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Book reviews: The JB Catalogue of Malta Stamps and Postal History 2012

Sam Horton

Posted on 09 Jul 2012

JB Malta Stamp Catalogue
JB Malta Stamp Catalogue
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Malta has long been a popular collecting country for stamp collectors, with a wide range of issues to suit all tastes. Most stamps are within the financial reach of serious collectors; and the designs are usually relevant to the country and its people, art and architecture, flora and fauna and history, and the issuing policy is relatively conservative.

This is the retail price list of the island’s premier stamp shop, and is produced in full colour, with every face or design-different stamp illustrated. Prices for Queen Victoria to King George V issues are for lightly mounted mint, and then unmounted mint for George VI and Queen Elizabeth issues, with prices for fine used throughout. New issues have been included until the end of 2011.

However there is much more to Malta than just stamps, miniature sheets and postage dues. This catalogue includes many other items, such as year packs, FDCs, sheetlets of ten, postal and maximum cards, GB stamps used in Malta as well as specimen stamps, major varieties, and postal stationery. The Revenue section has been expanded to include National Insurance issues.

For the postal historian there are chapters on village postmarks, special hand-stamp cancellations, Valletta postmarks prior to 1921, postman’s hand-stamps, disinfected mail, airmails, first flights and Zeppelins, as well as modern postmarks.
All these sections are priced in Euros, giving a good guide to relative scarcity in what is a stable market. Prices remain relatively unchanged in this edition though some Queen Victoria mint items have increased.

A slightly amended layout enables the publisher to produce this with roughly the same page extent, and therefore maintain the previous cover price. An excellent paperback, and an essential volume for any serious collector of this country.

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