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  • 05Sep

    To commemorate Singapore’s golden jubilee in 2015, the Association of Singapore Philatelists has won the bid to host the World Stamp Exhibition here. Four sets of stamps featuring designs from previous years will be issued each year leading up to 2015. They include Queen Elizabeth II Definitives (1955), Fishes, Orchids and Birds Definitives (1962-1966), National Day (1960) and Osaka Expo (1970). These stamps have been selected to revive the memories of collectors and to showcase Singapore’s progress and developments over the years.

    The first series released on 31 August 2012 feature two designs from the Fishes, Orchids and Birds Definitives (1962-1966).

    The Yellow-breasted Sunbird (Leptocoma jugularis) is commonly seen near Singapore’s shorelines. When taking off, this sunbird produces a chipping sound made by knocking two pebbles. Attracted to red flowers in particular, it is depicted in front a firecracker plant (Russelia juncea) on the stamp.

    The White-bellied Sea Eagle is also often spotted around the coastal areas and on offshore islands. It can also be seen hovering the skies in circles at Labrador Park. To feed on crabs, these eagles drop the crabs from a height onto rocks in order to break their hard shells.

    The collectors’ sheet containing two $5 stamps is sold for $12.80. The stamps feature the same design as their $2 counterparts.

    Denomination: 2 designs of $2
    Miniature Sheet: 2 designs of $2
    Stamp size: 29.5 mm by 39.5 mm
    Miniature sheet size: 102 mm by 81 mm
    Perforation: 13
    Sheet content: 10
    Designer: Chan Willie

  • 16Jul

    In conjunction with the new Second Series of Malaysian banknotes on 16 July 2012, Pos Malaysia has released a set of stamps featuring the new coins and banknotes. Eight 60 sen stamps show the obverse and reverse of the new coins, while the six denominations of banknotes are depicted on the RM 5 stamps, in two separate pieces containing three miniature sheets each.

    This is a very special set of stamp in terms of design. Firstly, it is printed with hot stamp foiling on most stamps. In addition, the 60 sen stamps featuring the coins are hexagonal in shape, complete with embossing to bring out the intricate details on the coin.

    The RM 5 stamps featuring the banknotes contain silver foil hot stamping to carefully represent the security thread on the notes, including that of the RM 50 note.

    These new notes are to replace the previous series that has been in circulation for over ten years. The coins have also been released into general circulation earlier in the year. Banknotes can be exchanged over the counter at most major banks in Malaysia.

    Denomination: 8 designs of 60 sen
    Miniature Sheet: 6 designs of RM 5
    Stamp size: 35 mm by 40 mm, hexagon
    Miniature sheet size: 100 mm by 70 mm
    Stamp in Miniature Sheet: 60 mm by 40 mm
    Perforation: 14
    Sheet content: 20
    Designer: Reign Associates Sdn Bhd

  • 09Jul

    The Pond Life Definitive stamps were released in 2011, featuring pond creatures in their natural habitat. Earlier this year, an additional design for the 1st Local and 2nd Local denominations were introduced.

    On 11 July 2011, first reprint stamps for the 20c, 30c and 50c denominations will be made available at philatelic outlets across the island. They include the branches at Change Alley, Changi Airport, Chinatown, Jurong Point, Killiney Road, Singapore Post Centre, Robinson Road, Tanglin, Thomson Road, Toa Payoh Central and Woodlands.

    Each stamp will be marked 2011B. These stamps can be purchased individually. For special requests including colour checks, plate numbers and reprint markings (“RP”), a minimum of a block of 4 stamps per denomination must be purchased, subject to the availability of stocks.

    In addition, the first reprint of the Pond Life Definitives booklets (2012B) will be made available. At the bottom right corner of the stamp, the “2012B” is printed in black, instead of “2012A” in white. In addition, the “1RP” marking is found at the bottom right corner of the self-adhesive stamp booklet.

  • 28Jun

    To commemorate the opening of Singapore’s latest attraction Gardens by the Bay on 29 June 2012, Singapore Post released a set of two $1.10 stamps. The stamps are designed by Mr Eng Siak Loy. He has previously designed a large number of local stamps, including the issue 150 Years of Singapore Botanic Gardens.

    Among the three gardens at Gardens by the Bay, Bay South is the largest. Spanning 54 hectares, Bay South will feature the best of tropical horticulture and garden artistry through two contrasting sets of foliage, the Heritage Gardens and the World of Plants. Two cooled conservatories and man-made supertrees ranging from 25 metres to 50 metres in height form the backdrop of Bay South. The 32-hectare Bay East spans 2 kilometre along the Marina Reservoir to link Gardens by the Bay with East Coast Park. The 15-hectare Bay Central will provide access to cultural activities at The Esplanade Theatres on the Bay arts centre.

    The new attraction is a short five-minute walk from Bayfront MRT. A free shuttle service operates between Marina Bay MRT station and Gardens by the Bay at ten-minute intervals, from 9 am to 9 pm daily.

    Stamp size: 120 mm by 40 mm
    Perforation: 13
    Sheet content: 10
    Designer: Eng Siak Loy

    Images and adapted text: Singapore Post

  • 31May

    On 31 May 2012, Singapore Post has released a set of postage stamps to mark the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives (IYC) 2012. These stamps highlights five milestones in the Singapore Co-operative Movement, including Founders of the Co-operative Principles in 1844 ($1.10), Birth of Singapore’s First Co-operative in 1925 ($1.10), Birth of NTUC Co-operatives in 1969 (50 c), Birth of the Singapore National Co-operative Federation in 1980 (1st Local), and Singapore celebrating the International Year of Co-operatives 2012 (1st Local).

    On 9 June 2012, President Tony Tan will launch ‘Co-opalicouz’, an event which will attract some 15000 members of the co-operative movement and the general public. The theme for the International Year of Co-operatives is ‘Co-operative Enterprises Build a Better World’.

    Denomination: 2 designs of 1st Local, 1 design of 50 c, 2 designs of $1.10
    Stamp size: 37.5 mm by 38.2 mm
    Perforation: 14.40 x 14.61
    Sheet content: 10
    Designer: Alynn Teo

    Images and adapted text: Singapore Post