Stamp issue information

Christmas 2012

Archangel Raphael
Face value CHF 0.85
Motif Archangel Raphael
Archangel Michael
Face value CHF 1.00
Motif Archangel Michael
Archangel Gabriel
Face value CHF 1.40
Motif Archangel Gabriel
Face value CHF 1.60
Motif Archangel Uriel

Even among the angels there is a hierarchy, at the topmost level of which stand the so-called archangels. Whereas the Judaic tradition has seven archangels, in Islam and Christianity there are respectively only four and three: Raphael, Michael and Gabriel and sometimes also Uriel. In the Christian world “Raphael” (face value CHF 0.85) is called the Angel of Healing and is considered the patron saint of the sick and of apothecaries. As leader of the heavenly host and conqueror of the devil “Michael” (face value CHF 1.00) occupies a special position. In folk religion he is also accorded the role of “weigher of souls” at the Last Judgment. Accordingly he is depicted with a set of scales and sword of flames as attributes. “Gabriel” (face value CHF 1.40) in turn is considered to be the interpreter of visions and God’s messenger. He it was for example who proclaimed the birth of St. John and the nativity of Jesus. Since the number of archangels was reduced to three in 745 at the Council of Rome, “Uriel” (face value CHF 1.90) has continued to be venerated only in Eastern churches. In representations he is mostly shown with sword and flame.

Figures of angels and graphic representations of God’s messengers are also an essential part of the Christian Christmas. Winsome illustrations of them decorate colourful Advent calendars, reproductions of them appear on sophisticated Christmas cards or they are silent companions of the Holy Family under the Christmas tree. So it is not surprising that from time immemorial angels have repeatedly been popular subjects on Philately Liechtenstein’s traditional Christmas stamps. For the 2012 Christmas issue the Triesen graphic artist Stéphanie Keiser has realised the four Archangels in bold artistic terms. A notably fine impression is achieved by gold print combined with gold foil. Since Christmas stamps are among those in greatest use, in response to numerous customer requests they are being produced in self-adhesive form.


Date Of Issue
12. November 2012
Stéphanie Keiser, Triesen
Stamp format
38 x 32 mm
12 x 12 ¾
Sheet format
208 x 146 mm
Offset Golddruck und Heissfolien-Goldprägung
Gutenberg AG, Schaan
Spezialbriefmarkenpapier, Avery Dennison, weiss 96gm2, selbstklebend (wasserlöslich)
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