Saturday, December 10, 2016

4-2016 and up

4-2016 "Flora":

19 April, 2016 issue under "Flora", one single stamp is here, showing Flora Velemun (Gentiana kochiana). decorative plant that can be find in mountainous place.
Simple design, face value of 0.95 euro, so, if You collect "Flora" it will be easy item for collection.

5-2016 "Carbon Footprint":

22 April, 2016 under name of "Reduce Your Carbon Footprint".
Very strange name and design (footprint in color on middle of stamp, full green color forest), that sometimes, I think if exist in Montenegro someone who think about postage stamps and design at all!
Intention to make us think about Nature and our surrounding, with small change in everyday lives, message is that we can save and slow climate changes. 
Idea alone is good, but if we can change Nature with this small moves I don't know, as just to produce paper for postage stamp, take some forest down - so, how exactly to make it happen?
Again 0.95 euro face value, but You can not make this stamp to Your collection just in case if You collect topic as "Climate Changes".

6-2016 "EUROPA":

9 May, 2016, and it is something funny, as we see that Montenegro Post made one issue before under "Climate Change" (probably as dual issue for EUROPA), so, we have again "Climate Change" in our topic, just now You can combine it with EUROPA topic, and yeah, pay little bit more!
Single stamp and one s/s in set, with common design of EUROPA, I don't like it at all!
You will need 0.95 euro for single stamp, next 0.95 euro for m/s, and if You want stamp with tab, than prepare next 2-3 euro. Design? Naive as I think!

7-2016 "Tourism":

You know, when someone made this design, probability that collectors will think about tourism are slim! Here we have shown one mosaic, Roman mosaic of Hypnos (Greek god).
As design is mosaic, everyone will first thing about Archaeology, and just after that, if You will shown it with combination of city, place, where it is located, than collectors will think about tourism.
As shown this mosaic, hardly that we will think Tourism.
Very low face value of 0.30 euro, for unattractive stamp!

8-2016 "10 yr of Independence":

You really think that this is design to celebrate 10 yr of Independence?
As I see it, it is some kind of medals, not something that will lead to thinking of independence!
Holly Spirit, where they go?!
And, as is, to keep importance of it, there is full 1.00 euro face value!

9-2016 "Nature Protection":

Ah, finally!
One better design, but still as amateur work only!
Showing us "Ali-Pasha's Springs"!
You know, this Ali-Pasha (Ali Pasa Sabanagicj (1828–1889), is not Montenegrin at all, but as political situation in Montenegro command, so politics are coming also to Philately and according that, we have shown Ali Pasha of Gusinje Springs! 
To be fair, terrain of Prokletije is great, simply great! Untouched Nature, springs, fresh air - all that this Albanian military commander enjoyed in his life! 
Design of FDC is bad as can be, but stamp alone is good enough to show us beauty of this place.

10-2016 "Olympic Rio":

Abstract Art - Holly Spirit!
Why to ruin this Greek god Zeus, with this modern design and colors from PC program?
So, they want it as is, and probably also like it! Let it be!
One single stamp plus one m/s in set - will take from You another 2-3.00 euro on market.
keep well with it!

11-2016 "Cathedral of St. Tryphon:"

Good one, probably best in 2016! And yeah, 850 years of this Cathedral, not simple and very important for Montenegro history! 
Design is really good made, with Cathedral in front of You, color composition well done!
Just, FDC are poorly made, as there is one Icon of this Holly Tryphon, in poor drawing.
I'm just sorry, that Post of Montenegro didn't make it in engraved technique, black print on yellow/creme background will have much better effect!
In any way, congratulation for this issue.
face value just under 1.00 euro, so well affordable!

12-2016 "Diplomatic Relations":

ten years of Diplomatic relation deserve much clever design than this one, which will be very confused with new collectors and with people that don't have well information about tiny country as is Montenegro.
If You will just look on stamp, You will probably think that P. R. of China just have another flag design - isn't?
To put Coat of Arms on P. R. China flag is little bit naive.

13-2016 "Uprising":

So, what I see from stamp?
Inca Temple somewhere in Peru or Bolivia - isn't?
Nooooo, it is Monument of Fallen soldier Partizan on hill of Gorica near city of Podgorica!
In nature, Monument is really great made, as in forest on hill, and green surrounding, it is NOT as shown on this stamp, with so dark background that You will think it is "dark side of earth" - but, art is Art - so it is hard to discuss as not all people think same!