Panorama – Trails
Following on from earlier themes featuring nature reserves, mountain landscapes and expanses of water, the latest panorama stamps now show some hiking trails etched into Liechtenstein’s mountainous landscape. With 400 kilometres of well-maintained hiking trails the Principality of Liechtenstein has the densest network of hiking trails in Europe. A small selection of these are featured on the two new special stamps "Upper Silum" and "Towards Gapfahl" (left and right, face value: CHF 1.00 each). The motifs of Johannes Frigg and Sepp Köppel came about from a competition held by the Spektral photography club. The two panoramic views were divided in the middle, creating four stamps.
100 Years of PEN International
PEN International, one of the world's best-known association of writers, celebrates its centenary this year. For the three special stamps, Philately Liechtenstein chose quotes from "Friedrich Schiller" (face value: CHF 1.00), "Emily Dickinson" (face value: CHF 1.50) and "Johann Wolfgang von Goethe" (face value: CHF 3.80) with certain words being blacked out. In this way, it wants to draw attention to the distorting and manipulative effect created by omitting information from texts. This becomes clear as soon as the blacked-out words on the stamp are scratched off, revealing the full quotes.
SEPAC – Historical Maps
Liechtenstein’s contribution to this year’s SEPAC stamps is the “Map of the Upper Rhine Valley” special stamp (face value: CHF 1.50). Every year, the association, which comprises thirteen small European postal operators, issues a stamp on a common theme. In 2021, the theme is historical maps. The selected motif represents one of the oldest known maps of the Upper Rhine Valley. It was probably drawn around 1620 by Swiss cartographer and engineer Hans Conrad Gyger. The watercolour pen and ink drawing shows the catchment area of the Rhine between the Swiss districts of Altstätten and Bad Ragaz with the castles and palaces existing at that time.
Artists from Liechtenstein – Prince Hans
Prince Johannes Franz von Liechtenstein (1910-1975), known as Prince Hans, was the cousin of Prince Franz Josef II (1906-1989) of Liechtenstein. His life was inextricably bound up in his three passions: hunting, art and natural history. He built up a collection of everything he hunted, described it in scientific terms and captured much of it in artistic form. Two motifs are featured in the new special stamps "Elephant" (face value: CHF 2.60) and "Zebra Herd" (face value: CHF 4.30) in relief embossing. The new stamps are available from 7 June 2021. www.philatelie.li