European post operators design stamps for “Endangered National Wildlife”
Τετάρτη, 5 Μαΐου 2021

EUROPA stamps is one of the most popular special thematic sets issued since 1956, with a common theme, by Posts in 49 European countries and members of PostEurop.

This year’s edition has the common theme “Endangered National Wildlife” and the Hellenic Post chooses to depict animals falling under the “Critically Endangered” category, namely species facing an extremely high risk of extinction from their natural habitat in the near future, as described in the “Red List of Endangered Species in Greece”.

They include one land animal, the deer, and one sea animal, the common dolphin, both of which are depicted in their endangered environment. The deer is depicted caught in a fire and the common dolphin trapped in a net.

For the first time, the EUROPA Greek stamps are designed by students of the Athens School of Fine Arts who have attended the class “Graphic Arts - Stamp” from the Engraving Department, taught by Dr. Myrsini Vardopoulou and supervised by Prof. Yannis Gourzis

The design used a main feature of Engraving, namely breaking down the drawing into lines. “Thus, we have achieved a different artistic approach; one could say that it directly refers to old copperplate engraving stamps, but in combination with modern techniques. The most important aspect of this work is the clarity of the drawing”, points outs the teacher.

It is noted that the stamps will participate in the online PostEurop competition, together with the respective stamps from the remaining post operators – members of PostEurop, so as to declare the best theme depiction.

Please vote for the EUROPA Greek Stamps 2021: http://www.posteurop.org/europa2021 (competition will be on from 9th of May until 9th of September 2021)

PHILATELIC INFORMATION

CLASS

DEPICTIONS

QUANTITIES

2.00 €

Red Deer (Cervus elaphus)

147,000

4.50 €

Common Dolphin (Delphinus delphis)

147,000

It is noted that out of the above stamp quantities, 94,000 pieces will be printed on double stamps (the two stamps joined) on 16-piece sheets, i.e. 8 full sets on each sheet. The rest will be printed separately, on 8-stamp sheets: 100,000 pieces from the 2.00 € class and 100,000 pieces from the 4.50 € class.

DIMENSIONS : 35 Χ 45 mm

DESIGN : 2.00 € Class: Dimitris Sidirokastritis,

4.50 € Class: Dimitris Panis,

FPIK (First Day Covers): Denisa Pemati,

Stamp: Marianna Mastrantona

PRINTING METHOD : Multi-Color (OFFSET)

PRINTING : “VERIDOS MATSOUKIS S.A. SECURITY PRINTING”

EDITION-DISTRIBUTION: They will be issued on May 6th, 2021, and will be distributed by the Hellenic Post Branches until May 5th, 2022, unless they are sold out sooner. Complete Sets will be distributed by the Hellenic Post Branches, the Central Philatelic Shop and the Hellenic Post e-shop until they are withdrawn, unless they are sold out sooner.

The following will also be issued:

1. NUMBERED BOOKLETS (6,000 pieces)

They include two double joined stamps, perforated in one dimension and cut in the other. They are priced at 13.00 € per piece.

2. FIRST DAY COVERS (3,500 pieces)

They are priced at 9.00 € per piece.

3. NUMBERED SET ALBUMS (500 pieces)

They are priced at 20.00 € per piece.

You can find the EUROPA stamps and philatelic products

  • at the Hellenic Post e-shop
  • at the Central Philatelic Shop (5, Lykourgou str. & Apellou str., ATHENS)
  • and at the Hellenic Post Branches,

until they are sold out. The First Day Covers and booklets are an exception; these will be withdrawn on May 5th, 2022.

Philatelic Collectors from Greece, who wish to stamp their philatelic items with the Special Commemorative Stamp of First Day Cover can sent them free of charge to the Philatelic Directorate (100, Aiolou str., 2nd floor, 10188 Athens), on condition that the envelope bears stamps of a value amounting to at least 0.90 €. Make sure to mark the envelope “PHILATELIC ITEMS”.


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