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Covers and postcards sent to my address from different countries of the world.

Abkhazia (“2015”) >>stollen covers<<

This post is unusual post. Not only because of showing cover from very “rare” territory, but also because of showing the cover, which I haven’t received. Total of 10 covers were posted from the inaccessible place, but only covers sent to Czechia were stollen, all other covers to 7 countries were safely delivered.

The rare country mentioned above is Abkhazia, one of the rarest countries among cover collectors. Abkhazia is autonomous territory of Georgia, it lies in the north-western corner of the country. Under Georgia’s official designation it is Autonomous republic of Abkhazia. Since August 2008, the territory consider itself an independent country, but de facto  it is occupied by the Russian federation and it represents the “frozen” conflict similar to other territories occupied by Russia (e.g. Transnistria in Moldova or “Donbas” region in Ukraine).

From the philatelic point of view, there were plenty of illegal (cinderella) stamps allegedly issued by Abkhazia in the past, however the only official issue (issued by the Russian post) is a single issue of 2013 (see it used on cover here). This issue (as well as any other illegal issues) can’t be used on mail outgoing outside the Russian Federation, the 2013 issue is supposed to be used on mails going to Russia only (Abkhazia is not UPU member, thus it can’t be used internationally). However, the stamp became rare quickly and in practice, only Russian stamps are used in postal service. All the mail is collected in the Sukhumi (capital of Abkhazia), Russian stamps are used on letters, and then all the mail is transferred by cars to Sochi in Russia, where all letters receive the Russian postmark of Sochi (Сочи). Thus the mail from Sukhumi is practically unrecognizable from mail posted from Russian Sochi. Cover received from Abkhazia represents one the the rarest items in cover collections worldwide.

A friend of mine arranged to send 10 covers from Sukhumi, sent as regular mail, i.e. using Russian stamps as usually (with 2 exceptions) and with the Sukhumi Post Office postmark on the backside, three covers were addressed to me, seven covers were addressed to my friends. All covers were posted in Sukhumi on July, covers to Asia has the postmark of July 8, covers to Europe has the postmark of July 21. First cover out of 10 was delivered to Russia, Yuri has received his cover around July 17. Covers sent to Europe arrived around August 10 (and based on my experience, my cover very likely arrived to Czechia at the same date), Miloš (Slovakia), Holger (Belgium), Roland (France) and Florian (Austria) received covers between August 10-11. Finally, it arrived to Jinesh Joseph in India and to Ralph in Philippines around August 18. Unfortunately, my 3 covers were stollen on it’s way. If all other friends would not receive their covers, I would suspect that clerk at P.O. took money but failed to send covers. But it is unlikely,  all friend in 7 different countries received covers, thus it had to be stollen in Czechia. Furthermore, after investigations, it is now confirmed that it was not the only case of stealing rare philatelic items, more rare covers were stollen with the help of the Czech Post this year :(. This makes very bad impression of the Czech Post and confirms the bad rumours on image of the company as eastern-minded relic of socialist period in our country.

And how the cover from one-of-the-rarest-country look like? I feel sorry I can’t show my own cover, but here are examples of covers sent to my friends :).

abkhazia-150721_Florian

Abkhazia_Holger
Abkhazia_Miloš

Abkhazia_Ralph

Abkhazia_Roland

Abkhazia_Yuri

Abkhazia_Jinesh

 

And notice the beautiful postmark of the Abkhazian Post Office on the backside :).

Abkhazia_Ralph_back

Abkhazia_holger_back

 

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The mills of god grind, yet they grind exceeding small 😉

 

 

Filed under: Abkhazia

Philippines (2015) Pope Francis

PH_pope-Francis_Ralph_2015

Ralph, a very experienced cover collectors from the Philippines, has sent me this perfect cover. He used the series issued on Jan 8, 2015, which commemorates the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Philippines on January 15-19, 2015. The Philatelic bureau of the Philippines (PHL Post) says to this issue. “The spotlight will not be on the person of the Pope but on the communities devastated by “Haiyan”, the strongest typhoon on record, whose destructive path displaced four million people and flattened a million homes. Pictures of survivors, carrying religious images and clutching their rosaries while fleeing in the height of the typhoon’s devastation, are images of faith that have struck a chord in the common humanity that brings the world together in times of tragedy.”

Thank you very much for this perfect cover and stamps!

Filed under: Philippines, Pope Francis, Religion

Japan (2015) Mt. Fuji and flowers

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Tomoko sent me this superb cover, which looks even better in real than scanned here on the blog :). This perfect cover was made by using the newly issued stamps from the series “National Afforestation Campaign” (issued on May 15, 2015) and newly issued definitive stamps (3-yen Definitive Stamp; issued on Feb 2, 2015). Stamp in right corner depicts the Chocolate Lily (Fritillaria camschatcensis), stamp in left corner shows the Japanese Zelkova (Zelkova serrata). Cover was posted from the Fujiyoshida city that lies at foothill of the famous Mt. Fuji and which is commemorated by special postmarks.

Thank you very much for this gorgeous cover!

Filed under: Botany, Japan, NCC (@Postcrossing)

Japan (2015)

Two extraordinary cover received from Ai in Japan.

JP_Prague-castle

This cover is interesting for me because of the right stamp shows the Prague castle.

JP_Cornus-floridaSecond cover commemorates the Centennial of the US gift to Japan, the flowering dogwood (Cornus florida).

Thank you very much Ai for these (and other unpublished) covers!

Filed under: Botany, FDC, Japan, NCC (@Postcrossing)

Hong Kong (2015) Astronomical Phenomena

HK_astro-phenomena_MS

HK_astro-phenomena

Lau and Dong sent me these wonderful covers depicting astronomical phenomena. Lau sent me cover with MS showing the Moon Eclipse, Dong sent me cover showing the Sun with the sun spots. This cover also has the correct postage for the mail from Hong Kong to Europe. Thank you, Lau and Dong, very much for these great covers!

Filed under: astronomy, FDC, Hong Kong (CN)

Covers received via CCCC (2015)

During first quarter of year, I have received couple of superb covers from collectors of the CCCC club. Here are several examples of such covers.

KR_CCCC_water-forum

DK_cccc-(2015)

BR_cccc_RdJ-450-yearssent by Dr. Paulo Fedrizzi

Filed under: Brazil, CCCC, Denmark, FDC, Korea Rep. (South)

Hong Kong (2015) Year of the Goat

HK-2015_year-of-goat

Very nice s/s commemorating the Year of the Goat was sent by Alan. Thank you very much!

 

Filed under: Hong Kong (CN)

Japan (2015) birds

JP_LCC-2015_kazuya-ishibashi

Nice regular cover received from the LCC member from Yokohama, Mr. Kazuya Ishibashi. Thank you very much!

Filed under: Japan, LCC, Nature, Regional culture

East Timor (2015) flag

Timor-Leste_2015

Long long waiting for arriving the one of the “rarest” countries in the world to my mailbox. This cover travelled from my hometown to Philatelic bureau in Dili and back 503 days (1.4 years). Finally arrived in perfect condition. Thank you very much unknown postmaster at P.B. in Dili :).

Filed under: East Timor, National symbols

Hong Kong (2015) Christmas

HK_christmas-2014

 

Very nice cover arrived already at the beginning of the year – Hong Kong Christmas cover. Thank you very much Alan!

Filed under: Christmas / New Year, Hong Kong (CN)

India (2015) musicians

IN_2015_sauj_musicians

Suajanya always sends perfect covers, with nice stamps and postmark. This surprise, with date of the Christmas Day, arrived as one of first covers of 2015. Thank you very much, Sauj!

Filed under: India, NCC (@Postcrossing), Regional culture

South Ossetia (2014)

South-Ossetia_2014

South Ossetia in the Caucasus mountains represents a puppet republic in hands of the Russian Federation. Similarly to Abkhazia (officially belonging to Georgia too) and Transnistria (belonging officially to Moldova), it is also politically isolated due to its dispute status – unrecognised independent status. Unlike the Crimea, these 3 territories were not annexed by Russia.

There are a lot of stamps in the market that are sold as stamps of South Ossetia, but the vast majority of them were never used for postage and are cinderellas (often of unknown origin).

Searching for information on postal service in South Ossetia (or Abkhazia) is challenging. Some sources says that the postal service is operated by the Russian post. I was not sure what stamps are in use for mailing the post from the Tskhinvali (Цхинвал; capital of South Ossetia) to Russia or worldwide. There were reports on the new issue of stamps in 2013, commemorating National Symbols of South Ossetia and political relations with the Russian Federation (see for instance here). This registered cover is proving that the 2013 issue of South Ossetia is valid for postage for mail from Tskhinvali.

Thank you very much for sending me this extraordinary cover! 🙂

Filed under: National symbols, Registered letter, South Ossetia

Indonesia (2014) Environment

ID_LCC_Irene

An example of beautiful cover received via the London Cover Circuit Club. This was sent by Irene. Thank you very much!

Filed under: Indonesia, LCC, Nature

Lao DPR (2014)

LAO_2014

Beautifully cancelled from the “hard-to-get” country was sent by the CCCC OM Pat. Thank you very much!

Filed under: CCCC, Laos

Japan (2014) 50th Anniversary of OECD

JP_NCC_ai_2014-04a

Superb cover commemorating the 50th Anniversary of OECD was kindly sent by Ai. Thank you very much!

Filed under: FDC, Japan, NCC (@Postcrossing)

Viridian’s Sunday Stamps #6 | #157 (Flowers)

I was not joining Viridian’s Sunday Stamps for very long time. But I couldn’t resit today’s topic, which is one of my most favorite ones :).

I would like to share with you beautiful mini sheet issued by India on September 2013 depicting 12 species of wild flowers of India. I am thankful to my philatelic friend J. E. Boben from Thiruvanthapuram  in Kerala (India) who sent me all 12 stamps on single cover :).

IN_Boben-JE_wild-floers-of-India_2

Let me introduce species on this beautiful MS; going from upper left corner to bottom right corner.

1) Silene vulgaris – Bladder Campion. A common European species with very wide distribution area spanning from West Africa and Macaronesia to Far East Asie. It also occurs in Himalaya and thus it belongs to native flora of India. In the Mediterranean,  young leaves are eaten raw in salads, older leaves are eaten boiled or fried, sauteed with garlic as well as in omelettes and risottos.

2) Second species is some of many Rhododendron species, probably  the Hodgson’s Rhododendron, Rhododendron hodgsonii. All rhododendrons are very decorative and very popular in Europe.

3) Third species is named according to locality, where it is growing. Dibang chirita – Chirita dibangensis originates from the Dibang Valley, Arunachal Pradesh, India.

4) Fourth species is large brush endemic to Kashmir, Kashmir Mallow – Lavatera cachemiriana – s a beautiful plant, occurring in Central Asia and which is popular ornamental garden plant.

5) Himalayan mini Sunflower – Cremanthodium ellisii is beautiful plant occurring at high altitudes of Himalayas, from Kashmir to SE Tibet.

6) Himalayan Lantern – Agapetes serpens of Rhododendron family – is a beautiful shrub, with tiny hanging lantern-like flowers. It grows in the Himalayas at altitudes of 1200-3000 m, in Nepal and NE India, particularly Darjeeling.

7) Himalayan Bellflower – Campanula latifolia is species native to wide Eurasian area, from Europe to western Asia. It is widely grown as an ornamental plant. In Europe, it is names as giant bellflower. 

8) Cobra Lily – Arisaema nepenthoides  – is morphologically very interesting plant, with a mottled reddish-brown spathe, resembling a cobra about to strike. It is found in the Eastern side of the Himalayas, from C. Nepal to SW China, at altitudes of 2000-3300 m.

9) Roundleaf Asiabell – Codonopsis rotundifolia – Roundleaf Bellflower is found in the Himalayas, from Pakistan to C. Nepal, at altitudes of 1800-3600 m.

10) Blue Poppy – Meconopsis grandis  – Himalayan Blue Poppy  is  species native to the Himalayas, northern Burma, Tibet and Yunnan Province in China where it is typically found in shady mountain areas, mountain meadows, slopes and woodlands. It is noted for producing large, deep sky blue flowers

11) Globe Thistle – Echinops echinatus – Indian Globe Thistle – s an erect branched herb about a meter high, 

12) and finally, Himalayan Iris – Iris clarkei  – is smaller but very decorative species, rarely cultivated as an ornamental garden plant.

Have a good week!

To see another interesting posts by Viridian’s Sunday stamps click the icon, please.

Useful links 🙂
www.flowersofindia.net
flora.upol.cz
rareplants.co.uk

Filed under: Botany, India, Viridian's Sunday Stamps

Maldives (2013) turtles

Maldives_FlorianI was trying to obtain cover from Maldives already for a long time. I was not successful with swaps, RRs or even with philatelic bureau. I finally received my first cover from Maldives a month ago.  What a surprise was, when I have found my second cover from this attractive country in my mailbox :). It was arranged by Florian, a cover collector from Austria. Thank you very much!

 

Filed under: Maldives, Nature

Brunei Darussalam (2013)

Brunei_pb

Beautifully cancelled covers received due to excellent work of Philatelic bureau in Brunei Darussalam. Thank you very much!

 

Filed under: Brunei

Covers with unique date 11-12-13

Year 2013 brought one another unique date, which looks interesting on some postmarks. I was not “hunting” for covers with this date, but I am glad I received some. These are nice additions to my collections. I want to thank for all received 11-12-13 covers :).

Saujanya (India, KA)IN_11-12-13

Heidi (Estonia)EE_11-12-13

Axel (France)FR_11-12-13

Olesya (Ukraine)UA_11-12-13_Olesya

Irene (Australia)AU_11-12-13

Ulrich (Germany)DE_11-12-13

Wonsik Kang (South Korea)KR_11-12-13_wonsik-kang

Faisal Rasool (Thailand)TH_11-12-13

Juned (Indonesia)ID_11-12-13

Abdeslam Meskaldji (Algeria)DZ_11-12-13

Vural Oguz (Liechtenstein)LI_11-12-13

and three covers sent by myself from Olomouc, Brno and Boží Dar :).CZ_11-12-13_Olomouc CZ_11-12-13_Brno CZ_11-12-13_Boží-Dar

Filed under: Algeria, Australia, Botany, Christmas / New Year, Czechia, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Korea Rep. (South), Liechtenstein, National symbols, Nature, Regional culture, Religion, Thailand, Ukraine, Unique dates

LCC covers received in 2013

London Cover Club (LCC) is another link to receiving nice covers. When compared to other circuit clubs, I think the quality of received cover is the highest in this club. Here are some covers received via LCC exchange.

EXCELLENT/GOOD COVERS

Latvia (Elmars Berzins)

LCC_LT_Elmars-Berzins

Italy (Vittorio Barella)

LCC_IT_Vittorio-Barella

Germany (Alfred Berlinghof)

DE_lcc_alfred-berlinghof

USA (A. W. Welch)LCC_US_AW-Welch

Kazakhstan (Marat Tankaev)LCC_KZ_marat-tankaev

Japan (Kenichi Kato)

LCC_JP_Kenichi-Kato

France (Roland Montagne)FR_lcc_roland_news

The Netherlands (Peter Toonstra)LCC_NL_Toonstra

Japan (Nobumasa Muranaka)LCC_JP_Nobumasa-Muranaka

Monaco (Joseph Bowler)MC_LCC_Monacophil-2013

Brazil (Gerardo Soeiro Filho) (although it is double cancelled, I like this cover :))BR_lcc_gerardo-filho

Russia (Andrew Radchenko)RU_lcc_andrew-radchenko

Hungary (Judith Geiger)LCC_HU_Judith-Geiger

Canada (Marcel Doyon)CA_lcc_doyon

Spain (Santiago Rodriguez Perez)ES_Canarias_LCC-2013

COVERS that are against the LCC rules (missing or machine cancellation or double cancellation) and sending covers like these ones should be avoided. However, I must say I quite like them :).LCC_MT_Jane-Vella UCC_LCC_US_Dorothy-Smith LCC_IT_Constantino-Beltramo ES_lcc_pere-magrane LCC_GR_George-Robakis

EXAMPLES of my sent covers with the LCC circuits (stamps are different, but postmarks are identical)LCC-sent_CZ_velikonoce-1LCC-sent_CZ-TaborLCC-sent_Europa-SKAD_LCC-OM_01NC_2013a

Filed under: Andorra, Brazil, Canada, Czechia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, LCC, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, the, New Caledonia, Pennsylvania, Russia, Russia (oblasts), Slovakia, Spain, USA


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