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For some years I have been developing a side-line collection of issues that had been withdrawn earlier than planned, or still issued for a short period despite a decision to withdraw having been made. The early withdrawal could be due to design errors, religious or political issues, etc.. I attach below an example from Colombia:

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It's possible to build up a worldwide collection of such stamps and to me the appeal of such is in the story behind the decision to withdraw. Until the other day I didn't know anybody else who collected along the same lines until I came across a fellow collector through the medium of Ebay and I found he has actually started a website hosting such issues. It's currently a work in progress and I am also currently supplying him with some images to be hosted in due course. I have obtained his approval to mention his site via Stampboards, where I hope members will visit as some of the issues, and the reasons, are very interesting, and reflect the research undertaken.

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I can post more items from my collection if members wish and also invite other members who had similar items to post them and consider sending them to the 'withdrawn' website, where contact details are listed.
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Its an interesting collecting area - I think many collectors do collect these, however not exclusively.

The website is interesting- awesome of your friend to put it together. It is only missing a few issues (at least for India, that I know of).
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Thank you.

It would be useful if you could give details of these Indian stamps, with scans (if possible) and any back story regarding their withdrawal, so that my friend can add these to the website in due course.
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Here you go - one of the withdrawn issues.

Issued in 2005 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Sikh religions holy text - the Guru Granth Sahib. The stamp & miniature sheet showed the holy text, however it was shortly withdrawn. As per tradition, the holy text should not be shown open unless being read - it should be shown Closed & covered by a cloth used for the purpose.

Most withdrawn cases are either errors or stamps which some one found offensive or objected to.
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The only other Indian withdrawal missing on the site is the 1994 stamp issued to commemorate classical singer Begum Akthar (80th birth anniversary). The ink used was soluble & that’s the reason the stamp was shortly withdrawn.
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Luigi was so kind as to post my website here. Now I manage to register. Like him, I hope to find new withdrawn issues or get clarity on items. Looking forward to this thread. My first question is the following and maybe someone can help.

The attached Sri Lankan stamp has been withdrawn in 1983 as part of a "National heroes" stamp edition. The person's likeness on the stamp is not the intended person. A corrected stamp was issued later that year. Can someone tell who the person on the stamp is ?

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On August 21, 1980, Bangladesh issued a stamp with the inscription "We salute the valiant freedom fighters of Palestine" both English and Arabic. The stamp was withdrawn several hours after it was issued. according to Michel catalogue, it was withdrawn because a mistake in the Arabic inscription (missing letter "i" in the Arabic word "Palestinians").

According to other source (https://www.rhcourtney-collector.com/Bangladeshcatalog92.html) it was withdrawn since the Arabic word "mukatelin" which means "killers", was printed on the stamp, rather than the word "mujahedin", meaning "warriors". The mistake was noticed by the Islamic Foundation, a government organisation.

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BTW, I entered the site but it doesn't work. When I click the country list, i got empty screen. Maybe problem in my computer.
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zurueckgezogen wrote: 26 Jul 2020 22:12 Luigi was so kind as to post my website here. Now I manage to register. Like him, I hope to find new withdrawn issues or get clarity on items. Looking forward to this thread. My first question is the following and maybe someone can help.
What an excellent website, well done zurueckgezogen :D
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Eli wrote: 27 Jul 2020 04:40BTW, I entered the site but it doesn't work. When I click the country list, i got empty screen. Maybe problem in my computer.
Sorry, the site works perfect, it was my bad. I see that the information I added about the Bangladesh stamp is already their and written excellent. Thanks for great site!
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Hi,

Can someone shed light on the Japan 2020 Olympics and Paralympics torch relay edition. There seem now two variants available which apparently is due to a licencing issue ? Does someone know the nature of this licencing issue. There is the original stamps which apparently have been withdrawn and then seem to have been re-issued with some strikethrough of the value and a Japanese wording.

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The stamp with the strikethrough is a specimen image for online and paper publications.

The idea is that people can not print stamps themselves using these sometimes high quality images.

This specimen stamp probably only exists as a jpeg.

The Japanese wording means 'Japan Post'.
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I very much doubt that this is the explanation. Both variants are plentyful on sale on ebay. And the strikedthrough version is offered as "licenced" in quite a few cases. This would comply with the fact that there has been a licencing issue which was reported in a German stamp periodical. Only that there was no further explanation as to why there might have been a licencing issue.

Thanks for the translation of the strikedthrough wording. On second thought it is strange that there is the face value also striked through, which then would normally mean, as you imply, not usable for franking.

Another thought: Maybe there has been an issue for withdrawing and then the remaining stamps have been reworked like this and sold as a "souvenir" ?

But this is all speculation, maybe someone can come forth with the real story, so even the specimen theory may be true...
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Okay... :roll:
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Stewie1980 wrote: 29 Jul 2020 05:14 The stamp with the strikethrough is a specimen image for online and paper publications.

The idea is that people can not print stamps themselves using these sometimes high quality images.

This specimen stamp probably only exists as a jpeg.

The Japanese wording means 'Japan Post'.
I agree. :)
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I love this idea as a side topic. I'm often guilty of ignoring stamp issues post 1970, but this gives me a chance to take an interest in more modern issues. Great stuff and I look forward to seeing how this thread develops,

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Posting another couple of items. Always interesting to see designs not matched with appropriate research.


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Rumania - 5 year plan (wrong dates)

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Italy - Gronchi error. Each of the three denominations highlighted the map of the three countries planned to be visited by President Gronchi. However, the map of Peru on the L.205 value showed the old borders prior to the 1941 war between Peru and Ecuador. The designer had used an old atlas causing much embarrassment to the Italian Govt, more so because Peru had won the war and annexed a large region.
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An early withdrawal from St Pierre et Miquelon is relatively unknown because only the Maury catalogue mentions it. This was first posted on the "Peregrine falcon" thread.

The Peregrine falcon airmail stamp of 1997 was first issued like this on May 14 1997 but the artist was not satisfied that the rendering was true to the original design so the issue was recalled, except a small quantity had already been shipped out, mostly to new issue stamp dealers and could not be found.
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A new printing with more yellow ink was made and issued on June 2. Only the Maury catalog lists the unissued stamp.


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@memphre:

Thanks a lot. That is what I am hoping for in the thread, learning about withdrawn items which I do not know about (like this one). I assume the original stamp is very rare, do you know for how much it sells, if (ever) offered ?
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Barbados 1988: Diamond Jubilee

Luckily, I have in my collection 1 out of the 101 misprints sold. Also, there is a known FDC of the misprint
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UAE 1975 - 2nd Gulf Long Distance Swimming Championship

Unissued - Was prepared in 1975 but not received by the printer in time. The issue was placed for sale in UK by the Crown agents before the notification

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UAE 1977 - National Day

Withdrawn from sales on date of issue as the date in Arabic was wrongly inscribed backwards.

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UAE 1983 - Arab Literacy Day

Withdrawn from sales on date of issue due to error in Quranic inscription

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UAE 1992 - Seville Expo 92

Only the 250 Fils stamp withdrawn from sale because of the error in the Arabic word for "Postage"

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UAE 2001 - Emirates Post (New Corporate Identity)

Booklet of 6 stamps, 2 each of the set, withdrawn after release, reason unknown. Image never seen

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Sri Lanka 1985 - SAARC Summit

60c - Withdrawn from sales after protest from India due to boundary map demarcation.

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Pakistan 1985 - SAARC Summit

Re1 - Withdrawn from sales after protest from India due to boundary map demarcation of Jammu & Kashmir as a separate country.

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Maldives 1985 - SAARC Summit

Rf 5 - Withdrawn from sales after protest from India due to boundary map demarcation of Kashmir as part of Pakistan

Withdrawn FDC part of my collection... The postmark also shows the demarcation
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Pakistan 2015 - Asian Pacific Postal Union

Withdrawn due to erroneous "AAPU" instead of APPU" in the logo
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Was it re-issued with the correct spelling ?
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Ubobo.R.O. wrote: 07 Aug 2020 00:03 Was it re-issued with the correct spelling ?
No it wasn't
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India 2018 - 100 years of Coconut Research

2017 version withdrawn days before issue date due to error in the Hindi Word spelling of "ICAR"

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India 1984 -Joint Space Flight Manned with USSR

Withdrawn Rs 2 Stamp - Two Indian cosmonauts were initially selected for the space flight. No one knew who will ultimately make it. It was Rakesh Sharma, who was picked up at last moment. Since in the Re 2 stamp had the pictures of both the cosmonauts, after a considered consideration the 2 rs stamp was withdrawn from sale in India but was on display in Russia.
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This Bangladesh Stamp apparently was also withdrawn after 4 days of its first issue, the reason for it is not clear for me...
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Answer lies here in the blog from zurueckgezogen :)

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On 16/10/1995 Bangladesh issued a stamp commemorating the 8th Anniversary of the death of Shaheed Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain. Hossain was a politically active student leader. During a political demonstration in 1987 he was shot dead. The stamp was withdrawn from sale on 21/10/1995. The apparent reason was the fact, that Hossain was a member of the political opposition.
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Kennethsequeira wrote: 08 Aug 2020 01:19Image
Shouldn’t the coconut research version 1 & this stamp be proposed stamps, which didn’t go ahead rather than withdrawn stamps? I’m not so sure they were actually sold at post offices.
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Hyderabadi wrote: 08 Aug 2020 03:43
Kennethsequeira wrote: 08 Aug 2020 01:19Image
Shouldn’t the coconut research version 1 & this stamp be proposed stamps, which didn’t go ahead rather than withdrawn stamps? I’m not so sure they were actually sold at post offices.
Do you mean Unissued vs Withdrawn...?

Space 1984 issue, I am told Rs2 stamps were sold in Russia & have appeared in exhibits in various International Stamp shows. They were not sold in India only. Once Postmarked like in the above cover means it's issued.

The Coconut issue like the Goan Tiatr (2018) were printed & withdrawn before issue date but were black marketed..& replacement issues were released.

Guru Granth (2005) issue is officially unissued but its available in black market.
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Kennethsequeira wrote: 08 Aug 2020 04:17 Guru Granth (2005) issue is officially unissued but its available in black market.
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Thanks Joy - that was super fast.

It’s funny that google searches lead back to stampboards :D , there seems to be a prior topic on this by both Kenneth & Joy :)

The only reason I raised this query is that indian catalogues like Phila India which I follow & I guess SG also don’t list the above mentioned stamps, while they do mention the Guru Granth stamp. Google also throws up this description on a few sites (very similar to each other).
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@kenneth:

Thanks fpr all your postings (thanks all the others as well). Now I have some more on my wish list to look out for :D

I will also put them on my list of adding them to my website, thanks again for sharing.
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Hyderabadi wrote: 08 Aug 2020 05:30 The only reason I raised this query is that indian catalogues like Phila India which I follow & I guess SG also don’t list the above mentioned stamps, while they do mention the Guru Granth stamp. Google also throws up this description on a few sites (very similar to each other).Image
The quantity of sold Guru Granth Sahib stamps is certainly not unknown.

Based on the surveys done, the general consensus among Indian stamp dealers and philatelic societies is that 6500–8000 sheetlets i.e. 9.75%–12% of total 0.8m printed stamps and 20000–24000 MSs i.e. 10%–12% of total 0.2m printed MSs were sold at those 18 Philatelic Bureaux on Jun 16,2004.
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zurueckgezogen wrote: 04 Aug 2020 02:47 @memphre:

Thanks a lot. That is what I am hoping for in the thread, learning about withdrawn items which I do not know about (like this one). I assume the original stamp is very rare, do you know for how much it sells, if (ever) offered ?
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memphre wrote: 09 Aug 2020 12:08 @memphre:

Did you get my August 3 email through Stampboards?

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zurueckgezogen wrote: 11 Aug 2020 05:30
memphre wrote: 09 Aug 2020 12:08 @memphre:

Did you get my August 3 email through Stampboards?

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I seem to remember you need 20 posts before getting the email button but I can't find the exact reference on the board.

However, when you get an email from a member, the sender is shown as «admin@stampboards.com», but the «reply to» adress is that of the member, so two way contact is possible when it is initiated by an established member.

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In 1956 President Tubman of Liberia visited a number of countries in Europe. The planned visit to Sweden did allegedly not happen and in consequence (again allegedly) the stamp to commemorate the Sweden visit was withdrawn. Does anyone know whether there is any substance to that claim ?

The stamps have apparently only been issued in 1958 ?!
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65th Ann. of Korean War Victory (DPR Korea)
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These North Korean FDCs celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Korean War Victory. Issued in 2018, the FDCs, souvenir sheet and stamps were withdrawn because of anti-U.S. sentiment.

The souvenir sheet and stamps are easily found and cheap to buy. But the FDCs, perforated and imperforated, are more difficult to find.

I'll collect withdrawn stamps to add an existing collection, otherwise no.
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Withdrawn North Korea

The fact that they are rather cheap is based on the fact that they have been withdrawn rather belateldly...

And one can see from the low issue numbers that North Korea is not in the center of philatelic interest.
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The price of the withdrawn DPRK stamps varies more than I realised.

Some dealers, aware the issue has been withdrawn, have cited this fact and put up their prices. For example:

Dealer A (ref. withdrawn status)
Mini Sheet (Imperf) €43.61
Mini Sheet (Perf) €24.92

Dealer B (ref. withdrawn status)
Mini Sheet + Stamps (Imperf) $10.50 (USD)

But dealers still selling the stamps cheap make no such reference. For example:

Dealer C (No ref. to withdrawn status)
Stamp Set (Perf) €1.39
Mini Sheet (Imperf) €3.31

Dealer D (No ref. to withdrawn status)
Stamp Set (Perf) €0.66
Mini Sheet (Perf) €1.02
Mini Sheet (Imperf) €1.87

Dealer E (No ref. to withdrawn status)
Stamp Set (Perf) €0.80

The above suggests the stamps are not cheap because the issue was belatedly withdrawn.
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I assume, if any stocks were left, then they were not sold anymore. But this may only have been small quantities. Since they were issued months (the 2018) issue or years (the 2017) issue before.

Or the order was that the ones sold were not allowed to be used anymore. But by the time of the withdrawal, they were well into circulation already. So the expensive ones you stated may only be that the dealers which state the withdrawn fact want to capitalize on it. But in essence the stamps are readily available, even if withdrawn, despite the (relatively) small number of copies printed. And this again hints to the fact that North Korean stamps are not in demand by collectors.
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I agree, North Korean stamps are not in demand. Hard to find a collector/dealer who disagrees.

The lack of demand is, at least in part, due to the total absence of marketing by Korea Stamp Corporation​.

Usually the publicity of new issues doesn't extend beyond North Korean news media outlets.
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Sticking with North Korea.

I think this is a particular story, even if for the stamp designer that might have had dire consequences...

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