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New Stamps Released from Spanish Andora

Opening of the Socio-Cultural Cal Pal in La Cortinada

Issue Date:14.05.2020 Process:Offset Colours:4 Colours Size:40,9 x 28,8 mm Values:€0.75

Wolf Collars

Wolf collars are neckpieces made from iron and covered in spikes that are fitted to the necks of sheep dogs to arm them against attacks from wolves and other predators.They were sometimes manufactured using leather in which the iron tips were embedded, therefore protecting the neck of the dog.

It is likely that its use goes back to the times when the canis lupus, grey wolf, was tamed by man to help with the livestock activities, i.e. leading and defending herds, and when hunting, by helping to track, chase and capture the prey. When carrying out these activities, it was essential to have a device to defend the animal from attacks by wild animals that could otherwise culminate in death.

Issue Date:30.03.2020 Process:Offset Size:28,8 x 40,9 mm

Europa 2020:Ancient Postal Routes

In 1730, La Seu opened its own post office to handle the post coming into and from Andorra. As there was no official delivery service, the recipients themselves had to collect their post after receiving word from person responsible in the Consell General (General Council of Andorra).

Between 1750 and 1780, it was decided that the person responsible for the post in the Consell General would provide an unofficial post delivery and collection service for the towns in the valleys. A short time later, the system of on-foot couriers was established. They would carry the post with their mules twice a week, from Andorra la Vella and Sant Julià de Lòria to La Seu d’Urgell.In 1877, Spain appointed Tomás Rossell i Moles as the official in charge. In addition to selling stamps for use in the Principality, he collected and delivered correspondence from La Seu.

This structure was maintained until 1927, when a Royal Order created a Central Administration in Andorra la Vella with staff from Correos. It consisted of six postmen, several on-foot couriers and even a car driven from Andorra la Vella to Encamp.

When the road connecting La Seu d’Urgell and Andorra la Vella opened in 1913, the mule transport was replaced by the first buses and cars.

Issue Date:14.05.2020 Process:Offset Colours:4 Colours Size:28,8 x 40,9 mm

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