A buyer who has chosen to remain anonymous has purchased a 1872 Shield Reverse Sovereign die and the ever sought-after Penny Black.
A collector from South Wales has been awarded the Anne Dummer award for 2017. Carys Llewelyn joined the stamp club at Neyland Junior School when she was 9 years old. Her enthusiasm was soon evident, not only in her own collecting and competition work, but also in her encouragement of other club members and in helping with the running of the club. The Anne Dummer Award is promoted by the Stamp Active Network and recognises a young person, not only as a collector, but as someone who has made a wider contribution to philately in general.
A new, annual National Stamp Celebration Day, held in association with The Philatelic Traders’ Society, is being launched this year to celebrate and promote philately. The celebration will be held on 4 May to commemorate the world’s first ever adhesive postage stamp, the Penny Black, which was issued on 1 May 1840 but officially used from 6 May.
**Stanley Gibbons invites you to celebrate this historic artifact with 20% OFF all items in store, with the exception of bullion items and Pink Zone items. As well as this, you can post any letter from our shop on the 4th – 6th May (standard letter sizes only – no packages).**
An 85c. stamp, released by France on 27 February, honours Anne Morgan – the first woman to become Commander of the Legion of Honour due to her relief work during and after World War I. Anne Morgan (1873–1952), an American, was the daughter of John Pierpont Morgan, better known as J P Morgan – the financier and banker. During World War I, she was at the forefront of efforts to raise funds for wounded soldiers and later founded a major civilian relief organisation with her friend Anne Dike (1879–1929).
Royal Mail will release eight stamps today depicting some of Britain’s greatest Racehorse Legends. This issue will be the first commemorative stamps to be released following the 2017 Royal Mail tariffs introduced on 27 March.
While those of us in the Northern Hemisphere are familiar with the Northern Lights, the Southern Hemisphere has its own fantastic light show – the Aurora Australis or Southern Lights. New Zealand, home to the world’s largest Dark Sky Reserve, offers an excellent location to view this magnificent natural light show and a six stamp set was released by New Zealand Post on 8 February to celebrate this fact.
On 14 March Royal Mail’s Music Giants series will make an encore with a set of ten stamps honouring one of the most influential music and cultural figures of all time – David Bowie. In July 2016 Royal Mail released a similar set dedicated to the music and live performances of progressive rock legends Pink Floyd. In a similar format to the Pink Floyd issue, the David Bowie release will comprise six sheet stamps depicting some of his most admired and defining albums, along with a four-stamp miniature sheet showing Bowie performing live on stage across four decades.
2017 brings with it two very notable and celebratory occasions and with them are bound to be some stamp issues of interest to readers of this column. The first of the two is imminent, and is the 65th anniversary of the accession to the throne of Princess Elizabeth (which occurred when His Majesty King George VI died unexpectedly on 6 February 1952).