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”.

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton

On January 5, 2022, the British Antarctic Territory, the Falkland Islands and the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands have issued a series of stamps in honor of Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton at the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his death. Shackleton is well known for several Antarctica expeditions including an heroic behavior to save his team stuck in the ice. He died on January 5, 1922 at age 47 from a heart attack while starting a new Antarctic expedition and he is buried on the South Georgia Island. The twelve pictures used for these stamps are based on black and white or colorized photographs of Shackleton taken at different ages, with team, with ship or map, including also some pictures of his grave. This issue is considered as a territorial parallel issue [D/PD].

Adam Paish (UK) mentioned very recently that these three countries associated to Ascension, Bahamas and Tristan da Cunha will issue four stamps each and a souvenir sheet to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the reign of Queen Elisabeth II. Exact dates of issue are not known yet, but Bahamas seems to be the first and plans to issue stamps on March 17, 2022. This issue will be considered as an omnibus parallel issue [O/OP].