New Stamps from Switzerland

Lake Constance

swiss lakes stampsLet’s get one thing clear from the start: anyone hoping to spot a monster is going to be disappointed. Surrounded by three countries, the waters do not conceal any sea creatures in the vein of Nessie, for example. With its wealth of islands, Lake Constance is simply too idyllic for that. This natural wonder consists of three bodies of water: the Obersee (upper lake), Untersee (lower lake) and Seerhein, which links the first two. The shoreline of this gem is shared by three countries. So it is no surprise that Swiss Post has chosen to present its new special stamp as a triptych.

Issue Date: 04.05.2016 Designer: Wemako Kommunikation, Ermatingen Printer: Cartor Security Printing, La Loupe, France Process: Offset Colours: 4 Colours Size: Stamps: 104×37.5 mm (34.7×37.5 mm, 34.7×37.5 mm, 34.7×37.5 mm), Sheet: 134×215 mm (5 rows of 3 stamps) Values: CHF 0.85 x 3

Nocturnal Animals

swiss animals stampsSwiss Post has issued a set of special stamps to four native nocturnal animals: the tawny owl, the garden dormouse, the European glow-worm and the hedgehog. The stamps can, of course, be used night and day.

Issue Date: 04.05.2016 Designer: Sonja Burger, Wildegg Printer: Cartor Security Printing, La Loupe, France Process: Offset and special varnish Colours: 4 Colours Size: Stamps: 33×28 mm, Sheetlets: 210×115 mm (2 rows of 4 stamps) Values: CHF 0.85, 1.00, 1.50, 2.00

Fortresses and Castles

swiss propatria stampsCharitable foundation Pro Patria is taking up the cudgels for a historical period of fortress and castle building in Switzerland. The era calls to mind courageous knights, dainty damsels and their heroic feats:…Heinrich, the knight known as “Schru- tan” (the giant), saved a whole regionfrom a fire-breathing dragon. Benedict knocked opponent after opponent from their horses – saddles included – at the grand joust of the nobility, to the applause of his knaves. Wolfram rescued a damsel in distress from the clutches of evil enemies and smiled mischievously behind his visor.

Issue Date: 04.05.2016 Designer: Angelo Boog, Wallisellen Printer: Cartor Security Printing, La Loupe, France Process: Offset + Pantone Gold Colours: 5 Colours Size: Stamps: 33×28 mm, Sheets: 194×140 mm (4 rows of 5 stamps) Values: CHF 1.25, 1.50

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