The Principality of Liechtenstein marks its 300th anniversary on 23 January 2019. Through the special stamp “300 Years of Liechtenstein” (face value: CHF 6.30), Philately Liechtenstein will be making an exclusive contribution to this historic occasion. For the first time in history, it will be issuing an embroidered stamp. The jubilee stamp is self-adhesive and is presented in the shape of a Princely hat. It will be issued on the date of the jubilee. It was made by the embroidery firm Hämmerle & Vogel in Lustenau, Austria.
“National Birds” is this year’s theme of the Europa stamps issued by PostEurop, the trade association of European public postal operators. As Liechtenstein does not have a national bird of its own, Philately has decided to depict the impressive golden eagle and is presenting it with the two motifs “Golden Eagle Approaching” and “Golden Eagle on the Lookout” (face value: CHF 1.50 each) as a combined print on a small sheet of 10 stamps. In Liechtenstein, the habitat of this bird of prey is found mostly in the open space of mountains above the tree line.
The special stamp “Vienna and Bern” (face value: CHF 2.20) focuses on the theme of the diplomatic missions of Liechtenstein set up in Switzerland and Austria in 1919 for the first time. Lawyer Emil Beck (1888-1973) was the representative at the Liechtenstein legation in Bern until 1933. He played a part in various state treaty negotiations between both countries. Prince Eduard of Liechtenstein (1872-1951) was also a legal scholar and represented Liechtenstein’s interests from 1919 to 1921 as an envoy in Vienna. At the time, the aim was to get Liechtenstein out of the difficult situation it found itself in as a result of the First World War and to ensure that the country was recognised as being neutral and independent.
Four magnificent dragonflies adorn the new issue of self-adhesive definitives: “Beautiful Demoiselle” (face value: CHF 0.85), “Blue Emperor” (face value: CHF 1.00), “Large Red Damselfly” (face value: CHF 1.80) and “Banded Demoiselle” (value: CHF 2.60). Nature photographer Xaver Roser caught these insects on camera. All the depicted dragonflies are indigenous to the Ruggeller Riet nature reserve in Liechtenstein. Their four wings, each of which operate independently and combined weigh at most one centigramme, are unique.
The new stamps are available from Philately Liechtenstein from 23 January or 4 March 2019. Internet: www.philatelie.li