Nobel Prize Medal January 14, 2016

Last month I wrote an essay about Frederick Sanger for the “Laureates of Tomorrow – Nobel Essay Contest” sponsored by the Swedish Consulate and the New York Academy of Sciences. Being interested in numismatics, I couldn’t help but wonder what the Nobel Prize medal looked like and who engraved it. After finishing the essay, I found some interesting information about the medal and its history.

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Mozambique Postal Authority Corruption November 28, 2014

The rampant corruption in the Mozambique Postal Authority, led by Drª. Maria Angelica Dimas has been a long-running saga, linked to much of the unmitigated chicanery current throughout the philatelic world.

The story we have uncovered begins with the previous incumbent of the Director of Post Office, Dr Pedro Lopes Murima. He granted a contract to Marino Montero International philatelic agency to produce stamps on behalf of the Mozambique Post Office.

The contract was for the production of stamps on the theme of the History of the XXI Century.

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Rare and valuable australian stamps August 10, 2014

Today I want to talk about Australian philately. One of Australia’s great philatelic rarities is The Inverted Swan. Its a first 4-pence blue postage stamp with error issued by Western Australia in 1855 year. The Black Swan was a colony’s symbol. Good to know that was one of the world’s first invert errors. During printing process the frame of stamps was inverted, but the image of the swan was normally printed. In result it is looks like inverted stamps and now it has become commonly known as the Inverted Swan.

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Afghanistan forgeries January 14, 2013

The first stamps of Afghanistan are known as the Lion Stamps, after the lion’s head which appears in the centre of the stamps. The lion itself represents the ruler at that time Sher Ali, which translates from Dari as “Ali the Lion”. Being a strict Muslim country, an image of Sher Ali himself could not be allowed on the stamps (a human image did not appear on an Afghan stamp until 1937).

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Speculative Cancellations January 12, 2013

Far from the least interesting or least important feature of a stamp is the cancellation mark. Probably the greatest difference to the minds of many is that of price. Many otherwise valuable stamps are rendered comparatively worthless by being put “out of sight” behind a blot of ink and as a rule most stamps are worth more new than used. But the case is reversed when we consider some of the old German States, where a genuine used stamp commands a higher price than a new one.

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How Tip Saved the Home January 11, 2013


As every true story has of necessity a location, this story is located in the centre county of New York State, in the thriving and beautiful city of Cortland, the county seat of Cortland county.
Tippecanoe Casey, the subject of this sketch, in the year 1892, aged 15 years, lived with his mother and two sisters in a delightfully located home in the city of C-.

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She, The Dealer, And The Idea January 10, 2013

How long the Dealer had existed it is impossible for me to say, but he must certainly have begun business several years before She began to look into philatelic matters, and as this latter occurrence took place in 1885 it naturally would be supposed that he had far more information upon the subject in his cerebral cavities and at his finger ends by the middle of 1895 than the desultory studies her school days allowed had developed in her own brain and digits. Be that as it may, however, She is inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt for the sake of the charity that thinketh no evil, and to believe that he really did not intend to deceive, but still – but still – She isn’t quite satisfied, for She is a real flesh-and-blood creation and therefore rather given to the spirit of resentment any daughter of Eve would be apt to feel at an attempt to overreach her.

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A Collection in 1910 January 9, 2013

In my capacity as reporter for the Daily Philatelic News it is in my line of duty to interview the prominent philatelists as to their opinions on various subjects of public interest, and when news is hard to get I put in my time looking over some of the larger collections of this country. So this was the reason the following appeared in the Daily Philatelic News of Jan. 11, 1910.

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Counterfeits – Liberia 1867 12c. blue January 8, 2013

Under the heading, “Counterfeits,” at the end of the article on Liberia, in “A Catalogue for Advanced Collectors,” are given some “points” which are supposed to be useful in the detection of forgeries of the early Liberias. I present herewith the introduction to these “points,” together with the matter relating to the 12c. value.

“Counterfeits of the stamps of the first issues of Liberia are numerous. In order to distinguish these from the genuine we shall give some points pertaining to the latter.

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Counterfeits – Cuba 1871 25c. , 50c. January 7, 2013

Counterfeits - Cuba 1871 25cCUBA 1871, 25c. peseta, blue
Here is a counterfeit of a stamp which is catalogued but two cents, and of which it is extremely easy to procure a specimen ; yet the imitation seems to have had quite an extensive circulation, for I have seen several copies, all in fairly good collections. One of these copies I managed to secure, and will now describe it to you.

(1) The original is perforated 14; the counterfeit has 12Ѕ holes in 20mm., but they are not the same shape or size. Sometimes they resemble the so-called “pin perforation;” sometimes they are “regular,” and again they are like the “square perforations” of the 1868 and 1872 issues of Mexico. Some specimens were also issued imperforate, probably in order to make a “variety” and increase the sale.

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