New Issues 2004
This page collects only issues released during
the year 2004, period January to April.
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 January
2004 (6 January)
Australia - Christmas Island
Lunar new year. Year of the monkey. Territorial twin issue
Identical stamps, two stamps and a miniature sheet containing
both stamps for Christmas Island; two prepaid covers and a
postcard for Australia. Symbolic monkey. A sheetlet containing
12 different zodiac animals and incorporating the miniature
sheet was also produced. Multi-colored.
2004 (12 February)
Niuafo'ou - Tonga
Year of the monkey. Territorial twin issue [TT].
Identical miniature sheet with different background color.
Four different representations of monkeys. Multi-colored.
2004 (16 February)
Madagascar (4 December 2003) - Mauritius (16 or 27 February
2004) - Seychelles (16 February 2003)
20th anniversary of the Indian Ocean Commission. Concerted
Similar stamps. Symbol of the Commission, flags of all five
The two other countries members of the IOC, namely Comores
and La Reunion (actually France) have not issued stamps so
2004 (25 February)
Hong-Kong, China - New Zealand
Rugby Sevens. Twin issue [T1].
Four identical stamps; pictures are displayed in oval forms,
the background being red for Hong Kong and black for New Zealand:
Souvenir sheets include the same 4 stamps. Players from both
countries in action during the 2002 Hong Kong Sevens and the
2002 New Zealand Rugby Sevens, Hong Kong Stadium and Wellington
4 stamps per country - 1 souvenir sheet with 4 stamps -
mFDC - New Zealand issued on June 30 a special souvenir sheet
containing one of these stamps
2004 (1 March)
China - Singapore
10th anniversary of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP). Twin
Identical stamps. Building and symbol of the park, sculpture
titled "Harmony". Multi-colored.
1 stamp per country - 1 mini sheet with 8 or 10 stamps
2004 (18 March)
Poland (2 June) - Vatican (18 March)
Poland and Europe. Pastoral visits of the Holy Father to Poland
(1979-2002). Concerted issue
Identical pair of mini sheets containing each 4 stamps. Portrait
of the Holy Father John Paul II. Each stamps is located between
two labels showing the coat of arms of the Vatican and Poland
above a text remembering to the 8 visits of John Paul II to
his home country. Multi-colored.
8 stamps each in 2 mini panes - FDCs
2004 (26 March)
Canada - Greenland - Norway
Exploration. 150th birthday of Otto Sverdrup (1854-1930).
Twin issue [T4]
One stamp and a souvenir sheet for each country. A, polar
ship "Fram"; B, rowboat; C, portrait. The souvenir sheets
is identical for all three countries but only one stamp can
be used for postage in each country, this stamp corresponding
to the stamp sold in sheets. Canada. Multi-colored.
1 or 2 stamps per country - 1 souvenir sheet per country
- FDCs - special folder containing all souvenir sheets, mint
2004 (26 March)
Aland - Denmark - Faeroe - Finland - Greenland - Iceland -
Norway - Sweden
Joint issue from the Scandinavian countries: Mythology. Norden
parallel issue [P1].
Different souvenir sheets. Multi-colored.
1 souvenir sheet per country - FDCs - special folder containing
all 8 souvenir sheets, mint
2004 (6 April)
France - Great Britain
Entente cordiale, centenary (signed on 8 April 1904). Twin
Identical stamps. British and french art: "Lace 1 (trial proof
1968)" by Sir Terry Frost ( -2003) from the Tate's collection;
"Coccinelle" (ladybird) by Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979) from
the Pompidou Centre collection in Paris. Multi-colored.
2 stamps per country - FDCs - mFDC
2004 (7 April)
France - Italy - United Nations (Geneva)
Road safety. Twin issue [T1].
Identical design. One stamp is common Geneva and France: belt
with heart, man made out of road maps; Italy took the image
of the belt, but draw it in front of a map of Italy. The second
Italian stamp shows a high number of road signs in front of
a dash board. Stamps issued at the occasion of the World day
of road safety. Multi-colored.
The first day cancellation for all countries does also
show a similar design.
1 or 2 stamps per country - FDCs - mFDC - special folder containing
mint stamps, FDCs and mFDC
2004 (21 April)
Italy - Thailand
Common day of the foundation of both Bangkok and Rome.
Twin issue [T1].
Two identical stamps, however sold only as souvenir sheet
in Italy. A, Golden Mount Tempel, Wal Saket, Bangkok, constructed
during the reign of Rama I (1782-1809); B, Coliseum, constructed
around 75 BC, Rome. The Italian souvenir sheet is illustrated
with both building; text "21 APRILE / FONDAZIONE / ROMA-BANGKOK".
2 stamps for Thailand - 1 souvenir sheet per country -
2004 (28 April)
Austria (28 April) - Hungary (21 May)
Middle Europe Catholic Day in Mariazell (initially was expected
to involve also Bosnia Herzegovina, Czeck Republic, Croatia,
Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia). Concerted
Both countries have issued a souvenir sheet with the same
structure: the 6 stamps are ordered in form of a cross; two
stamps (B,E) located at the same place in the cross represent
the same art work. A, Pope John Paul II (1920- ); B, statue
of Maria "Magna Mater Austriae", Mariazell (around 1157);
C, emblem of the Catholic Day; D, statue of the Mother of
God, Mariazell (around 1520); E, painting of Maria (around
1350-1360); F, cross made by Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach
(1656-1723); G, Mariazell basilica; H, statue of Maria, Mariazell;
I, statue of Maria, Celldömök; J, Statue of Maria, Obuda Chapel
(Altofen). The Austrian souvenir sheet is illustrated with
the coat of arms of the 8 involved countries and the background
shows the church of Mariazell; The Hungarian souvenir sheet
shows the Pope John Paul II, the symbol of the Catholic Day,
the list of the 8 involved countries and the background represents
the front of the Mariazell church. Multi-colored.
1 souvenir sheet per country - FDCs