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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. 6A includes listings for countries of the world San Marino through Tete. Listings for countries of the world Thailand through Z can be found in Vol. 6B.
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. 6A catalog features Sweden’s 2016 50-kroner White-tailed Eagle stamp (Scott 2767).
A strong majority of the slightly more than 500 value changes in Seychelles are gentle declines. Scattered increases are seen for used stamps in a few earlier definitive sets. For example, the 10-rupee high denomination of the 1952 King George VI regular issue (Scott 171) advances from $45 used to $47.50. Increases also are noted for 2006-17 issues. The 2014 50r Green Turtle (904) rises from $7 mint and used to $8 both ways this year.
The market remains relatively stable for Sierra Leone through the 1960s, with very small reductions in the 1980s and 1990s. The infamous 1990 150-leone Exploration of Mars stamp showing “The Face” (Scott 1171) increased from $5.50 to $6 in mint and used condition. A footnote cautions that “extreme speculation has occurred with this issue.”
Several Sierra Leone airmail stamps saw substantial increases in value. The high-denomination 1963 Queen Elizabeth II stamp with independence surcharge (Scott C7) increased from $700 unused and $240 used to $800 and $300, respectively. The 1969 7¢ Cola Nut stamp (C97) increased from 40¢ unused and used to $10 unused and $5 used.
The editors reviewed South West Africa, which yielded some slight value changes. Approximately 150 value changes were made, with increases prevailing.
The market for Spain is currently weak. Declines predominate for classic-era stamps prior to 1900, although a few stamps saw increases. In unused condition, the 1866 lilac 20-cuarto Isabella II stamp (Scott 93) increased from $130 to $160.
Swaziland received a thorough review by the Scott editors, with approximately 300 value changes noted. For the first time, the “2000” year date variety of the 55¢ Zebra White Butterfly (Scott 609a) is valued at $6.75 used. The value is italicized because limited market data was available. Mint examples of this stamp are not known to the Scott editors.
Editorial enhancements for Vol. 6A
Numerous perforation varieties were added for Sierra Leone Butterfly definitive stamps from the series of 1987 to 1990. These series include Scott 859-873, 1257-1260 and 1332A-1332M. Many values that replaced dashes were added for the first time.
In the Spanish Morocco listings, multiple footnotes, with values provided, were added for some imperforate souvenir sheets.
New minor-letter varieties for Swaziland were added to the catalog for “1991” year dates on the 1978 2¢ and 5¢ postage dues (Scott J14a and J15a). Both are valued at 30¢ unused and 75¢ used.
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. 6B catalog shows the 2016 Uruguay $20 stamp illustrating a poster for 1915-16 Summer Festival and Carnival (Scott 2543).
Both Portuguese colonies found in Volume 6B, Timor and Zambezia, were reviewed. Slightly more than 800 value changes were made, mostly in an upward direction due to a thriving market.
The stamps of Timor are doing quite well. The most substantial increase was for the 1894 light blue 50-rupee King Carlos stamp with gauge 13½ perforations (Scott 27a). It soared in value from $160 unused and $125 used to $575 and $425, respectively.
The 1913 Timor varieties featuring the “REPUBLICA” overprint on the 1902 provisional issue misspelled as “REUBPLICA” and “REPBLICAU” (Scott 133a and 133b, respectively) increased from $19 in both unused and used condition to $40 unused and $35 used.
A careful review of Zambezia yielded approximately 170 value changes, most of which were increases. By far the most substantial increase was for the 1894 dark blue on blue 200-rupee King Carlos stamp that is perforated gauge 11½ (Scott 11a). This minor-letter variety increased from $250 unused and $175 used to $1,350 and $1,000, respectively. The new values are in italics.
The stamps of Turkey were thoroughly reviewed, and more than 2,000 changes were made. The 1901 50-piaster yellow brown stamp with perforations that gauge 13½ (Scott 117) increased in value from $37.50 to $60 unused, and from $5 to $6 used. Many minor-letter varieties issued prior to 1940 saw increases in value.
More modern Turkish stamps saw a mix of increases and decreases. One of the issues that increased in value was the 2005 Galatasaray Sports Club Centenary sheet of four (Scott 2974). It moved from $5 unused and $2.50 used to $6 and $3, respectively. A footnote was also added to indicate this sheet’s existence in imperforate condition. This variety is valued at $40 mint.
Russian stamps of 1907-17 that were overprinted for the Transcaucasian Federated Republic were among the stamps reviewed by the editors. The 25-kopeck green and gray violet stamp overprinted in black (Scott 3) increased from $4 to $10 in unused condition.
Substantial increases were made for two no-comma varieties of the 1934 Vatican City surcharges. The 2.05-lira on 2-lira Pope Pius XI stamp without the comma between the “2” and the “0” (Scott 37a) increased from $550 unused and $40 used to $1,000 and $800, respectively. The 2.55-lira on 2.50-lira stamp without the comma between the “2” and the “5” (Scott 38a) increased from $200 to $800 unused, and from $300 to $900 used.
Editorial enhancements for Vol. 6B
Because of a lack of evidence of its existence, the Vatican City 3.70-lira on 10-lira stamp without the comma between the “3” and the “7” (Scott 40a) was delisted. The editors welcome any feedback from collectors who might have this variety or additional information about it.
And lastly, we encourage you to pay special attention to the Number Additions, Deletions & Changes found on page 968 in this volume. We also suggest reading the catalog introduction, which includes an abundance of useful information.
Best wishes in your stamp collecting pursuits!
Released September 2019.
Includes new stamp listings through the July 2019 Linn's Stamp News Monthly Catalogue Update.
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