The one-dollar booklet pane, combining a single 9-cent "Dome of the Capitol" and seven of the 13-cent "Flag over the Capitol" adhesive, went off sale yesterday . The 11 x 10 1/2 perforation pane was produced for vending machine sale.
According to the Postal Service, there were 19,500,000 of the booklets produced. The booklet pane version of the 9-cent stamp is smaller than the normal sheetform version, and was printed on a whiter stock (Scott's No. 159). The 10 x 10 perforation variety which went off sale some time ago is not one of the hottest items on the hilatelic market. Assuming the printing ratio was two to one, it is possible that there were 13,000,000 of the 11 x 10 1/2 variety and only 6,500,000 of the 10 x 10.
The deadline for submission of first-day cover requests for the pair of 31-cent Wright Brothers airmail stamps will be next Sunday. Those preparing their own stamped and addressed envelopes may send them to "First Day Cancellations, Postmaster, Dayton, Ohio 45401."
Those wishing Postal Service to affix the stamps may send addressed envelopes and remittance (31 cents per stamp) to "Wright Brothers Stamps, Postmaster, Dayton, Ohio 45401."
Canada's CAPEX souvenir sheet is sold out at its Philatelic Mail Order Service, and most - if not all - philatelic counters in post offices across the country. A total of 3,800,000 souvenir sheets are produced. More than 10,000 cash orders - triple the normal demand for philatelic products - were filled through Canada Post's mail-order service.
However, the souvenir sheet still may be purchsed in the January-June semi-annual prepack, or in the 1978 souvenir collection which will go on sale later this year. Also, adequate quantities of the souvenir sheet on first-day covers are still available, as are the CAPEX sheetform stamps in the three denominations. Canada Post noted "the demand for the sheet had far surpassed the best estimates provided by other postal administrations that had previously issued this type of philatelic souvenir."
Canada's 1978 Christmas stamps will picture the Madonna and Child from three early Renaissance paintings in its National Gallery. The trio will be released Oct. 20, and will follow the layout and typography produced by Jean Morin of Montreal.A 12-cent holiday emission features "The Madonna of the Flowering Pea," by an anonymous master of the Cologne School. The 14-cent stamp design is based on the 15th-century painting, "The Virgin and Child with St. Anthony and Donor," by Hans Mimling, and the 30-cent vignette was taken from the center portion of a 14th-century triptych, "The Virgin and Child with Saints, the Annunciation, the Nativity and the Crucifixion," by Jacopo Dl Clone.
Quantities will be 111,000,000 of the 12-cent, 76,000,000 of the 14-cent, and 24,000,000 of the 30-cent denominations. Printing is in six-color lithegraphy by Ashton-Potter Limited of Toronto.
Australia released a 20-cent stamp Sept. 25 to mark its National Stamp Week and to note the 50th aniversay of a stamp show held in Melbourne. The design, reproduces the three-penny blue Kookaburra stamp of 1928 mounted on an album page. The stamp also appeared in miniature sheet form in blocks of four.
A set of seven 20-cent Australian pre-stamped envelopes with the designs based on Marg Towt's painting of birds was released Sept. 11, replacing the current embossed items. Five of the envelopes will be of the small C6 size, and two will be in the larger DL size.
Four new definitives picturing instruments identified with the national folk music will be released by Norway on Oct. 6. Subjects will be a willow pipe (a Norwegian varient of the violin), a Norwegian zither and a ram's horn. The name of the country will be spelled "Noreg," rather than the familiar Norge.
Norway's eight stamps, produced in booklet form and reproducing the types issued in 1925 (Svalbard and Amundson's North Pole flight) appeared Sept. 19. A number of black and white official reprints were made for insertion in the NIDARO 78 stamp show catalogue. The surtax charged for the booklet will go to the financing of NORWEK 80 - an international philatelic exhbition scheduled to be held in Oslo June 13-22, 1980.
A souvenir sheet, akin to U.S. souvenir cards, was released in South Africa to note its POTCH 78 national philatelic exhibition. The souvenir reproduced four hand-painted stamp-size proofs which served as the basis for South Africa's 1926 postage issue.
France's 1.20 franc commenorative marking the 300th anniversay of the merger of Valenciennes and north Maubeuge will go on general sale tomorrow.
An exhibit of roughly 350 objects tracing the history of the posts in Europe during the era of the House of Thurn and Taxis opened yesterday in Belgium. The show at the Musee des Postes et Telecommunications in Brussels will close Nov. 15. A 256-page catalogue was produced for the show, available for 50 (Belgian) francs from A.S.B.L. "Pro-Post," Boite postale 27, Bruxelles 1, 1000 Belgium.
Britain has announced it will have eight special issues next year, and seven of them will involve four stamp sets. The exception, thus far, is the annual Christmas issue and the number of stamps to be issued [WORD ILLEGIBLE] yet. A quartet of adhesives [WORD ILLEGIBLE] Feb. 7 to coincide with the Crutch Dog Show, and will depict dogs admired by pet-lovers and sportsmen. And, on March 21, another foursome, will relate to wild flowers, and will picture the snowdrop, primrose, daffodil and bluebell. On May 9 an issue will mark the direct elections to the European Assembly, and on June 6 aquartet of horseracing stamps will recognize the 200th running of the Epson Derby. Then on July 18 a set of four for the Year of the Child will follow, linked with the United Nations' worldwide program.
A semi-postal souvenir sheet comprising four stamps is due Aug. 22 to mark the centenary of the death of Sir Rowland Hill, "father" of the adhesive postage stamp. The surcharge will help stage "London 1980." Then there will be another foursome Sept. 26 to note the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Metropolitan Police by Sir Robert Peel. And the Christmas stamps will be close Great Britain's 1979 program next Nov. 21. COINS
The Bureau of the Mint's monthly report for August indicated that no Kennedy half dollars were struck for the second straight month. And, perhaps more important to collectors, the Mint did not strike any Eisenhower dollars during August.
Two years ago, in September of 1976, the Mint failed to produce either the dollar or the half dollar, but this was due to the transition from Bicentennial coinage to 1977 dated normal coinage. If the cutback in production of the dollar and 50-cent piece continues, and it apparently will, the 1978 mintages will be far below those of 1977.
Other subsidiary coinage was almost doubled from July to August. There were 101,076,000 Washington quarters minted, which is the highest total since March of 1978.
And Roosevelt dime output soared from 56,520,000 in July to 100,420,000 in August, but more came off the presses in May of this year. The previous high was 100,270,000 produced in june 1977.
The Lincoln penny production passed the billion mark for the first time in more than three years - at least an eight-year high. The Mint report indicates 1,032,490 pennies were minted during August.
Another 55,293 proof set (1978) were delivered by the San Francisco Assay Office, bringing the total to 1,844,053 for the year thus far. The monthly report also indicates that San Francisco delivered 10,655 Bicentennial 40 percent silver proof sets, and 757 Bicentennial uncirculated sets.