30 July 2015

Rugby World Cup 2015



Monaco Post  celebrates the eighth Rugby World Cup. The competition will take place from 18 September to 31 October in England and Wales.

New Zealand will defend their title against the world’s best teams, including France, who reached the final in 2011, and England, who will be playing on home turf.

England was chosen to host the competition in July 2009, beating rival bids from Italy, Japan and South Africa. The competition’s organizers, Rugby World Cup Limited, had recommended England to the International Rugby Board.

Of the 20 teams competing at the 2015 World Cup, 12 of them qualified by finishing in the top three places in their pools in the 2011 World Cup. The other eight teams qualified through regional competition. Of the 20 countries that competed in the previous World Cup in 2011, there was only one change – Uruguay replaced Russia.

Stamps from Royal Mail

To celebrate the great sports event Rugby World Cup, Royal Mail will issue a set of special stamps  and covers on 18th September 2015.


To be issued on : 18 September 2015





27 July 2015

Error on recent Canada Post stamp




Canada Post is recalling all stamps commemorating Dinosaur Provincial Park, issued to post offices last week, because the hoodoos on the stamp don’t exist there but are actually from east of Drumheller, Alberta. However, the image is labelled as Alberta’s Dinosaur Provincial Park, which is almost two hours away.

Spokeswoman Anick Losier says the stamps, which were part of a pack of five, were issued on the 3d July and meant to celebrate the country’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Almost immediately, Canada Post received feedback that it had made a mistake and took full responsibility for the flub on the 6th July.

“We contacted the mayor of Drumheller, Alberta Parks as well as the Canadian Badlands Tourism to apologize”, Losier says.

Once the mistake was confirmed, the stamps were pulled from Canada Post’s website and mail orders. The agency is currently recalling the product from about 6,000 post offices across the country. Once the incorrect stamps are collected, they will be destroyed.

Canada Post buys images from photographers or hires them to shoot a series. It also works with a stamp advisory committee and organizations like Parks Canada to source the right photos.

“Somehow in the process we missed the piece that led to this unfortunate mistake”, Loiser says. “That part of the process we’ve reviewed and have fixed to make sure this doesn’t happen again”.

Canada Post is currently working with Parks Canada and Dinosaur Provincial Park to reissue the stamp as soon as possible.

Mistakes on postage stamps are rare but not completely unheard of.Emil Hakim who runs the retail shop Century Stamps and Coins in Mississauga says the value of an erroneous stamp depends on how many are snapped up by private collectors.

“If less than 100,000 get in private hands, the rarity would go up”, he says. “You’re looking for something that’s going to be sought after. The value will decrease if there’s more issued”.

The market sets the price after about a year, when it’s established exactly how many of the stamps were bought.

Hakim says in 1995, a stamp was issued as part of a migrated wildlife set, which featured the word “fawn” without the “f”. Since a high number of those were released, the corrected version is worth more than the wrong one. Over 4.5 million were released, and when the mistake was discovered, 800,000 were corrected and put back into circulation.

Another factor that determines the market value is how many were actually placed on letters and mailed, says John Sheffield, executive director of the Canadian Stamp Dealers’ Association.

“My hunch is the market value will not be as great as some other printing errors that have happened in the past”, he says. “It could take years for the number in circulation to be known and a value to be determined”.

He says it’s now known that there were only 400 copies of the 1959 St. Lawrence Seaway five-cent stamp with the centre inverted that made it into public hands.

Unused copies of this stamp have a catalogue value of US$10,000 and used ones are US$8,000.

“This Dinosaur Provincial Park ‘flub’ is nowhere near as significant as the Seaway error and the market value will be whatever a collector is prepared to pay”, Sheffield says.Canada Post could not confirm the number of erroneous Dinosaur Park stamps in circulation.


24 July 2015

German stamp honoring His Holiness the Dalai Lama




A postal stamp dedicated to the Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama turning 80 next week was unveiled in Germany to commemorate the 80th birthday landmark of the exiled Buddhist leader.

The stamp is designed by non-governmental organization ICT (International Campaign for Tibet) and produced by the German postal services. However, the spokesperson of the German postal services has announced that the stamp is a custom printing ordered by ICT and that although it can be used legally for postal services, it is “not an official stamp of the Federal Republic of Germany”. The stamp is valued at 62 cents.


ICT-Germany on July 3, tweeted that the first stamp of the limited edition stamps was pasted on an envelope addressed to the Chinese Ambassador in Berlin.

Executive Director Kai Müller said, “This postage stamp is a rare recognition of the popularity of the Dalai Lama in Germany; it is sure to become a collector’s item. It is our way of honoring the world’s most famous Buddhist, the exiled religious leader of Tibet”.

Smart innovations on stamps



Date of Issue : 7 July 2015

Estonian Post has issued a set of four stamps on occasion of 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. The items depict various innovations  which were born in Estonia. The issue was released and put into circulation on the 6th of July.

In the most general sense innovation is doing things in a new way. Several world-wide success stories have been born from Estonian innovational ideas and as a result rapid development has changed the lives of the people for good.

Smart ideas born in Estonia create added value both in the business and the private sectors and some of the success stories have now arrived also on postage stamps. Fortumo is an international mobile payment provider. GrabCAD helps engineers get products to market faster by making it simple to manage and share CAD files.

Transfer Wise is a global peer-to-peer money transfer service that got started from Estonia. Skype is the software that enables the world’s conversations, with more than more than 300 million active users globally.


18 July 2015

New Stamp from India



Date of Issue : 17 July 2015

On the eve of Nabakalebara Rath Yatra 2015 a commemorative stamp on Nabakalebara 2015 was released by the Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas , Shri Dharmendra Pradhan at Puri on 17th July, 2015



Commemorative Coins



Nabakalebara is a festival observed in the Shree Jagannath Temple at Puri at a predefined time according to Hindu Calender. Naba means new and Kalebara is body. Lord Shree Jagannath adornes a new body during Nabakalebara. It is the re-embodiment of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra, Devi Subhadra and Sudarshan when they relinquish their old bodies and assume a new one.

Greetings on Eid




Eid Mubarak to all  Readers of Rainbow Stamp Club !!


15 July 2015

PHILATAIPEI 2016 - World Stamp Championship Exhibition



PHILATAIPEI 2016 World Stamp Championship Exhibition

Mr.Anil Suri is appointed the National Commissioner for India of PHILATAIPEI 2016 World Stamp Championship Exhibition being held at Taipei, Taiwan from October 21 to 26, 2016. This is fourth World Stamp Championship show which will be the highest level of competition in philately where the best philatelists in the world will compete for awards. There will be 3 finalists: The World Champion, First Runner Up and Second Runner Up. The World Champion is therefore recognized as having won the highest award in the world's stamp competitive exhibitions. The first WSC was held in Singapore in 2004 and incidentally Mr Anil Suri was also the National Commissioner for India for this. The 2nd and 3rd WSC were held in Israel 2008 and Indonesia 2012.

The World Stamp Championship takes the competition beyond Grand Prix at FIP world philatelic exhibitions. The eligibility to participate in the World Stamp Championship Class that is limited to Traditional Philately and Postal History is having won Gold, Large Gold, Grand Prix National, Grand Prix International, Grand Prix d'Honneur or Grand Prix d'Exposition at the exhibitions with patronage or auspices of FIP. The restrictions imposed vide FIP GREX 9.1 and 9.6 applicable to the FIP Championship Class and Grand Prix d'Honneur respectively do not apply to the World Stamp Championship Class.

GREX Article 9.1 - Participation in the FIP Championship Class is restricted to exhibits which have received 95 or more points in FIP World Exhibitions in any three separate years during the previous 10 years.

GREX Article 9.6 - On receiving the Grand Prix d'Honneur in the FIP Championship, or having completed eligibility under Article 9.4, an exhibit may only be shown out of competition by the same owner.

PHILATAIPEI 2016 will have following classes in addition to the World Stamp Championship Class: Traditional, Postal History, Postal Stationery, Aerophilately, Thematic, Revenue, Youth, Literature, One Frame and Modern Philately.

The Entry Fee for One-Frame Exhibit is US$120, and for Literature the Fee is US$90 per exhibit. The participation is free for Youth Class. The Entry Fee for all other classes is US$80 per frame.The forms will be made available soon. The last date for submitting the forms is January 15, 2016.

Those interested in participating may please contact the National Commissioner for India of PHILATAIPEI 2016 World Stamp Championship Exhibition, Anil Suri, E-70 Kalkaji, New Delhi 110019, email: anilksuri@email.com, and mobile 9811176908.

Courtesy – Madhukar Jhingan

09 July 2015

SINGAPORE 2015 - World Stamp Exhibition



Date of Issue : 14 August 2015

Singapore 2015 is the third World Stamp Exhibition to be held in Singapore. It is to be held in conjunction with Singapore's 50th year of independence, with the full support and patronage of the Federation lnternationale de Philatelie (FIP) and under the auspices of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately.



This joint issue features a new $2.50 New Zealand stamp that shows New Zealand’s most iconic parliament building - the Beehive. The Beehive is where many ministers have their offices, including the Prime Minister of New Zealand. Designed by British architect, Sir Basil Spence, the idea behind the building is that the rooms and offices should radiate from a central core. The building was opened in 1977, with full occupancy occurring around 1979 once the upper floors were opened. The stamp is also available on a first day cover that features the changing face of parliament buildings in Wellington in the past 150 years.

07 July 2015

My Recent Covers..


Covers from  Latvia



 I just received these beautiful covers from Latvia so kindly sent by Mr. EN Limanski from Riga. The covers are so beautiful featuring Pluvialis and  Oriolus.



imageMany Many Thanks to Mr EN Limanski for these beautiful covers.

06 July 2015

Postcard on Langur and Indian Elephant from Germany






A philatelic exhibitionwas held   from June 24th 2015 (Opening Ceremony) to July 9th 2015 at Zoological Garden of Hannover. The philatelic exhibition honnors the 150th anniversary of the foundation ZOO Hannover. The philatelic exhibition was organized by the German Collector Group ARGE ZOOLOGIE with exhibits about the topic animals in more as 40 frames.During this event a meeting of  the Collector Group was held   for 2015 at Zoological Garden of Hannover.


On June 27th a pictorial postmark was available  featuring  a Grey Langur and a stationery (postcard) was issued in limited edition of 200 pieces. The postcard is featuring two Grey Langurs at Pre-stamp of 45 cents Euro(Inland postage rate for postcards).On the left side is featuring a group of Grey Langurs and in the background an Indian Elephant. Both topics are on Indian themes.

Some Post cards are available with Mr Wolfgang Beyer, Vice Chairman of the German Collector Group ARGE ZOOLOGIE and member of the German Topical Association VPhA and German Philatelic Association BDPh.  He may be contacted at e - mail: Wolfgang.beyer1@aol.de

Stamp on Blood Donor’s Day from Italy

Thank you for saving my life !!


Date of Issue : 14 June 2015

Italy Post has released a special stamp to mark the Blood Donor’s Day. The item aims to raise people’s awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products. The stamp was issued  on the 14th of June.

Every year on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event, established in 2004, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood. World Blood Donor Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization.

The theme of this year’s campaign is “Thank you for saving my life”. It focuses on thanking blood donors who save lives every day through their blood donations and strongly encourages more people all over the world to donate blood voluntarily and regularly with the slogan “Give freely, give often. Blood donation matters”.

The campaign aims to highlight stories from people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, as a way of motivating regular blood donors to continue giving blood and people in good health who have never given blood to begin doing so.

03 July 2015

New stamps from Poland


World Blood Donor Day


Date of Issue : 14 June 2015

Polish Post recently issued two beautiful stamps on World Donation Day and Sun Flower.The special feature of these issues is its FDCs which are so beautiful. These would be excellent items for collectors.

Every year on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The event, established in 2004, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.

World Blood Donor Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Hepatitis Day, and World AIDS Day.




Sun Flower


Date of Issue : 26 June 2015

The sunflower (Helianthus annuus) is an annual plant in the family Asteraceae, with a large flower head (capitulum). The stem of the flower can grow up to 3 metres tall, with a flower head that can be 30 cm wide.


Sunflower "whole seed" (fruit) are sold as a snack food, after roasting in ovens, with or without salt added. Sunflowers can be processed into a peanut butter alternative, Sunbutter. In Germany, it is mixed together with rye flour to make Sonnenblumenkernbrot (literally: sunflower whole seed bread), which is quite popular in German-speaking Europe. It is also sold as food for birds and can be used directly in cooking and salads. Sunflower oil, extracted from the seeds, is used for cooking, as a carrier oil and to produce margarine and biodiesel, as it is cheaper than olive oil. A range of sunflower varieties exist with differing fatty acid compositions; some 'high oleic' types contain a higher level of healthy monounsaturated fats in their oil than Olive oil.

The cake remaining after the seeds have been processed for oil is used as a livestock feed. Some recently developed cultivars have drooping heads. These cultivars are less attractive to gardeners growing the flowers as ornamental plants, but appeal to farmers, because they reduce bird damage and losses from some plant diseases. Sunflowers also produce latex and are the subject of experiments to improve their suitability as an alternative crop for producing hypoallergenic rubber.


Club News

Executive Committee of Chandigarh Philatelic Club

Office Bearers :

President: Abnash Singh Luthra

Vice President : Rakesh Walia

General SEcretary : Vipan Thakur

02 July 2015

Club News



Rainbow Stamp News July 2015


July 2015

Hi !

I have just published July 2015 issue of Rainbow Stamp News on Blog. It is available at following links :


http://rainbowstampnews.blogspot.in/    ( For Indian Readers )

http://rainbowstampnews.blogspot.com/   ( For Overseas Readers)

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