Saturday, September 26, 2009

Another awesome cover from Liechtenstein!

Before I share with you guys today's cover... here's a little information on the origin of this cover, Liechtenstein.

Do you know that Liechtenstein is the sixth smallest country in the world? Measuring just 25km in length and 6km in width, the country is barely larger than Manhattan. (The five independent countries smaller than Liechtenstein are Vatican City, Monaco, Nauru, Tuvalu, and San Marino). Bordered by Switzerland to its west and by Austria to its east, this tiny alpine country is still governs by an iron-willed monarch who lives in a Gothic castle on a hill...

Schloss Vaduz, overlooking the capital, is still home to the prince of Liechtenstein

Ok, let's return to Philately!

The beautiful stamp franked on the left of this cover belongs to the "Views of the villages" definitive series. It was issued on 4th March 1996. This set of 19 values (CHF 0.10 to 5.00) would continue until 2001.

First 2 stamps from the "Views of the villages" definitive series

The stamp franked in the middle is from "The Forest and its benefits" series. Issued on 8th June 2009, this set of stamps depict Living Space (CHF 0.85), Leisure and Relaxation (CHF 1.00), Protection against Natural Hazards (CHF 1.40) & Timber production (CHF 1.60).

Lastly, we have this lovely stamp from the "Butterflies" series, issued in September 2009. They feature Small Cabbage-White (CHF 0.85), Apollo Butterfly (CHF 1.00), Marbled White Butterfly (CHF 1.30) & Admiral (CHF 2.00).

Postmarked on 22 September 2009 in Vaduz, capital of Liechtenstein, this cover took only 3 days to reach me!

Once again, I would like to thanks Vural Oguz for sending this awesome cover. Thank you very much!!

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