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Another catalog season is upon us as we continue the journey of the 151-year history of the Scott catalogs. The 2020 volumes are the 176th edition of the Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. Vol. 2A includes listings for countries of the world Cambodia through Curacao. Listings for Cyprus through F countries of the world can be found in Vol. 2B.
Frequent users of the catalogs may notice a new look for the covers. Highlighted are single stamps from a postal entity found in that catalog. The Vol. 2A catalog shows the 2017 China 6-yuan Dinosaurs souvenir sheet of one (Scott 4444a) and the Vol. 2B catalog shows the France 1936 50-franc Monoplane Over Paris airmail stamp (Scott C15).
For Canadian stamps listed, currency conversion rates played a role in influencing value changes in this edition. For the 2019 catalog season, values were influenced by the Canadian dollar, with a conversion rate of 80½¢ on the U.S. dollar. For the 2020 Vol. 2A, the Canadian dollar dropped to 75¢ against a stronger U.S. dollar. Thus, all values based on face value (most modern Canadian stamps) were lowered. Nondenominated (85¢) permanent stamps are now valued at $1.30 in the 2020 Scott Vol. 2A catalog. Many other Canadan stamps are similarly affected.
Modern Canada error stamps fared very poorly in sales during the past year. Many values have dropped for 2020. The currency situation was a minor factor in the drop.
On the upside, some pence issues in Canadian Provinces see gains. New Brunswick quartered stamps used on cover — Scott 2c, 3b and 4b — see significant gains in value, as do Prince Edward Island bisects on cover. A few Newfoundland stamps, unused and/or used, also rise in value.
In Canada, imperforate pairs of Scott 15, 17 and 19 see value gains, whereas imperforate pairs of Scott 34-36 and some later such pairs see value declines. Most value changes in Canada tend to be slight decreases. In general, the weaknesses we see in the United States market also are seen in the Canadian market, only more so.
A mixed bag of ups and downs were recorded for classic stamps of Cape Verde. Values for modern stamps issued after 2000 reflect increases overall.
Stamps of China were reviewed in all time periods. More than 600 value changes were noted, with significant jumps for the early large Dragons stamp issues.
The market for the Republic of China continues to receive a watchful eye from the Scott editors, with mixed value increases and decreases recorded. Hundreds of value changes are seen for stamps issued prior to 1970.
Cambodia received attention, with hundreds of value changes indicating the market across all time periods is weak. Selected souvenir sheets showed modest increases. The trio of souvenir sheets from the 1951-52 first series (Scott 15a, 16a and 17a) advanced from $50 each in 2019 to $52.50 each in this year’s edition.
A complete review of Central African Republic resulted in value changes where declines outpaced increases, but the drops were modest: 10 percent to 15 percent in most cases. Among those issues showing gains is the 1985 Beetles set of four (Scott 706-709), which moves to $7.60 mint and $2.05 used, from $2.85 and $1.05, respectively, last year.
Modern stamps of Cameroun, from 1991 to the present, had numerous values added for items previously listed with a dash.
Used values of Chile moved up to match the mint values for stamps issued during the late 1990s. Hundreds of other value changes, largely increases, also were made. Similar changes also took place for the stamps Colombia.
Modern stamps of Costa Rica saw increases. More than 1,000 value changes were noted overall for this country.
Editorial enhancements for Vol. 2A
Nine new errors appear in the 2020 Vol. 2A Canada listings. Eight of these involve omitted perforations. The one exception is Scott 2052a, a horizontal pair of the 2004 circular Golfing stamps, with silver omitted on both stamps, valued mint never-hinged only at $2,250.
Listings for complete booklets have been extended through the 1962-63 Queen Elizabeth II definitives (Scott 401-409), making the listings for complete booklets and values complete from Scott 77b to 405a.
A major enhancement took place for the People’s Republic of China listings, with the addition of China Post number references throughout. Pictured nearby is an example of one of the stamps and the corresponding listing. Note the reference in the bottom-left corner of the 8-fen Year of the Horse stamp (Scott 2258) and the Scott listing for this issue shown nearby.
Marginal inscriptions on stamps of 1974-91 start at lower left with “J” for commemoratives and “T” for “special issues,” followed by three numbers indicating (a) the set sequence (b) total of stamps in the set, and (c) number of stamps within the set. At right appears the year date. Example: T146(1-1), the first stamp of one from the 146th special set.
Cyrenaica and Dalmatia both received thorough reworkings of values, with mostly decreases noted.
Scattered changes were made throughout Czechoslovakia. Most significant were updated values for sheets of 10 listed in the footnotes under Scott 476, 1090, 1216, 1406, and 1857. Sheets of 10 of the 1963 Animals set showing chamois, alpine ibex, mouflon, roe deer, fallow deer, and red deer (Scott 1211-1216) were increased from $225 to $400 as a set of 10 sheets.
A full review of Eritrea showed no increases and numerous decreases.
Values for Far Eastern Republic were thoroughly reviewed, with mixed ups and downs. The 1920 overprinted 10-kopeck stamp (Scott 9) increased from $75 to $100 in unused condition, and from $55 to $75 used.
The 1871 Fiji 1-penny typeset Numeral stamp on thin vertically laid paper (Scott 6) increased from $1,150 to $1,250 in unused condition.
Values for several early Finland varieties are listed for the first time. Mentioned in a footnote, the 1856 5-kroner blue with small pearls on narrow vertically laid paper is now valued at $16,250. The 8-pennia Coat of Arms stamp (Scott 7) increased from $170 to $225 used. The 1866 5p Coat of Arms stamp (12e) in used condition, previously listed with a dash, is now valued at $17,500. Imperforate pairs of the 1881 Coat of Arms stamps (26b and 26c) are both valued for the first time at $800 each.
Equatorial Guinea caught the attention of the editors this year, resulting in somewhat more than 650 value changes, almost all of which are increases ranging from 10 percent to 30 percent. The strongest increases are seen for postage issues starting in the late 1990s and continuing through 2014. Be sure to review values for souvenir sheets, some of which showed robust increases. The 500-franc sheet of one issued in 1991 for the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain (Scott 155), jumped to $20 mint never-hinged and used, from $13.50 both ways last year.
Editorial enhancements for Vol. 2B
In Egypt, the 50-millieme Aswan High Dam imperforate souvenir sheet, previously footnoted below the 10m Land Reclamation stamp (Scott 628), has been elevated to a major listing, No. 628A.
Updates to some perforation gauge measurements on Egyptian stamps also were made after receiving information from collectors.
In Djibouti, souvenir sheets are listed and valued for the first time for the Indo-Suez Red Sea Bank stamp (Scott 850), the 2010 World Cup Soccer stamp (852) and the 2014 Africa Internet Summit stamp (853). The Djibouti Chamber of Commerce Centennial souvenir sheet (847a) is valued at $52.50 in italics, indicating that limited market data is available.
Released May 2019.
Includes new stamp listings through the March 2019 Linn's Stamp News Monthly Catalogue Update.
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