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Vol. 4 of the 2016 edition of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue contains almost 7,500 value changes. Almost all countries in this volume — Jamaica through Mozambique Company — show some value changes. Macao tops the leaderboard, with more than 1,800. Herewith we review some of the more active countries. The majority of the almost 750 value changes recorded for Kazakhstan are decreases. Drops of 20 percent or more are typical, with scattered larger declines. There some bright spots, particularly among souvenir sheets. The 2001 Lake Markakol sheet (Scott 334) moves up to $12 mint and used, from $7.50 both ways in 2015. The sheet celebrating the 10th anniversary of Kazakh Railways (Scott 336) rises $3 in mint and used condition — from $12 to $15. Macao comes out on top this year, with more than 1,800 value changes. Here we see a mixture of increases and decreases. Changes were tempered somewhat to reflect the sometimes wide range of prices seen in the marketplace. Values for stamps from the Portuguese territory period are generally down, while increases are noted for stamps issued since late 1999, when Macao became a special administrative region of the People’s Republic of China. Among these later issues, values rise around 10 percent. A few issues rise between 15 percent and 20 percent. The 2007 Seng Yu Proverbs booklet pane, Scott 1223, rises $3 — from $13 in 2015 to $16 this year.
Editorial improvements include the addition of numerous errors. In Jordan, almost a dozen new errors have been added. Most of these are color-omitted errors scattered among a handful of sets issued in the 1960s and 1970s. Of these, perhaps the most striking is Scott 429a, which is missing the black used to print the English and Arabic script across the top and the portraits of Pope Paul VI and King Hussein at left and right, respectively. Three new Macao errors expand the listings for the 1898-1903 King Carlos set. Scott Nos. 75b, 76b and 77a show the black “Macau” and denomination inscriptions inverted.
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