Sunday, July 13, 2008

A first cover from Ukraine

My flight back from Germany has been highly disturbed because of a strong storm that just arrived few minutes after I posted my last article… I’m currently in Reims, enjoying a three days weekend (tomorrow is the 14th of July, the French National Day) in the capital of Champagne !
I have decided to share with you a cover from Ukraine. This is not the first one I get from this country but this is the first I show here on my blog.

The two stamps located on the right side belong to a souvenir sheet issued on the 18th of June 2008 which celebrates the diversity of fauna and flora of the Crimean natural game reserve. The send of the cover was very nice, he included a copy of the souvenir sheet in the envelope. Here is a picture of the full sheet.

As you can see, there are four stamps in the souvenir sheet, picturing each of them a different species.
The stamp on the first row pictures a vulture : the Eurasian black vulture (Aegypius monachus), which is also known as the Monk vulture because of its bald head. With a length that can go up to 100cm and a wingspan that goes up to 300 cm it is the largest bird of prey in the world.
On the second row, from left to right, the stamps picture : swans (surprisingly this stamp is the only one that does not include the Latin scientific name of the species !), a red deer (Cervus elaphus) and a flower called Silene jailensis (I think it has no common name).
There is a funny security measure on this souvenir sheet : some parts of the animals or plants glow under UV light as shown on this picture.

The two other stamps on the cover are part of the seventh definitive series dedicated to objects. The top stamp, issued on the 15th of February 2008 pictures a tobacco pipe. The second one, issued on the 6th of April 2007 pictures a jug.

You can notice that the design of the souvenir sheet and of both stamps contains a trident, which is a part of the
coat of arms of Ukraine that you can see below, in its official colours.

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