Monday, August 19, 2019

The world of Mujand (fantasy notes) - 01 a : Mujand Republic

We start in the North West, with the first continent : Novartica.
Novartica on Mujand Naïve
 The largest territory on the Novartica continent, is the Mujand Republic.
Mujand repubic on Novartica
"On Blissdane Naïve’s rich surface the Mujand Republic is the planet's economic and political power. It is the undeclared empire of the planet and is the frequent target of vicious verbal slings and arrows but is always there to save other countries from economic or political brinks of calamity."

The bank of Zilchy issued a set of 9 notes, in honour of Early American Writers.
The denominations are 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 5000 Zilchy.
This series of notes were issued in 2013.

We see in order : Edgar Allan Poe (5); Henry David Thoreau (10); Nathaniel Hawthorne (25);

 Oliver Wendell Holmes (50); Harriet Beecher Stowe (100); Washington Irving (200)

 James Lowell (500); James Fenimore Cooper (1000) and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (5000)

to be continued ...

Sunday, August 18, 2019

The world of Mujand (fantasy notes) - 00 Introduction

In the following series of articles, I will lead you to the fantastic / fantasy world of Mujand.
Mujand is the sun of a 9-planet solar system. Only one planet, Blissdane Naive is inhabited.

"It's a world where the fantastic is common and time has become yesterday, today and tomorrow... all at once.
What may appear true today, changes within years, months, days, or hours. No one is sure. A time anomaly has hit Blissdane Naive and no one was aware or prepared until the past, present and future became in doubt. It's a mystery yet to be solved."

The planet Blissdane Naive, has 5 continents, starting from NW, clockwise to NE, SE ending SW:
Novarthica, Lothandizia, Kolmalia, Ervessia and Asmatu.
Each continent has several countries, and of course, each country or territory has it's own banknotes.
And that's what it's all about, isn't it.

Blissdane Naive has only one language, which makes it easier to navigate through the banknotes of each country or territory.
Luckily for us, the numbers used on the notes are arabic (Earth) numbers.

1 - Unzi
2 - Deutzi
3 - Trezi
4 - Foduzi
5 - Fetzia
6 - Sezi
7 - Sevzi
8 - Octzi
9 - Nenzi
10 - Tetzia
20 - Deutetzia
30 - Tretetzia
40 - Fodetzia
50 – Fetetzia
60 - Seztetzia
70 - Sevtetzia
80 - Octetzia
90 - Nentetzia
100 – Hedretzia
200 - Deuhedretzia
300 - Trehedretzia
400 - Fodhedretzia
500 - Fethedretzia
600 - Sezhedretzia
700 - Sevhedretzia
800 - Octhedretzia
900 - Nenhedretzia
1000 - Unmilzia
2000 - Deumilzia
5000 - Fetmilzia
10000 - Tetmilzia
20000 - Duetetmilzia
25000 - Deutetfetmilzia
50000 - Fetetmilzia
100000 - Unhedretmilzia
200000 - Duhedretmilzia
500000 - Fethedretmilzia
1000000 - Unzimiyon

For the entire numbering system, you can check the link :

In the following post, I will present you the different countries, and territories, that issue notes.
Please beware that these notes are only valid in the Mujand solar system, and can not be used on Earth, unless among fan(t)a(s)tic collectors like me...

to be continued ...

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Theme : Zodiac signs 16

This post can be considered as controversial, as I am presenting today a set of 'stamps' from Ajman.
Ajman is the smallest of the 7 states within the United Arab Emirates.

map of the United Arab Emirates - source Wikipedia
Ajman issued - officially recognised - stamps in 1964 an 1965. All later issues are to be considered as private issues, or at least not recognised issues.
On top of that, most of Ajmani stamps are CTO, there are numerous variations with unperforated versions, colour (mis-)prints, gold foil prints and so on....

Even after the unification with the other sultanats, Ajman (and the other Emirates) kept on issuing those colourful pagefillers. A fun thing for youngsters to collect, but a no-go for real collectors.
On official exhibitions, you even loose points if Ajman items appear in any official collection.

Yet I'm offering you a set today with 12 st... err.. items on my Zodiac topic collection.

12 Ajman issues on Zodiac signs
For those who like this, or those who cannot throw anything away like me :-)

more, and better to follow....

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Odd stamps : 02e Silver / golden stamps

Estonia is one of the three Baltic states, and is therefore often named together with Latvia and Lithuania. It is the most northern Baltic Republic.
The language of Estonia however is more related to Finnish, than to the other two countries.

The country has a long history, and they declared their independency already in 1918, by the end of the first world war. Its true independency was rather short, as it came under Russian influence.
In their attempt to fight for an own republic, they fought with Germany against Russia.
This resulted in being put under Russian influence after the war.
In 1990, the Sovet Union dissolved and many states regained their independency again.
So happened in 1991 with Estionia.

The silver € 10 stamp, commemorates the (1st) independency of 1918.
€ 10 silver stamp Estonia 2018
Silver is vulnerable to oxygen, and therefore, the stamp is issued in a plastic box.

At the back of the stamp, a sticker is placed to make the stamp adhesive.
Opening the box, in order to use the stamp, would result in discolouration, and lost of the image at the front of the stamp.
The image is rather simple, we see the coat of arms of Estonia, and 100 written as 18.

This special stamp has a limited edition of only 40,000 copies.
They were printed at the Dutch printing office of Joh. Enschedé.
For the design of the stamp, all credits go to Indrek Ilves.

Indrek Ilves, showing an enlarged stamp
Estonia celebrates its independency day on Febrary 24.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Theme : Stamps on Stamps (postal services related stamps) - 04

Letter boxes on stamps, they are double as interesting as they show stamp history on stamps.
Greek postal services issued a set of 4  (8) stamps on this topic, to commemorate 190 years of the founding of the Hellenic Post, by the first Governor of Greece, Ioannis Kapodistrias.
Underneath the letter boxes, we see, in greek capital letters : "190 χρόνια ελληνικά ταχυδρομεία";
which means as much as 190 years of Greek (Hellenic) post.

4 stamps printed in sheets of 5 x 5 stamps, perforation is 13,75 x 13,75
€ 0,10 - 500,000
€ 0.50 - 1,000,000
€ 0.72 - 500,000
€ 2.62 - 1,000,000

the 'regurar' stamps come in full colour:

A week later, the same stamps were issued in a sheetlet of 8 (2 of each), with another perforation 13,25 x 13,25. This sheetlet was printed by Cartor Security Printing
They come in a sheet of 4 - so each stamp twice.
sheet of 2 x 4 greec letter boxes
The letter boxes are printed in gold/bronze emobssed printing, and only 10,000 sheetlets were made.

detail of 4 Greek letter boxes

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Currency Today : Pakistan 04

The series of Pakistani banknotes contintue with 50 rupees.
As in all Pakistani notes, 
50 rupees-note of Pakistan
some of the notes 2013-2017
On the 2012, 13 and 14-notes we see signature 1 in the above picture,
on the 2015, 16 and 17-notes we see signature 2 in the above picture
In the newest note of 2018, another signature appears :
new signature from 2018 on
At the back side, we see K2 peak in Karakorum Mountains, between Pakistan and China.
50 rupees - reverse side
For a long time, this mountain had no real name, as it was out of sight for the local habitants of the region. When Colonel Thomas George Montgomerie measured the area in 1856, he numbered the mountains as he discovered them.
The K stands for Karakoram area, the 2 for the second mountain he discovered/measured.

Montgomerie’s , numbering K1, K2, … was later on replaced by real names:
K1 : Masherbrum
K2 : remained K2
K3 : Broad Peak
K4 : Gasherbrum II
K5 : Gasherbrum I
For those who need good questions for a quiz event, K2 is known as : Mount Godwin-Austen, Lamba Pahar (Long Mountain in Urdu), Qogir  Feng or even Chogori Dapsang.
In Balti language, the mountain is named ‘Ketu’, which is the local way to say K2.

The fact that K2 is also the second hightest mountain in the world, is rather a coincidence.
K2 is considered as the most difficult mountain to conquer, and has a death rate of 25%.

K2 - mountain