Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Registered cover from Lithuania

As a contrast to the cover shown in last post, here is a cover franked with an interesting number of stamps. This is a registered cover I received from Lithuania and that contained a set of stamps that I purchased on an auction website. I’m always pleased when the seller uses nice stamps on his/her cover when sending the item that I have won.


First of all, as you can see, the cover bears two registration labels : one from Lithuanian post (the one with the black R) and one from French post (the one with the red R). The label from French post is so “well” stuck that it hides partially my address !
Not less that seven stamps have been used on this cover, a mixture of definitive and commemorative stamps. Let’s go from the left to the right.

The two first stamps belong to a set of six definitive stamps issued on the 2nd of January 2007 and dedicated to Wooden Church Belfries. The 1 Lt stamp pictures the belfry of Shaukenai church, whereas the 1.70 Lt pictures the belfry of Vajasishkis. The stamps of this set are rather simple but rather nice. They have a square shape, which is not so common for definitive stamps. Here is a picture of the full set.



The next stamp is a part of a set of two issued on the 16th of September 2006. This set pictures sea fauna that is part of the Red Book of Lithuania. The stamp pictures a European sea sturgeon (Acipenser sturio) also known as the Baltic sturgeon. This species of fish is critically endangered. The other stamp of the set pictures a Stellers eider (Polysticta stelleri). Here is a souvenir sheet issued with both stamps of the set.


Going further to the right, we find a stamp issued on the 16th of February 2008 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the restoration of the State of Lithuania. Effectively, on the 16th of February 1918 an act was signed to declare the independence of Lithuania (that was shared between Russia and Prussia before this treaty). The stamp pictures Jonas Basanavičius (1851-1927), who was one of the signatories of the Act of Independence of Lithuania and who is often referred as the Patriarch of the Nation.

The next two similar stamps belong to the definitive issue of 1999. Issued on the 14th of April 1999, the stamps picture a double cross, which is a symbol that can be found on the coat of arms of Lithuania. It is also the shape of the Cross of Vytis, the Lithuanian Presidential Aware that is conferred to people who heroically defended Lithuania’s freedom and independence. As far as I could see this definitive series started in 1997.

Finally the last stamp, on the right side, is part of a set of two stamps issued on the 9th of October 1999. This set is dedicated to museum exhibits. The stamp pictures a protective uniform of Lithuanian warrior from the 17th of century. Here is a picture of the full set, the second stamp picturing a sabre dated from 1927.


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