Monacophil 2022

The philatelic exhibition Monacophil had to be postponed during the pandemic period but, eventually, will take place from November 23 to November 26, 2022 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. Dominique Josse (France) informed us that during this event, Monaco and the TAAF (Terres Australes et Antarctiques Françaises, i.e., French Southern and Antarctic Lands) will issue a joint souvenir sheet with probably first day of issue on Friday November 24, 2022. Dominique was even able to provide the designs of these new joint issues. The issue is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the death of Prince Albert I of Monaco (1848-1922) and the Polar expedition of Jean-Baptiste Charcot (1867-1936) with the ship “Pourquoi pas”.

Cancellations

Kenneth Sequeira (Dubai) and Jaap Sarelse (the Netherlands) reported a few cancellations of previously announced joint issue. The Tajikistan philatelic program shows now the Tajikistan – Kyrgyzstan joint issue crossed out. This issue was initially planned for Quarter 4, 2021, but without more precision regarding the date. At the same time the Kyrgyzstan philatelic office informed us that the issue of the Kyrgyzstan stamps from the Croatia – Kyrgyzstan joint issue is postponed (i.e. probably towards early 2022), but not cancelled. Croatia had issued their stamps as planned on September 22, 2021 (topic: woodpeckers) and (identical) designs of the Kyrgyzstan stamps appeared on the Delcampe web site before being retrieved. At the same time, Ukraine announces three joint issues for 2022 with Italy (150th birthday of Solomiya Krushelnytska), Singapore (topic unknown) and the USA (100th anniversary of the first performance of the Ukrainian carol ‘Shchedryk’ in Carnegie Hall, New York), without more precise date, and no confirmation from the partner country.
The TAAF/Portugal joint issue must also be considered as cancelled. Stamps on the expected topic (Portuguese prersence in the Austral seas by Joao da Nova) were issued by Portugal on October 11, 2021, without any reference to a joint character. There is no more information available on this topic from the French side.