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Archaeological Finds in Liechtenstein: Utensils

liech archeology stampsThe multi-part stamp series of archaeological finds in Liechtenstein shows three utensils in this issue. The dagger (face value: CHF 1.00) was made of flint, prehistoric man’s steel, in the Neolithic period (4th century B.C.). Experts assume that it was imported from Monti Lessini at Lake Garda by people belonging to the Horgen culture who lived on the Schellenberg-Borscht site. The lancet-shaped blade which has a broken-off tip is eleven centimetres long and the organic handle is missing. The dagger is important evidence of the trade relations that were conducted over long distances by the Neolithic inhabitants of the Alpine Rhine Valley. The razor (face value: CHF 1.50) dates back to the late Bronze Age (12th century B.C.) and was discovered as an individual find in a piece of woodlands in the municipality of Vaduz. Its large blade and oval, frame handle with an end ring are characteristic features of such utensils. The winged axe (face value: CHF 2.00) from the Hallstatt period (5th century B.C.) is made of bronze. It was discovered in around 1920 whilst cutting peat in the Ruggeller Riet. The two wings and the eyelet serve to fix the blade to the wooden handle that no longer exists.

Issue Date: 07.03.2016 Designer: Sven Beham, Ruggell Printer: Cartor Security Printing Meaucé la Loupe Process: Offset, FM screening, silver hot-foil stamping, multiheight Colours: 4 Colours Size: 48 x 28 mm Values: CHF 1.00, 1.50, 2.00

Europa 2016:Think Green

liech europa stampsThe stamp “From Grey to Green” (face value: CHF 1.50) of the Cypriot Doxia Sergidou emerged as the winner. It shows a grey city full of emissions changing into a green oasis. She divided the Earth depicted on her stamp into two parts: One half of the Earth shows skyscrapers and industrial buildings in unfriendly colours while on the other half, you can see a green landscape with mountains and a rainbow.

Issue Date: 07.03.2016 Designer: Doxia Sergidou, Cyprus, Aurora Corrado, Balzers Printer: Gutenberg AG, Schaan, Cartor Security Printing Meaucé la Loupe Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: 30 x 40.5 mm, 38 x 32 mm Values: CHF 150

SEPAC 2016:Four Seasons

liech sepac stampsSEPAC is a cooperation between 14 small postal administrations in Europe that issue stamps on common themes on a regular basis. This year each country is creating its own special stamp on the four seasons.  Designer Hans Peter Gassner did the graphics for Liechtenstein’s “Four Seasons” SEPAC stamp (face value: CHF 1.50). It is divided into equally large areas depicting winter, spring, summer and autumn in a clockwise direction. At the same time, a palette with coloured fields symbolises the time of the year. In addition, the theme of the SEPAC stamp was printed on a 10-stamp sheetlet in silver with a partial UV coating in each language of the member states. For instance, “four seasons” is called “fyra årstider” in Sweden, while they say “Ukiup immikkoortui sisamat” for this in Greenland, “véier Joreszäiten” in Luxembourg and “erba’ staġuni” in Malta. SEPAC issued its first joint stamp entitled “Landscapes” in 2007. In the meantime, Åland, the Faroe Islands, Gibraltar, Greenland, Guernsey, Iceland, Isle of Man, Jersey, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, San Marino and the Vatican City are members of this cooperation.

Issue Date: 07.03.2016 Designer: Hans Peter Gassner, Vaduz Printer: Royal Joh. Enschedé, Haarlem Process: Offset CMYK + Silver, FM screening, UV coating Colours: 5 Colours Size: 30 x 45 mm Values: CHF 1.50

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