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Games of the Small States 2011 in Liechtenstein

LieGames - Bronze
Face value CHF 0.85
Motif LieGames - Bronze
LieGames - Silver
Face value CHF 1.00
Motif LieGames - Silver
LieGames - Gold
Face value CHF 1.40
Motif LieGames - Gold

From 30 May to 4 June 2011 the Principality of Liechtenstein is for the second time since 1999 hosting the biennial Games of the Small States and under the slogan “Be part of it” bids sportsmen and -women from the European countries Andorra, Iceland, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, San Marino and Cyprus come and participate in an honourable sporting contest. Some 800 men and women athletes are expected at the “LieGames”, as the Games are called in the sport-crazed Principality; on five competition days these athletes will contend with one another at 13 venues in nine different sports and 108 events. In Liechtenstein there is great hope of surpassing before a local public the national record of 18 medals set in Cyprus in 2009. The Games of the Small States, held for the first time in San Marino in 1985 and taking place in 2011 for the 14th time, are supported by the European Olympic Committee (EOC) and are being conducted, with only a few exceptions, in accordance with the rules of the relevant international sporting organizations and the Olympic Charter. In a design competition it was laid down that all nine of the sports featuring in the Games of the Small States 2011 should be reflected in the design of this stamp series. This requirement was met best by the Ruggell designer and former top sportsman René Michlig: the stamps, printed by photogravure, have been realised appropriately in the metallic colours of the medals awarded at such sporting events: “Bronze” (face value CHF 0.85), “Silver” (face value CHF 1.00) and “Gold” (face value CHF 1.40). The Bronze stamp depicts the competition categories athletics, volleyball and cycling, the Silver stamp shows judo, shooting and squash and the Gold stamp table tennis, tennis and swimming. Michlig has himself been a competitor in the Games of the Small States: he won Gold (Monaco 2007) and Bronze (Cyprus 2009) for Liechtenstein in the Javelin. He will be competing in this year’s Games too.

Date Of Issue
14. March 2011
René Michlig, Ruggell
Stamp format
38,5 x 31,13 mm
13½ x 13½
Sheet format
208 x 146 mm
Rastertiefdruck, 2-farbig
Österreichische Staatsdruckerei
GmbH, Wien

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