Sunday, November 19, 2017

Isle of Man - 300 Years Of The Royal Artillery 2016

Technical Details:
Date of Issue: 09 May 2016
Text: Frank Baldwin and Colonel Charles Wilson
Design: Glazier Design
Process: Offset Lithography
Colours: 4
Paper : 110 gms PVA gummed
Perforations:14 per 2cms
Stamp Size: 36 x 36mm
No. of Stamps: 6
Format: 20 stamps per sheet

Celebrating the illustrious history of the Royal Artillery.

To celebrate the illustrious history of the Royal Artillery, Isle of Man Stamps and Coins commissioned Glazier Design of London to work with the Royal Artillery Association and their historian Frank Baldwin to capture the spirit of the regiment through six key military events. The Isle of Man is honoured to host the RA 300 Baton as part of the commemorations.

Issue Information:
Isle of Man Post Office in association with the Royal Artillery is pleased to present a set of six stamps celebrating 300 years of The Royal Regiment of Artillery and its remarkable achievements. The stamps are due for release on 9th May 2016.

Stamp Information:

The £2.44p stamp and the supporting material, features Major Kate Philp, a hero of modern warfare, who lost her leg in a mortar attack in Afghanistan. After her recovery Major Philp went on to train soldiers for later tours and accompanied Prince Harry on his walk to the South Pole with the charity Walking With The Wounded. A true modern day hero.

This stunning collection, and the first stamp issue created for the Post Office by Glazier Design in London, depicts some of the uniforms worn by the gunners in the regiment's 300 year history along with a reflective background image complimenting the artillery of the time.

The 45p stamp depicts the earliest soldier of the Royal Artillery in 1716 dressed in the coat of blue and red facings, and carrying a sword and a linstock with a cannon being pulled by a horse shown in the background.

The 50p stamp shows an officer of the Royal Horse Artillery which was founded in 1793. He wears a uniform based on the Light Dragoons of the day along with a leather helmet, and the background scene shows foot artillery of the period.

The 95p stamp depicts a gunner of the 4th Mountain Artillery Battery in 1890. The unit was raised from Punjab Sikhs and the soldier is shown wearing practical khaki and Indian slippers and is against a background of officers with mules carrying screw guns.

The £1.27p stamp is based on a photograph of Major J R Drinkwater, Royal Field Artillery, a Manxman who served in the First World War. He is shown wearing a khaki service dress uniform with his rank displayed on the cuff. The background shows an 18 pounder gun, the standard field gun of the war.

The £1.69 stamp depicts Manxman Lieutenant Cowley of the 15th (Isle of Man) Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment Royal Artillery with a 40mm Bofors gun at Tobruk, a North African harbour in the background.

Finally, the £2.44 stamp depicts Major Kate Philp of the Royal Artillery in Afghanistan in 2008 wearing desert camouflage, with a Warrior fighting vehicle in the background.

Major Philp served two tours in Iraq but while on operations in Afghanistan the armoured vehicle she was commanding was damaged by an improvised explosive device and her left leg had to be amputated. Major Philp's image is used in the stamp collection as a reminder of the cost of war and consequences for veterans.

Commenting on the stamps, General Secretary of the RA Charitable Fund Lt Col Ian Vere Nicoll MBE said: "The Royal Regiment of Artillery is a famous regiment who have fought all over the world as their motto 'Ubique' indicates. We are extremely proud of our connection with the Isle of Man and in this, our 300th anniversary since our formal formation, we are extremely grateful to the Isle of Man Post Office for helping us commemorate such an important anniversary with their set of six excellent stamps depicting the gunners through the ages. They are a first rate tribute to the men and women of the Royal Regiment of Artillery who have served throughout the ages defending their Country."

Sunday, November 12, 2017

China - Cantonese Opera Yueju 2017

Date Issue: 15 October 2017
Stamp Size: 30mm × 40mm 
Perforation: 13.5 degrees 
Anti-Counterfeiting Methods: Security Paper (Security Ink Special, Shaped Perforation, Fluorescent)
Designer: Zhang Wang 
Decorative Painting Edge: Zhang Wang 
Trimming Designer: Yuan Yi Shan 
Editor: Wen Wen Ya 
Printing: Beijing Stamp Factory

Details are as follows: 
1.20 Chinese Yuan - Fragrant Mountain Birthday Celebration 
1.20 Chinese Yuan - Six States Installation of Minister
1.50 Chinese Yuan - The Imperial Emperor of Heaven Holds Court

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Lithuania - Vytis, The Symbol of the Emblem of Lithuania 2017

Technical details
Issue Date:13 July 2017
Designer: I. Balakauskaitė
Printer: “Vaba Maa”, Estonia
Process: Self-Adhesive
Size: 24mm x 24mm
Values: €0.03, €0.10, €0.39, €0.42, €0.94, €1.00

About Vytis, the Symbol of the Emblem of Lithuania

The Lithuanian knight known as Vytis is one of the oldest state coats of arms in Europe. The image of the knight Vytis was used in state flags, coins and stamps. According to chroniclers of the 16th century, Vytis portrayed in the coat of arms of the state symbolizes a mature ruler capable of defending his homeland with his sword. The postage stamps commemorate images of Vytis used from the ancient times (the end of the 14th century - beginning of the 18th century) till the period of independent Republic of Lithuania (3rd - 4th decade of the 20th century).

Lithuania - Vytis, The Symbol of the Emblem of Lithuania in Flags 2016

Technical Details:
Issue Date: 02 January 2016
Designer: E. Jakutavičiūtė
Process: Offset, Art paper
Size: 24mm x 24mm
Values: €0.01, €0.03, €0.10, €0.29, €0.39, €0.62

About Vytis - The Symbol of the Emblem of Lithuania, in Flags

In the first postage stamps of 2016, Lithuania Post has commemorated Vytis depicted in historical state flags. The new set of 6 stamps Vytis, the Symbol of the Emblem of Lithuania, in Flags will appear in circulation this Saturday, January 2.

The set of the stamps Vytis, the Symbol of the Emblem of Lithuania, in Flags was created by the artist Eglė Jakutavičiūtė. The stamps have been released with the nominal values of EUR 0.01, EUR 0.03, EUR 0.10, EUR 0.29, EUR 0.39 and EUR 0.62. Each stamp has been issued in the edition of 1 million thousand copies.

Vytis is pictured in diverse flags on different nominal postage stamps: the flag of the army of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania at the Battle of Grunwald (1410), the flag of Žygimantas Augustas (1553), the flag of the January Uprising (1863-1864), the flag of Antanas Smetona's military institution (1928), the flag of the Reform Movement of Lithuania (1989) and in the flag of the president of Lithuania (1993).

Along with the new set of 6 stamps, the first day cover has been released. This Saturday, correspondence paid by the new stamps will be marked by the first day cancellation at Vilnius Main Post Office.

A red banner with a white equestrian on a bay horse mentioned in the Jan Dlugosz' story, describing the Battle of Grunwald (1410) when the Grand Duke of Lithuania brought forty Lithuanian regiments, all carrying red banners. In the later historical sources a red cloth charged on both sides with the armored knight was described as the banner of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. The flag remained as such until the end of 18th century.

Today, the historical Lithuanian State flag depicting Vytis, can officially be used alongside the Lithuanian State (National) flag.

Lithuania - Coins with Vytis, The Symbol from the Emblem of the Lithuanian State 2015

Technical Details:
Issue Date: 02 January 2015
Designer: I. Balakauskaitė
Process: Offset
Size: 24mm x 24mm
Values: 0,01€, 0,03€, 0,10€, 0,29€, 0,39€, 0,62€

About Coins of Vytis - The Symbol from the Emblem of the Lithuania State

The set of the 6 stamps from the series Vytis, the Symbol of the Emblem of the Lithuanian State, feature Vytis found on various coins starting from denarii issued in the Great Duchy of Lithuania by Jogaila in the years 1388-1390, and ending with the 5 litas coin of the Republic of Lithuania issued in 1925.