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2023 - 2008 Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation (IGPC) Issues

Starting in 1957 with one client nation, Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. (IGPC) is now the agent and general postal consultant for more than 70 international postal administrations, representing every major race, religion, and culture of the world. With a full service art department IGPC has proved to be a pioneer in producing innovative philatelic products and popular topical subjects. We are pleased to present here a few examples of what you can find at the IGPC.

To see IGPC's list of stamps click on www.igpc.com. On the IGPC website go to "Shop New Issues" located towards the middle of the page in the gray bar on your left. If you plan to make a purchase on the IGPC website, please click "LOG IN" then click on the blue "Sign up now!" lower left on page to create your account. Stamps and descriptions will then be available for purchase from the "Shop New Issues".

Around the World in 80 Days

Around the World in 80 Issues?
— 2023 | Alderney Stamp Issue

In his April 7 Mekeel’s & STAMPS column, our New Issues Editor, Dave Kent featured an issue from Alderney, part of the Guernsey island group in the English Channel, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the publication of the book "Around the World in 80 Days" by celebrated author Jules Verne. Since then, it occurred to me that a fascinating collection can be built based on the "Around the World______" theme. In this case, it would be "Around the World in 80 Issues". It fits well with one of the interests of stamp collectors, that being scenes 'from faraway places with strange sounding names,' a theme that attracted many of us to the hobby.

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King Charles Stamp

Commonwealth Members Honor Their King
— 2023 | King Charles III Stamp, Gambia

It is customary for member nations of the British Commonwealth to mark various events in the life of their Royal Family, from celebrating their birth through to mourning their passing. It was expected that the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, which we covered previously, was followed by the release of issues commemoration the ascension to the throne of King Charles III. 

Among the more popular releases is an ongoing series orchestrated by the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation of New York, who . . .

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Van Gogh, Starry Night Stamp

Collecting The Van Gogh Masterpieces
— 2023 | Starry Night Stamp, Antigua and Barbuda $3.15

With the works of even secondary artists soaring into the millions, it is time to remind art lovers that one of the many wonderful topics that stamp collectors enjoy on a budget revolves around works of art. The approaches are varied: history of art, particular themes, specific artists, museums, and more.

For this issue focusing on Vincent Van Gogh and his masterpieces, I turned to the website of the Inter-Governmental Corporation of New York and selected a few of the many issues that are currently available and affordable there–keeping in mind that the USPS does not include non-U.S. artists or their work—in their stamp programs.

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The Life and Times of Queen Elizabeth II
— 2022 | Queen Elizabeth II Stamp, Grenada $13.70

As the peoples of the world mourn the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, it also is an opportunity to recall the grace and dignity with which she lived her life, from a young Princess addressing the British nation during the Blizkrieg in World War II through the 70 years she served as the symbolic leader of Great Britain and the Commonwealth. 

Throughout her many decades on the Royal Throne, the Queen has witnessed major political change and engaged some of the most influential World Leaders, including thirteen United States Presidents.

Her passing also offers us an opportunity to celebrate her accomplishments and to assemble a record of her life and times. For stamp collectors as well as all followers
of the . . .  

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IGPC Orchestrates Peace for Ukraine Program
— 2022 | Peace for Ukraine Stamp, Marshall Islands $5.00

Historically, postage stamps have always transcended politics and borders. Now in support of peace for Ukraine and their neighboring nations, government postal authorities around the world plan to release official postage stamps. 

In keeping with the tradition of using postage stamps in support of important causes, the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. has announced a program through which “Peace for Ukraine” souvenir sheets will be released this June by the African Nation of The Gambia, Caribbean island nation of Grenada, Central American country of Guyana and South Pacific Island Nation of . . .

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Collecting The History of  World War II - Stamps

Collecting The History of World War II
— 2022 | Many Stamps for this article found on igpc.com!

As we work our way through Bear Rowell’s chronological history of World War II in Mekeel’s & Stamps, I enjoy searching for images to supplement the text. For me, it is a form of collection building. 

With that, it occurred to me that collectors who are interested in history might want to build a History of World War II Collection. If you have such an interest, there are numerous sources for information, but one of the sources to which I turn is igpc.com, the website of the Inter-Governmental Corporation of New York, where you can find . .  .

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International Cryptocurrency, Tuvalu

A New Year, a New Collection?
— 2022 | International Cryptocurrency (shown left), Centenarian 2021, British Guiana 1C Magenta, Nine-Banded Armadillo

With the coming of a new year, people look for ideas on how they can refresh or improve their lives. For some stamp collectors it means starting a new primary or secondary collection idea for themselves or a family member.

With that in mind, one possibility is a Topical collection. For flexibility and personalization you can find all sorts of themes on stamps, and you can expand or limit the scope of any topic based on your interests and budget. . . .

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Queen Elizabeth II Stamp, Marshall Islands

Of Monarchs and Presidents
— 2021 | Queen Elizabeth II and U.S. Presidents

There was a time when postage stamps depicted only ruling monarchs and an occasional coat of arms from the issuing country–or Presidents in the case of the USA. Those days are gone, but topical collectors still can enjoy their share of Royals on Stamps. Because of the breadth of the British Commonwealth, the British Royal family is a particularly popular subject for issuing nations and collectors.

Recently we had a different take on the subject. Instead of a Commonwealth nation, the Marshall Islands, a former . . .

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Brewing Stamp, Jersey, 2021

Eclectic New Issues from IGPC
— 2021 | Brewing, The Secret Garden, Hedgehog, and Nocturnal Animals

One of the wonderful aspects of our hobby is the tremendous variety of forms in which it can be enjoyed. One of the many increasingly popular options is topic, in part because within that are hundreds of different themes that can be selected. With that it mind, to demonstrate the point, I turned to the website of the Inter-Governmental Corporation of New York and selected a few of the recent new issues that are currently available.

To browse scores of other topics and hundreds of other issues, go to the IGPC website, www.igpc.com.

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Jill Biden Stamp, Gambia, 2021

Gambia Celebrates 'Famous Females'
— 2021 | First Ladies, Queen Elizabeth II, Meghan Markle . . .

Under the guidance of the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation of New York, the African nation’s philatelic agency, The Gambia recently released four new issues that focus on famous women.

Shown here is the latest in a series of First Ladies of the United States souvenir sheets, for Dr. Jill Biden.

An accomplished educator in her own right, she was previously the second lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017 when . . .

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Elton John

Musical Legends on Stamps
— 2021 | Elton John, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix . . .

The recent release of by Great Britain honoring Paul McCartney and his music is but one of numerous issues around which collectors can build a Contemporary Music Artists collection. In building such a collection, there is no better place to start than at the website of the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation of New York, where you can choose from hundreds of stamps and miniature sheets from scores of nations, including new issues as well as others going back more than 20 years.

Shown here is a sampling of the issues. For other Music issues including contemporary as well as Classical artists and a wide variety of other topics, go to www.igpc.com.

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles—What About Ships?
— 2021 |Planes, Trains, Automobiles, and Ships

The famous 1987 Movie, “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” starring John Candy and Steve Martin was wonderful–but they left out Ships!

We didn’t, and neither did the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation of New York, whose website includes just about every Topical you can think of.

Here’s a small sampling of their take on Transportation.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles–What About Ships? [PDF Document] Be sure to scroll down the PDF Document to see all 4 modes of transportation.

Beethoven 250th Birth Anniversary Stamp

Collect Trains?
— 2021 | Steam Locomotive, Nevis (Stamp shown left), U.S. Trans-Continental Railroad Souvenir Sheet 

Ships go back further and may be more historic, planes and rockets are more exciting, and auto makes and models are more recognizable—but what means of transportation is there than Trains?

If you already collect Trains on Stamps, or might want to explore the possibilities, the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. is a leader in the issuance and promotion of Topical stamps. IGPC has orchestrated some outstanding . . . .

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Beethoven 250th Birth Anniversary Stamp

IGPC Creates Beethoven Mini-Omnibus
— 2020 | Ludwig van Beethoven, 250th Birth Anniversary (Stamp shown left) 

Born in December 1770, the German composer Ludwig van Beethoven remains one of the most admired composers in the history of Western and classical music. Under the tutelage of his father and other great musicians, the young Beethoven was instantly identified as a child prodigy with potential for greatness. 

He composed impressive piano sonatas, concertos, and more, which quickly awarded him a large and growing audience. Beethoven’s brilliant symphonies can still be heard today by performers and composers around the world. While celebrations of his 250th birth anniversary have understandably been . . .

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President Biden on Marshall Island stamp from IGPC 2020

Presidents, Elections Recorded on Stamps
— 2020 | A Race to the White House

Collectors and anyone else interested in American Presidents and Candidates on Stamps will find hundreds of issues on the website of the Inter-Governmental Corporation of New York, www.igpc.com.

The latest additions are souvenir sheets picturing the two major party Presidential candidates and their running mates.

The Marshall Islands, who share a close relationship with the United States and have traditionally commemorated many. . . .

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Covid-19 A Tribute to those on the Front Line, Postage Stamps - The Gambia, 2020

New Covid Mini-Omnibus From IGPC
— 2020 | A Tribute to those on the Front Line

The nations of the world continue to issue stamps to honor the heroes who are fighting Covid-19 and to remember those who have died, which is now approaching the 1,000,000 mark.

Meanwhile, the USPS, now past the 200,000 deaths mark, still has not indicated that they are giving any thought to such an issue. Although there has been some speculation that the Trump administration does not want to issue a reminder of the pandemic and the death toll, I would like to think that it is another demonstration of a distorted selection process.

Another possibility is that a stamp will be issued after a successful vaccine is developed. That assumes, as expected, it will be developed by . . . .

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Collect Planes?
— 2016 | Guernsey, London Flying Boat on the First Affiliation Vist, 1939 (shown left)
Click to see: 6 Guernsey Aviation Stamps

The aircraft industry is taking a double hit these days, what with Boeing’s quality control problems and the loss of travelers due to the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent fear of flying.

While space flight, particularly manned space flight, has taken some of the attention away, the development of the airplane and the contributions it has made are subjects that remain widely followed in movies, on television and nowadays in the social media. Airplanes also remain popular with stamp collectors and, as a result, with postal administrations. This includes the United States Postal Service whose most recent examples include the 1918 celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Air Mail Service, not to overlook the 2013 . . .

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USS Arizona Stamp - IGPC

Collect Ships?
— 2016 | USS Arizona Memorial (shown)
Click to see stamp sheet: USS Arizona Memorial, The Gambia, Famous Shipwrecks, The Gambia

Despite real world advances in transportation, with space travel being the latest frontier, Ships on Stamps remains one of the most popular collecting topics. Indeed, the American Topical Association provides checklists with thousands of ship stamps, listed in 19 categories, from Brigantines to Towboats.

While it might be surprising at first, when you think about it, Ships on Stamps presents transportation from the earliest forms, such as . . . .

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Bold New World: Crypto Stamps
— 2020 | Marshall Islands
Click to see stamp sheet: Marshall Islands stamps

In collaboration with Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp., the Marshall Islands has entered the emerging world of cryptocurrency and crypto stamps, with a limited edition sheetlet that is designed to highlight the novel Mi10 Crypto stamps.

The new set of 6 stamps features silver holographic images of Marshall Islands beaches, side by side with identical QR (Quick Response) codes that will automatically . . . .

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Collect the Great Masterpieces
— 2019 - 2003 | Prehistoric Cave Painting (shown)

Art lovers have found that the great masterpieces that go for tens of millions of dollars each can be theirs for a tiny fraction of those amounts— on the stamps of issuing nations from around the world. This explains why the Art on Stamps theme is among the most popular of all topicals.

One of the finest sources of these miniature works of art is the website of the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation of New York. . . .

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IGPC Drawing by Leonardo da Vinci drawing on a Tuvalu Souvenir Sheet, 2019

DaVinci Omnibus From IGPC
— 2019 | DaVinci Drawing (shown)
Click to see: Drawings, Self Portrait, Drawings for His Inventions, Mona Lisa

In 2019—the 500th Anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci—the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. orchestrated a miniOmnibus celebrating his many talents.

Per Wikipedia, Although he had no formal academic training, many historians and scholars regard Leonardo as the prime exemplar of the “Universal Genius” or “Renaissance Man”, an individual of “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination.” He is widely considered one of the most diversely talented individuals ever to have lived. According to art historian Helen Gardner, “the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent in recorded history, and his mind and personality seem to us superhuman. . . ."

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IGPC The Sehrane Festival Stamps, 2019

Recent New Issues from Israel
— 2019 | Sehrane Festival (shown)
Click to see: Sehrane Festival, Apollo 11, Fighting Breast Cancer

The Israel Philatelic Agency has announced the addition of a number of new issues available to collectors through the website of the Inter-Governmental Corporation of
New York.

Among the September issues, we find a new addition to the Ethnic Festivals series, in this case, focusing on the Sehrane Festival, which stems from the Jewish community in Kurdistan, where it was celebrated annually in the springtime, on the day after the last day of Passover. It is a celebration of renewal and joy meant to . . .

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IGPC Nine-Banded Armadillo Stamp, Grenada

Spanning the Royal Generations
— 2019 | Queen Victoria (shown)
Click to see: Queen Victoria, The Royal Baby, Royal Wedding

Recent new issues from British Commonwealth members remind us of the enduring popularity of the British Royal family and of the stamps that depict them. In this instance, these issues were designed by the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. for their client nations.

Tuvalu joined a Commonwealth-wide commemoration marking the 200th . . .

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IGPC Nine-Banded Armadillo Stamp, Grenada

IGPC The Odd and Unusual
— August - September 2019 | Nine-Banded Armadillo (shown)
Click to see stamp sheets: Armadillo, Hippos, Surgeon Fish

The Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. has orchestrated a mini-series picturing unusual animals and fish that can be found in the issuing nations.

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IGPC Highlights Marine Life
— April 10, 2019 | Striped Dolphins (shown)
Click to see stamp sheets: Striped Dolphins, Bottlenose Dolphins, Day Octopus

Last April and May the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. orchestrated a multi-nation series featuring Marine Life.

On April 10 Mustique issued this sheetlet featuring the Bottlenose Dolphin. Mustique is a small private island that is one of the Grenadines, a chain of islands in the West Indies, and is part of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The island is owned by the Mustique Company, a private limited company which is in turn owned by the island’s home owners. Its year-round . . .

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A Scarce Topic: Jewish Holidays
— March 2019 | Purim Mitzvahs Stamp (shown)
Click to see stamp sheet: Purim Mitzvahs Stamps

Every year around the Christmas Holidays dozens of nations issue hundreds of stamps on the Christmas theme—and Associate Editor Dave Kent does a magnificent job of searching for, and presenting, many of those issues.

The U.S. Postal Service joins in that celebration. The Postal People should be praised for also issuing stamps for other holidays, specifically. . .

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IGPC Stamps - Donkey and Horses Stamps, Grenada 2018

IGPC Features Five Equids—and a Bird
— 2018 | Donkeys & Horses, The Great Zebra Migration, The African Wild Ass, Oxpecker

Late last year the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. orchestrated a series of issues for some of its client postal adminstrations on the subject of “equids”—in this case, Horses, Zebra, Donkeys and Wild Jackasses.

Interestingly, there was another member of the family of which horses are the most popular part—the Ox; however, the stated subject of the issue is those little birds—oxpeckers— neatly perched on the huge animal. On the souvenir sheet from Liberia, they are seen. . .

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IGPC Launches Man-on-Moon Omnibus
— August 30, 2018 | 50th Anniversary of the First Moon Landing

As most people know, the historic 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Space Mission, which was the first mission to put a man on the moon is fast approaching.

The Saturn V rocket built by NASA launched three men beyond the low Earth orbit, propelling the Lunar Module, nicknamed Eagle, through space. On July 20, 1969, Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins made one of history’s most. . .

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Trump Stamps from the IGPC

U. S. Prexies from Antigua & Barbuda
— Date November 1, 2018 | U. S. Presidents

Antigua & Barbuda is scheduled to issue later this year a set of four sheets of stamps honoring the Presidents of the United States. Following the pattern of the U.S. 1938 Prexy issue, the face value of each presidential stamp corresponds with the order of presidency, from the 1¢ face value for George Washington to a 45¢ face value stamp for Donald Trump.

One interesting aspect is that the stamps include the U.S. flags of the time period of each presidency. The background frame surrounding the stamps pictures the . . .

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Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation (IGPC) Vice Presidents Stamps 2018

Liberia Launches U.S. Vice Presidents Set
— February 2, 2018 | Vice Presidents of the United States
Click to see stamp sheet - Liberia

On February 2 Liberia began a U.S. Vice Presidents series with a set of three souvenir sheets. As these sheets cover the ‘Veeps’ from John Adams (1789-1797) through Daniel Tompkins (1817-1825), we can expect additional sheets that will take us up to date—and as Liberia has no ban on issuing stamps for living people, eventually that should take us right up to Vice President Michael Pence.

Shown here, there are two Vice Presidents to a sheet, with each one depicted in . . .

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IGPC 2018 Year of the Dog Stamp - Tanzania

IGPC Orchestrates Year of The Dog Omnibus
— December 2017  | Year of the Dog - Tanzania (shown left)
Click to see stamp sheets from Tanzania, Papua New Guinea and Grenada.

The Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. of New York has put together a colorful ‘Year of the Dog Stamp Show’ in the form of Lunar New Year souvenir sheets. Shown on the link below are a few examples from The Gambia, Tanzania, Papua New Guinea, Ghana, and Guyana and a full set of the twelve Lunar New Year animals from Grenada.

For details on these and other Lunar New Year issues, including prior years’ souvenir sheets, go to the IGPC website, www.igpc.com.

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December, 2017 — Revisiting the Titanic in Film and On Stamps
— February 8, 2012  | Grenada
Click to see Titanic Souvenir sheet with 4 stamps!

The re-release of the epic Titanic film for a week in early December 2017 has sparked renewed interest in the tragic event. This also takes us back to the theme of the Titanic as it has been told on stamps.

On the occassion of the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of what was believed to be an indestructable vessel, we carried in Mekee’s & STAMPS April 27, 2012 edition extensive coverage of the postal and philatelic history. Rather than repeating that material now, we instead refer you to that extensive, 2012 multi-article feature . . .

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Coral Reef stamps, Grenada 2017


Today’s Stamps Recreate the Wonders of Nature
— 2017 Wonders of Nature | Click to see Horses and Coral Reefs stamp sheets

Gone are the days when postage stamps depicted the heads of state and coats of arms that were such common sights on the 19th Century stamps. Likewise, the monochrome
issues of the early 20th Century were gradually replaced by multicolor postage stamps. And today, collectors can collect stunning issues in new, souvenir sheet forms whose pictorial margins skillfully supplement the stamp designs.

Illustrated here are a few examples of beautiful works of the beauty of nature, including . . .

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IGPC Gustav Klimt stamps 2017


Postage Stamps Depict Art In Its Many Forms
— 2017 Art on Postage Stamps | Click to see Edgar Degas, and Playboy stamp sheets

Postage stamps are appropriately known as “Miniature Works of Art,” and when they depict the great masterpieces, they are among the most popular issues among stamp collectors.

Illustrated here are a few examples of beautiful works of art that can be collected on stamps from around the world. . . .

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JFK John F. Kennedy Stamp, Grenadines of St. Vincent


The World Remembers JFK, Diana
— 2017 JFK, Diana | Click to see John and Jackie Kennedy and Diana stamp sheets

Two of the most popular and enduring figures of the 20th Century came alive again this summer when the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. orchestrated commemorative issues for some of its client nations celebrating the life and times of John F. Kennedy and Princess Diana.

Both of these dynamic personalities suffered tragic deaths at a much too young age, which explains in part why they still have so many followers, and why we enjoy a steady stream of issues to keep their memories alive.

Pictured here are Diana issues from Grenada and JFK issues from . . .

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Hong Kong, China Anniversary Celebrated
— 2017, 20th Anniversary  | Click to see Hong Kong returns to China, Grenada, and Hong Kong returns to China, Guyana stamp sheets

The Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. recently orchestrated a mini-omnibus for some of its client nations on the subject of The 20th Anniversary of the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to the People’s Republic of China. The transfer took effect on July 1, 1997, with the establishment of Hong Kong as the first . . .

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Legendary Monkey King Featured on Stamps
— 2017 Monkey King  | Antigua and Barbuda

The Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. recently orchestrated a mini-omnibus for some
of its client nations on the subject of The Monkey King, more formally known as Sun
Wukong. Recently popularized in a 2014 Hong Kong action film, the plot of the film is based on an episode of the . . .

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IGPC - Lunar New Year Stamp, Year of the Rooster 2017


IGPC Adds to Annual Lunar New Year Series
— 2017 Year of the Rooster  | Click to see stamp sheets from Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, and Liberia

As it has in the past, the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. has once again organized a multi-nation salute to the Lunar New Year that began on January 28, 2017. Linked below are a few examples of participating nations, some of whom are among the many participating nations with significant . . .

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Click to see Lunar New Year stamps from the: South Pacific, US Postal Service, and Canada Post.


IGPC - Liberia Trump Stamp


Liberia Adds Donald Trump to Presidents Series
— Trump | Presidents Series, Click to see full sheet.

Last July the African nation of Liberia returned to United States Presidential politics with a set of three full sheets and three souvenir sheets depicting Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. (See our previous article in this IGPC section, "Liberia Enters the U.S. 2016 Presidential Race".)

With his victory in the November 8 U.S. election, now President Trump has been added to Liberia’s ongoing United States Presidents series, as the . . .

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump - Race to the White House - 2016 Stamps from Libera


Liberia Enters the U.S. 2016 Presidential Race
— Clinton/Trump | Race to the White House

On July 19, Liberia returned to U.S. Presidential politics with a set of three full sheets and three souvenir sheets depicting the Presidential candidates of the two major U.S. political parties. Shown here are the souvenir sheets.

One souvenir sheet depicts both candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, while the other two show the candidates with their spouses: Melania Trump and former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

The full sheets use . . .

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Mushroom and Seashell stamps featured from IGPC 2016


IGPC Orchestrates Shakespeare Omnibus
— Shakespeare  | Click to see stamps: Nevis (shown), The Gambia, Grenada, Antigua & Barbuada.

This past June and July the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. produced in conjunction with its client postal administrations a tribute to William Shakespeare on the occassion of the 400th anniversary of his death. We show here a sampling of the many issues and plays written by Shakespeare as well as . . . .

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Muhammad Ali stamp - IGPC - Inter-governmental Philatelic Corporation

"The Greatest" Remembered on Stamps
— Muhamnmad Ali  | Click to see: 2016 Ghana Stamp, 2015 Gambia Stamps (shown), 2010 Tuvalu Stamps, 1994 Tanzania Stamp

The death of Muhammad Ali on June 3, 2016 brought to an end the life of a man whose standing as one of the greatest boxers of all time was overshadowed by the impact he had outside the ring. Surrounded by controversy, reviled by some because of his beliefs, he also was revered by others and was the recipient of many tributes during his lifetime. Well known for his freestyle rhyming and his "float like a butterfly" boxing style, in his later years he was silenced by severe Parkinson’s syndrome, attributed to brain damage during his boxing career. . . .

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Mushroom and Seashell stamps featured from IGPC 2016

Caribbean Mushrooms & Seashells Featured
— Mushrooms and Seashells  | Mushrooms - Antigua & Barbuda, Seashells - St. Vincent & The Grenadines (shown) Click to see: Mushrooms souvenir sheet, Seashells souvenir sheet

The wonders of nature have always been a popular subject. In the early years of pictorial issues, single color engraved stamps, often from British Commonwealth nations with a portrait of the ruling monarch, attracted the interest of collectors of all ages.

The advent of modern lithography and other printing techniques brought out the full color spectrum that is found in real life and on postage stamps. Two recent issues bring this theme to the fore on stamps picturing Mushrooms and Seashells. . . .

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Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday stamp

The World Celebrates QE II 90th Birthday
— Queen Elizabeth II  | Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday - Grenada Grenadines, (shown) [Click to see: Queen Elizabeth II 90th Birthday Celebration souvenir sheet, Queen Elizabeth II in Royal Blue souvenir sheet]

Throughout 2016 the nations of the world are celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday, including in philatelic tributes.

As the representative of scores of postal administrations, including many who have ties to the British Commonwealth, the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. was in an unsurpassed position to bring together a worldwide Omnibus issue in which the citizens of participating nations could honor ‘their Queen.’ Shown here are . . .

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IGPC Commemorates World Stamp Show-NY
— IGPC World Stamp Show 2016  | New York City's Famous Skyline - Grenada Grenadines, Carriqcou & Petite Martinique (shown) [Click to see: NYC Iconic Sites, NYC Famous Skyline, NYC Iconic Sites & Scenes]

The Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. will be on hand at the World Stamp Show-NY 2016 U.S. International, representing its many client nations from around the world.

IGPC has participated in many Internationals and other major shows held around the world, and has issued stamps and souvenir sheets in conjunction with those shows, as well as for historic anniversaries.

Based in the Diamond District in mid-town Manhattan, and now . . .

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IGPC 2016 - Jimi Hendrix stamp

IGPC Honors Jimi Hendrix
— Jimi Hendrix  | Jimi Hendrix - Grenada (shown left)
[Click to see: Paintings of Jimi Hendrix souvenir sheet]

In March 2016, in an Omnibus issue that was as colorful as the artist himself, the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. created a tribute to the world-renowned musician Jimi Hendrix. This latest issue adds to the many famous Entertainers and Entertainment Topicals that have been issued by IGPC.

Widely recognized as one of the most creative and influential musicians of the 20th century, Hendrix pioneered the explosive possibilities of the electric guitar. His innovative style created a new musical form. . . . .

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First Stamps - First Stamps of Belgium, King Leopold I, Epaulettes
First Stamp of Belgium, 1849
King Leopold I

IGPC Launches First Stamps Series
— First Stamps | First Stamp of Belgium (shown left)

Starting last July the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation embarked on a program that should prove popular with Classic stamp collectors. The theme of the series is First Stamps, or more specifically, the Number One issues of United Nations member states.

Shown here is a sampling of the sheetlets, with the name of the issuing country in the border above each first stamp. . . .

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Lunar New Year - Year of the Monkey Stamp -  Turks and Caicos

IGPC Orchestrates Lunar New Year Program
— Lunar New Year  | Ghana, Turks and Caicos Islands (shown left), Guyana, Grenada

The annual Lunar New Year celebrations are accompanied by an outpouring of new issues from around the world, primarily, but not exclusively from nations with large Asian populations. In our Stamp News Now coverage you will find the issues of the United States, islands of the South Pacific, and these issues in a mini-Omnibus orchestrated by IGPC.

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Famous Paintings Set Released December 31
— Famous Paintings  | St. Vincent & The Grenadines (Johannes Vermeer - shown), St. Vincent & The Grenadines (Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio), Canouan (Claude Monet), Canouan (August Macke)
Click to see Famous Paintings Souvenir Sheets Murillo, Caravaggio, Monet, Macke

Just as the year 2015 came to an end, word came in from the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation that a group of nations they represent issued a Famous Paintings mini-Omnibus set.

Shown here (see attached PDF below), top left is "Water Lillies" by Claude Monet, issued by the Canouan Grenadines of Saint Vincent. In the 1890s, as part of a landscaping project, Monet developed some lily ponds that included plants from distant lands. In a variety of forms and colors, they became the subjects of his bestknown paintings. At the lower right, and in color on our front cover, is “Farbige Formen III” by August . . .

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Star Wars Stamps - IGPC

The Force Awakens Star Wars Interest at IGPC
— Star Wars  | Australia (shown)
Click to see Star Wars Souvenir Sheet, Star Wars First Day Cover

When the new Star Wars blockbuster hit theaters across the nation and around the world, it should come as no surprise that interest in Star Wars topical stamps also has been awakened. With inquiries coming into our office, we turned to the website of topical new issues specialist Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp., for a quick refresher, and to see what was available.

Perhaps the most famous of past Star Wars stamps is the. . .

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Elvis Stamp -  St. Kitts

Elvis Presley Stars on Worldwide Stamps
— Elvis Presley  | St. Kitts (shown)
Click to see Elvis Stamp - St. Kitts, Elvis Stamp - St. Vincent

The announcement of a new United States stamp for Elvis Presley reminds us that there have been many previous stamps for "The King." This includes the 1993 U.S. stamp that is still the best selling commemorative in U.S. history.

Among other nations, the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. has a data base of Elvis stamps that are still. . .

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Sican Mask Stamp - Federated States of Micronesia 2015 stamp issue

Artifacts & Relics Featured on New Issues
— June 1, 2015  | Artifacts & Relics - Masks  |  Micronesia (shown)
Click to see Masks - Souvenir Sheet.

The Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. recently orchestrated a an mini-omnibus on the subject of Artifacts & Relics. Of special interest were the informative descriptions that accompanied the stamp designs on the souvenir sheets.

The example here, from a Grenadines of St. Vincent—Bequia souvenir sheet on our front cover, pictures a Sumerian Cuniform tablet—an early form of human communication.

Next we have a Grenadines of St. Vincent—Mayreau sheetlet presenting jewelry from as far back as. . .

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Big Ben and The Palace of Westminister London - London Stamp Expo

UK Scenes on London Exhibition Issues
— April 13, 2015  |  London Stamp Expo   |  Tuvalu (shown)
Click to see Palace of Westminister, Sites and Scenes of London, England.

The recent London Stamp Exhibition 2015, held May 13-16 at the Business Design Center, was the focal point for a set of souvenir sheets depicting scenes identified with the United Kindom as well as London.

Orchestrated by the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp., the issues included the following themes:

• Big Ben and The Palace of Westminster—the meeting place of the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two houses of Parliament of the UK—. . .

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Leonard Nimoy Stamp - St. Vincent & The Grenadines

Star Trek Stars Featured on Stamps
— Leonard Nimoy  |  St. Vincents and The Grenadines (shown)

The recent passing of Leonard Nimoy has brought with it numerous inquiries about the availability of stamps featuring Star Trek in general and Mr. Spock in particular. Non-collectors, and some collectors who overlook the U.S. Postal Service’s reluctance to honor living or recently deceased Americans are surprised when they discover that the only Star Trek stamp issued by the USPS was the 1999 stamp above left, part of the 1960s Celebrate the Century sheet.

Fortunately for many collectors of Entertainment, Space, and other relevant themes, as well as Trekkies seeking all sorts of souvenirs, other. . .

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Wild Cats of Africa Stamps - Liberia 2014

Birds, Cats, Space Views from Liberia
— Wild Cats of Africa 2014   |  Liberia (shown)

The west African republic of Liberia closed 2014 and opened 2015 with a wide array of new issues.

Among those, we display two souvenir sheets depicting African Birds of Prey. Shown in the upper left sheet are the Jackal Buzzard, Spotted Eagle Owl and Cape Vulture. The Martial Eagle sheetlet is featured at the far left.

Lions are pictured on the Wild Cats of Africa sheetlet above, while the caracal—a medium sized wild cat about three.. . .

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Nelson Mandela Stamp, The Gambia

President Nelson Mandela
— December 15, 2013   |  The Gambia

On December 5, 2013, the world lost one of its iconic leaders, as Nelson Mandela died at the age of 95. The anti-apartheid revolutionary who went on to serve as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 stood for peace and understanding despite the indignities he suffered during 27 years in prison.

Among the many memorials to a man who is often referred to as “the father of the nation”, the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation has created a philatelic tribute, including sheetlets that have already been released by The Gambia and Uganda. . .

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Grenada - Blossoms and Plants Stamps issues 2014

Grenada Continues Topicals Issues
[Click to see sheet of Blossoms & Plants, Chess and its Origins, Michelangelo]
— January 20, 2014  |  Grenada

Always a source for topical collectors, the West Indies island of Grenada, and its affiliated islands, got 2014 off to a colorful start with this sheetlet of Blossoms and Plants.

On the same date Grenada Grenadines (Grenada Carriacou & Petite Martinique) came out with a History of Chess souvenir sheet depicting four ancient chess pieces; and single-stamp sheetlet featuring a detail from the Sistine Chapel ceiling that was one of Michelangelo’s greatest works. . . .

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Israel Promotes Heritage Landmarks Project
— February 11, 2014  |  Israel

On February 11 the Israel Postal Administration released a National Heritage Landmarks Sheetlet of 10. The set depicts sites that attest to the cultural and historical heritage of the Jewish people in their homeland going back to Biblical times, referred to as Eretz Israel.

In 2010 the Israeli government initiated “the Empowerment of National Heritage Infrastructure Project, whose goal is the “preservation, restoration, development, study, publicity, advertising and marketing of . . .

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World War I 100th Anniverary Stamps - Montserrat

IGPC Orchestrates WW I Omnibus
— February 26, 2014  |  Montserrat

Earlier this year the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. joined in the worldwide commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of World War I with a philatelic program covering a wide range of subjects related to “the war to end all wars.” We present here a sampling of the issues.

Montserrat, the British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean selected Women In WW I as its theme. The stamps were issued February 26 and depict workers in armaments and other factories, a nurse in a British hospital, and women in uniform.

Also from the Caribbean region, on March 24 . . .

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IGPC Creates Art Masterpieces Omnibus
— March 10, 2014  |  Liberia

Earlier this year the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp., working in conjunction with a number of nations it represents, orchestrated a worldwide Art Masterpieces omnibus issue. Using a variety of themes, each incorporated in a colorful souvenir
sheet, the Art Masterpieces cover a wide range of artists and subjects. In the souvenir sheet above, for example, we see the work of four artists, with the dominant work being Three Sunflowers in a Vase by Vincent Van Gogh in the pictorial margin of the souvenir sheet, which was issued by Liberia on March 10. . . .

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IGPC Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. - Downton Abbey Stamps 2014 Matthew Crawley and Lady Mary Crawley

IGPC Takes Us to Downton Abbey
[Click for 4 Downton Abbey Sheets: Tuvalu, Canouan, Guyana, Mayreau]

— March 15, 2014  | Tuvalu (shown)

The award-winning PBS television series, Downton Abbey, has a new distinction to add its many honors. The Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner now is the subject of an Omnibus stamp issue orchestrated on behalf of its client states by the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp.

The series depicts the lives of an aristocratic English family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era—with the great events in history having an effect on their lives. The events depicted throughout the series include news of the sinking of the Titanic, the outbreak of the First World War, the formation of the . . .

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Pope John Paul Stamp - souvenir sheet commemorating the canonization of Pope John Paul II as a saint on April 27, 2014

Papal Succession Recorded on New Issues
— May 9, 2014  | Grenada

In a recent series of issues from its philatelic client states the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. provides us with a perspective on Papal succession.

On May 29, Grenada issued a souvenir sheet commemorating the canonization of Pope John Paul II as a saint on April 27, 2014. Known as “the Polish Pope” John Paul II was pope from October 16, 1978 until his death on April 2, 2005, making him the second longest-serving pope in modern history (after Pope Pius IX who served from 1846 to 1878). Born in Poland, John Paul II was the first. . . .

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IGPC - Rossica - Animals of the Tundra Stamp

Worldwide Salute to Rossica & Rossica Philately
— August 14, 2014  | Grenadines of St. Vincent

The Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. recently orchestrated a salute to Rossica and Rossica philately.

Academia Rossica, with offices in London and Moscow, is a cultural organization set up in the year 2000 "to promote and strengthen cultural and intellectual ties between Russia and the West, pioneering intercultural projects and bringing the best of contemporary Russian culture to the West." It is a . . .

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Berlin Wall Stamp 2014 - Berlin Walll 25th Anniversary


End of Berlin Wall Barrier Commemorated
— August 14, 2014  | Berlin Wall 25th Anniversary, Tuvalu
Click to see: Berlin Wall Souvenir Sheet

On November 9, 1989, the East German government announced that East Germans were free to visit West Germany and West Berlin. While the actual demolition of the Berlin Wall, which had been erected in 1961, did not begin until 1990, this announcement marked the effective end of a barrier that . . .

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IGPC Sierra Leone Cat Stamp

IGPC Leads Worldwide Animals Omnibus
— 2011   | Sierra Leone [Click to see Farm Animals]

The Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp. recently orchestrated a wide-ranging series of issues featuring animals. Presented here is a sampling, and we refer you to www.igpc.com for the many additional animals stamps released by the many nations represented by IGPC.

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U.S. Chamberlain Stamps Join Worldwide Basketball Issue
— 2008   | Grenada Grenadines
[Kevin Garnett - Boston Celtics shown - click to see sheetlet]

The December 5, U.S. Postal Service Wilt Chamberlain stamps are drawing attention to many previous worldwide issues that can be part of a Basketball on Stamps salute. Shown here is a small sampling of the National Basketball Association stars and teams that may be found on worldwide Basketball stamps.

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