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On 22 July, Iceland will issue three stamps showing the eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano which closed Europe's air space. All three stamps are silk screened printed with very fine-grained ash from the volcano.
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Enschedé printed the three stamps in sheets of ten. The stamps are inscribed (from left to right) 'Local Letter 50g' (75kr), 'Letters to Europe 50g' (165kr), 'Letters to Other Countries' (220kr)
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All three stamps are silk screened printed with very fine-grained ash from the volcano.
Ha! What a gimmick.

Do we have PROOF of this!? :lol: :lol: :lol:
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All three stamps are silk screened printed with very fine-grained ash from the volcano.
Ha! What a gimmick.

Do we have PROOF of this!? :lol: :lol: :lol:
Just the post office's word for this! Stamps will be supplied to standing order customers with their September sending.
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Most will want to forget most of those Volcano events, but great looking stamps 8)
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Chris do you have a higher rez scan .. I might add these to my 'Stamp News' piece.

And cost and how to order them etc.

Their pretty hopeless PO website does not even mention them. :shock:

Incredible for a country that is bankrupt .. you'd think they'd push these things like crazy! 100% profit from all overseas sales

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I know they can't do much about the volcano and the ash, and I suppose it makes sense to make money where you can (we all do it!) but ... this from the people who also had miniature smoking volcanos on their tables at the Eurovision Song Contest! Get in before anybody gets at you. :cry:
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Looks interesting, can I have a set? willing to trade.

send me an e-mail if you are interested

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Hi Richard

They can be ordered from Íslandspóstur but remember that they are not released until July 22nd.

Info on this brochure.

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To answer several of the above queries. Margo is correct they can be ordered from the pdf brochure - this is where my image comes from. The issue will be put on sale through their webshop on the issue date - much more convenient. When this happens they also provide links to better resolution images, including complete sheets of 10 etc.

Glen, you can always try and e-mail them at stamps@postur.is and ask for high resolution images of the stamps. They have always been very helpful in the past, and have always answered my queries promptly. I guess they might value the extra publicity too!

Don't forget there is a 300kr service charge, so it might be better to order multiple sets.
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stampchris wrote:
Don't forget there is a 300kr service charge, so it might be better to order multiple sets.
Well for anyone that really wants these, a 2 Euro postage cost wil not deter them is my guess!

Do they use stamps, does anyone know?
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Global Administrator wrote:Dp they use stamps, does anyone know?
Unfortunately no.

This was one of my queries - if they charge 300kr, then I would like some cancelled stamps for this fee. They replied explaining how the country was in financial difficulties, inflation has hit hard, and they had to recouped their costs - they had free postage on all orders for decades.
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What a naff answer!

Whether they use stamps or not is irrelevant to their bankruptcy if they charge the receiver now!

They'll get LESS collector order this way. Durrrhhhh.
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The middle one is really pretty.
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admin wrote:They'll get LESS collector order this way. Durrrhhhh.
Well I certainly changed my buying habits - instead of receiving issues every two-three months, I've asked to receive them annually. Plus the annual collection includes the self-adhesives which often require a separate order. Save at least 1000kr a year - which is a third of the cost of a year pack.
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Could anybody please provide a photo of the postal employees spading ashes into buckets :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Does "All three stamps are silk screened printed with very fine-grained ash from the volcano." mean that you will see traces of the ash on the stamps, or this is just some kind of gimmick?
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can someone please bump this thread on July 22? :mrgreen:
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HKStampsGuru wrote:Does "All three stamps are silk screened printed with very fine-grained ash from the volcano." mean that you will see traces of the ash on the stamps, or this is just some kind of gimmick?
I don't know but I think that if it is big enough to see then the physical texture will likely cause problems (on something the size of a stamp anyway). Silk screen ink can start out very thick and sticky and ash can be very fine, so I doubt that you will see it. Maybe they will blend it in like a pigment, only in smaller amounts?
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Draccae wrote:
HKStampsGuru wrote:Does "All three stamps are silk screened printed with very fine-grained ash from the volcano." mean that you will see traces of the ash on the stamps, or this is just some kind of gimmick?
I don't know but I think that if it is big enough to see then the physical texture will likely cause problems (on something the size of a stamp anyway). Silk screen ink can start out very thick and sticky and ash can be very fine, so I doubt that you will see it. Maybe they will blend it in like a pigment, only in smaller amounts?
I tend to agree with Draccae. I think the ash will be blended with the ink and then 'printed' onto the stamps. I believe this is what happened with the Rock of Gibraltar issue which had finely ground rock applied to the stamps. A similar process was used to apply wood from Nelson's ship for the Trafalgar omnibus issue etc.
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They describe the ash as being 3 microns or less in size, so we're not talking beach sand, it's going to be more like talc powder.
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aethelwulf wrote:They describe the ash as being 3 microns or less in size, so we're not talking beach sand, it's going to be more like talc powder.
When Ã…land issued a stamp featuring some gravel (the stamp was to do with a Ã…land motor racer), the gravel was ground to a very fine consistency. However if you dragged your finger over the stamp there was a rough feeling to the area where the gravel had been applied. I think as aethelwulf suggests the ash will be very find, but the printer will then use another process to 'emboss' the ash covered area.
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Oh dear, no wonder the place is Bankrupt if this is the IQ of the person running the Bureau. :shock:

Offer them a FREE plug and you get the 3rd degree, and mumbo babble about staff levels.

From: Vilhjálmur Sigurðsson [mailto:vilhjalmurs[at]postur.is]
Sent: Wednesday, 7 July 2010 2:14 AM
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Subject: FW: You SHOULD use stamps on your mail!/hrolfur

Dear Glen Stephens

Thank you for your e-mail

I agree with you regarding stamps on our mailing and have pointed this out many times to my superiors but as we do not have any machinary place stamps on envelopes and everyting must be done by hand it is not possible as we do not have enough people employeed to take on such a task, and are not allowed to employ more people.

We have 300 dpi of the stamps but as I see you run a web site what do you need 300 dpi for ?

I do not recall having sent 300 dpi to you before I would like to know the purpose before I send them out.

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Global Administrator wrote:From: Vilhjálmur Sigurðsson [mailto:vilhjalmurs[at]postur.is]
Sent: Wednesday, 7 July 2010 2:14 AM
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Subject: FW: You SHOULD use stamps on your mail!/hrolfur


The bit I bolded in the 'subject' line must be the sound the Icelandic bureaucrat made at the suggestion of using stamps on mail :mrgreen:

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This stuff about the stamps having the ash on them - is it sort of like that 50th Birthday of Asterix mini/sheet that France issued this year. I mean, like that stuff on Obelix's menhir?
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Catweazle wrote:This stuff about the stamps having the ash on them - is it sort of like that 50th Birthday of Asterix mini/sheet that France issued this year. I mean, like that stuff on Obelix's menhir?
I am assuming it will be similar. Seems like every country wants to issue a stamp with some rocks, wood, gravel, ash etc. on it.

Makes me wonder what Australia Post would like to stick on a stamp - some red dirt from the desert?
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Remember the Australian stamp with meteorite dust?
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ilikeoldstamps wrote:Remember the Australian stamp with meteorite dust?

No. Never was one.
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Global Administrator wrote:
ilikeoldstamps wrote:Remember the Australian stamp with meteorite dust?

No. Never was one.
Oh - I was starting to get excited there, pity. :(

What about a stamp commemorating Steve Irwin made from crocodile skin? :lol:
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Global Administrator wrote:
ilikeoldstamps wrote:Remember the Australian stamp with meteorite dust?

No. Never was one.
I think you mean Austrian.
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Glen, just read your August Stamp News column. Thought I'd add that Iceland Post has released several extra items for this issue including key rings, paper weights and something called a 'message in a bottle'.

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Chris - how neat!

Yes I added a piece on these stamps to my latest "Stamp News" column -

http://www.glenstephens.com/snaugust10.html

Should sell them a lot more sets. :)
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stampchris wrote:Image
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Well Australia Post issues lots of different things, but they've never done some like this!
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The paperweight can actually feature any stamp. It has a fixed price, all you do is say what stamp from their current stock you want. Probably the same with the keyring. Nice way to sell a stamp at many times its face value!
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I bought a few Paper Weights from them this month and gave them as gifts to some friends. They loved them.

The paper weights are actually quite nice and the stamp image is very clear and the colors are enhanced.
Never saw them in other postal admins but it's a pretty nice idea.

Am looking forward to receiving the stamps from this issue.
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Global Administrator wrote:Oh dear, no wonder the place is Bankrupt if this is the IQ of the person running the Bureau. :shock:

Offer them a FREE plug and you get the 3rd degree, and mumbo babble about staff levels.

From: Vilhjálmur Sigurðsson [mailto:vilhjalmurs[at]postur.is]
Sent: Wednesday, 7 July 2010 2:14 AM
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Subject: FW: You SHOULD use stamps on your mail!/hrolfur

Dear Glen Stephens

Thank you for your e-mail

I agree with you regarding stamps on our mailing and have pointed this out many times to my superiors but as we do not have any machinary place stamps on envelopes and everyting must be done by hand it is not possible as we do not have enough people employeed to take on such a task, and are not allowed to employ more people.

We have 300 dpi of the stamps but as I see you run a web site what do you need 300 dpi for ?

I do not recall having sent 300 dpi to you before I would like to know the purpose before I send them out.

Kind regards,
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Appears you might've had an impact on Iceland Post. My recent order for the Volcano stamps had a 220 kr Europa stamp on the cover, with a nice CDS.
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stampchris wrote:Glen,
Appears you might've had an impact on Iceland Post. My recent order for the Volcano stamps had a 220 kr Europa stamp on the cover, with a nice CDS.
Chris .. . you posted elsewhere you are getting far more franking on each package than you pay for .. can you scan an example please?

Yes, Bureau Manager Vilhjálmur Sigurðsson took on board my comments then re using real stamps on client mail, and sent me this email -

"Dear Glen - we are now using real stamps on deliveries to customers. We would appreciate if you mention this in your columns.

This additional process of placing stamps onto envelopes, cancelling them by hand to standing order customers, and all others as well, delays deliveries of orders a bit.

However we hope customers will be patient now when are doing this extra work - with the same staff numbers. Best regards, Vilhjálmur Sigurðsson, Iceland Post"
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Glen,

I also wrote to the Icelandic bureau requesting that they use stamps when they sent me the set showing the volcanic eruption and they duly complied! :mrgreen:

The postage was invoiced at 300 ISK but the actual postage came to 450 ISK! :shock:

So hats off to Icelandic Post for not only listening but doing something about it. 8)

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My cover had the same 2008 400 kr stamp (along with a 200 kr from 2008 and 300 kr from 2007). Interestingly a 450 kr stamp was produced in 2010 which would've covered Diver Pete's postage. Perhaps they are using up older issues, rather than shredding them? Still kudos to them for using stamps on their mail outs!
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stampchris wrote:
Catweazle wrote:Seems like every country wants to issue a stamp with some rocks, wood, gravel, ash etc. on it.
Once the people behind the Abkhazia/Tuva et al rubbish get tired of that, they might start putting out "stamps" claiming to be from the Vatican City with a piece of the True Cross glued on. :mrgreen:

Probably a lot of people that buy stuff at grossly inflated prices through the Home Shopping Network TV channel would fall for it. :roll:
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stampchris wrote:
My cover had the same 2008 400 kr stamp (along with a 200 kr from 2008 and 300 kr from 2007). Interestingly a 450 kr stamp was produced in 2010 which would've covered Diver Pete's postage.

Perhaps they are using up older issues, rather than shredding them? Still kudos to them for using stamps on their mail outs!
Chris .. so your packet had 900 Kr of real stamps on it .. were you charged only 300 Kr for the shipping as Diver Peter was?

If so you got three times in franking, what the shipping actually cost you! Now THAT is a great deal for any collector!

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Re: Iceland Stamps to Show Eyjafjallajökull Volcanic Erupti

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Yes Glen - a great deal.

Year pack arrived two days ago with this lovely franking on it - another 900 kr (about $8) - and still only 300 kr handling fee (although I believe it should've only be 200 kr as a subscriber). Interestingly the 5 kr seal stamp and mini sheet are 2010 issues. I really like the way they stick the stamps on too, so you get a nice cancel on all of them.

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Can anyone advise if Iceland still use STAMPS on their mailings?
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Global Administrator wrote: Margo somehow located the brochure!
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Re: Iceland Stamps to Show Eyjafjallajökull Volcanic Eruptio

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Global Administrator wrote:Can anyone advise if Iceland still use STAMPS on their mailings?
Definitely on orders (have had some over the last year), not on publicity material as far as I remember.
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