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30. 05. 2020

Thematic Philately:
Tribute to First Line Warriors - Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic and Philately

Tribute to First Line Warriors - Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic and Philately
Author: Vojtech Jankovič
Source: www.postoveznamky.sk
Published: 08. 04. 2020 11:11
Updated: 26. 05. 2020 12:55

Overview of postal materials with a direct or indirect correlation to the COVID-19 corona pandemic.
(Updated on 26th May, 2020)



Tribute to First Line Warriors (and tribute to the deceased)


The sad period of the worldwide corona virus COVID-19 pandemic remains unnoticed even in philately. Several postal administrations have decided to issue stamps to commemorate this tragic event, respectively as a tribute to those who fight dangerous contagion in the front lines: doctors, nurses, medical staff, scientists, firefighters, police, soldiers, and so on.
Another reason for issuing these postage items is the efforts to raise public awareness to take effective protection measures as the most effective means of combating this insidious disease.

With the following overview, we will pay tribute to this hero and at the same time to all those who have lost their lives or suffered health as a result of corona virus.


Postal Materials Directly Referring to the COVID-19 Corona Virus Pandemic



IRAN - Postage stamp


National Heroes (17th March 2020)

This postage stamp (18 000 Rial) depicts medical workers, a paramedic in protective mask, and a symbolic graphical representation of sars-cov-2 virus (COVID-19).

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VIETNAM - Postage stamps


Combined Forces Against COVID-19 (31st March 2020)

This pair of postage stamps (4 000 d and 15 000 d). The 4,000 d postage stamp depicts units fighting the pandemic, namely health care workers, soldiers and police, along with ordinary citizens they care for. The 15,000 d postage stamp depicts scientists, doctors in researching the vaccine, preventive medicines, and medical treatment needed to fight the virus.

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These postage stamps have been issued also as imperforated what is documented by the attached First Day Cover (FDC) with a FDC cancel HANOI 31/3/020 and date cancel SAIGON 31. 3. 2020.

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CHINA - Postage stamps


Tribute to the Front-line Fighters (planned issue on 7th April 2020 postponed to 11. 5. 2020)

The pair of postage stamps (2 x 1,20 yuan) issued in honor of the fighters against the corona virus SARS COVID-19 and in memory of those who succumbed to it. These postage stamps depict a paramedic in protective clothing and a pandemic combat unit, namely health care workers, soldiers and police officers. They are united to underline the collaboration between the inhabitants of the endless country: on the one hand soldiers, volunteers and researchers; on the other the world of healthcare.

The Chinese Post planned to issue two stamps as early as 7th April 7 2020. The original design was not approved (but published), so it was necessary to re-design it and prepare a new one. The new release date is set for 11th May 2020.

Comparison of the rejected (top) and accepted (bottom) stamp designs:

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Rejected stamp design + miniature stamp sheet not officialy issued.

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Tribute to First Line Warriors - Corona virus COVID-19 Pandemic and Philately

Accepted stamp design + miniature stamp sheet issued officially:

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Tribute to First Line Warriors - Corona virus COVID-19 Pandemic and Philately

In addition, another stamp design for a pair of Chinese stamps has appeared on the Internet and social networks, which is most likely a complete hoax.

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In case of those preliminary designs not issued officially, beware! If they appear or are offered to you, they are probably forgery!


CHINA - Personalised souvenir sheet


Warriors against pandemic corona virus COVID-19 (April 2020)

with eight stamps "Heart and flowers" (8 x 1,20 yuan) and nine personalised coupons depictiong warious professions of warriors against pandemic corona virus COVID-19.
The personalised souvenir sheet was issued in a specuial folder with commemorative cover with special cancellation and stqmp with another coupon "Hand in fist".

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CHINA - Commemorative cancellations and cachets


COVID-19 corona virus pandemic and proliferation challenges (March/April 2020)

A number of commemorative cancellations and cachets have appeared on postal mails from China referring to the COVID-19 corona pandemic and calling for defense against it.

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Tribute to First Line Warriors - Corona virus COVID-19 Pandemic and Philately

Tribute to First Line Warriors - Corona virus COVID-19 Pandemic and Philately

Tribute to First Line Warriors - Corona virus COVID-19 Pandemic and Philately

Tribute to First Line Warriors - Corona virus COVID-19 Pandemic and Philately

Tribute to First Line Warriors - Corona virus COVID-19 Pandemic and Philately

Tribute to First Line Warriors - Corona virus COVID-19 Pandemic and Philately

Tribute to First Line Warriors - Corona virus COVID-19 Pandemic and Philately

Tribute to First Line Warriors - Corona virus COVID-19 Pandemic and Philately

Tribute to First Line Warriors - Corona virus COVID-19 Pandemic and Philately


CHINA - Postal cachet


Delayed delivery due to Corona virus (April 2020)

Another collector's interesting area is postal (not commemorative) cachets, which highlight the problems in postal shipping caused by the COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic.
The attached image shows the shipment sent on 7th April 2020 from Pchjongjang in North Korea to Suzhon in China bearing probably a Chinese postal cachet informing about the reason of delayed delivery: "Delivery delayed due to COVID-19 / DELAYED".

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SPAIN - Personalized postage stamps (March/April 2020)


An interesting activity - that could be implemented in other countries as well - is the issue of personalized postage stamps in Spain.

Health Tribute Appreciation (March/April 2020)

The philatelic association Asfinca in Calahorra has asked the Spanish Post to issue a depicted personalized stamp with the aim to "thank the work people who do health in these difficult days for all".
This personalized postage stamp (symbolic value A) depicts the hospital building in Calahorra and the text: "HOMENAJE SANITARIOS AGRADECIMIENTO POR VUESTRA PROFESIONALIDAD".

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Thank you! (March/April 2020)

In Cadiz has asked the Spanish Post to issue a depicted personalized stamp with the aim to "thank the work people who do health in these difficult days for all".
This personalized postage stamp (symbolic value A) depicts the medical workers, symbolic clapping hands and the text: "GRACIAS / CORONAVIRUS CÁDIZ 2020".

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SWITZERLAND - Surcharge (or semi-) postage stamp


Solidarity with those Affected by the Virus COVID-19 (April 2020)

This surcharge (or semi-) postage stamp (1,00 + 5,00 SvFr) was issued in the sheets of 10 stamps, depicts the symbolism of the medical cross and the population of people with raised hands and the call for solidarity with the affected COVID-19 virus in four languages:" COVID-19 / Solidaridad / Solidarieta / Solidarité / Solidarität".

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BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA - (Personalized) stamp


The originally mentioned information on the personalized stamp of Bosnia and Herzegovina has been removed as unfounded on the basis of information from the philatelists from Bosnia and Herzegovina.


INDONESIA - Postage stamps


Give Corona No Chance! Stay at Home (April 2020)

Two pairs of postage stamps (2 x 3000 Rup and 2 x 5000 Rup) - probably stamp designs, in worse case forgeries (hoax), so beware!
The first pair depicts people with masks, rescue services and medical units. The second pair depicts a rescuer in a protective clothing and multiple COVID-19 viruses and red blood cells with a challenge: "GIVE CORONA NO CHANCE! / STAY AT HOME".

IMPORTANT NOTE: The issue of this stamp has not yet been confirmed by the Indonesia postal administration. According to the latest information, this is probably a bogus/fake, so beware!

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LEBANON - Poštová známka


Lebanon's victory over corona virus (July 2020)

This postage stamp (3000 L. L.) depicts a hand in fist protruding from a globe surrounded by viruses and the text: "Victoire du Liban sur le Virus Corona".

IMPORTANT NOTE: The issue of this stamp has not yet been confirmed by the Lebanon postal administration. According to the latest information, this is probably a bogus/fake, so beware!

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UNITED KINGDOM - Slogan machine cancellation


Stay home - Saves lives (31st March 2020)

This slogan machine cancellation calls on people to stay at home and thus save lives by the NHS = National Health Service with text: "Stay HOME / PROTECT THE NHS / SAVE LIVES / Royal Mail - keeping / communities connected".

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UNITED KINGDOM - Slogan machine cancellation


Happy 100th Birthday Captain Thomas Moore (30th April 2020)

This slogan machine cancellation celebrates the 100th Birthday Captain Thomas Moore, who managed to raise more than £ 32 million for the NHS (National Health Service) in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic with trext: "Happy 100th Birthday / Captain Thomas Moore / NHS fundraising hero".

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IRELAND - Prepaid postcards


#WriteNow (April 2020)

An Post is hoping that people will write a personal message to a loved one and post it free of charge in order to encourage people to 'come together by staying apart'. 5,000,000 postcards have been produced by to enable people to post a message of love and support to special people in their lives ho they may be missing. Two specially-designed postcards will be delivered to Ireland’s 1.8 million households over the coming week, and additional cards will be available at local post offices.
"Write to your grand-parents or older relatives and friends who are self-isolating; write to someone who is living alone or who could do with a boost” explained An Post CEO, David McRedmond.
"Send a note to your cousins or friends. Let them know you’re thinking of them. Send thanks to our outstanding healthcare and all those working so hard to get us through the crisis. Then pop the postcards in the postbox when you’re out for a walk – there’s no need for a stamp."

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IRELAND - Slogan machine cancellation


Stay at Home (9th April 2020)

This slogan machine cancellation calls on people to stay at home by the HSE.IE = Health Services in Ireland: "Stay at / Home / HSE.ie".

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ISLE OF MAN - Postage stamps


Carry Us Through (4th May2020)

Series of eight postage stamps CARRY US THROUGH, which depict various emotions, feelings, activities enabling people to carry us trough - critical times: LOVE, FAITH, CARE, COMPASSION, WORK, COMMUNITY, WORDS and SCIENCE. The stamps will be issued in a standard version with glue and also in a slightly different design as self-adhesive (vending) stamps with a uniform postage for a 1st class letter.

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USA - Prepaid card


President´s Trump Coronavirus Guidelines for America (16. 3. 2020)

President Trump's administration, in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has prepared an official card with instructions printed on how to behave during the COVID-19 corona virus pandemic and what to do to slow the spread of the disease. The card was sent to about 130 million households throughout the United States. Given that this is an official prepaid card, we can consider it a relevant postal document, respectively. philatelic material.

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GERMANY - Postal cachet


Back to the sender - Postal traffic to the country of destination is currently interrupted (April 2020)

German Post, probably the central international post office in Frankfurt am Main, uses for shipments to countries with postal shipments interrupted a special postal cachet with the text: "Zurück an der Absender / Postverkehr mit dem Bestimmungsland / ist momentan unterbrochen / Die wiederaufnahme ist zur Zeit nich absehbar / Niederlassung Internationale Post 1 / 60544 Frankurt am Main" (= Back to the sender / Postal traffic to the country of destination is currently interrupted / The resumption is currently not foreseeable / International Post office 1 / 60544 Frankfurt am Mai).

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GERMANY - Internet stamps with pre-defined motifs


Thank you to all heroes and heroines and We stay at home (since 1st May 2020)

The German Post's Internet service, called Internetmarke for the preparation of Internet stamps, makes it possible to use two predefined motifs related to the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic from 1 May 2020. One motif depicts a stylized heart hug and text: "Vielen Dank Allen Heldinnen und Helden! (= Thank you to all heroes and heroines) and the second motif shows a house with a heart and text: "Wir bleiben Zuhause" (We stay at home).

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GERMANY (Private city posts) - Postage stamps


Stay at Home, Write instead of visiting, Stay healthy (April 2020)

Several private city post services (e.g. arriva, LMP, Brief und mehr) have issued their own postage stamps calling for compliance with measures against the spread of COVID-19 corona virus: "STAY AT HOME" (LMF), Schreibt stat Besuchen / Gemeinsam gegen Corona" (arriva), "Bleiben sie gesund" and " STAY HOME, SAVE Lives" (Brief und mehr).

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CROATIA - Commemorative cancellation


Croatia and the world against the corona virus pandemic COVID-19 (30. 4. 2020)

Commemorative cancellation calling for a Croatian and global fight against the COVID-19 corona virus pandemic with the text: "HRVATSKA I SVIJET PROTIV PANDEMIJE / KORONAVIRUSA COVID-19" (= Croatia and the world against the corona virus pandemic COVID-19).
The cancel appeared on several standard "Dan Hrvatske pošte" (= Day of the Croatia Post) postal cards, most likely with private imprints (at least 6 different ones), so they cannot be considered a proper full-featured philatelic material.

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LIECHTENSTEIN - Personalised miniature sheet


Stay strong Wu-Han (March/April 2020)

Commemorative personalized miniature sheet with two stamps (2 x 1.00 SvFr.) calling for a support for the city of Wu-Han in the fight against the pandemic of corona virus COVID-19 with text: "Stay strong Wu-Han"; the stamps depict the details of the Chinese and Liechtenstein flags and joined hands.
It is a personalized miniature sheet that everyone can prepare (dieMarke.li service), however, a non-standard pictorial background (Vaduz Castle and the Great Wall of China) and added texts (Greetings from "Kingdom of Stamps"), and especially only two stamps with a coupon in-between (the standardized service dieMarke.li offers only three stamps) indicate that it was created directly by the Liechtenstein Post.

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LIECHTENSTEIN - Personalised miniature sheet


I am thinking of you - Handwritten is personal & brings us closer together (20. 3. 2020)

Commemorative personalized miniature sheet with three stamps (3 x 1.00 SvFr) calling for a personal letter-writing during the pandemic of corona virus COVID-19 with text: "Handgeschriebenes ist persönlich & bringt uns näher zusammen" (= Handwritten is personal & brings us closer together); the stamps depict the symbol of heart and text “i denk a di,” (= I am thinking of you). The middle 1.00 SvFr stamp shows a symbolic pair of hands releasing flowers and foliage, while the other two 1.00 SvFr stamps depict a hummingbird and foliage emerging from an envelope.
It is a personalized miniature sheet that everyone can prepare (dieMarke.li service), however, this on was created directly by the Liechtenstein Post who has partnered with the private initiative Corona Help Liechtenstein to launch a letter-writing campaign to connect people who don’t know each other. According to the Liechtenstein Post the stamps were issued in 20-stamps printing sheets as well.

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MOROCCO - Surcharge (or semi-) postage stamp


Morocco is against COVID-19 (7th May. 2020)

Surcharge (or semi-) postage stamp (3,75 + 5,00 Dirhams) with surcharge to the COVID-19 Fonds calling for the united fight against the pandemic of corona virus COVID-19 with text: "Le Maroc uni contre le COVID-19" (= Morocco is against COVID-19); the stamp depicts various professions that help in the fight against the corona virus COVID-19.

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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Miniature sheet


#ThankYouHeroes COVID-19 (10th May 2020)

Miniature sheet with one stamp (19 AED) with thanks to heroes in the fight against the pandemic of corona virus COVID-19 with text: "#ThankYouHeroes / COVID-19"; the sheet depicts various professions (note the doctor without a protective mask) that help in the fight against the corona virus COVID-19.

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URUGUAY - Postage stamp


National Corona Virus Plan COVID-19 (13th May 2020)

Commemorative postage stamp ($ 25) promoting a National Corona Virus Plan for the fight against the pandemic of corona virus COVID-19 with texts: "Plan Nacional Coronavirus COVID-19" (= National Corona Virus Plan COVID-19), contact phone number 0800 1919, hashtag #NosCuldamosEntreTodos (= We take care of each other) and depictions of people of different races with protective masks and the symbolism of the corona virus COVID-19.

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INDIA - Commemorative cancellation


Corona warriors (21st April. 2020)

Commemorative cancellation resembling COVID-19 corona virus warriors with V-shaped fingers and text: "CORONA WARRIORS".

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INDIA - Commemorative cancellation


Respect Social Distancing (24th April 2020)

Commemorative cancellation calling for respecting social distancing among people the fight against the pandemic of corona virus COVID-19 with text: "Respect Social Distancing" and depicting a pictogram of a man with outstretched arms and legs in the shape of arrows.

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INDIA - Commemorative postcards


We Salute the Corona Warriors (24th April 2020)

Four commemorative postcards issued by the India Post without pre-printed (embossed) stamp calling for saluting corona warriors in the fight against the pandemic of corona virus COVID-19 with text: "We Salute the Corona Warriors" and depicting many professions and their activities in the fight against the coronavirus (police officers, soldiers, doctors, nurses, medical staff, firefighters, postmen, cleaners, ...).

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MONACO - Postage stamp


All facing COVID-19 (3rd June 2020)

Commemorative postage stamp (1,16 €) calling for the fight against the pandemic of corona virus COVID-19 with text: "ENSEMBLE FACE AU COVID-19" (= All facing COVID-19); the stamp depicts the face of Prince Albert II with his hands holding a transparent globe, and words extracted from his message: "Patience" (= Patience), "Confiance" (= Trust), "Courage" (= Courage), "Solidarité" (= Solidarity) and his signature.

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GUERNSEY - Postage stamps


#GuernseyTogether (May - December 2020)

Commemorative twelve postage stamps (actually only the stamp template is available, see below) documenting the pandemic of corona virus COVID-19 by children drawings.
The Guernsey Post announced the launch of a competition inviting local children across the Bailiwick to create a piece of artwork, which could be selected to feature on a special set of 12 stamps on the theme #GuernseyTogether. All proceeds of sale from the stamps will be donated between two COVID-19 local charities.

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ALDERNEY - Postage stamps


#AlderneySpirit (May - December 2020)

Commemorative eight postage stamps (actually only the stamp template is available, see below) marking this historic period we find ourselves in as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic by children drawings.
The Guernsey Post are inviting local children to design a stamp marking this historic period we find ourselves in as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. This special stamp issue called #AlderneySpirit will be due out later this year and proceeds will raise money for the Alderney Helping Hands appeal.

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GUINEA-BISSAU - Souvenir sheet


Stop COVID-19 (May 2020)

One-stamped silk souvenir sheet (10 000 FCFA) symbolizing the coronavirus COVID-19 trapped behind bars in the form of a globe with the text: "STOP COVID-19".

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GUINEA-BISSAU - Souvenir sheets


Stop COVID-19 (May 2020)

Two round sheets with one round stamp (3300 FCFA) and four round stamps (4 x 800 FCFA) (joint issue with the Central African Republic) symbolizing the crossed-out coronavirus COVID-19 in the background with a globe and various symbols related to anti-proliferation measures (e.g. the symbols of the Red Cross and the World Health Federation (WHO)) with the text: "STOP COVID-19".

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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - Souvenir sheets


Stop COVID-19 (May 2020)

Two round sheets with one round stamp (3300 FCFA) and four round stamps (4 x 800 FCFA) (joint issue with the Guinea-Bissau) symbolizing the crossed-out coronavirus COVID-19 in the background with a globe and various symbols related to anti-proliferation measures (e.g. the symbols of the Red Cross and the World Health Federation (WHO)) with the text: "STOP COVID-19".

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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - Souvenir sheet


Penny Black against COVID-19 (May 2020)

Souvenir sheet with six stamps (6 x 550 FCFA) (joint issue with Sierra Leone) depicting the first postage stamp Penny Black with various protective masks with the text: "LE PENNY BLACK / CONTRE COVID-19".

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SIERRA LEONE - Souvenir sheet


Penny Black against COVID-19 (May 2020)

Souvenir sheet with six stamps (6 x 550 FCFA) (joint issue with the Central African Republic) depicting the first postage stamp Penny Black with various protective masks with the text: "THE PENNY BLACK / AGAINST COVID-19".

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DJIBOUTI - Postage stamps and souvenir sheet


Fight against COVID-19 and hommage to doctor Li Wenliangovi (May 2020)

Series of four postage stamps (4 x 250 FD) depicting various aspects of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic (Diamond Princess luxury ship, COVID-19 corona virus, Doctor Li Wenliang, FOTON G9 special ambulance) and a single-stamp sheet (1000 FD) with a portrait of the doctor Li Wenliang.

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NEW ZEALAND - Postage stamps in souvenir sheet


New Zealand Bear Hunt (April 2020)

Series of six stamps (3 x 1,30 NZD and 3 x 2,60 NZD) depicting teddy bears in a sheet with the text: "NEW ZEALAND BEAR HUNT / SUPPORTING NZ RED CROSS"; one bear on the NZD 2.60 stamp has a protective mask.
During the constraints caused by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, New Zealand families enjoyed themselves by the phenomenon of bear hunting. Through the simple act of placing a teddy bear in the window of their homes or other places, New Zealanders were able to create a magical experience for children (and large children) during that stressful time.
The six-stamp sheet contains a NZD 3.00 donation to the Red Cross in New Zealand.

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CANADA - Information machine cancellation


Thanks, healthcare workers (since 1st May 2020)

Information machine cancellation used since 1st May 2020 at all Canadian postal processing centers to thank healthcare professionals in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic with the text (French/English): "Personnel soignant, merci / Thanks, healthcare workers".

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MALAYSIA - Propagation machine cancellation


You Stay At Home, We Deliver (24th March 2020)

Propagation machine cancellation urging people to stay at home and their shipments will be delivered in the fight against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic with the text: "You Stay At Home, We Deliver / Do your part to stop the spread of COVID-19".

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SRI LANKA - Postage stamp


Virus Eradication COVID-19 (... 2020)

Postage stamp (45.00) displays the COVID-19 virus and the indication of its spread in the states of the world, the flag of Sri Lanka and the World Health Organization logo and the text: "Virus Eradication COVID-19".

IMPORTANT NOTE: The issue of this stamp has not yet been confirmed by the Sri Lanka postal administration. According to the latest information, this is probably a bogus/fake, so beware!

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REPUBLIC OF CHINA (TAIWAN) - Postage stamp in miniature sheet


Taiwan Can Help (... 2020)

Two postage stampsy (13 and 15) issued in the miniature sheet 16 stamps with coupons between the stamps show healthcare professionals and measures to limit the spread of coronavirus COVID-19, coupons with the text: "Taiwan Can Help".

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SLOVENSKO - Commemorative cancellation


Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows protect us from the coronavirus (29th May. 2020)

Commemorative cancellation depicts Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows in the background with bif corona virus COVID-19 and text: "Sedembolestná Panna Mária ochráň nás pred koronavírusom" (= Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows protect us from the coronavirus).

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Postal Materials Indirectly Referring to the COVID-19 Corona Virus Pandemic


Among the indirectly referenced philatelic materials we could (more precisely: we will probably be able to) include those that will be issued to events that have been postponed or even cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

First of all, these are the XXXII Summer Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, originally planned for 2020, but moved to 2021 - many postage stamps and other postal materials will surely come out. If the OG organizers will not change the name, logo and all other related elements - which is not foreseen - there will be a strange paradox: postage stamps will bear year 2020 in the title and logo, but will not be published until 2021. And this paradox would appear, of course, also on postage stamps as a clear reference to the reasons for such unusual publishing activity caused by the COVID-19 corona virus pandemic. It will be apparent mainly on those postage stamps with inscription of the year of issue 2021.


NORTH MACEDONIA - Postage stamp


XXXII Summer Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Karate (January 2020)

Postage stamp of North Macedonia to the XXXII Summer Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 was issued well in advance and therefore bears the Olympic indications - the official logo and the year of issue 2020.

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CYPRUS - Postage stamps


XXXII Summer Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Gymnastics, Disc Throw, Pole Vault, Marathon (March 2020)

Four-stamp series of Cyprus to the XXXII Summer Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 was issued just before the outbreak of the pandemic and therefore they bear the Olympic indications - the TOKYO 2020 description and and the year of issue 2020.

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SLOVAKIA - Postage stamp


XXXII Summer Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 - Relay Run (15th April 2020 postponed to 14th April 2021)

The postage stamp of Slovakia (1,55 €) depicting relay run was planned for the XXXII Summer Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 to which, however, it refers only by the red circle symbolizing the Japanese national flag, the logo of the Slovak Olympic and Sports Committee with the Olympic rings and the year of issue 2020. In fact, the stamp will not be published until 2021 (new date of issue was set on 14th April 2021), thus multiplying the aforementioned paradox: the issue for the event with year 2020 taking place only in 2021, and the description of the year of issue 2020, while the stamp will not be published until 2021. The reason is simple: the Slovak Post have printed the stamp already in advance, but it does not plan to shred it and print a new one, only to issue it as it is.

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SWITZERLAND - Postage stamps


IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2020 (5th March 2020)

The pair of Swiss postage stamps (85 and 100 SvFr) have been issued for the definitively cancelled IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 2020, which were due to take place in Switzerland in May 2020, have certainly witnessed the corona virus outbreak. These postage stamps were issued before the final decision to cancel the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship 202 and the Swiss Post decided to keep them in circulation.

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UNITED KINGDOM - Stamp booklet


World Postage Stamps Exhibition LONDON 2020 (February 2020)

Evidence of a corona virus pandemic is the commemorative stamp booklet issued for the LONDON 2020 World Postage Stamp Exhibition, which even shows the original date of May 2-9 May 2020 - the exhibition was postponed until February 2022.

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SLOVAKIA - Postage stamp


ACT NOW - Environmental Sustainability (27th March 2020)

Another indirect document may be the self-adhesive postage stamp of Slovakia (1.70 €) issued in a sheet format - planned as a joint issue with Italy. The issue was to be released during the MILANOFIL 2020 fair and philatelic exhibition, what is also written on the sheet bottom margin: "SPOLOČNÉ VYDANIE S TALIANSKOM MILANOFIL 2020 / EMISSIONE CONGIUNTA CON ITALIA MILANOFIL 2020" (= Joint issue with Italy MILANOFIL 2020). After initial considerations of the Slovak Post representatives, how to proceed, the decided to issued this Slovak postage stamp on 27th March 2020.
Of course, these are just considerations because the philatelic fair and the MILANOFIL 2020 exhibition have been postponed indefinitely to autumn 2020, but considering the current disastrous situation in Italy it may very easily happen that MILANOFIL 2020 will not happen at all in 2020. And the stamp sheet becomes a sad witness to these pandemic events.

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But let's not overtake yet, let's do everything we can to defeat a disease together ...joint effort instead of joint issue!


Taking the COVID-19 corona virus pandemic from a broader perspective of deploying emergency services in emergencies, we find additional postage stamps and other postal materials dedicated to these - often nameless - heroes who fulfill their professional and moral duties regardless of the threat.


USA - Honoring First Responders (13th September 2018)


The postage stamp (FOREVER STAMP) shows the intervening unit: a firefighter, a medical worker and a cop.

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Materials Similar to Postage Stamps Abusing COVID-19 Corona Virus Pandemic


There also appear non-postal - only reminiscent of postage stamps - souvenir materials that abuse the pandemic and try, even in various variants, to withdraw money from the pockets of collectors. Please pay attention to them and do not support inhuman publishers and speculators.


RUSSIA - Fictitious Peter´s Post - Miniature sheets


MILANOFIL 2020 (March 2020)

The sheetlet (perforated and imperforated) with two stamps for the unrealized (postponed) philatelic fair and exhibition MILANOFIL 2020 with the theme of the Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci with apparently speculative "pirated" edition of fictitious post with semi-imprints "QUARANTINED / ITALY" and "COVID-2019".

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Used resources


© VACCARI NEWS
© LINN´S STAMP NEWS
© LA RIOLA
© PHILnews
© Postal Museum - Jack Zhang
© Briefmarkensammlerverein Gaildorf e. V.
© COMMONWEALTH STAMPS OPINION
© newstalk
© buzz.ie
© Isle of Man Post Office
© Guernsey Post and Guernsey Stamps
© Coreo Uruguayo
© New Zealand Post - Stamps
© Slovak Post - POFIS
© Deutsche Post - Shop
© Delcampe
© Facebook


Philatelic partners

POFIS - Postal philatelic service
EXPONET - Virtual international philatelic exhibition
Slovak Society of Olympic and Sports Collectors
Filaso.cz ...or philatelists for themselves
OLYMPSPORT - Czech Association for Olympic and Sport Philately
ZSF - Union of Slovak Philatelists