More than 8,100 value changes are recorded in Volume 3 of the 2017 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue, which spans countries of the world G-I. “We continue to see a softening in the market for modern stamps, particularly for those issued between 1960 and 1990,” said Scott catalogue editor Donna Houseman. The values for stamps issued during this period are affected by currency fluctuations, and because these issues were issued in such abundance, the market is oversaturated, bringing down values.”
A total of 2,490 value changes are found in the Channel island of Jersey, which underwent a massive review. Most value changes are decreases, reflecting a weakening of the British pound. A total of 271 value changes were among the stamps issued for Middle East Forces in the Great Britain Offices Abroad section of the catalog. Regular stamps and postage due stamps of Great Britain from 1937-42 were overprinted for use in Ethiopia, Cyrenaica, Eritrea, the Dodecanese, and Somalia. The review of this section of Great Britain resulted in increases in both the London printings and the Cairo printings.
Gibraltar received a full, line-by-line review for the 2017 edition of the catalog, resulting in slight increases in the early issues. Decreases are found from the 1950s through 2005. Values for stamps from 2006 to date show many increases.
A review of Iran yielded almost 700 value changes. Many of the modern issues saw increases. Stamps issued from 2012 to present can be difficult to find. Numerous changes and additions appear among the Ahmad Shah Qajar issues of Iran. The reorganization began in the 2016 Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps and Covers 1840-1940 and has been further expanded in this Vol. 3. The stamps are reorganized by tall portrait (23 millimeters) and short portrait 22½mm and by perforation, resulting in 160 new listings.
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