everyone. Last Tuesday, you may recall, I asked for entries to a competition that
required readers to write a piece on Hong Kong stamps. I had this brilliant
piece from one of my regular readers in The Netherlands. Congratulations for
the writing. I hope everyone enjoys
reading it and seeing the stamps I will be displaying over the coming days. The above stamps are the first issue
Before I read this
blog I didn’t knew that there was a recent handover of Hong Kong. And also
didn’t know much about Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic
of China. As a recently started World Wide collector it’s time to learn more
about it. So were to start, of course Wikipedia and Google.
Just a brief overview,
there is a lot of info to be found on the internet.
The handover of Hong
Kong took place on 1 July 1997, which marked the end of British rule in Hong
Kong. Hong Kong became China’s first Special Administration Region. The
handover ended officially the 156 years of British colonial rule. There is a
second Special Administration Region; Macau, which transferred on 20 December
Back to the philatelistic
Before the handover in
1997 , the poststamps of Hong Kong had the portrait of King/Queen of the United
Kingdom. After the handover it uses the words “Hong Kong, China”, which is
required by Basic Law.
Poststamps prior to the
handover were demonetized, however, politically neutral stamps were not.
So were there any
poststamps published by a country to mark the Hong Kong handover. I search the
internet and a lot of catalogues, and game up with the following countries,
which issued at least one or more stamp(s), souvenir sheet, first day cover, booklet,
presentation pack or any other kind of philatelistic
stuff. This list isn’t properly by far complete, but I find it interesting that
so many countries gave it “a little” attention. Of course this list contains a
lot of British Overseas Territories. However, no Dutch stamps were published
with this subject.
This is the 10th Anniversary issue.
Hereby the countries
with a few poststamps as an example:
Bahamas, British Antarctic Territory, British Indian Ocean Territory, Central
African Republic, China (of course), Dominica, Falkland Islands, Gabon, Gambia,
Ghana, Isle of Man, Great Britain, Grenada, Grenada Grenadines, Guyana, Korea (several
stamps), Namibia, Norfolk Island, Palestinian Authority, St. Helena, Samoa,
Sierra Leone, South Georgia, Tanzania, Togo, Tristan Da Cunha, Tuvalu
and this just one of the other issues from other countries, from Namibia.
Thanks to J . Hope everyone enjoyed this.