Thursday, October 15, 2009

My first cover from Macedonia

As announced in my last post, I’m glad to share with you my first cover coming from the Republic of Macedonia. This is a registered cover that was used by the seller of the stamps I showed you in my previous post. The cover was sent from Skopje, the capital of the country. The seller used not less than twelve stamps on this cover. Here it is.

From left to right and top to bottom, let me give you some information on the stamps.
1-This stamp is a part of a definitive series started in 1998 and dedicated to architecture. This specific stamp is from 1999 and pictures a house in Bogomila
2- This stamp was issued on the 15th of May 2002 to celebrate the Soccer World Cup help in Japan and Korea. A very bad souvenir for French people… since the French team could not qualify for the second round.
3- This stamp, issued on the 10th of September 2008, is part of a set of five stamps dedicated to flowers. It pictures a Helichrysum zivojinii.
4- This stamp is a part of a set of two stamps issued on the 15th of July 1996 and illustrated with children’s paintings
5- Jewelry is the subject of the set issues on the 1st of March 2003 from which this stamp is extracted. It pictures a pin with an icon
6- On the 1st of March 2001 a set of four stamps and one souvenir sheet were issued picturing native costumes. This stamp is part of it.
7- Issued on the 10th of December 1992 this Christmas stamp picturing a nativity scene from the 16th century is only the third stamp issued by Macedonia! Indeed, the Republic of Macedonia is independent only since 1991, so this stamp bears number 3 in my Scott catalog…
8- In 2002 the subject of Europa issues was Circus as shown on this Europa stamp issued on the 9th of May 2002
9- This stamp issued on the 5th of June 2001 pictures boats on lake Dojran
10- The 10th anniversary of the independence was commemorated with this stamp issued on the 8th of September 2001
11- After the Soccer World Cup here come the Olympic games of Salt Lake City with this stamp issued on the 16th of January 2002 and part of a set of two
12- And finally this stamp issued on the 15th of April 2002 pictures the very famous Mona Lisa (aka La Joconde) and his creator Leonardo Da Vinci. The stamp also pictures the Vitruvian man, another widely known drawing from Da Vinci which is, for instance, mentioned at the beginning of Da Vinci Code, the best seller from Dan Brown.

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