Cover: Flora and Fauna in Indonesia

Flora and Fauna 2013
Country: Indonesia
Date: 2nd May 2013

A nice se-tenant pair of stamps in a souvenir sheet on a cover from Indonesia, with CDS cancels. The stamps were issued in 2012.

Stamp Details

Left to right

  • Black-Spotted Cuscus (marsupial)
  • Mangrove

Thanks to Basora for this cover.

FDC: Herbs from Taiwan

Herbs 2013
Country: Taiwan (Republic of China)
Date: 11th June 2013

A great first day cover from Chunghwa Post, Taiwan, featuring the “Herbs” issue. The stamps are simple, but beautifully illustrated. The last stamp includes selvedge, showing the printer’s colour bar. Colour bars usually appear on a sheet of stamps as dots, or something simple, but here they are printed using the outline of the herb illustration. With commemorative cancels.

The cancellations show the year in the Minguo calendar: 102. The Minguo calendar started in 1912 (Gregorian). For details, check Wikipedia.

Stamp Details

Left to right

  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Pineapple sage
  • Yomogi (I think)

More Information

Details on the back of the cover.

Herbs 2013 - side B

Thanks to Douglas for this cover.

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