Sunday, February 28, 2016

Week #2016.08 on SébPhilatélie

Monday, February 22rd: how did Bernie Sanders almost get stamped in the U.S.?
Old news: last summer, a rumor spread in the beginning of the United States presidential primary campaign. Left Democrat candidate Bernie Sanders was put on a postage stamp ; more precisely on the side of a collar surrounding the stamp.

The hoax was from a satirical publication based in California, already know for the "Let's put Nixon behond bar" envelope  in 1995.

Wednesday February 24th: "Nature of Japan" definitives well presented in Stamp Magazine.
Lanius bucephalus on the 120 yen stamp, issued February 16th 1998 (Japan philatelic Society Fundation website).
In the March 2016 issue of the British monthly, Nicholas Pertwee wrote a very efficient introduction to the first definitive stamp series under Emperor Irohito of Japan, issued between November 1992 and February 1998, and replaced only recently.

It makes me discover the Japan philatelic Society's website (JPS ; japonais ou anglais), that hosts a list of the stamps issued in Japan since 1998.

Nicholas Pertwee was spoken of on these blogs last December concerning the modern cancels of Benin.

Thursday February 25th: The silver piastres of the Jeanne-Elisabeth, from sand to piracy.
French newspaper Le Monde presented a judiciary and scientific summary of the Jeanne-Elisabeth affair, in its Science supplement early this month, along with a third article on the problem European States currently have with ancient coinage as a way to discretly move funds across borders.

The Swedish boat was transporting cereals from Cádiz, Spain to Marseille, France... Unofficially, 32,000 Spanish silver piastres to help France in a context that would very soon become the Seven Years' War. But, in front of the island of Maguelone, near Montpellier, the wind forced the boat on the sand banks of Languedoc.

Trapped under the sand and the current, the boat was inaccessible but very preserved until a group succeed to reach the silver. The police intervened in 2007 and caught diving pirates, a recidivist leader and a coin collector of Montpellier. They were tried and found guilty last September.

Since 2007, the regional maritime archeologists have been working on the boat and its content. The wood being in very good condition under the sand, the team hopes to better understand how this kind of ships were built in the 18th century.

Friday February 26th: Should we behead unmarked kangaroos in Adelaide?
This Friday was sold a new rare accident in the rare series of the rare event of an emergency issue in the developed countries, the now famous Adelaide 2016 30 cent emergency issue: almost nine thousand Australien dollars... cough... cough...

The accident sold was a strip of five different 1994 print-on-demand stamp, but one with the value and "Adelaide 2016" wording completely missing: a kangaroo looking at the inking problem and thus was not beheaded by a double cut!

Second particularity of the strip, that may explain its occurence: the stamp is almost separated by a double side cut from the previous one, but a second cutting was done in the upper part of the illustration, hopefully missing the animal.

At the same time, on the 22nd on forum, a participant posted an estimate of the existing stamps and their condition (unused, unused but stuck on unsent cover, cancelled on cover, on paper clip or sticking-out) may help you evaluate what's the part of emergency use and the part of let's speculate and be merry.

Saturday February 27th = solutions to the quiz.

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