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The most recent information about Joint Stamp Issues is reported here. The very most recent data will always be displayed at the top. This information will mainly deal with issues to come, in other words issues to watch, and for which not enough data are yet available to be transferred in the description sections. It will also contain discoveries from collectors. All possible sources will be explored and if someone has data to share, those will be reported here as well. However this page cannot be interactive, as information does not appear at regular intervals (and the webmaster is not available daily). Furthermore, most of the information will need to be checked before being posted. Different colors will highlight modifications compared to initial texts if information exchanges with collectors provide contradictory opinions or supplementary data. Whenever possible or relevant, links with the original source will be provided. However, these links will not be re-checked for activity. At the end of each quarter, this page will be archived and from that point not updated anymore as the final and updated information will be available in the catalogue section (see on the left side "years" section)

April 29, 2018
Sorry for the long period since last update, I was far from my computer and just back home recently. In the meantime I receive a lot of mails related to news about recent Joint Issues and I will try to summarize everything here:

The 140th anniversary of the end of the Russian-Turkish war (1877-1878) was celebrated by Bulgaria and Russia on March 20, 2018 with a souvenir sheet produced by each country. Even if the two souvenir sheets are not identical, this issue will be considered as twin [T1]. In fact the Russian souvenir sheet contains three stamps while only two are part of the Bulgarian souvenir sheet. The stamps show the portraits of Nikolai Grigoryevich Stolenov (1831-1912), commander of the defense of the Shipka Pass, Count Iosif Vladimirovich Gurko (1828-1901), Russian general, liberator of Bulgaria and Eduard Ivanovich Totleben (1818-1884), Russian general and military engineer. The Bulgarian souvenir sheet shows portraits of Stolenov and Totleben. Bulgaria issued this souvenir sheet also on a special paper with UV visible fibers and numbered from 0001 to 5500. This souvenir sheet is also available as black print.

Bulgaria philatelic administration told Jaap Sarelse (The Netherlands) that they dropped out of the discussion with India about a joint issue to be released in April 2018. India has decided to release their stamp on April 6, 2018. This will probably remain a unilateral issue.

Jaap asked also Belarus Post about the issue date of their joint issue with Azerbaijan. The date is not fixed yet but could be the end of May 2018 following the election of their President which will probably result in a change of Minister of Post.

No news from the Armenia - India joint issues that was supposed to be released on March 21, 2018. Nothing issued so far.

At the occasion of the 25th Andorran Constitution anniversary, Andorra Spain issued a stamp on March 14, 2018 and French Andorra issued a stamp on March 9, 2018. Stamps are different. There was no claim of a joint issue character either, so this pair will not be considered as joint. Information provided by Rindert Paalman, The Netherlands.

Jaap Sarelse provided information about a special item produced in Russia, in form of a golden stamp with the design of the December 5, 2013 stamps issued by Russia jointly with Monaco. This item (sale's value is about € 19.00) will be described in the catalogue, but must not be considered as part of the joint issue. So far we will consider it as a private origin item.

Jaap discovered also another item related to the June 28, 2010 Russia - Serbia issue and showing icon paintings. This new item is a folder containing two sheets of the Russian stamps with one normal on paper and the other printed on a wooden sheet. This item will be reported in the catalogue but considered as a private origin document. It can be found sometimes on eBay or Delcampe at a price of about € 25,00.

In the meantime I have also to report that the Supplement XII to the catalogue has been printed and is now available from Enzo Cafaro who introduced the quotation values and took over all printing costs. This new supplement entirely in color has 48 pages and describes in full details all stamps issued during the year 2017. I am just waiting to get my own sample in order to show a picture of the cover ;-).

March 19, 2018
This is a very quiet period. Grzegorz Omelanczuk (Poland) informed us that the Bulgaria - Russia joint issue initially planned to be released on February 28, 2018, will finally be issued only on March 20, 2018. He could provide a first image of the souvenir sheet of stamps celebrating the 140th anniversary of the Russian-Turkish Liberation War (1877-1878). The souvenir sheets display portraits of N.G. Stoletov, I.V. Gurko, E.I. Totleben (size is 165x100mm and 50,000 samples will be issued by Russia - images from Rusmarka)

Beside this issue, nothing else appeared since the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao bridge series released by Hong Kong, PR China and Macao on February 26, 2018.

Jaap Sarelse (The Netherlands) and Rindert Paalman (The Netherlands) inquired at the Macedonia and Kosovo postal administrations about the Albanian military hero George Castriot stamps issued by Macedonia on January 10, 2018 and by Kosovo on January 17, 2018. It appears that these countries do not recognized this issue as joint and therefore it will have to be removed from our catalogue.

Don Birschel (USA) could finally provide a copy (with the close to correct colors) of the Mozambique stamp (Lusitanian writers issue) released on October 9, 2012.

Mansoor Moazzeni (Iran) discovered a series of souvenir sheets issued by Grenada (August 26, 2002, 3 souvenir sheets), Liberia (August 26, 2002, 3 souvenir sheets), Maldives (November 18, 2002, 6 souvenir sheets), Palau (November 19, 2002, 1 souvenir sheet) with a similar design (Teddy bear shape souvenir sheet) for some of them and dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Teddy Bear. There is no postal relationship between this event and the postal administrations, so we cannot refer to this issue as a joint issue, but we will report it in the series of omnibus series. Other countries such as Gambia, Grenadines of Grenada, Micronesia, Sierra Leone, issued also Teddy bear stamps during the year 2002, but the designs are completely different (no Teddy bear shape). The Grenadines of Grenada and Micronesia souvenir sheets (both issued on September 23, 2002) show a heart shape. Additional Teddy bear stamps and souvenir sheets with different designs were issued during the following year 2003 including Dominica, Gambia, Nevis, Sierra Leone, Saint Kitts and Turks and Caicos, up to the issue of the already reported 2003 series of embroided fabric teddy bear stamps series from April 29, 2003 involving Gambia, Grenada, Sierra Leone and Saint Vincent and Grenadines.

February 22, 2018
The Turkey Qatar stamps were issued on February 21, 2018 (first information was provided by Grzegorz Omelanczuk, Poland). Information is now available for both countries on the Turkish postal administration web site. The Qatar souvenir sheet (82x112 mm) was produced apparently only at 2,500 samples, while 100,000 samples of the Turkish souvenir sheet are available.

Eric Chan (Hong Kong) continues to explore Mozambique and he discovered two new stamps that are definitely part of existing AICEP series that have not been reported so far. The first Mozambique stamp completes the May 5, 2014 Portuguese language series. The second one is part of the April 27, 2015 AICEP series and surprisingly was printed with slightly different colors. Exact dates of issue remain unknown. For these series we are still missing Angola and Timor Leste stamps. The stamps from these countries probably do exist as well. Anyway thanks Eric, this is a major discovery.

February 20, 2018
Jaap Sarelse (The Netherlands) who is doing a really nice job in providing the new issues twice a year (thanks a lot Jaap), did send this week the bi-yearly shipment of philatelic material to subscribers. It is always a nice surprise to discover all these new items, their real color and shape, and of course sometimes astonishing items, not described so far. Again this time, I discovered in my package some unexpected items:

The first one was a mixed FDC from the Morocco Qatar issue from October 9, 2012. It is of private origin, but at least a proof that this type of mixed FDC can also exist. Actually Jaap provided a series of original mixed FDCs and the list of new items for 2017, most of them produced privately and not reported so far, includes the following:
- February 10, 2017: Lithuania - Vatican (mixed cover with two stamps)
- March 30, 2017: French Polynesia - Pitcairn Islands (mixed cover with one stamp and one souvenir sheet)
- June 26, 2017: France - Philippines (mixed cover with all four stamps)
- July 3, 2017: Russia - Thailand (mixed cover with two stamps; official mixed maxi cards were also available)
- September 1, 2017: France - Russia (mixed cover with two stamps; mixed maxi-cards were also available)
- October 27, 2017: French Austral and Antarctic Territories - Greenland (mixed cover with all four stamps)

For the Euromed PUMed issue from July 10, 2017, we missed so far Morocco, which issued a stamp on August 16, 2017. We missed also Tunisia which produced two stamps on July 10, 2017. Note that the stamps from Jordan and Tunisia do not bear the Euromed logo. However both countries appear on the official web site of the EuroMED postal organization: and therefore we have to include them in the series that includes now 11 countries: Croatia - Cyprus - France - Greece (June 27) - Jordan - Lebanon (July 8) - Malta - Morocco (August 16) - Portugal - Slovenia - Tunisia (all stamps issued on July 10, 2017, except Greece, Lebanon and Morocco.

The designs of the souvenir sheets for the Papua New Guinea and India released on December 30, 2017 appeared on both postal administrations' web sites. However the Indian souvenir sheet presented on the PNG web site is definitely a design and not the final. Compare the two following pictures (denominations for example), the first one being the wrong design, the second one the official souvenir sheet from India:

Recent issues

On January 10, 2018, Macedonia issued a stamps showing a portrait of George Castriot, an Albanian military hero also known under the name Skanderbeg, who died 550 years ago. Kosovo issued exactly the same portrait, unfortunately the exact date of issue remains unknown so far (information provided by Lan Chun Yi, Malaysia).

Don Birschel (USA) provided a set of better images (perforate and imperforate) of the Vietnamese stamps issued on January 25, 2018, together with India. The Indian stamps are available on the website of the Indian postal administration.

The Peru and Dominican Republic souvenir sheets were issued on February 7, 2018 (information and pictures provided by Grzegorz Omelanczuk, Poland).

Lan Chun Yi (Malaysia) was the first to inform us about the existence of a joint issue between India and Iran released on February 17, 2018 and Don Birschel (USA) provided the first images of the Indian stamps. Stamps depict the harbors of Deendayal in Kandla (India) and Shahid Beheshti Port in Chabahar (Iran).

Issues under preparation

To commemorate the opening of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, Hongkong Post issues on February 26, 2018 a set of four commemorative stamps and a souvenir sheet to mark this important occasion. PR China and Macao participate also to this postal event. The design of the set of four Hong Kong stamps is based on the name of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge: H for Hong Kong and the Chinese character of “Kong” on the $2 stamp; Z for Zhuhai and the Chinese character of “Zhu” on the $3.7 stamp; M for Macao and the first character of the Chinese name of Macao on the $4.9 stamp; and B for Bridge and the Chinese character of “bridge” on the $5 stamp. The grid line pattern in the background of the stamps connects the four stamps together, complemented by the iconic architecture of each city and the outline of the bridge, signifying that the road network closely links up and integrates the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Greater Bay Area.
China Post, Hongkong Post and Macao Post issue a Joint Souvenir Pack which contains a set of three China stamps at RMB ¥1.20, ¥1.50 and ¥1.50; a set of three Macao stamps at MOP $2, $3 and $5.50; and a set of three Hong Kong stamps at HKD $2, $3.70 and $4.90. The designs of the Hong Kong stamps in the Joint Souvenir Pack are different from those of the commemorative stamps on the theme of “Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge”, and these stamps are available only in the form of this joint souvenir pack (information provided by Lan Chun Yi, Malaysia and Rindert Paalman, the Netherlands).

Grzegorz Omelanczuk provided the first image of the Belarus stamps to be issued in April 2018 together with Azerbaijan.

Finally I would like to mention a special article I could publish recently. Almost one year ago, I received a request from Rita Drach (USA) to define the first joint issue. Actually this is not obvious as the definition of joint issue evolved over time, from colonial or territorial issue to omnibus series and finally to true joint issues divided in subgroups including twin, concerted and parallel issues. It took me some time to perform the identification as there is not a single answer, even with the help of the updated catalogue. Eventually I decided to compile all this information and to write an article that was accepted for publication by the French philatelic newspaper "Timbres Magazine" in the issue of February 2018. This five pages article can be downloaded here. It is unfortunately in French, but at least the illustrations will help to understand the text. If I have some time, I will try to translate it in English. Have a good reading (or deciphering).

January 28, 2018
The Papua New Guinea stamps from the joint issue with India were finally also released on December 30, 2017, making this joint issue a twin issue (proven by first day cancelled covers).

Niket Bubna (USA) was the first to provide this information. Niket found also new data about other issues to be released soon and involving India:
- the Armenia - India joint issue initially scheduled in 2017, is now proposed for issuance on March 21, 2018 with a theme of Dances.
- India and South Africa are planning a joint issue on personalities in 2018. The current plan is to issue stamps on Oliver R. Tambo (birth centenary) and Deendayal Upadhyaya (birth centenary and 50 years of death anniversary). Exact dates of issue remain unknown
- a joint release between Serbia and India appears to be planned for October 9, 2018
- and finally Niket was the first to announce the joint issue between India and Vietnam that was issued January 25, 2018, while Don Birschel (USA) provided the first pictures. The vietnamese stamps have been issued as non-perforated stamps as well. We are still looking for better quality pictures.

Don Birschel (USA) has also been reading Sri Lanka blogs, and it appears they are angry over the fact that on the date of the joint issue Russia placed a ban on tea and other agricultural products from Sri Lanka because a rare beetle was discovered in a shipment.  Sri Lanka has not issued their stamps which was to take place December 21, 2017. So we should expect some delay until the Sri Lanka stamps are released, with the hope that it does not transform in a unilateral issue for political reasons, similarly to the failed 2016 Ecuador - Israel joint issue.

Grzegorz Omelanczuk was the first to mention the next Dominican Republic - Peru joint issue to be released probably on February 7, 2018. Jaap Sarelse (The Netherlands) contacted both postal administrations and got from Dominican Republic the confirmation that the stamp will be joint. In the meantime the Peruvian miniature sheet design became available.

Eric Chan (Hong Kong) could bring back also this very interesting information: One of his friends has recently visited the philatelic bureau in Maputo, Mozambique, and found stocks of AICEP issues from 2010, 2012, 2015 as well as the 800th anniversary of Portuguese Language issue from 2014. He could even collect technical details of the October 9, 2012 AICEP issue, for which we had seen so far only a cancelled stamp and a reproduction in the Scott catalogue. This "Tribute to the Lusophone culture" stamp was priinted at 20,000 samples and represent the portrait of the writer Ungulani Ba Ka Khosa (1957- ). Just as a reminder, here is the represntation of the stamp, not in the best color quality (should be more brown).

January 16, 2018
The Romania - Slovakia joint issue celebrating the 25th anniversary of relationship between both countries was released as planned on January 5, 2018. Romania issued stamps in miniature sheets of 5 stamps [3x2] with top central space replaced by a label while Slovakia produced miniature sheets of 8 stamps [2x4]. Both stamps are identical and represent the mausoleum built in the Romanian military cemetery in Zvolen, Slovakia.

January 16, 2018
The publication of the latest news from 2017 raised some reaction from several collectors who provided additional information about missing 2017 issues.

In particular Jaap Sarelse (The Netherlands) who contacted the Sri Lanka postal administration was told that the Sri Lanka stamps from the joint issue with Russia (December 18, 2017) have in fact not yet been issued and there is not yet an official date of issue fixed. However they did not claim they would not issue these stamps but as a result, this pair will have to be considered as Concerted and not anymore a Twin issue. We will inform you as soon as we know more.

Also Don Birschel (USA) discovered that the long awaited India Papua New Guinea joint issue was finally released on December 30, 2017. We know that the Papua New Guinea stamps do exist and even have been printed in the final ordered amount, but their release is blocked for administrative and financial reasons. Therefore we are expecting the Papua New Guinea stamps to come on the market during 2018 and we will have to consider these stamps as concerted. In the meantime we are still looking for better quality images:

From Martin Lund (Denmark), Myanmar has issued on November 11, 2017 a stamp part of the ASEAN 50th anniversary series from August 8, 2017. Only Brunei is missing now from this series.

Despite the fact that the winter flowers series from Denmark (issued September 26, 2017) and Sweden (issued November 16, 2017) are very similar (actually based on the same photographs), we will not consider these stamps as joint for two main reasons: this is not a commemorative issue and both Swedish and Danish post are run by the same operator PostNord which controls also the production of stamps from both countries.

The joint issue between the French Arctic and Antarctic Territories and Greenland issued on October 27, 2017 bears a true error on one French stamp. The penguin represented on the first stamp is erroneously described as an Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri). In fact this penguin is a King penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus). This error on stamp is probably the first appearing on a twin issue. However the error is not present on a stamp from the Greenland souvenir sheet, as in this case the penguins are only represented on a label, not a stamp. In this series only the middle stamp (skuas) is common.

December 26, 2017
New issues from the past month:

The Kazakhstan - Poland joint issue was released on December 6, 2017 by Poland and on December 25, 2017 by Kazakhstan, leading therefore to a concerted issue [C1]. It celebrates the Army of Anders that followed the Trail of Hope, the trail that was supposed to lead to the liberation of the home country (Poland) during WWII. Poland, initially considered as an ennemy of Russia, joined the Russian Army once Germany started their invasion of Russia. A joined Polish Russia Army was created in Kazakhstan. This army, under the command of Wladislaw Anders, went through Iran, Iraq, Palestine and Egypt before participating to the liberation of Europe in Italy. The stamp represents Wlasislaw Anders and a polish camp in Kazakhstan (information provided by Rindert Paalman, the Netherlands and Enzo Cafaro, Italy).

The Russian - Sri Lanka joint issue announced for a while was finally issued on December 18, 2017. These stamps were issued at the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the relationship between both countries and depict the Bakhchisaray Cave Monastery and the Dambulla golden cave temple. Note that the a Bakhchisaray Holy Assumption monastery is located in Crimea (information provided by Grzegorz Omelanczuk, Poland). Sri Lanka stamps have not been seen so far.

Jaap Sarelse informs us also about a prestige booklet issued by Russia and containing one of the Russian stamps from the joint issues released during 2017. Last year, Russia issued a booklet with four similar stamps to celebrate the ‘75th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War / Way to Victory’. Recently a similar prestige booklet was produced. From the souvenir sheets in that booklet, only one contains a stamp which was part of a joint issue, i.e. the last one, issued jointly with France. This item will be listed in the products released by Russia under the French - Russia joint issue.

November 27, 2017
In the past week the Estonia - Romania stamps were issued. Both countries released on November 24, 2017, two stamps with topic trees each. Estonia issued stamps in miniature sheets of 10 stamps tête-bêche. Romania issued stamps in miniature sheets of 5 stamps and one label. Despite the fact that Romania issued stamps also in panes of 32 stamps, the total number of Romanian stamps will remain limited to about 12,000 pairs (6,175 in panes, 5,920 in miniature sheets, i.e. only 1,235 pairs of miniatures sheets were printed). The Estonian stamps were printed at 35,000 pairs.

On November 16, 2017, the Cambodia - PR China joint issue was released as well. Stamps represent large sttues of lions.

The Armenian stamps from the 25th relationship with Russia series were issued on November 21, 2017, but these stamps have nothing in common with the Russian special cover issued on April 14, 2017 and therefore we cannot consider these items as joint (information from Grzegorz Omelanczuk, Poland).
Similarly the Belarus-Moldova, France-Kazhakstan and Japan-Maldives potential joint issues, initially scheduled to be released in November and December 2017, will have to be considered as unilateral issues and will not be reported in the catalogue.

November 13, 2017
The United Nations issued again a souvenir sheet bearing three stamps, one from each office, each one in its own currency, this time at the occasion of the UNEXPO17. Date of issue is October 30, 2017, topic being the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (the whole text of the Pre-amble and the Declaration appears on one stamp!). Such type of issue cannot be considered as joint on the basis of the definition of true joint issues, but we report it here as it may interest collectors who are not so strict with the joint issues definition. It will also shortly be described in the catalogue but under the [N] (not-approved) section.

The situation is the same for the second issue involving the United Nations, which released a similar souvenir sheet, at the occasion of the 71th Salon Philatélique d’Automne in Paris. Date of issue is November 9, 2017. This item will also be filed as [N].

Jaap Sarelse (the Netherlands) reported about the two issues described above but found also the following postal stationery from Slovakia. This is not a pure joint issue item but as its illustration is related to a joint issue from the previous year, a series issued on June 22, 2017, we will describe it in the catalogue as a connected item under the entry of the original stamps. This card was issued on October 28, 2017 at only 2,600 samples and is illustrated by the most beautiful Slovakian stamp from 2016 which appears to be a joint issue.

While visiting the Paris Salon Philatelic d'Automne, I had the chance to visit the Bulgarian booth where I could find the following items as well. These items are also to be considered as connected to the original stamps and are reported here because they are not fake items and are officially sold by the postal administration. These are black prints from previously issued joint issues involving Bulgaria, without denomination.

[T20090302] - imperforate, perforations are simulated in white color

[T20130305] - imperforate

[T20130612] - imperforate

[T20160509] - imperforate - issued April 26, 2016

Regarding this last issue, I discovered also a postal stationery (cover) that was made available at the same time as the Bulgarian 2016 Europa issue with the design of stamp B ([T20160509] issued April 26, 2016)

November 13, 2017
The picture from the Vatican stamps to be issued with Monaco on November 30, 2017 became also available (Enzo Cafaro, Italy).

Ehsan Mehmood (Pakistan) and Jaap Sarelse (The Netherlands) were the first to provide the illustrations of the souvenir sheets released jointly on November 9, 2017 by Turkey and Pakistan.

November 8, 2017
Following the previous message, Enzo Cafaro (Italy) was able to provide additional information:

Regarding the Monaco - Vatican issue, there will be effectively a joint issue to be released on November 30, 2017. The Monaco Christmas stamp depicted earlier (issued November 3, 2017) has nothing to do with this issue. Below you will find the pictures of the two miniature sheets that will be issued by Monaco at this occasion, clearly stating on the margin the joint issue character. The only open questionmark on these items is the presence of the year "2018" in the corners. These stamps will be issued at the occasion of the philatelic exhibition MONACOPHIL 2017 (November 30 to December 2, 2017). We are expecting Vatican issuing similar stamps.

Enzo provided also the illustration of a special item released by France in the frame of the France - Russia joint issue that was brought for sale on September 3, 2017. This item in form of a souvenir sheet is offered in a cardboard cover which is also illustrated below.

Don Birschel (USA) was able to provided the first picture of the Russian stamp to be released together with the Israel stamp on November 14, 2014. Although it is not a high quality picture (source JSC Marka), it demonstrates at least the twin character of the issue.

November 6, 2017
After one month of silence, it is greatly time to update the web site with all the new issues that have been released over this period. During this period mails accumulated from collectors who provided information from several parts of the world. This information came from (without priority order) Jaap Sarelse (The Netherlands), Wayne Chen (USA), Grzegorz Omelanczuk (Poland), Roland Montagne (France), Enzo Cafaro (Italy), Don Birschel (USA), Nicket Bubna (USA), Adam Paish (UK), Mansoor Moazzeni (Iran) and Dominique Josse (France). I hope I haven't forgotten someone and thanks to all of you. Let us describe these issues in the order of their release date:

October 20, 2017: the souvenir sheets from the Canada - USA joint issue, previously described here, have also been released. These souvenir sheets have been issued in addition to stamps in panes or booklets.

October 25, 2017: Armenia announced that the joint issue with Iran was released. This issue was initially scheduled to be released in March 2017. Both countries produced a souvenir sheet with two stamps. The design for the Iran souvenir sheet is mostly unchanged from earlier this year, but inscriptions on the stamps do appear to be different. The earlier version had the two monuments listed as Kabood Mosque and Vank Church, but the most recent version and likely the original stamp describe them as Blue Mosque and Holy Savior Cathedral.

October 26, 2017 - Russia and India joint issue. The common theme is "national dances". The stamps depict Russian dance "Berezka" and Indian "Bhavai". Russian stamps were issued in miniature sheets of 8 stamps [3x3] with central label and printed at 100,000 unit each. Indian released different stamps at 500,000 samples together with a souvenir sheet bearing both stamps at 100,000 samples.

October 27, 2017: The French Austral and Antarctic Territories together with Greenland issued their common souvenir sheet at the occasion of the philatelic exhibition Nordia 2017. Greenland produced additionally two isolated stamps identical to the souvenir sheet stamps.

October 30, 2017: the opening of the Kars (Turkey) - Tbilisi (Georgia) - Baku (Azerbaijan) railway was celebrated by Azerbaijan and Turkey with two souvenir sheets. Azerbaijan souvenir sheet 115x75mm was printed at 10,000 samples. No information is available regarding if Georgia is involved or not in this issue.

October 31, 2017: At the occasion of the 25th anniversary of MIR, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Russia released each one single stamp representing the logo of the Interstate Television and Radio company. Earlier the date of issue announced for these stamps was October 9, 2017, but finally this issue was postponed to October 31, 2017..

November 6, 2017
Over the last month period a few new issues were announced for the coming period. Here is a summary. This information has of course been implemented in the "Latest Upcoming issues" page. This information was obtained thanks to Grzegorz Omelanczuk (Poland), Roland Montagne (France), Enzo Cafaro (Italy), Grzegorz Smialkowski (Poland) and Adam Paish (UK).

Design of the South Korea stamps from the joint issue with Sri Lanka to be released on November 14, 2017 appeared on the web. The South Korean stamps will be produced in miniature sheets of 8 pairs divided in two sub-sheets of [2px2] stamps (alternating, chessboard ordered). Sri Lanka stamps have not been seen so far.

Also confirmed, the joint issue between Israel and Russia to be released on November 14, 2017, that will depict Gorny Convent, Ein Karem, the "Cathedral of All Russian Saints", building started during the 19th century but only completed in 2007.

The Principality of Monaco and the Vatican State were supposed to release in the course of November 2017 a joint stamp at the occasion of Christmas. Vatican states claims since the beginning of the year that it will be joint, while Monaco never confirmed. Now the picture of the Monaco Christmas stamp became available and this stamp was released on November 3, 2017. We are still missing the information from the Vatican and cannot guarantee yet that it will be a joint issue.

Belarus will issue on November 11, 2017 a souvenir sheet printed at 15,000 units at the occasion of the 25th anniversary of relationship with Romania. At this stage we cannot say if this will translate in a joint issue as Romania does not have something similar in its issue program.

China Post will issue in collaboration with Cambodia Post on November 16, 2017 a set of two stamps that are themed on 'Mythological Lions" and celebrate each country's history and cultural traditions. The issue comprises two stamps from each country, one illustrating the Iron Lion of Cangzhou (in Hebei province), the other a stone Guardian Lion of Phnom Bakheng (within the Angkor complex in Cambodia).

Kazakhstan Post announced that it is still under preparation of two joint issues respectively with France and Poland (Anders Army - Hope trail) that are expected to be released in the course of December 2017.

October 8, 2017
The NHL stamp designs from USA and Canada to be released on October 20, 2017 became also available. Each country will issue two stamps representing a player in modern equipment and, in a tête-bêche configuration, a player in vintage gear. Actually as all stamps are self-adhesive and therefore not connected to each other, we cannot consider them as real tête-bêche stamps. But this is real twin issue.

October 8, 2017
Jaap Sarelse (The Netherlands) made an unusual discovery regarding the T19770521 issue. These stamps celebrating the 10th anniversary of the French Language international Council (Sassenage) are described in the catalogue on page 127. Six countries namely Benin, Cameroun, Chad, Ivory Coast, Mali, Rwanda and Senegal issued identical stamps on that occasion at the date of May 21, 1977 (except for Benin which issued its stamp on May 16 instead and Rwanda on June 20). This was clearly considered as a twin issue. Additionally on May 17, 2017 and on May 19, 2017, respectively Togo and Tunesia issued also stamps on this topic, but with different designs. Senegal issued a second stamp with different design on May 21, 1977 as well. Jaap discovered a folder containing all these stamps over six pages, all first day cancelled, that has to be considered as a true mixed document. We have no idea how many of these folders were produced. Here are the pictures of all pages of this folder.

October 8, 2017
Just for your information and based on news collected by Jaap Sarelse (The Netherlands), Citipost Hannover, a private German postal service issued a booklet with 2x5 stamps, more or less identical to the stamps from the joint issue Brazil-Germany (April 13, 2017 - 500th anniversary of the Reformation). Of course these Citipost stamps are not part of the joint issue. But it was interesting to report this here. These stamps were issued on September 15, 2017 and only 3,000 booklets have been printed.

In order to complete this information, and also from Jaap, he recently learned that Germany offers in fact two different items in terms of booklet for sale with the Luther stamp:
- a sheet with 8 stamps, unfolded, without left border
- a booklet with the same sheet, folded, with left border
Illustration of the booklet are the same (i.e. the order of stamps), but the left border makes the difference. we are now looking at the printing numbers to check which one is more common.

October 2, 2017
Some news about joint issues to be released before end of the year or in the course of 2018:
- United States postal service just announced a new joint issue with Canada that will he issued on October 20, 2017 in Detroit to celebrate the centenary of the National Hockey League (Source: Niket Bubna, USA)
- Russia seems to prepare an additional joint issue in 2017 involving Sri Lanka and dedicated to architecture. Still to be confirmed. No exact date is known (Source: Grzegorz Omelanczuk, Poland)
- Grzegorz noticed also in the Slovakia and Czech Republic philatelic programs for 2018 two possible future joint issues which are not described precisely as "joint" yet but with themes too similar to be ignored: 1) the 100th Anniversary of the Foundation of Czechoslovakia (October 28, 2018 is mentioned in the Slovakian programme); 2) the 100th Anniversary of the first Czechoslovakian stamp - Hradcany by Alphonse Mucha (December 3, 2018 in the Slovakian plan, the Czech plan does not include release dates yet). We have to wait for more information to define the type of issue, but me may be in the same situation as for the August 2017 released Austria-Hungary stamps for which we discovered the joint status at the date of release.
- The updated Turkish philatelic program confirmed also the new date of release of the joint issue with Pakistan now set to November 9, 2017 and a new joint issue with Azerbaijan to be released on November 15, 2017 (information found by Grzegorz).

October 2, 2017
More than a dozen collectors provided information and images related to the Canada - India joint issue officially released on September 21, 2017. So, I will just mention the names of the three first ones, actually the three fastest to provide the information, namely Lan Chun Yi from Malaysia, Don Birschel, USA and Dhaval Kalathia, India. Thanks to all of you and to all others as well.
This issue becomes interesting in the sense that it is a siamese issue with a souvenir sheet bearing one stamp from each country. Both countries issued two stamps and India produced also an additional (fully Indian) souvenir sheet. Canadian stamps were issued as self-adhesive stamps in booklets of 5 pairs with denomination "P" while the Canadian stamp appearing on the siamese souvenir sheet has a denomination of CND$ 2.50.

At this occasion I would like also to mention an interesting page from the web site Indian Philately Digest that is fully devoted to all joint issues involving India. This link was provided by Prashant Pandya and I can only invite you to visit these pages under which were obvioulsy updated with the recent Canada India and Belarus India joint issues information.

October 2, 2017
Belarus and India issued a stamp jointly on September 12, 2017, at the occasion of the 25th anniversary of their relationship. Belarus issued a stamp in miniature sheets of 6 stamps while India produced one stamp in panes and the same stamp as part of a souvenir sheet.

On September 16, 2017, the stamps celebrating the 25th anniversary of relationship between Belarus and Kazakhstan were also released. Belarus issued stamps in miniature sheets of 6 stamps and Kazakhstan had only 5 stamps in their miniature sheet.

October 1, 2017
The News from the period July to September 2017 have been archived.

All previous information reported in this section is to be found in the News Archives.


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