Stamp spitters win ground!!
Just over 10% of all countries in the world
issue 41 percent of all new stamps, covering almost half of the total
catalogue value. And the market share of these countries is only growing
from 1995 on. This turned out from an analysis of the yearly issues of 234
countries. The calculations are based on the yearly reports as published
by catalogue maker Schwaneberger Verlag in his periodical
Michel-Rundschau. Especially the leading group of countries with the
largest yearly number of new issues, Guyana, St. Vincent, Tanzania and
Gambia, cause this large market share. This 4 make up for a good 10% of
all stamps that have been issued by the 234 countries over the last 4
The runner-up group consists of almost only African
countries. The United States are the first economical superpower on the
list, at the 11th position, with 562 stamps in the period 1994-1997. Japan
is ranked 5 positions further down, while Romania is the first European
country on the 29st position. The Netherlands are not present in the upper
part. Regarding the cost of the yearly set of new issues, the Netherlands
are in the middle at the 114th position. About the same holds for the
number of stamps.
The absolute number one in the past 4 years, Guyana,
has slowed down a bit. From 441 stamps in 1994, more than 1 each day, to
271. The lead is taken over now by Gambia, with 303 stamps. Climbers on
the list are Tchaad and Niger. With the yearly flood of stamps Guyana
covers an ample 3% of the world market. Expressed in money it is even 5%.
This is because the average selling price of almost 3.50 Dutch guilders
(including blocks) is higher than the world average of slightly more than
2.00 Dutch guilders.
Much money of the stamp spitting countries does not
contribute to the public money. Politicians have sold the rights to issue
stamps to commercial foreign firms. Often the stamps can even not be
bought in the country itself. And even if they are available at the local
post office, most of the inhabitants can not afford them.
Read for you in the Algemeen Dagblad (1999), with
acknowledgements to Gerrie Coerts
(translation Paul Essens)
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