Thursday, March 4, 2010

New country #85!


Today, I add another new country to my cover & postcard collection! My #85 from Bulgaria! Thanks very much, Savash Suleyman for your great help!

The 3 identical stamps franked on the top of this awesome cover belong to the "Panagyurishte Treasures" definitive series, issued on 15 Nov 1999.
The Panagyurishte Treasure is a Thracian treasure excavated on 8 December 1949 by three brothers, Pavel, Petko and Michail Deikovs who worked together at the region of “Merul” tile factory near the town of Panagyurishte, Bulgaria. It consists of a phiale, an amphora and seven rhytons with total weight of 6.164 kg of 23-karat gold. All of the objects are richly and skilfully decorated with scenes of Thracian myths, customs and life.
It is dated from the 4th-3rd centuries BC, and is thought to have been used as a royal ceremonial set by the Thracian king Seuthes III. As one of the best known surviving artifacts of Thracian culture, the treasure has been displayed at various museums around the world. When not on a tour, the treasure is the centerpiece of the Thracian art collection of the Plovdiv Archaeological Museum.
The colorful stamp franked on the top right corner was issued on 06 July 2007. It is one of four commemorative stamps from the "Plants of the Eastern Balkan" series.

The Balkans is a geopolitical and cultural region of southeastern Europe. The region takes its name from the Balkan Mountains, which run through the centre of Bulgaria into eastern Serbia. The region has a combined area of 550,000 km2 and a population of about 55 million people.

Lastly, the gorgeous stamp franked on the left belongs to the "Night Butterflies" definitive series. It was released on 15 Jan 2004.

This cover was postmarked on 18 Feb 2010 in Kurdjali, Bulgaria and took 14 days to travel an estimated distance of 8927kms to reach me.

Before i end this posting, I appeal to you to help me fulfill my philatelc wish of having at least a cover or postcard from every country or issuing entity by sending me one from your country. (the more the merrier! :)) In return, I would love to send you one from Singapore. Thanks everyone!

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