Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Namibia (2007)

Date of issue: February 15th, 2007
Name of issue: Biodiversity of Namibia
Number of arachnid related stamps in issue: 1/12
                                                                          + 0/4 (extra issue 2008)

This issue is a little complicated. It was first issued in 2007, that original issue was printed with gum arabic, it has a glossy white back and a perforation of 14:13.5

There was an additional four stamps issued in 2008 with same gum.

The 12 original values were reprinted in 2008 with PVA gum and have a creamy yellowish back.

The standard mail web-footed gecko stamp was reprinted in 2010 and 2011. The 2010 is the same as the original, but the 2011 was with PVA gum and a different perforation (14).

The date of printing is written in the gutter of the full sheets.

I also have an imperforated pair of the 2008 solifugid stamp. Imperforated were never officially issued and are very rare.

A very funny mistake appeared on the full sheet of the crab stamp from the 2008 extra stamps. The sheet should have read: "Deepsea red crab", but originally, it read: "Deepsea red crap". I guess they eventually noticed it and it was reprinted with the right spelling (see below for those two sheets).

Also, the gecko stamp was reprinted in 2010 and in 2011 as well.

Michel #: 1215
order: Solifugae
family: Ceromidae
Ceroma inerme Purcell 1899

Full sheet:

Other stamps of this series:

2008 extra issue:


2008 extra issue (full sheets):


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