70th Anniversary of the First Stamps of the Republic of the Philippines (part 2)

I earlier blogged about these stamps here when I bought a souvenir sheet and two first day covers. Yesterday I was able to buy in the Naga City post office a miniature sheet (with the designs in a se-tenant strip of three) for 108 pesos. (I also bought an additional souvenir sheet for 55 pesos.)

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Miss Universe Pageant Philippines

Last April 5, 2017, I passed by the Philippine Postal Corporation in Manila and bought a few items for my “Philippine stamps about Philippine stamps” collection.

To celebrate the holding of the 2017 Miss Universe Pageant in the Philippines, three stamps (with denominations of 12, 17, and 55 pesos) and one souvenir sheet (with a denomination of 100 pesos) were issued on January 24, 2017. 103,500 of the stamps and 6,000 of the souvenir sheet were made.

I was able to buy a miniature sheet (with the designs in a se-tenant strip of three) (for 252 pesos), a souvenir sheet (for 100 pesos) and the first day covers (for 99 pesos and 115 pesos).

There were no ready-made first day covers for the three stamps, so the employee at the store sold me the stamps and the first day cover separately and told me to go upstairs to have them postmarked. From the stamps available for sale, I chose three with a bottom selvage. (I’m hoping mine is the only first day cover with selvage.)

70th Anniversary of the First Stamps of the Republic of the Philippines

Last April 5, 2017, I passed by the Philippine Postal Corporation in Manila and bought a few items for my “Philippine stamps about Philippine stamps” collection.

To celebrate the 2016 National Stamp Collecting Month, three stamps (each with a denomination of 12 pesos, with the designs in a se-tenant strip of three) and one souvenir sheet (with a denomination of 55 pesos) were issued on October 21, 2016. 81,000 of the stamps and 5,000 of the souvenir sheet were made.

I wasn’t able to buy any of the three stamps, but I was able to buy the souvenir sheet (for 55 pesos) and the first day covers (for 44.96 pesos and 63.96 pesos).

Philatelic Week 1988

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I was preparing to write a blog post on imperforate stamps when I stumbled upon a site where I learned that an error version of the stamps in the first day cover shown above existed. I was surprised to discover that I had a copy of the error. Can you spot the error below?

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(Click on the picture to see a higher resolution version of the image.) Continue reading “Philatelic Week 1988”

Jose Rizal @ 150

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When I went to the Naga City post office last week to look at the philatelic items for sale, I was pleasantly surprised by this Jose Rizal @ 150 souvenir sheet first day cover. At 7.25 by 9.5 inches, it is the largest first day cover I have ever seen. (Click on the image to see a higher resolution version.)
Continue reading “Jose Rizal @ 150”

160th anniversary of the first Philippine stamps

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A few days ago, I went to the Naga City post office to mail a package. I passed by the office of the post master to see if they had any philatelic items for sale. They had a lot of souvenir sheets and first day covers, all at very reasonable prices. I had to limit my purchases; I read in a book that if one is to be a collector and not just an accumulator, one has to choose a very narrow theme. Right now I’m thinking of limiting my philatelic collection to “Philippine stamps about Philippine stamps.”

I bought this “2014 National Stamp Collecting Month (November) 160 Years First Philippine Stamps 1854-2014” sheet of sixteen 10-peso stamps for 160 pesos. (Unfortunately, the souvenir sheet of four 20-peso stamps was sold out. This is quite unfortunate; only 5,000 souvenir sheets were made and I think they had embossing.)

I was surprised to learn (from the Philippine Postal Corporation website) that “[t]he Philippines was the first country in Asia to issue postage stamps.” More information about the first Philippine postage stamps can be found here.

Design error?

(Originally posted at http://joelnoche.multiply.com/journal/item/112/Design-error on September 13, 2012 3:18 AM)

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I collected stamps when I was a child and as a result I have a lot of mint Philippine stamps from the late 1980s.  These include blocks, imperforates, and souvenir sheets.

Of special interest is the pair of stamps shown above.  It seems that they have Scott number 1919 and were issued on February 25, 1988.  But the one at the bottom seems to be a design error as it has the incorrect date 1938.

Note that the stamp at the bottom has slightly different colors, messier perforations, and blurrier printing.  If you have any information about this stamp, please leave a comment.  Thanks.