Friday, February 23, 2007

Bhutan stamps

Kuensel Online - Bhutan's Daily News Site posted an article,"Bhutanese Stamps Doing Better Abroad" about how the Bhutanese have never shown any interest in their own stamps.

In a sidebar piece the site says, "Although damaged stamps lose much of their value, a stamp with an error in its design or printing often gains in value, depending on how rare the error is."

Apparently in 1998 Bhutan Post had to recall its World Cup commemorative stamp (shown above) when it wrongly depicting Uruguay as the 1958 champions. The Bhutanese agent in New York, Inter Governmental Philatelic Cooperation (IGPC), which represents about 70 countries, had made a printing mistake. It meant to list Uruguay as the 1950 champions. The error was detected by a school teacher.

According to the article, "Bhutan first captured the international philately limelight in the early 1970s when Bhutan Post released unique stamps made of silk and metal, 3-Dimensional, rose scented and the ‘incredible’ talking stamps - a three set of mini phonogram records that played Bhutan’s national anthem and folk songs."

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM