Stamps Today July-August 2014

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Indian Die Cards of King George V

INDIA 1911-22 King George V Star Wmk ½a die proof in black on glazed card (92x60mm) endorsed “After Striking” & “[initials]/12 11 14”. The date may be read as 14th November 1912. It is more likely to relate to a new die prepared in 1914

INDIA 1911-22 King George V Star Wmk 1½a Type A inscribed ‘ONE AND HALF ANNAS’ die proof in black on glazed card (92x60mm) with ‘AFTER/ STRIKING’ h/s & endorsed “WFTruscott 10 12 18”.
Both these items are for sale at Prestige Philately Auction 158 for A$750 each

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Buckingham Palace is one of World’s most important buildings and has been the official London residence for monarchs since 1837 when Queen Victoria chose to reside there. Queen Elizabeth II uses Buckingham Palace as an administrative headquarters to hold official events and receptions as well as Investitures, Royal Ceremonies and State Visits. It was recently used to invite David Cameron to become Britain’s 12th Prime Minister within the Queen’s reign.

2010 sees some relevant anniversaries associated with Buckingham Palace, including the Centenary of the Death of King Edward VIII at Buckingham Palace and the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain where the Palace was a major target, although the only significant bombing was the destruction of the Palace Chapel. To commemorate some of these historic occasions, the Isle of Man Government has released a new coin depicting the Palace.

There has been a residence on the site of Buckingham Palace since 1624, although the building was finally restructured as a palace in 1826 and completed in 1850. The palace has 775 rooms and is very much a working building with more than 50,000 people visiting the palace each year as guests of Royal Garden Parties, lunches and banquets. The large park-like garden at the back of the Palace is the largest private garden in London and the forecourt at the front of the Palace hosts the daily tourist attraction of the Changing of the Guard.

The design of the coin features the principal façade – the East front of Buckingham Palace with the gates open, which is most familiar to the public. The balcony here has been the scene of many famous photos, including the Queen’s coronation in 1953, Prince Charles and Diana’s wedding in 1981 and the Trooping the Colour, which takes place every year. The value appears at the bottom of the coin.

Approved by Buckingham Palace, the obverse of the coin bears a fine effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS. The coin is available in Proof Fine 999.9 1/64oz Gold.

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Coins on Birth Centenary of Mother Teresa

The President of India Smt Pratibha Devi Singh Patil releasing the set of two commemorative coins on Mother Teresa along with the Union Finance Minister, Shri Pranab Mukherjee in the denominations of Rs.5.00 and Rs.100.00 issued by the Reserve Bank of India. A tribute to mark the beginning of the 100th Birth Anniversary Celebrations of Mother Teresa, in New Delhi on August 28, 2010.

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First International Mail Flight Monaco

Monaco Post issued a stamp commemorating the first international mail flight on 02 August 2010 in trhe denomination of 0.95 Euro. A project for the first international mail flight with electric propulsion will be made in 2010 from the Principality. A century ago, Monaco was the starting point of the first aircraft flying over the Mediterranean Sea and the Alps with the support of Prince Albert Ier. For more information contact :

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World Chess Championship Match V. Anand Vs V. Topalov

Bulgaria post issued a souvenir sheet in the denomination of 1.00 Leva on 22nd April 2010 to commemorate the World Championship Match between Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov at SOFIA 2010. Viswanathan Anand has won the world championship for the fouth time this year.

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75 years of record flight by Elly Beinhorn

German post issued a stamp (0.55 €) to celebrate the 75 years of record flight made by Elly Beinhorn on 12th August 2010. On 13 August 1935 Elly Beinhorn was led by a flight of their airplane the Bf 108 “Taifun”, made famous. It flew 13.5 hours in a distance of 3,470 kilometers. Starting from Gliwice (Poland), the flight took them over the Carpathians and the Transylvanian Alps to the airport Ye ilköy in Istanbul. After a short break, flew back to Berlin, Germany, where she was greeted by an enthusiastic crowd.

E. Beinhorn aircraft, the Bf 108 was a four-seat Schnellreiseflugzeug, which could reached up to 300 km/h. It was for that record flight, the aircraft was equipped with additional fuel tanks. Even before this record flight, E. Beinhorn flights always caused a stir (1931 flight to Africa resulted in a crash, 1931/1932 world flight over the Far East, Australia and the USA, 1933 flight to the former German African colonies). Thus she became the most famous German flier. Her takeoffs and landings were attended by thousands of people.
E. Beinhorn married in 1936 to racing driver Bernd Rosemeyer. Her husband was killed in 1938 in a race. Because of the war she could no longer pursue her passion. After the war, interest in such record flights had finished. E. Beinhorn died in October 2007 at the age of 100 years in Munich.

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Olympic & Paralympic Games London 2012

Royal mail issued the second set of ten stamps (10 x 1st Class) on 27 July 2010, to commemorate the LONDON 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Row 1: Paralympic Rowing, Shooting, Modern Pentathlon, Taekwondo, Cycling
Row 2: Paralympic Table Tennis, Hockey, Football, Paralympic Goalball, Boxing
The London 2012 Games commences on 27 July and concludes on 12 August 2012. The Paralympic Games commences on 29 August and concludes on 9 September 2012.
The concept is to issue 30 stamps to mark the XXXth Olympiad and London 2012 Paralympic Games. Each of the sporting areas celebrated in these Games will have its own stamp.
The Olympic Games comprises 26 different sporting disciplines, such as Cycling. Cycling includes several different events where medals are won – including road racing, various time trials and velodrome races as well as mountain biking events and BMX. Many gold medals can be won in different events, and all will be symbolised by one Cycling stamp symbolising the sport of Cycling.
The Paralympic Games features 21 sports, such as Judo (which is also competed in the Olympic Games), as well as Paralympic specific events such as Goalball.
In all, 29 different sports are played at the Olympics and Paralympics. There will be one stamp design for each sport with the exception of athletics which will be presented across two stamps as Athletics: Track and Athletics: Field, hence 30 sport stamps. 

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Harry Houdini is Part Of Australia’s History

One hundred years ago, the pioneers of aviation in Australia took to the skies and changed history forever. Australia Post has recognised their heroic efforts with the Centenary of Powered Flight stamp issue commemorating three notable aviators, Colin Defries, John Duigan and American escape artist Harry Houdini. Australia Post Philatelic Group Manager, Noel Leahy, said, “Flight has been one of the greatest influences in changing the world we live in and we felt it important to recognise the contribution of these aviation pioneers in Australia. All three pilots made an amazing contribution to shaping the nation.”

The stamps commemorate three significant powered flights and their pilots from Australia’s early aviation history. The first is Englishman Colin Defries who is credited with being the first person to take to the air in a powered aircraft in Australia, doing so at Sydney’s Victoria Park racecourse on 9 December, 1909.The second is American escape artist Ehrich Weiss, better known as Harry Houdini, who made three flights on 18 March in 1910 in an imported Voison aeroplane at Digger’s Rest near Melbourne. His longest flight was three and a half minutes covering 3.2 kilometres. He left the country soon after, never to fly again.

Finally, the third is John Duigan from Mia Mia in Victoria who made the first sustained, controlled flight by an Australian in an Australian designed and constructed aircraft. He had spent nearly a year building his own biplane and managed to fly 180 metres at up to 64 kmh on 7 October, 1910. “We are acknowledging these pioneers and the impact of their early aviation feats through this stamp issue. What better way to recognise the significance that these individuals have had on aviation, mail delivery and every day life,” Mr Leahy went on to say.

A special airmail delivery will take place as a way of celebrating the Centenary of Powered flight. A series of specially produced postcards will be flown in an open cockpit 1930s aeroplane from Wagga Wagga to Temora in NSW on 9 March, the date the stamps are officially available.
This journey matches one of the legs of Australia’s first ever airmail delivery in 1914 and will be flown by former Australian aerobatics champion, David Lowy AM.

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Centenary of Powered Flight in Australia 2010

According to the criteria set by the Royal Aero Club of Great Britain, the first sustained, controlled flight in a powered aircraft was made by Englishman Colin Defries on 9 December 1909 at Victoria Park racecourse in Sydney. The plane was a modified Wright Model A named The Stella.
On 18 March 1910, at Diggers Rest, Victoria, the American “escapologist” Harry Houdini made the first of several well-publicised flights in this country. His aircraft was an imported Voisin, with his name emblazoned on the tail.
John Duigan was the first Australian to successfully fly an Australian-designed and constructed powered aircraft. On 7 October 1910, Duigan’s self-designed biplane fl ew 180 metres at 64kph at an altitude of 3.4 metres at his family property at Mia Mia, Victoria.
Australian post issued a set of stamps to commemorate three significant powered flights from Australia’s early aviation history on 9th March 2010 in the denominations of 55c, $1.45, $2.10.

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