Wheels

Spain: Tourism – Sightseeing Routes on Two or Four Wheels, 2 January 2020. Image from Correos Filatelia.

Issue date: 02/01/2020
Printing Process: Offset
Paper: Autoadhesivo fosforescente
Size of stamp: 35 x 24,5 mm
Sheet effects: 50
Postal value of the stamps: 1,45 € y 1,55 €
Print run: Ilimitada

Turismo. Rutas turísticas sobre dos y cuatro ruedas

Freedom, adventure, nature and the open road are the magic ingredients for road touring enthusiasts, whether riding a motorbike or towing a caravan. Thanks to its climate, culture and cuisine, Spain is a favourite destination for this type of tourism, and its hills and valleys are an added attraction for bikers. The mountainous landscape means they can enjoy quiet secondary roads with winding routes through spectacular scenery.

Motorcycle touring enthusiasts can be divided into three categories, depending on their age and the type of bike. The oldest often favour classic motorbikes, and enjoy road riding at a leisurely pace. Fans of touring motorbikes prefer long days on the road, with well-planned trips at higher speeds. Finally, the adventurous spirit and love of nature typical of off-road or dirt bike riders leads them to explore out-of-the-way spots thanks to the agility of this type of motorcycle.

Road touring on four wheels involves the same love of adventure and nature, but in a more tranquil form. These tourers are often couples or families with children who look for places where they can enjoy nature in peace and quiet. They can also be divided into groups by their vehicle types. First, people who tow caravans prefer to stop at campsites.

Campervans are the largest group, ranging from simpler vans fitted out for sleeping in to the spacious, fully equipped and much more comfortable motorhomes. Halfway between these two extremes are the popular overcab campers, called capuchinas in Spain, illustrated on this stamp, whose users enjoy both official campsites and informal stopping places.

Both stamps use the shape of traditional tourist stickers to show a motorbike and a campervan, each with a background of monuments representing different Spanish provinces.

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02 January 2020

12 Months, 12 Stamps — A Coruña

Spain: 12 Months 12 Stamps – A Coruna, 2 January 2020. Image from Correos.

Issue date: 02/01/2020
Printing Process: Offset
Paper: Autoadhesivo fosforescente
Size of stamp: 35 x 24,5 mm
Sheet effects: 50
Postal value of the stamps: Tarifa A + Consultar tarifas vigentes
Print run: Ilimitada

12 MONTHS, 12 STAMPS. A Coruña

The 12 Months, 12 Stamps philatelic series kicks off 2020 in the province of A Coruña. Printed in offset, the face value of the stamps in the series is enough to post a standard letter to any province in Spain.

The design of this series features a mosaic of images of elements that symbolise the province, which combine to represent its initials.

The letter A features the Torre de Hércules tower and the battlements of Vimianzo castle. The Torre de Hércules is one of the most unique and symbolic landmarks in the capital of A Coruña. Built by the Romans in the first and second centuries, it is the oldest working lighthouse in the world. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2009.

Also known as the Torres de Martelo towers, Vimianzo castle is a fortress built at the end of the twelfth century by the Mariño de Lobeira family. It has been listed as a Cultural Asset and currently houses a permanent display of arts and crafts.

The letter C features wood symbolising the staffs used by pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, the spandrel-shaped symbol of which decorates the tile shown next to the letter.

The lower half of the letter is formed by the rose window of the church of San Martiño de Noia. Consecrated in 1434 and built in the Ogival style, the church has a single nave with a pentagonal apse and a portico displaying the coats of arms of the kingdom of Castille and León and archbishop Santiago Lope de Mendoza, who sponsored the church.

The image forming the backdrop to the letters represents the dense foliage of the Fragas do Eume natural park, with the bridge over the river Sesín. The park has been declared a Site of Regional Importance, with its oceanic forests being considered one of the finest examples of a thermophile Atlantic forest in Europe.

The strip along the bottom is the colour of the provincial flag of A Coruña.

Jersey Post | Jersey Stamps

Jersey Post announced the first half of its 2020 stamp programme on 4 December 2019.

03 January 2020

Lunar New Year — Year of the Rat

Jersey: Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat, 3 January 2020. All images from Jersey Stamps.
Jersey: Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat (52p stamp), 3 January 2020.
Jersey: Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat (52p stamp sheet of 10), 3 January 2020.
Jersey: Lunar New Year – Year of the Rat (£1.00 souvenir sheet), 3 January 2020.

Date of issue: 3 January 2020
Designer: Wang Huming
Sheet: 10
Size: 36mm x 36mm (52p stamp); 95mm x 125mm, 60mm x 60mm (£1.00 souvenir sheet)
Process: Four colour offset litho + gold metallic with varnish

The fifth issue in our Lunar New Year stamp series celebrates the lunar Zishu year (2020) which is the Year of the Rat. Also known as the Spring Festival, it is the most important celebration in the Chinese calendar. It is celebrated by Chinese and ethnic communities around the world and is a time when families come together. In Chinese culture, rats are seen as a sign of fertility, wealth and surplus. They are clever, quick thinkers and often successful. People born in the year of the Zishu rat are multi-talented. They are strong-willed and always finish what they begin.

The 52p stamp, designed by Wang Huming in Beijing, China, shows a rat in gold against a red background.

The stamp denotes the Chinese fable Rat Biting Started the World. In Chinese culture, it is said that before the beginning of the world there was only chaos. Legend has it the Rat bravely took a bite out of the sky, sunlight came in through the opening, then Yin separated from Yang, and the world started. The stamp features a bowl that symbolises the world, which the rat opens from within. The Chinese seal which appears on the left side of the illustration symbolises the rat.

The Miniature Sheet depicts part of a Chinese folk story, which fables a rat marrying off his daughter to the most powerful suitor, also known as Mouse of Marriage. The illustration portrays the daughter rat sitting inside the palanquin (Jiao) as she is carried to her wedding ceremony. The whole scene is joyful and lively.

These stamps and other philatelic products can be purchased from Jersey Stamps or WOPA+ Stamps and Coins.

Japan Post Co. Ltd. | Philately in Japan | New Issues Japanese Stamps

The first stamps to be issued by Japan for 2020 were initially pictured on 26 November 2019 on the GULFMANN STAMPS WORLD blog. I have yet to find any additional information.

23 January 2020

Greetings — Celebration Designs

Japan: Greetings – Celebation Designs, 23 January 2020. Images from GULFMANN STAMPS WORLD.

Chunghwa Post | The Postal Universal Website of R.O.C. – Stamp House

26 February 2020

Aquatic Life — Goldfish (Series II)

Taiwan: Aquatic Life – Goldfish (Series II), 26 February 2020. Image from Chunghwa Post.

Chunghwa Post Stamp Number: D689
Issue Name: Aquatic Life Postage Stamps – Goldfish (II)
Designer: Jheng Yi-lang
Printer: Cardon Enterprise Co., Ltd.
Printing Method: Offset Lithography
Perforation: n/a

From the issue’s information page on the Chunghwa Post website:

To spotlight the beauty of goldfish and to follow up on a January 24, 2019 release on these fish, Chunghwa Post will issue “Aquatic Life Postage Stamps – Goldfish (II),” a set of four stamps featuring Red Crane Crest Oranda, Ranchu, Broadtail Ryukin, and Pompons. Their designs are described below:

1. Red Crane Crest Oranda (NT$6): It has a totally white body with a large round red “hood” or “wen” on the top of its head, which sits firmly in place. It has a short round body and a large, long caudal fin. With its auspicious coloration, Chinese collectors regard it as embodying the idea of “opportunity knocks.”

2. Ranchu (NT$9): It has a smooth ovoid-shaped body like that of an egg. It has a large head, round belly, short and small caudal fin and no dorsal fin. The hood on its head is well developed. In Taiwan, it is known as the “king of goldfish.”

3. Broadtail Ryukin (NT$15): The salient features of this variety of Ryukin goldfish are its small head, pointy lips, lack of a hood, short body with round belly, long fin, large tail, and a fan-shaped caudal fin with shallow forks. As it swims elegantly through the water, it has an almost psychedelic look to it.

4. Pompons (NT$17): On its nose and between its eyes there are ball-shaped flaps made of nostril epidermal tissue, which resemble embroidered balls (hence, its Chinese name: the “embroidered ball” goldfish). When these balls are particularly big, they attract people’s attention as they rhythmically shake with the fish’s breathing.

Associated items with this issue:

(1) First Day Cover (162 mm × 114 mm): NT$2 apiece
(2) Folder (with or without mount): NT$5 apiece
(3) Loose-leaf album page: NT$8 apiece
(4) Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with one NT$6-denominated stamp: NT$8 apiece
(5) Pre-cancelled FDC affixed with a full set of stamps: NT$49 apiece

To purchase the relative philatelic products, please go directly to the post office branches, Postal Museum or order on line at