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This year celebrates another milestone in the 150-year history of the Scott catalogs. The 2019 volumes are the 175th edition of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. Vol. 6A includes listings for countries of the world San Marino through Tete. Listings for countries of the world from Thailand through Z can be found in Vol. 6B.
Serbia received a close inspection from the editors this year, which resulted in slightly more than 1,000 value changes. Mostly increases are seen among the classic-era issues. The 1872 1-para yellow Prince Milan (Scott 25) rises in used condition from $24 to $32.50. Modern issues see a mix of modest increases and decreases. This year, the real action is in the Austrian and German occupation issues, almost all of which rise substantially in value. These gains are especially robust for stamps in unused and mint never-hinged condition. Representative of these positive trends is the 1941 first set of German occupation stamps (2N1-2N15), which jumps from $72.50 mint to $135.
Slightly more than 700 value changes were recorded for Slovakia. Values for most of the 1939 issues (Scott 2-25) were lowered because the previous values were for never-hinged examples, whereas Scott values these stamps in unused hinged condition. Where appropriate, values for never-hinged stamps have been added to these listings. In the modern listings, values rise modestly, with a few issues showing more robust gains.
The editors’ review of Switzerland resulted in more than 3,500 value changes. Decreases occur among unused stamps; increases are sprinkled throughout for used values.
Market activity for the stamps of Uzbekistan is generally up, as can be seen by the 875 value changes recorded for this country in central Asia. Among those issues exhibiting robust gains is the 2011 20th Anniversary of Independence set (Scott 655-681). The lone souvenir sheet in the set (681) advances to $26 mint and used, from $17.50 both ways in the 2018 catalog.
Values for Viet Nam stamps, with few exceptions, were adjusted downward, some substantially. The review resulted in almost 500 value changes.
A careful examination of the listings of the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam resulted in a mix of increases and decreases for stamps from 1970 to the 1990s. Mostly increases in values are found from 2005 onward. The review resulted in almost 1,200 value changes. Values for imperforate stamps have been added from 1982 onward. Values for footnoted items were updated.
Released September 2018.
Includes new stamp listings through the July 2018 Linn's Stamp News Monthly Catalogue Update.
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