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Finland 2008 World's 1st Transparent Plastic stamp


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A SERIES OF LIECHTENSTEIN STAMPS WITH HOLES THAT LOOKS LIKE LACE ISSUED 2007
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TRANSPARENT PLASTIC STAMPS
buterfly wrote:Finland 2008 World's 1st Transparent Plastic stamp


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Yes, the world's first transparent stamp was indeed very unusual - especially when you can find it used on a coloured envelope - the transparent stamp then looks like it is the same colour as the envelope

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PRINTED ON WOOD

Another scarce wooden S/S on cover, this time from Djibouti
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PRINTED ON GOLD FOIL

The 4th of December 1965 was an important day for unusual stamps - on that date, the world's first gold foil stamp was issued by Gabon in memory of Dr Albert Schweitzer who passed away on 4 September 1965.

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Also issued imperf
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This rare cover was posted on the very first day of issue
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Since then, hundreds of gold foil stamps have been issued, mostly by Sharjah, Ajman, Fujeira, etc., too many to show all of them here.

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PRINTED ON GOLD FOIL

Although there are many gold foil stamps issued, surprisingly few on cover come up for sale, and when they do, prices are quite high - here are some

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tonga2 wrote: Yes, the world's first transparent stamp was indeed very unusual - especially when you can find it used on a coloured envelope - the transparent stamp then looks like it is the same colour as the envelope

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I have a used one in a black stockbook and it's almost invisible! :)

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PRINTED ON PORCELAIN

On 20 March, 2014, Austria issued the world's first stamp printed on porcelain.

It was issued in a small cardboard holder

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With a face value of 5.90 euros, 150,000 of the porcelain stamps were issued

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The following information came from the Austrian Philatelic Bureau website:-

"Brief description of the product
Perfectly formed, timelessly beautiful and made by hand - so, the world-famous Viennese Augarten porcelain for almost 300 years. Exquisite COFFEE and tea service, stylish vases and lamps as well as artful figures delight collectors and aesthetes alike - over generations. The precious porcelain with the distinctive blue shield as signing is also used in the service of the Republic of Austria: whether as a service in the Hofburg and the Federal Chancellery or as a special gift on high state official occasions. For the series "Classic brand" now an extraordinary stamp made of porcelain was created, decorated with the "Viennese Rose". From the naturalistic bouquets of Baroque to neo-classical floral ornaments, to the playful rose motifs of the Biedermeier: The rose represents in 1718, one of the main motives of the Viennese porcelain painters since the founding of the Vienna Porcelain Manufactory represents the famous "Viennese Rose" goes on drafts of the imperial manufactory 1740 back. 1924 Edwin adapted Breideneichen, longtime workshops Head of the Department of Painting, the subject of the Vienna Purple Rose and adapted them to the taste of his time - the Art Nouveau style. There was a stylized rose bloom, exactly applied brush strokes and subtle shades with a brush conferred a simple and delicate elegance; she became the most sought after designs of the manufactory. Today, the range of classic "Viennese decor" includes a wide variety of porcelain objects and enjoys great popularity at home and abroad. For the production of a stamp made of porcelain both its own process as well as a special tool needed to be developed, because only then the production of the relatively large number of brands could be overcome in the given time. Since the usual molds of plaster only about thirty times can be used, the stamps were not made by casting with casting material, but with a more solid form ("rotational mass" or "press material") is pressed. Subsequently, the sheets were baked in the porcelain so-called first firing at 960 degrees Celsius for 24 hours, then glazed and again cured at even higher temperature. In the Augarten porcelain manufactory, the workpieces are always painted by hand. That would not have been possible in a particular case because of the high support and the lack of time. Therefore, the most expensive and highest quality printing method was used: the screen printing. To ensure color fastness and contrast this special stamp made of porcelain, the colors were eventually "burned" at 820 degrees Celsius."

So, the production took place by the use of a special solid molding form which allowed for greater usability. The porcelain mass was pressed in the form and then baked for 24 hours at 960 degree. Then glazed and cured at even higher temperature and thus made the stamp unbreakable. In the Augarten porcelain manufactory normally all products are hand painted but in this case and because of the quantity they decided to use silk printing.

The stamp size is 35 x 35 mm and the thickness is about 3 mm so I wonder how it would go on a real circulated letter through the post

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Would the letter get caught up in the sorting machinery due to the stamp's thickness?

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tonga2 wrote: The stamp size is 35 x 35 mm and the thickness is about 3 mm so I wonder how it would go on a real circulated letter through the post
Broken in many pieces...
tonga2 wrote: Would the letter get caught up in the sorting machinery due to the stamp's thickness?
Yes, and it could damage the machine.

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Switzerland issued on 4 Sept 2014 a large S/S printed on cardboard in the shape of a music record

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The stamp on the S/S is round with a hole in the middle

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The round stamp with hole in the middle has gum on the back while the rest of the S/S has no gum

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The stamp is printed on fairly thick cardboard

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From the Swiss Post website:

"A piece of music has been imprinted on the "record" part of the souvenir sheet using a special coating. When you take the circular, ready-for-postage stamp off the souvenir sheet and place it on your record player, it plays a brass band version of the Swiss national anthem at 33 rpm with a single puck."

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What a beautiful thread!!!

In 2008, Thailand issued a set of stamps to commemorate 125th Anniversary of Thai Postal Service. One of the stamps is an hologram stamp. Here is the stamp on postally used covers:

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(This cover also franked with a pair of 3D stamp already posted here about Thai traditional theater depicts god Rama and his wife Sita reunite)

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A gold and silver embossed heptagon stamp issued by Thailand in 2011 to celebrate the King birthday:

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(This cover also franked with Thai silk stamp already posted here)

and here are two covers I already posted in other threads:

Vanuatu, 2007:

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Sierra Leone, 1964:

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Thanks for sharing Eli - nice covers.

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tonga2 wrote:Thanks for sharing Eli - nice covers.
Agree ... And those Vanuatu fruit stamps look like something issued by Tonga. :D

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3-D MULTIPLE IMAGE

Hong Kong issued on 27 March 2014 a lenticular motion souvenir sheet showing weather phenomena
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When tilted at different angles, four different images can be seen
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POLYESTER TRANSPARENT

Belgium issued on 10 June 2014 a polyester transparent souvenir sheet showing crystology

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PRINTED ON COTTON


On 28 May 2014 Alderney issued the world’s first S/S printed on cotton. The souvenir sheet shows the Bayeux tapestry
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PRINTED ON SILK

UPDATE on more recently issued stamps printed on SILK


This year (2014) some countries have issued more stamps printed on silk


11 January 2014 – Hong Kong – Year of the Horse - silk
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1 March 2014 – Macau – 130th Anniversary of Macau – silk
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8 March 2014 – Luxemburg - The 80th Anniversary of the FSPL Art Philatelics – silk
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28 August 2014 – China - Three Kingdom Zhuge Liang – silk
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In 2014 Australia issued a silk S/S for Year of the Horse – the S/S came in a folder which also contained another two S/S
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PRINTED ON FLOCK PAPER

19 July 2014 Estonia issued a stamp printed on flock paper (has a velvet fur like finish over the stamp)
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GOLD FOIL

Late in 2013, Switzerland issued a S/S containing a large round gold foil stamp

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STAMPS WHICH REVEAL SOMETHING HIDDEN

Thermochromism is the property of substances to change colour due to a change in temperature. Thermochromic inks or dyes are temperature sensitive compounds, developed in the 1970s, that temporarily change colour with exposure to heat. Some stamps have areas treated with thermochromic ink, and when rubbed, or exposed to heat, a colour change occurs, or hidden words or images are revealed.

Thermochromic ink has been used on stamps since 13 March 2001 when Great Britain issued a S/S showing the weather.
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When the dark blue section in the sheet at left is rubbed, it changes colour as can be seen in the sheet at the right.

Later on 2 October 2001 Great Britain issued a set of stamps to mark the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Institute. Among the six stamps issued was a second-class stamp issue, which celebrates the Chemistry Prize, and depicts a Carbon 60 molecule (left stamp above). The stamp is heat sensitive, and firm pressure from a fingertip reveals an ion hidden behind the black on white design (right stamp below).

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31 May 2003, Qatar issued a stamp showing the danger of smoking. When rubbed, the image changes to a man exercising as seen in the picture at the right.
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On 3 July 2003, Guernsey issued a stamp showing the alphabet – when rubbed, the letters change colour from orange to white
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25 November 2003 the Netherlands issued a S/S for Christmas
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When the blue sections are rubbed, a message is revealed
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STAMPS WHICH REVEAL SOMETHING HIDDEN

On 15 March 2005 Great Britain issued a set of 5 stamps showing magic tricks. Two stamps used thermochromic ink

The 47p stamp showed the 'Knotted scarf trick'. Thermochromic ink on the spotted scarf reveals a different scarf when warmed by rubbing.

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The £1.12 stamp showed a variation of the 'Three-cup trick' using a pyramid under one of 3 fezzes. Thermochromic ink reveals which fez the pyramid is under.
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8 March 2005 South Korea issued a S/S for Philately Week showing birthdays – when the stamp is rubbed, up comes a gift bag

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STAMPS WHICH REVEAL SOMETHING HIDDEN

9 Sept 2006 New Zealand issued a S/S showing gold prospecting. When the stamp in the S/S is heated, gold can be seen in the prospector’s pan
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When rubbed, gold nuggets appear in the pan
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22 September 2006 Finland issued a booklet showing ice sculptures. When heat is applied, the denomination on each stamp turns white
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4 July 2007, New Zealand issued a S/S showing unique cultural expressions – see if you can work out what each means before reading on
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When heat is applied, the meaning of each expression is revealed
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Here they are if they are too small to read:-

Bit of a dag - Colourful Character; comedian; joker
Dreaded lurgy - Cold or Flu
Rark up - Give someone a piece of your mind
Knackered - So tired you're barely able to stand
Laughing gear - mouth
Cods wollop - lie; exaggeration; complete falsehood
Boots and all - give something everything
Shark and taties - fish and chips
Good as gold - well done; or thats fine
Sweet as - Ok; no problem
She'll be right - things will work themselves out
Hissy fit - lose your temper so bad you lose the plot
Sparrow fart - so early even the birds are asleep
Cuz - like one of the family-might be might not
Away laughing - on a roll; happening
Tiki tour - show you around; or take your time
Away with the fairies - someone who is more than a little vague
Hard yakka - hard slog; tough work; all sweat and muscle
Every man and his dog - absolutely everyone you could think of
Wop Wops - the back of beyond

We use some of these in Australia, but not all.

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17 July 2007, Great Britain issued a Smiler sheetlet showing Harry Potter.

The first picture shows the sheet with the names of the spells. The second picture shows the spells, as revealed when the thermochromic ink is warmed.
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3 March 2008 France issued a S/S showing Tex Avery – when the blue section is rubbed, you can see what the dog is saying
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29 January 2009 Iceland issued a S/S as part of the joint stamp series 'Preserve the Polar Regions and Glaciers'. The S/S shows the current amount of ice in the polar regions under normal temperature. When the stamp is heated, the ice melts away and shows the estimated amount of ice in the polar regions in the year 2100.

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25 March 2009 Hungary issued a S/S showing the Budapest Research Reactor
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When heated, it changes colour
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28 July 2009 Australia issued a S/S showing micro-monsters
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Apply friction to the little box on each stamp to reveal information on the degree of magnification of each small creature - Weevil (20X), Hatchet Wasp (10X), Ant (8X), Praying Mantis (8X), Ground Beetle (8X) and Jumping Spider (9X) with the magnified Butterfly wing (5000X)
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6 November 2009 BAT issued a S/S for the Effects of Climate Change – rub the date on each stamp to reveal the effects of climate change on sea ice
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6 September 2010 Liechtenstein issued a set of 3 stamps for Renewable Energy. Rubbing the black ink causes a coloured pictogram to appear which represents the energy which can be regenerated. At the left in each picture is the issued stamp, and at the right is how it looks after heat is applied.

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A similar set of 3 stamps was issued by Liechtenstein on 14 March 2011 for Renewable Energy. At the left in each picture is the issued stamp, and at the right is how it looks after heat is applied.

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6 July 2013 Jersey issued a set of stamps showing Superman – one stamp from this set had thermochromic ink – when rubbed, the earth can be seen underneath Superman
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24 June 2014 Belgium issued a S/S for the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Meteorological Institute.
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The tree leaves are green but when the temperature exceeds 25°, for example if one puts a finger on the stamp, the green layer disappears showing the tree in one of the four seasons (sun, rain, snow, clouds).
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31 August 2013 Malaysia issued a sheetlet showing museums and artifacts. When the black section at the right of each stamp is rubbed, an artifact is revealed. The issued stamps are shown at the top of each picture, and underneath shows the revealed artifacts after heat is applied.
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9 March 2014 New Zealand issued a set of 5 stamps and S/S showing Endangered Seabirds. A silhouette of the birds is on each stamp
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when the silhouette is rubbed or heat applied, the silhouette disappears
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1 March 2014 Belgium issued a special souvenir sheet for Earth Hour
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You could also purchase a key ring with special black light
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When the light was shone on the souvenir sheet, the Brussels skyline can be seen
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World's first NYLON stamps

25 June 2014, Niger has issued the world’s first stamps printed on nylon – a souvenir sheet perf and imperf

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New Swiss stamp Mini Sheet you can play on a record player!
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Rather than commemorating or breaking a record, a new Swiss stamp is an actual vinyl record that plays music.

The 5-franc stamp was issued Sept. 4 in a souvenir sheet.

In announcing the issue, Swiss Post said: “In many of us, the black 45 and 33 rpm vinyl discs evoke nostalgic memories. Now they are the subject of an exclusive miniature sheet included in the latest stamp issue. The latter will literally be music to the ears of many stamp enthusiasts.

“Even if the stamp, which is suitable for franking, is detached from the miniature sheet, a specially engraved soundtrack still allows the miniature sheet to be played on a record player which is set to 33 rpm. The soundtrack includes a brass band version of the Swiss national anthem.”

The 5fr stamp is designed to look like a vinyl record. The label area of the record surrounding the central spindle hole includes the country name “Helvetia”; the denomination “500” (for 500 centimes, or 5fr); the name of the national anthem Swiss Psalm in German, French, Italian and Romansh; and the name of the composer, Alberich Zwyssig.

The anthem’s lyrics came from a poem by Leonhard Widmer. The first verse is printed in fluorescent ink on four Swiss stamps issued May 5, 2011 (Scott 1422a-d), to commemorate the anthem’s 50th anniversary. Swiss Psalm was first performed in 1841, but did not become the national anthem until 120 years later.

The nonprofit Swiss Public Welfare Society organized a competition in 2013 to replace the lyrics to Swiss Psalm, but, if possible, maintain the melody by Zwyssig. More than 100 entries were received by the June deadline.

Thomas Rathgeb designed the new souvenir sheet. Joh. Enschede of the Netherlands printed it by offset using a special varnish on wood-free cardboard.
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Thanks for the two covers Eli - and your cover with the Thailand flock stamp is a really nice cover.

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Just received this nice cover from Thailand franked with silver embossed stamp (cut our from SS), issued in 1999 to celebrate the birthday of King Rama IX:

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Amazing, thanks for posting!

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PRINTED ON LEATHER

On 24 September 2015 Austria will issue one of the most unusual stamps so far.

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World's first leather stamp

Printed on leather in the shape of lederhosen the stamp also has six Swarovski crystals affixed instead of the usual buttons.

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On 10 Sept 2015, Ireland issued a set of 5 stamps for the 5 senses.

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The 70c stamp is for 'taste' as strawberry flavoured gum has been applied on the back

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The E1.05 stamp is for 'touch' - thermochromic ink has been used so that when the hand on the stamp is touched, it changes colour

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The E1.25 stamp is for 'sight' - this stamp is printed on transparent paper, so when you pick it up, you can see through it

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The E1.70 stamp is for 'hearing' - thermography is used so that when the stamp is rubbed, it makes a sound

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The E2.80 stamp is for 'smell' - a mint fragrance is added to the surface of the stamp

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tonga2 wrote:On 24 September 2015 Austria will issue one of the most unusual stamps so far.

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World's first leather stamp

Printed on leather in the shape of lederhosen the stamp also has six Swarovski crystals affixed instead of the usual buttons.
Just received a nice cover from SB member Matmex franked with the leather stamp cancelled with a special postmark depicting the same lederhosen. Thank you very much, Marco, for this beautiful gift.

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Really nice cover Eli - I'm still waiting for my cover to arrive.

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Hope to see your cover soon, Tonga! :)

A set of two unusual shape stamps was issued by Finland in 2011 depicting birch leaf. Here is one of them I received on letters from Finland;

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Eli, you should take up collecting unusual stamps too!

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tonga2 wrote:Eli, you should take up collecting unusual stamps too!
Good idea, but not now. I am very busy with my collections and creating my albums mainly Laos stamps, Mythologies and Monkeys. I always liked nice covers and I use to keep those who posted to me like the covers I posted here. Usually, I keep one from each type and give the rest to other collectors.

Here is another cover sent to me from Finland franked with circular and elliptic stamps, both issued in 2011.

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HORSE HAIR ATTACHED

Would you believe it? A horse hair on a stamp!
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Belgium post has issued a special miniature sheet commemorating the City of Mons which has been designated as European Capital of Culture for the year 2015.

The miniature sheet with 5 stamps features the main buildings in the Grand Place in Mons

The Ducasse de Mons or Doudou is a popular festival that happens every year on Trinity Sunday (57 days after Easter) in the town of Mons in Belgium.

During Sunday's Trinity, the first Sunday after Pentecost, the Grand Place is transformed into a large battlefield for Lumeçon. This is the fight between Saint George, which represents the good, and the dragon, symbolizing evil.

The combat happens on the central square of Mons. The length of the dragon is about 10 metres long. The end of his tail is covered with horses' hairs. The dragon gives also attacks the public with his tail. People try to take the mane of the tail because it is said to bring luck for a year.

It is for this reason that a horse horsehair is offered during the show . This authentic hair is fixed on the miniature sheet and can be easily removed . It measures about 25 cm, the ideal size to carry it around the wrist to bring a year of good luck for those who believe in this sort of thing.

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Cool thread.

I see the foil coins are not restricted to Tonga, despite their low catalogue values, they are hard to find now, and only the first series are easy to get, the key stamp is the 15/- black Official Airmail, which actually costs about 10 bucks, whereas the rest are a few cents including 2/9. Most sets for sale stop here. Mostly people sell part sets and odd mixed values.

The other coin series were 1964 womens conference (hearts postage and maps airmail). Then the overprints of 1965 for the increased rates on the 1963 coins, some are quite scarce. Then the memorial overprints oh the 1964 hearts and maps.

In 1967 was the second coin sets for the coronation of Taufa'ahau Tupou 4, and these were overprinted 1968, for his 50th birthday. Some of these are hard to find and I only 6 or 7 of each. Finally some of the hearts were overprinted in 1970 for the 5th anniversary of Queen Salote Tupou 3rds death.

Starting 1966 they went back to endless reprinting on stamp issues from 1953 to 1963 and in April 1969, the first sticker stamps were issued, the first series of the low value banana stamps.

It is my goal to collect all of these stamps!
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Tongan sticker stamps are quite hard to get too. There were two major sets of definitives. Usually you can get a few of the low values easily, but complete sets mint or used are hard. I have a bag of mainly stamps that are stuck on each other, mostly low value.

From what I have worked out so far (Photos coming up)

Definitives 1 - Fruit 1969 - 1980
1st set included large bananas to 5 seniti, coconuts 6s to 10s, and Watermelons from 15s to $2 (Two pa 'anga)

In 1970 the colours were changed on low value bananas
Again in 1972 and the coconuts and watermelons had the words "Best in the Pacific removed"

In 1974 smaller sized bananas were used, and they increased to 2 banana and then bunches in 1977, again smaller. Coconuts also reduced in size and remained at 6s to 10s. I think watermelons were also issued.

In 1978, the fruit all got redesigned, bananas were bunched at 4seniti, coconuts were used again at 6s to 10s and very small pinapples up to $1 pa'anga. In 1980 2 new values showing a photo of a pile of fruit (Pineapple, Coconut, watermelon and bananas) appeared for $2 and $3. Official Airmail versions also came out up to $1 pa 'anga again using the small pineapple.

In 1984 all this fruity nonsense was swept away and the marine life series came out with nice drawings, values from 1 seniti to 10 pa 'anga with the pa ,anga stamps being a larger size and smaller values being larger than the fiddly fruit labels. These oblong stamps were added to 1985 and 3 types of official overprints.

Finally in 1983 6 booklet coil stamps of the king came out with values 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s, 15s, and 32s from a booklet. In 1988 the marine life series were issued as gummed stamps with some designs changed.

There were about 30 sets of commemorative stamps starting with the 1969 (September) South Pacific Games and ending with 1986 issues like Ameripex and one or two in 1987. By early 1986 they were issuing gummed again.

Typically these sets had 12 or 14 values and these were divided into Airmail and Postage, sometimes 2 or 3 stamps were added as "Official Airmail" Getting low values of most are easy, complete sets are not.
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PRINTED ON SILK AND RAYON

Some updates

Australia issued another New Year folder in 2015 for Year of the Goat
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Inside were three S/S
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The perf S/S was printed on silk
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The imperf S/S was printed on rayon mesh paper
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The other S/S was printed on gummed paper, and was not unusual

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PRINTED ON SILK AND RAYON

Australia 2016 Year of the Monkey

The folder
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Inside the folder
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The silk S/S - perf
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The rayon mesh S/S - imperf
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Two items in my collection:

Solar eclipse, issued by Indonesia on February 23, 2016. The Sun on the stamps glows in the dark:

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Second item is a big cover I received from Matmex from Austria franked with different unusual flower stamps:

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Thanks Eli - glad to see you are collecting unusual stamps now. And four unusual stamps on the same cover, lucky it got to you safely.

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PRINTED ON SILK

Taiwan issued a very nice silk S/S in 2015
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And a cover showing usage of the two silk stamps from the S/S

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PRINTED ON SILK

S/S issued by Jersey in 2015 and printed on pure silk

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