Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Togo (1997)

Date of issue: November 22nd, 1997
Name of issue: 90ème anniversaire du scoutisme international
                         (90th anniversary of international scoutism)
Number of arachnid related stamps in issue: 3/32

Note that the third spiders stamps of this series is labelled as "Theraphoside", although it is clearly not a mygalomorph. It seems to be a jumping spider and the fact that it is battling an ant, I assumed it could be one of those ant-mimic Salticidae.

Michel #: 2656
Scott #: 1825c
order: Araneae
family: Oxyopidae
Peucetia sp


Michel #: 2657
Scott #: 1825d
order: Araneae
family: Theraphosidae


Michel #: 2658
Scott #: 1825e
order: Araneae
Family: *Salticidae (?)
Theraphosidae (on stamp)


Souvenir sheet:

Imperforated sheet:

Cancelled sheet:

When the security printers package new stamp sheet issues for shipment to the government stamp agencies who contracted the printing, they inadvertantly create a scarce collectible that is seldom seen on the market.

A sample sheet is die cut with the word "ANNULÉ" (meaning "canceled" in French) to make it not valid for postage, in the same manner as overprinting issues "SPECIMEN". That sample sheet is trimmed at the bottom and affixed to cardboard and used as a stiffener at the front of a "brick" of 200 sheets or souvenir sheets, then shrink wrapped along with each 200 mint sheets for shipment to the issuing agency.

Since the issuing agency breaks these up for packaging small quantities for stamp wholesalers, dealers and collectors, a collector never gets to see the "annulée" stamp sheet!

Other stamps of this issue:

Other sheets of this issue:

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