Monday, September 08, 2008

Bulgarian cover

If you read me regularly you have notices that I did not update my blog so much last week. I had a very busy week. I hope this one will be better and will let me more time to deal with stamps ;-)

Today I would like to share with you a cover coming from Bulgaria. This is only the second cover I got from this country. Here it is.

The stamp located on the right has been issued on the 21st of July 2008 and pictures three golden jackals (Canis aureus). (It is a pity that the left bottom corner of the stamp was slightly damaged during the transport. The stamp was not very well stuck on the cover and the corner got torn…)
he golden jackal is the largest of the jackals and the only species that can be found out of Africa. This stamp belongs to a souvenir sheet containing two stamps illustrating the diversity of the fauna and flora of the natural park of Strandzha. Here is the full souvenir sheet.

The latest and the largest of Bulgaria's many national parks, Strandzha is located in the southeast of Bulgaria bordering on the Black Sea, and is famous for its oak and beech forests. The climate allows 50 % of Bulgaria's flora to nourish here, and the park's rivers are home to a wide range of fish, including stickleback and eels. Many interesting bird species can be seen in the park among them the lesser-spotted eagle (Aquila pomarina) that is pictured on the second stamp. Not far from the Strandzha Park is the Ropotamo Reserve that was celebrated by another souvenir sheet last year.

The following stamp (going from right to left) belongs to a set of four stamps issued on the 27th of April 2007 and dedicated to the History of Bulgarian Air Force. Here is the full set of stamps.

I’m not too much into planes, and even less into military planes, so I can’t say much about the planes pictured on those stamps.

The last stamp is a part of a set of five definitive stamps issued on the 15th of November 1999. Here is the full set.

The stamps picture items of the Thracian gold treasure of Panagurishte. The Panagurishte treasure consists of nine utensils made of solid gold. Some utensils are horn-shape, one having the shape of the front part of a goat’s body (this is the one pictured on the stamp of the cover). The treasure is dated to the last 3-4 decades of the 4th century B.C and marks the period during which Thracians inhabited the Balkan area. If you want to see pictures of the complete treasure, just click here.

Note also the rather clean cancels on the cover. They seem a bit heavy but this is only an effect of the contrast of the scan. In reality the cancels appear much lighter.

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