Dublin Coin & Stamp Fair (Spring)

Sunday 8th April 2018.

For those of us who are primarily Stamp Collectors, with a casual interest in Coins, this should have been a good event. Somehow it fell flat.

While some (primarily) Stamp Dealers also deal in coins, this is not really the case with (primarily) Coin Dealers. And I would reckon that Coin Dealers outnumbered Stamp Dealers by 3:1. There were also some Postcard Dealers.

Attendance was pretty good and more younger people and more women than usual. Are Stamps just for old men like myself? It would appear so.

I collect Stamps in two ways…….a serious interest in Irish stamps which drives me insane. And a fun interest in used “world” stamps which keeps me sane. Life is all about BALANCE after all.

As far as Irish stamps are concerned, I can really only afford to buy more than three stamps each year from my Wants List . So I bought one on Sunday. This means that I can buy another stamp during the summer and another one at the annual Stamp Fair in October.

I was disappointed at the lack of availability of cheap used foreign stamps. To be very clear, I want quantity. I do not want quality. So really I want to spend a very small amount of money to get a very large amount of stamps. But Stamp Dealers at Stamp Fairs is entirely the wrong market. I will get better value at car boot sales, flea markets or simply thru exchanging Duplicates with other collectors around the world. I picked up no more than one hundred cheap foreign stamps on Sunday.

Coins? Disappointing. There are still some affordable Irish coins that I can buy. But I forgot to bring my list with me. And I had hoped to pick up some American “State Quarters”. I find these attractive and affordable. I have around twenty “States” in my collection.

So….overall….disappointing.

There is a Fair in Belfast next weekend. I hope I have a better day.

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Stamp Collection: A Work in Progress: “Dead” Countries

We tend to think of the countries of the world as static. In fact, it is very temporary. The World has changed. It will continue to change.

Circa 1962, when I was starting off as a young collector, the world looked very different. It was the height of the Cold War, the Berlin Wall and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

The despotic French and British Empires and the horrific Belgian Empire were breaking up. New nations were emerging. I don’t suppose there were more than ninety nations in the world.

I would not have believed that the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics would fall apart in my lifetime. Nor would I have believed Yugoslavia fall apart in bloodshed. Or Czechoslovakia become two republics. Nor could I have foreseen the German Federal Republic unite with the German Democratic Republic.

I could not have foreseen that the desert kingdoms in the Middle East would become the powerhouse that is the United Arab Emirates. And of course we have seen Palestine and Kosovo emerge.

There will be more changes in our world. That much is certain. Just what those changes will be is a more difficult question. Perhaps there will be unity on the Korean Peninsula. Perhaps Spain will acquire Gibraltar and Argentina will acquire the Malvinas. Perhaps the “United Kingdom” will collapse and Scotland take its rightful place among the nations of the world.

The table below is a list of countries which used to issue stamps but are now in the re-cycle bin of History. Of course territories never really disappear. In independence they are often re-named.

The totals show the number of stamps that I have of each “dead” country. There are no targets because I do not actively collect them.

USSR 187
CZECHOSLOVAKIA 231
YUGOSLAVIA 56
GERMANY (DDR) 95
GERMANY (FDR) 210
NORTH VIETNAM 7
SOUTH VIETNAM 102
KINGDOM OF YEMEN 1
SOUTH YEMEN 2
PDR YEMEN 2
RHODESIA 32
ST KITTS-NEVIS 5
TIBET 1
ST CHRISTOPHER-NEVIS-ANGULLA 23
ABU DHABI 2
ADEN 2
AITUTAKI 2
AJMAN 4
ALDERNEY 4
ANTIQUIOA 1
AUSTRALIAN ANTARC TERR 8
AZORES 2
BARBUDA 2
BAHAWALAPUR 1
BASUTOLAND 17
BAVARIA 16
BAVARIA-GERMANY 9
BECHUANALAND 3
BELGIAN CONGO 17
BERLIN (RUSSIAN ZONE0 7
BIAFRA 8
BOHEMIA & MORAVIA 1
BOPHUTHASWANA 4
BRITISH ANTARC TERRITORY 10
BRITISH GUIANA 8
BRITISH HONDURAS 13
BRITISH LEVANT 4
BRITISH SOLOMON ISLANDS 3
CANAL ZONE 6
CAPE OF GOOD HOPE 1
CENTRAL LITHUANIA 7
COCHIN 4
COCOS ISLANDS 1
DANZIG 1
DUBAI 29
EAST AFRICA 17
EPIRUS 29
FALKLAND DEPENDENCIES 5
FEDERATED MALAY STATES 1
FERNANDO POO 1
FIUME 1
FRENCH SOMALI COAST 1
FRENCH TERR AFFARS & ISSAS 5
FRENCH LEVANT 1
FUJIERA 5
GERMAN EAST AFRICA (BELGIAN) 2
GILBERT ISLANDS 6
GILBERT & ELLICE ISLANDS 2
GOLD COAST 16
GWALIOR 6
HADRAMAUT 6
HONG KONG (British) 23
HYDERABAD 1
IFNI 3
JAPANESE OCC OF MALAYA 1
JIND 5
JOHORE 4
KATANGA 8
KEDAH 2
KELANTAN 9
KENYA UGANDA & TANGANYKA 38
KHOR FAKKAN 6
LEEWARD ISLANDS 2
LUNDY 13
MACAO (Portuguese) 5
MADEIRA 2
MAHRA STATE 20
MALACCA 2
MALAYA 4
MALAYAN POSTAL UNION 4
MANAMA 3
MANCHURIA 9
MOROCCO AGENCIES 11
MOZAMBIQUE CO 7
MUSCAT 10
NABHA 1
NAGALAND 4
NATAL 3
NEGRI SEMBILAN 3
NETH ANTILLES 20
NEW HEBRIDES (British0 1
NEW HEBRIDES (French) 1
NEW SOUTH WALES 7
NEWFOUNDLAND 1
NORTH BORNEO 3
NORTHERN RHODESIA 1
NYASSALAND 7
OCEANIC SETTLEMENTS 2
PAHANG 2
PATALIA 12
PENANG 11
PENRHYN 8
PERAK 2
PERLIS 1
PORTUGUESE GUINEA 3
PORTUGUESE INDIA 3
PUERTO RICO 2
QUEENSLAND 3
QUELIMANE 2
RAS AL KHAIMA 5
REDONDA 4
RHODESIA & NYASSALAND 25
RIO MUNI 3
RUANDA-URUNDI 11
RYUKYU ISLANS 1
SAAR 1
SABAH 1
SAHARA 10
SARAWAK 1
SAXONY 3
SEIYUN 3
SELANGOR 7
SHARJAH & DEPENDENCIES 1
SINGAPORE-MALAYA 6
SOMALILAND PROTECTORATE 1
SORUTH 4
SOUTH ARABIAN FEDERATION 1
SOUTH AUSTRALIA 5
SOUTH ORKNEYS 1
SOUTH WEST AFRICA 8
SOUTHERN RHODESIA 15
SPANISH GUINEA 5
SPANISH MOROCCO 1
SPANISH SAHARA 6
STRAITS SETTLEMENTS 6
TANGANYKA 11
TANGIER 17
TANNU TUVA 4
TASMANIA 5
TETE 1
THESSALY 5
TIMOR 7
TRANSKEI 5
TRANSVAAL 3
TRAVANCORE 2
TRENGGANU 11
TRINIDAD 1
UMM AL QIWAIN 19
UPPER YAFA 5
VENDA 4
VICTORIA 11
WEST BERLIN 1
WESTERN AUSTRALIA 2
WURTEMBURG 28
WURTEMBURG-GERMANY 22
ZAMBEZIA 1
ZANZIBAR 1
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Stamp Collection: A Work in Progress: Irish Interest

One of the interesting things about being a collector of Irish stamps is  finding stamps of Irish interest that have been issued by other countries.

I have an album of such stamps. The “problem” is often about setting limits on this collection rather than including stamps.

For example Chile and Argentina have issued a lot of stamps referencing Bernardo O’Higgins and William Brown. It would be expensive and time consuming to include them all. At the other end of the spectrum too many stamps have been issued specifically for the philatelic market …for example when Ireland has qualified for World Cup football.

It is no surprise that the country which issues most Irish-themed stamps is Britain. Technically “Northern Ireland” is an integral part of the so-called “United Kingdom” so stamps featuring George Best (footballer) or The Giants Causeway can be regarded as Irish-themed.

My preference is for “joint issues”. Stamps issued by two or more countries with a common theme.

I have no targets in this collection. The collection is intended to be representative. The table below shows the stamps of Irish interest and “JI” indicates if some or all of the stamps have been a joint issue with Ireland.

NORN IRON Regionals 254
1 BRITAIN 76
2 VATICAN 5
3 UNITED STATES of AMERICA 8 JI
4 UNITED NATIONS 1
5 GERMANY 2 JI
6 FAROES 3 JI
7 ICELAND 3 JI
8 BELGIUM 2 JI
9 FRANCE 2 JI
10 ISLE OF MAN 8 JI
11 MEXICO 1 JI
12 AUSTRALIA 1 JI
13 CHILE 2 JI
14 SWEDEN 5 JI
15 SPAIN 1 JI

 

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Stamp Collection: A Work in Progress: Colonies

I am not a big fan of colonies, the consequence of imperialism. I don’t actively seek out stamps from colonies. But in the interests of completion, it would be nice to have a stamp from all members of the Universal Postal Union.

The first colum shows the stamps I had at 1st January 2017. The second column shows the stamps I have at today’s date.

The third column shows posted postcards.

The fourth column shows my target for 31st December 2018.

Despite being largely indifferent to “Colonies” and “Overseas Territories”, I have made some good progress, especially with Scotland and Wales regionals and Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey.

I do not include Norn Iron in my totals.

3a ARUBA 1 2 5
3b CURACAO 1 2 5
3c SINT MAARTEN 5
4a FRENCH GUIANA 2 2 5
4b GUADELOUPE 3 3 10
4c MARTINIQUE 5
4d REUNION 1 1 5
4e MAYOTTE 5
4f ST PIERRE et MIQUELION 9 9 10
4g FRENCH POLYNESIA 1 1 5
4h FRENCH SOUTHERN-ANTARC TERR 2 2 5
4i NEW CALEDONIA 4 4 10
4j WALLIS et FUTUNA 1 1 5
8a ANGUILLA 7 8 25
8b BERMUDA 18 31  PC 25
8c BRITISH INDIAN OCEAN TERRITORY 2 2 5
8d BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 11 11 25
8e CAYMAN ISLANDS 15 18 25
8f FALKLAND ISLANDS 23 23 50
8g GIBRALTAR 47 48  PC 75
8h MONTSERRAT 18 18 25
8i PITCAIRN ISLANDS 1 2 5
8j SOUTH GEORGIA 3 3 10
8k ST HELENA 43 44 50
8l ASCENSION 4 5
8m TRISTAN DA CUNHA 6 5
8n TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS 11 11 25
8o WALES 3 32  PC 10
8p SCOTLAND 7 43  PC 25
8q NORN IRON  N/A N/A
8r ISLE OF MAN 40 52 50
8s ENGLAND 7  PC
8t JERSEY 32 83  PC 50
8u GUERNSEY 41 44  PC 50
9a FAROE ISLANDS 27 27 30
9b GREENLAND 20 20 25
15a ALAND 1 1 5
52a NORFOLK ISLAND 6 6 25
52b CHRISTMAS ISLAND 7 7 25
53a ROSS DEPENDENCY 1 1 5
53b COOK ISLANDS 1 1 5
53c NIUE 1 1 5
53d TOKELAU ISLANDS 1 1 5
57a NIUA FO’UA 2 2 5
115a HONG KONG-China 2 13 25
115b MACAO-China  PC 5

 

 

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Stamp Collection: A Work in Progress: Others

Some countries  including the ridiculous Sovereign Military Order of Malta. the highly honourable United Nations and Northern Cyprus which is unrecognised. And other regimes.

The first column shows the number of stamps I had at 1st January 2017. The second column shows the number of stamps I have at today’s date.

The third column shows posted postcards.

The fourth column shows target for 31st December 2018.

 

198 NORTHERN CYPRUS 4 6  PC 10
199 SOV MIL ORDER of MALTA 3 3 5
200a UNITED NATIONS 18 34  PC 25
 200b UNITED NATIONS 10 10 15
201 ABKHAZIA
202 SOUTH OSSETTIA
203 NAGARNO-KARABAKH
204 TRANSNISTRIA
205 SAHRAWI REPUBLIC
206 SOMALILAND
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Stamp Collection: A Work in Progress: Africa

Africa.

The first column shows the number of stamps at 1st January 2017. The second column shows the number of stamps that I have at today’s date.

The third column indicates if I have a posted postcard.

The fourth column is the target for 31st December 2018.

Africa has been mostly disappointing. Few targets have been reached. Two reasons. I started from a low base. And used African stamps are difficult to find. This is particularly true of the former French colonies.

145 LIBERIA 5 7 10
146 MAURITIUS 47 55  PC 75
147 MADAGASGAR 5 6  PC 10
148 COMOROS 5 5 10
149 CAPE VERDE 7 7 10
150 SAO TOME et PRINCIPE 7 7 10
151 ANGOLA 10 10 15
152 MOZAMBIQUE 20 24 25
153 GUINEA BISSAU 2 3 10
154 EQUATORIAL GUINEA 17 17 20
155 CAMEROON 3 6 10
156 DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO 24 29 30
157 RWANDA 20 20 30
158 BURUNDI 14 14 25
159 ERITREA 3 3 5
160 ETHIOPIA 19 22  PC 25
161 SOMALIA 16 20 25
162 SOUTH SUDAN 1 1 5
163 SUDAN 24 27 30
164 EGYPT 49 59 PC 75
165 LIBYA 8 8 15
166 TUNISIA 20 24 25
167 MOROCCO 10 13  PC 25
168 ALGERIA 9 20  PC 25
169 SIERRA LEONE 37 42 50
170 KENYA 52 57  PC 75
171 UGANDA 24 30 50
172 TANZANIA 27 36  PC 50
173 ZAMBIA 13 55 50
174 ZIMBABWE 41 44 50
175 MALAWI 24 33  PC 50
176 SOUTH AFRICA 207 237  PC 250
177 NAMIBIA 3 17 10
178 BOTSWANA 20 34 30
179 LESOTHO 11 14 30
180 SWAZILAND 22 29 30
181 NIGERIA 112 126 150
182 GHANA 45 53 75
183 GAMBIA 13 13  PC 20
184 SENEGAL 9 12 15
185 MAURITANIA 5 5 10
186 NIGER 5 9 10
187 MALI 4 4 10
188 CHAD 17 18 20
189 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC 12 12 20
190 DJIBOUTI 2 2 10
191 CONGO REPUBLIC 4 4 10
192 GABON 3 3 10
193 GUINEA  2 3 10
194 COTE d’IVOIRE 19 21 30
195 BENIN (DAHOMEY) 21 21 30
196 TOGO 3 3 10
197 BURKINO FASO 5 6 10
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Stamp Collection: A Work in Progress: Asia

Asia.

The first column shows the number of stamps I had at 1st January 2017. The second column shows the number of stamps I have now.

The third column indicates that I have a posted postcard from the country.

The fourth column shows the target for 31st December 2018.

The picture is mixed. Good progress in many countries and Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Nepal and United Arab Emirates exceeding the target. But progress has been minimal in other countries, including the former Soviet republics.

101 JAPAN 220 314  PC 300
102 TAIWAN 32 57  PC 50
103 PHILIPPINES 56 84  PC 75
104 TIMOR LESTE 4 4 10
105 INDONESIA 88 96  PC 100
106 BRUNEI 3 5  PC 20
107 SINGAPORE 55 99  PC 75
108 MALAYSIA 48 54  PC 75
109 THAILAND 55 118  PC 75
110 LAOS 12 13 20
111 CAMBODIA 4 13 10
112 VIETNAM 3 3  PC 10
113 REPUBLIC OF KOREA 5 25  PC 25
114 PDR KOREA 23 24 25
115 CHINA 130 145 150
116 MONGOLIA 59 60 75
117 KYRZYGHIA 13 13 15
118 TADJIKISTAN 3 3 10
119 TURKMENISTAN 4 4 10
120 UZBEKISTAN 7 7 10
121 BHUTAN 14 14 20
122 NEPAL 12 23 20
123 MYANMAR 18 18 25
124 BANGLADESH 13 16 25
125 SRI LANKA 209 240 250
126 INDIA 157 194  PC 200
127 PAKISTAN 61 64 100
128 AFGHANISTAN 10 10 15
129 MALDIVES 9 9 20
130 SEYCHELLES 16 21  PC 20
131 IRAN 34 36  PC 50
132 IRAQ 47 47 50
133 SYRIA 7 9 25
134 JORDAN 8 13 25
135 LEBANON 13 16 25
136 PALESTINE 12 12  PC 25
137 KUWAIT 31 34 50
138 SAUDI ARABIA 19 20 50
139 YEMEN 5 5 10
140 OMAN 17 19 25
141 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 49 51  PC 50
142 QATAR 14 16 25
143 BAHRAIN 25 28 30
144 ISRAEL 70 80  PC 100
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