New Stamps from Liechtenstein

Meadow Flowers

The series of the popular self-adhesive definitive stamps is continued with three meadow flowers.

Liechtenstein flowers stampsDevil’s bit or devil’s bit scabious (value: CHF 0.85), lat. Succisa pratensis, was given its common name in English-speaking countries because of its stem which looks a little as though it has been bitten off. According to legend, this was the work of the devil.

The Umbelliferae include the great masterwort (value: CHF 1.00), lat. Astrantia major. The perennial herbaceous plant with an erect stem and few branches reaches a height of between 30 and 100 centimetres. The high, bare stem has only few leaves and branches out at the end with each branch carrying one umbel.

Marguerites are popular ornamental plants. They are used as garden or tub plants and as cut flowers. The ox-eye daisy (value: CHF 1.30), lat. Leucanthemum vulgare, is an herbaceous perennial that reaches a height of 30 to 60 centimetres.

Issue Date: 01.06.2015 Designer: Stefan Erne, Triesen Printer: Gutenberg AG, Schaan, Liechtenstein Process: Offset  Colours: 4 Colours Size: 32 x 38mm Values: CHF 0.85, 1.00, 1.30

Reptiles

Liechtenstein’s reptilian fauna comprises seven species. In comparison, there are around 7,900 species worldwide, of which merely 151 are to be found in Europe.

Liechtenstein reptiles stampsWith a length of up to 22 centimetres, the sand lizard (value: CHF 1.80) is the largest native lizard. In the mating season, the male’s flanks and front feet turn bright green. The sand lizard is most frequently seen lying in the sun on flat stones, dry tufts of grass or pieces of wood and does not seem to mind being observed.

Of the three native snake species, grass snake, smooth snake and adder, the smooth snake (value: CHF 2.00) is the least wellknown kind. The inconspicuous, non-poisonous snake is hardly as thick as a finger and grows to 50 to 65 centimetres in length. Its primary colours are shades of brown and grey and it has dark brown spots or stripes running crosswise along its back and flanks.

The common lizard (value: CHF 5.00) is the smallest and least conspicuous indigenous lizard. It is up to 15 centimetres long and it gives birth to live young. The shy, well camouflaged species is only rarely noticed by humans. It feeds on arthropods in particular. In Liechtenstein, it lives mainly in mountainous areas between 1200 and 2000 metres.

Issue Date: 01.06.2015 Designer: Silvia Ruppen, Mauren Printer: Gutenberg AG, Schaan, Liechtenstein Process: Offset  Colours: 4 Colours Size: 32.5 x 32.5mm Values: CHF 1.80, 2.00, 5.00

Nature Reserves in Liechtenstein – I

Liechtenstein nature reserves stampsParticipation in the photo competition organised on the subject of nature reserves in Liechtenstein was enthusiastic. Two images of the Liechtenstein photographer Marco Nescher were selected from the entries for the first special stamps – one pond and one wet meadow in the nature reserve of Schwabbrünnen. The two panoramic views were both divided in the middle to produce four stamps at a value of CHF 1.00 each. The Philately intends to continue the series with the photos sent in from other areas.

Issue Date: 01.06.2015 Designer: Marco Nescher, Schaan Printer: Cartor Security Printing, France Process: Offset  Colours: 5 Colours Size: 60 x 30mm Values: CHF 1.00 x 4

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