New Stamps (11)

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new-stampsNew stamps appear regularly with a variety of subjects. Below is a selection of recently-published stamps from around the globe.

Many of you are probably aware of Great Britain’s recent ‘Star Wars’stamps
release and on December 17th, with a limited edition of just 1,977 pieces, possibly the ultimate Christmas gift for 2015 for Star Wars stamp collectors will be issued.

Star-Wars-stamps

This numbered, limited edition of just 1977 copies pays homage to the year that the original Star Wars film was launched and will be presented in an embossed silver coloured metal clamshell case with embossed Star Wars logo

It features all of the stunning stamps and imagery from the standard Prestige Stamp Book, including all 12 Character Stamps and complete ‘vehicles’ stamp sheet (which are also available to purchase separately), and is also packaged with a top quality ultraviolet torch, complete with batteries – perfect for viewing the ultraviolet designs on the Character Stamps.

Star-Wars-stampset

In November 1975, South America’s smallest country gained independence from the Kingdom of The Netherlands. Suriname (officially the Republic of Suriname) issued this stamp sheet to celebrate its 40 years of independence.

Surinam-40-years-stamps

A series of annual prizes are awarded in Spain by the Princess of Asturias Foundation (previously the Prince of Asturias Foundation) to individuals, entities or organisations from around the world who make notable achievements in the sciences, humanities, and public affairs. Following the accession of Felipe VI as King of Spain on 19 June 2014, it was announced that, beginning in 2015, the foundation and the awards are to be renamed the Princess of Asturias Awards to reflect the new heir to the Spanish throne, Leonor, Princess of Asturias (seen on commemorative stamp below).

Princess-of-Asturias-stamp

The Antarctic region Ross Dependency has issued stamps featuring the ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914–17), also known as the Endurance Expedition. It is considered the last major expedition of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Conceived by British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, the expedition was an attempt to make the first land crossing of the Antarctic continent but ended up as a great battle for survival. Two ships were required for the expedition – The Endurance and The Aurora. Endurance became icebound in the Weddell Sea, and despite efforts to free it, drifted northward, held in the pack ice, throughout the Antarctic winter of 1915. Eventually the ship was crushed and sank, stranding its 28-man complement on the ice. After months spent in makeshift camps as the ice continued its northwards drift, the party took to their fortunately-preserved lifeboats to reach the inhospitable, uninhabited Elephant Island. Shackleton and five others then made an 800-mile (1,287 km) open-boat journey to reach South Georgia. From there, Shackleton was eventually able to mount a rescue of the men waiting on Elephant Island and bring them home without loss of life. The story of the Aurora was similar in some respects, but three Aurora crew members lost their lives.

Shackleton-stamps

French-controlled Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, situated in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean near Canada, released this stamp sheet comprising stylish cars from the 1950s.

Cars-on-stamps

French Polynesia has these stamps, depicting architecture typical in the Tropics.

French-Polynesia-stamps

And – as if the Nepalese need reminding, after the disastrous event in April this year – Nepal issued this stamp with advice on what to do in a similar occurrence.

Nepal-stamps

Argentina issued these stamps, featuring Dr. Rene G. Favaloro, who was an Argentine cardiac surgeon best known for his pioneering work on coronary artery bypass.

Argentinian-Stamps

And this from Albania, celebrating the 190-year anniversary of the first steam locomotive.

Albanian-Stamps

Finally, from Monaco, to commemorate 100 years since Albert Einstein published his Theory of Relativity.

Einstein-Stamp

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