New Issues 2003
(September - December)
This page collects only issues released during
the year 2003, period September to December.
As it is not such obvious as it looks to find
this information, this list is probably not yet complete.
In certain countries, joint issues are often announced on
the day of the issue and sometimes it takes months before
this information and the corresponding stamps reach us. Data
on missing issues or supplementary information, particularly
for countries, which are producing joint issues exceptionally,
will be highly appreciated.
Most recent update of this section on September
16 , 2004.
2003 (9 September)
Iran - Russia
Protection of the Caspian Sea. Sea otter and sturgeon. Twin
Identical stamps. Caspian seal with seal-calf (Phoca caspica)
and beluga fish. Multi-colored.
2 stamps - sheetlets and souvenir sheet (Iran) - FDCs
2003 (15 September)
Belgium - Italy
Europalia - Italy as guest country. Twin
Two identical stamps. Painting from Morandi "Natura Morta"
(1938); Car "Cisitalia 202" designed by Battista Pininfarina,
displayed at the Modern Museum of Art in New York. The painting
stamp was issued in sheetlets of 10 stamps bearing each a
"Prior" label; the car stamps were issued in a sheetlet of
ten stemps with the illustration of the car on the right side.
2 stamps se-tenant - FDCs - mixed FDC - Numisletter
2003 (17 September)
Estonia - Ukraine
Ancient trade route along the Gulf of Finland and the Dnieper.
Twin issue [T1].
Identical stamps. 2 stamps with label; coins and ships; A,
slavs in a fighting boat, coin of the Prince Volodymyr Sviatoslavovych;
B, landing of the Scandinavian seamen, coin of the King Svend
Estridsen; old map on the label separating both stamps. Ukraine:
2 stamps with central label in a vertical triptych; booklet
"Way from Vagarians to Greeks" containing 3 panes (86x117mm)
with either a tryptich, one stamp A or one stamp B. Multi-colored.
2 stamps se-tenant - FDCs - sheets
2003 (30 September)
China - Hungary
Art of books. Twin issue [T1].
Identical stamps. A, Song textbook "Ritual of Zhou", Song
dynasty (AD 960-1279) edition with annotations by Zheng Xuan
of the Han dynasty (BC 206 AD 220) and explanations by Lu
Deming of the Tang dynasty (AD 618-907), printed at the Jianyang
Printing House during China's Southern Song Dynasty (AD 1127-1279);
B, Hungarian color chart annals "Hungarian illuminated chronicle",
first book printed in Hungary, published in 1473. Multi-colored.
2 stamps - FDCs - mixed FDCs
2003 (4 October)
Canada - Thailand
National plants. Twin issue [T1].
Identical stamps. Flowers: Ratchaphruek, the national Thai
flower; Maple, the national Canadian tree. Multi-colored.
2 stamps se-tenant - souvenir sheets - FDCs - mixed FDCs
2003 (4 October)
Hong Kong - Sweden
Waterbirds - Twin issue [T1]
Identical stamps printed in blocs of four. Birds: Piet avocet
(Recurvirostra avosetta), Horned grebe (Podiceps auritus),
Black-throated diver (Gavia arctica), Great crested grebe
(Podiceps cristatus). Multi-colored.
4 stamps - booklets - FDCs - Artistic Portfolio
2003 (16 October)
China - Hong Kong - Macau
Successful flight of China's first manned spacecraft. Territorial
parallel issue [ST/PT].
Different stamps, two stamps per country. Different views
from the space and the "taikonaut". Produced as sheetlets
containing 2 pairs of stamps and as souvenir sheets sold together
in a booklet. Although the three countries sold the same booklet
(individual sheetlets were not available for sale), the origin
of the booklet can be stated on the basis of the overprinted
codes starting with the letter A (China), B (Hong Kong) or
C (Macau). Multi-colored.
2 stamps - mixed booklet - FDCs
2003 (27 November)
Kazakhstan - Uzbekistan
Painting. Twin issue [T1].
Identical stamps, se-tenant. A, painting "Happiness", 1966,
S. Aitbaev, Kazakhstan; B, painting "Morning. Motherhood",
1962, R. Ahmedov, Uzbekistan. multi-colored.
2 se-tenant stamps - FDCs
2003 (29 November)
France - India
Relations between both countries. Twin
Identical stamps. Rooster from a 15th century French enluminure;
peacock from a 19th century Indian jewelry piece. Multi-colored.
2 stamps (India se-tenant) - FDCs - mixed FDC - special
2003 (9 December)
South Africa - Thailand
10 years of diplomatic relationship. Twin
Elephants. Identical stamps. Multi-colored.
2 stamps - FDC
2003 (10 December)
India - Korea (South)
30th anniversary of diplomatic relationship between both countries.
Twin issue [T1]
Identical stamps. Astrological observatories: "Cheomseongdae"
in Kyong-ju, South Korea, built during the 7th century AD;
"Jantar Mantar" Jaipur, India, built in 1727. Multi-colored.
2 stamps - FDCs