250th Birthday of Ludwig van Beethoven
With the souvenir sheet "With Friends at the Piano" (face value: CHF 6.30), Philately Liechtenstein is commemorating the 250th birthday of the renowned composer Ludwig van Beethoven. The souvenir sheet, which was produced in steel engraving, shows the artist sitting at the piano surrounded by friends. Beethoven was born in Bonn in 1770, although only the date of his baptism on 17 December is known. As a child he learned to play the piano, organ and violin and gave his first concert at the tender age of seven. In 1792, Beethoven moved to Vienna where he remained until the end of his life in 1827. When he died, the age of the Viennese Classicism also came to an end.
The self-adhesive special stamps of this year's Christmas issue are presented in a glittering and shimmering fashion. They were designed by the third prize winner of a design competition held abroad among Liechtenstein artists. Designer Annett Höland decided to reduce the graphic design of the four stamps "Glistening Snow" (face value: CHF 0.85), "Sparkling Night" (face value: CHF 1.00), "Candle Glow" (face value: CHF 1.50) and "Tinsel Rain" (face value: CHF 2.00) to key elements. The colourfulness and vividness of the Christmas stamps is achieved by holographic foil printing.
Chinese Signs of the Zodiac
For the tenth time in a row, Philately Liechtenstein is issuing a stamp at the end of the year with a motif from the Chinese zodiac, of which the sign in the coming year will be the ox. The self-adhesive special stamp "Year of the Ox" (face value: CHF 2.00) was once again this year designed in the form of a filigree silhouette and produced using state-of-the-art laser technology. The sheet combines four stamps and is punched out in the shape of an ox. Gold foil stamping gives it a classy touch. In the Chinese horoscope, the ox (also known as a buffalo) is attributed with qualities such as diligence, reliability, strength and determination
The new stamps are available from 16 November 2020. www.philatelie.li