Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola Peruvianus)

Browsing through the New Issues catalogue that I receive quarterly from Yvert & Tellier, I came across this new definitive stamp issued by Serpost, the postal authority for Peru, featuring the Andean Cock-of-the-Rock (Rupicola Peruvianus).

There is an immediate curiosity about this stamp: in the Yvert new issues catalogue, on the left-hand side of the stamp is the name of the printer (CARTOR) and the printing date (2019). 

On the right-hand margin is a serial number: 06062. The stamps featured both on the free stamp catalogue website and on the bird theme website also share these characteristics.  In contracts, the images below, from the official Serpost website, don’t show these features.  That may just be a characteristic of the publicity information issued by Serpost for this stamp, both of the stamp and of the First Day Cover (dated 13 January 2020).    

The stamp value at 1.20 Sols is worth around £0.26, which makes me wonder if this is a make up value or has a particular postal use on its own.  Unfortunately, the tariff pages on Serpost are not available as I write this article, so I will have to do some follow up research later.

To read Steven’s full article, click here

Random bird stamp research when in hibernation / Lockdown

So, what did you do in Lockdown? Attached is an article written by member Steve Ardron. Steve says “I enclose some ramblings that I have put together, based on a daft idea that I had which was to stimulate some “random based research” on bird stamps by using an assorted stamp pack (80 bird stamps) that I bought online from WH Smith.  

I guess that It is easy to be dismissive about these assorted stamp packets, but I did find some interesting stamps in there and I did get my £6.99’s worth of amusement value. 

I haven’t as yet completed my research on them: only just started! There are other interesting stamps in the pack, but I have confined my text to the four that interested me most, from Tanzania. 

Read Steve’s article here

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