Sunday, 25 January 2009

Registered cover from the Czech Republic no. 3

Another nice registered letter from my own country (yes, I do sometimes like to buy interesting philatelic material at online auctions). This one sent from Hazlov in the westernmost part of Bohemia on 21 January 2009 and received one day later.

The 26 CZK postage consists of 2 engraved Jan Hus stamps issued on 16 June 2002, accompanied by 3 coupons with the mystical symbol of a heart in flames. Jan Hus (around 1371-1415), an important religious reformer, was burnt at stake for his "heretical" views. The stamp was designed by Oldřich Kulhánek who also designed the current Czech banknotes. The other commemorative stamp with the one-legged skier (5.40 CZK) was issued on 30 January 2002 for the Salt Lake City Paralympic Games.

The two capricorn stamps (18/11/1998) were part of the 12-piece zodiac series, and the brown village stamp of 0.60 CZK is an engraved definitive issued on 22 March 1995.

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