Sierra Leone

NOTE:  Sierra Leone’s stamp releases are currently managed by Stamperija, a stamp issuing agency based in Vilnius, Lithuania, that controls the stamp design and production for many countries in Africa and a few other locations. Like other agencies such as the Inter-Governmental Postal Corporation (IGPC), Stamperija issues a great quantity of stamps bearing the names of their “clients” (countries and territories) many of which depict themes of little to no relevance to those locations.  Many of the stamp issues tend to be high denominations that never are used in the entities whose names are printed on the stamps.

As a result, many traditional philatelists do not care for these stamps. I believe there are collectors out there who do collect some of these items although the sheer numbers released are overwhelming to say the least.  I will include these issues on Philatelic Pursuits for the sake of completeness but will pick-and-choose from topicals that interest me first before I strive for completion.

2020 Stamp Programme

  1.   30 January 2020:  Battle of Iwo Jima 75th Anniversary
  2.   30 January 2020:  The Sinking of MV Wilhelm Gustloff 75th Anniversary
  3.   30 January 2020:  Amelia Earhart Solo Flight from Hawaii to California 85th Anniversary
  4.   30 January 2020:  Discovery of Antarctica Bicentenary
  5.   30 January 2020:  Jan Brueghel the Elder 395th Death Anniversary
  6.   30 January 2020:  The End of the Siege of Port Arthur 115th Anniversary
  7.   30 January 2020:  Battle of New Orleans 205th Anniversary
  8.   30 January 2020:  Buzz Aldrin 90th Birth Anniversary
  9.   30 January 2020:  Elvis Presley 85th Birth Anniversary
  10.   30 January 2020:  Amedeo Modigliani Death Centenary
  11.   30 January 2020:  Minerals
  12.   30 January 2020:  Orchids
  13.   30 January 2020:  Owls
  14.   30 January 2020:  Volcanoes
  15.   30 January 2020:  African Fauna
  16.   30 January 2020:  Endangered Species
  17.   30 January 2020:  Big Cats
  18.   30 January 2020:  Tribute to Kirk Douglas
  19.   30 January 2020:  Tribute to Kobe Bryant
  20.   27 February 2020:  Pastoral Visits of Pope John Paul II
  21.   27 March 2020:  New Zealand International Stamp Exhibition — Penny Black 180th Anniversary
  22.   xx May 2020:  The Penny Black Against COVID-19