Philately is an exciting hobby of collecting stamps and stamp related items. They may be collected as mint both used and unused, souvenir sheets, first day covers, philatelic cards, souvenir folders, maximum cards, stamp packs, booklets, postal stationery, Posta cancellations and stamp artworks. Philatelists collect stamps for the sentimental value given to the work of art, theme, rarity of the stamp, educational reasons, shape, or as an investment. What to collect: When a collector begins stamp collection they may want to collect all the stamps they get. Later on they may decide to specialize in stamps of one country, or in stamps with a particular theme. Extra stamps can be exchanged with other collectors to enable the collector build up their collection.
Types of Stamp Issues There are two types of stamp issues:
A) Commemorative: These are issued to mark special events, occasions of national or international importance, and also to cover themes of general interest. They are normally withdrawn from sale at the post office after six months, and after twelve months at the stamp bureau.
B) Definitive: These are postage stamps are issued for postage purposes. The issue comprises of a full range of about sixteen denominations which are released every five years. Postal Corporation of Kenya has stamp bureaus at the headquarters in Nairobi and another at Mombasa to serve stamp collectors. Philatelic counters are available in all Head Post Offices. Our services include:
– Sale of mint stamps, first day covers, souvenir folders, philatelic cards, stamp booklets
– Sale of philatelic albums and inserts
– Sale of annual stamp packs
– Sale of philatelic handbooks
– Deposit account service
– Mailing list service