As a young boy collecting stamps I was often more attracted to those with colour and shape rather than rarity. Diamond-shaped stamps from Hungary, Monaco and the Burundi particularly caught my eye.

The stamp on the left is from Hungary 1953, overprinted to celebrate a famous 6 goals to 3 victory by the national team over England at Wembley Stadium.

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PostNL issues a ‘Life in the North Sea’ commemorative stamp sheetlet today. This contains illustrations of plants and animals found in the North Sea region, drawn by four scientific illustrators from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden.

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In 2010 the Dutch stamp sheet entitled ‘Lang leve het bos!’was voted the best Netherlands stamp issue of the year. It features nature to be found in woodlands and was designed by Bart de Haas.

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A mint, never-hinged stamp pair issued by South-West Africa in 1936.

Below, five 1937 Edward VIII Coronation stamp pairs, South Africa.

2004 Football European Championship winners Greece commemorated by this set of four stamps.

World Wildlife Fund stamps issued by Malawi in 1978.

Butterflies, Mozambique, 2002 and 2000.

From Manama 1971, stamp sheet featuring a self-portrait of the artist Modigliani and one of his seated nude paintings.

1963, Poland, featuring reptiles.And Polish airmail definitives from 1957.

Baseball stamps issued by Curacao 2013. This is just a small selection from the hundreds of stamps added to the postbeeld.com website daily.

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tonga stampAmong the hundreds of stamps recently added to PostBeeld’s Freestampcatalogue I discovered items that took me back to a previous article published on April 29th, 2014, entitled ‘Tin Can Mail’. A wonderful lady, Betty Billingham, provided most of the information for the article and I thoroughly recommend a visit to her website, to not only read about her fascinating life history but also to view her photo gallery, as she is an extremely accomplished photographer.

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PostBeeld is the largest stampshop with a wide variety of stamps in stock. Every day new stamps are added to PostBeeld’s stock. Here’s an example of some stamps that have recently been added.

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SEPACThis year’s SEPAC theme is ‘Seasons’. SEPAC stands for Small European Postal Administration Co-operation and consists of the following group of small European postal administrations: Greenland, Faroe Islands, Iceland, Åland, Jersey, Guernsey, Isle of Man, Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Gibraltar, Malta, Monaco, San Marino and Vatican.

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Quetzal stampGuatemala is the only country in the world with its currency named after a bird. Rather a shame that other countries haven’t followed suit. If you live in America you might have Cuckoos in your bank account, in Britain you could pay your rent in Robins, in France your shopping could cost 20 Finches and you could get your Tits out for a  taxi fare in Italy.

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

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Kingfisher stamp issued by EstoniaEach year the Estonian Post (Eesti Post) issues a birdstamp entitled ‘Bird of the year’. The partridge, the plover, the shrike, the yellow wagtail, and the elk were the subject in previous issues in this series. This year, on the 20th of March they came up with a beautiful stamp depicting a Kingfisher.

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