Stamp issue information

Fraternities in Liechtenstein

Maria Hilf Fraternity, Balzers
Face value CHF 1.00
Motif Maria Hilf Fraternity, Balzers
St. Anna Fraternity, Vaduz
Face value CHF 1.50
Motif St. Anna Fraternity, Vaduz
St. Sebastian Fraternity, Nendeln
Face value CHF 2.00
Motif St. Sebastian Fraternity, Nendeln

Fraternities are religious organisations devoted to voluntary works of piety and charity. Such fraternities were also founded in Liechtenstein between the 16th and 18th centuries. The Philately has commemorated three such fraternities in special stamps. The “Maria Hilf Fraternity” was founded in Balzers in 1736 (value CHF 1.00). The stamp dedicated to this fraternity depicts an altarpiece of the Maria Hilf Chapel with Mary and the Child Jesus.
The “St. Anne Fraternity” (value CHF 1.50) in Vaduz, which is still in existence, dates back to 1511. Devotion to St. Anne was characteristic of that era. The faithful sought her protection after years of calamities that brought sickness, severe weather and other hardships. The special stamp portrays the statue of St. Anne which is housed in the chapel of Vaduz Castle.
Also very much alive is the “St. Sebastian Fraternity” (value CHF 2.00) in Nendeln. Founded in 1695, it even received its own papal approval. The statutes of the fraternity have to this day remained unchanged. This association is represented in the third stamp, which shows a mural of St. Sebastian from the chapel of the same name.

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Date Of Issue
05. September 2016
Stéphanie Keiser, Triesen
Stamp format
42.12 x 34.7 mm / 50 x 35 mm
14 ¼ x 14 ½ / 14 ½ x 14 ¼
Sheet format
208 x 146 mm
4-colour offset,
Cartor Security Printing,
Meaucé la Loupe
Truwhite FSC Mix Credit, 110 g/m2,
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