Wednesday, 11 February 2009

New Czech stamps - February 2009

Issued today, 18 CZK stamp commemorating the FIS Nordic World Ski Championship 2009 which will take place in Liberec (North Bohemia) on 18 February - 1 March 2009. The stamp is printed in offset, in 900,000 copies.


This souvenir sheet is a real wonder. The Czech Republic with no sea, polar regions or penguins issues a stamp showing all of these. However, in a worthy cause, since it participates, along with about 40 other countries, in the "Preserve Polar Regions and Glaciers" project, started by Finland and Chile. All the stamps/souvenir sheets issued in this worldwide line bear the logo of a crystal. The Czech Republic opted for a rather expensive sheet, with a very small print-run of 85,000 copies (as far as I know, there has not been a stamp since 1993, when the Czech Republic was created, issued in such a small quantity). The stamp is engraved, as usual, the rest is printed in offset. I am really curious how difficult it will be to locate and buy this sheet for a mere mortal.

Some other stamps in this project can be seen here.

1 comment:

lefung said...

It is nice! Penguin sheet is beautiful!