Europa – Palaces and Castles
At yearly intervals the member states of the Association of European Public Postal Operators, PostEurop, issue stamps on a common theme. In 2017 their focus is on palaces and castles. Liechtenstein’s contribution to the popular Europa stamps are illustrations of “Vaduz Castle” (value: CHF 1.50) and “Gutenberg Castle” (value: CHF 1.50). Perched around 120 metres above the capital of the small country, Vaduz Castle is a hallmark that has served as a residence for the head of state and his family since 1939. Gutenberg Castle is located in the country’s southernmost municipality, Balzers, and was built in the High Middle Ages. Originally a church with a cemetery, the building fell into ruin over the course of several centuries but was restored between 1905 and 1912.
In collaboration with Fotoclub Spektral, Philately Liechtenstein carried out a youth photo competition on the theme of “Outdoor Sports”. The jury was impressed by the sheer number and quality of the photos entered and in an anonymous evaluation procedure awarded first place to Julius Tiefenthaler from Röthis (A) for his photo “Smooth Powder Turn” (value: CHF 0.85). “Winter Storm Windsurfing” (value: CHF 1.00) by Yannick Oberhofer from Vaduz was chosen for the second stamp and Julius Tiefenthaler supplied another motif for the third special stamp: “Sunset Backflip” (value: CHF 2.00).
Trades and Crafts
SEPAC is a cooperation between 14 small postal administrations in Europe that issue stamps on common themes on a regular basis. Philately Liechtenstein used this as an opportunity to integrate its 2017 SEPAC stamp into a series. Graphic artist René Wolfinger chose to graphically represent the three motifs of Stonemason” (value: CHF 1.30), Tailor” (value: CHF 1.80) and “Goldsmith” (SEPAC stamp, value: CHF 2.00) with pictograms of the tools used in each profession and placed these on different coloured backgrounds. A common feature on each special stamp is a stylised hand to symbolise the theme of trades and crafts.
Crop Plants – Grain
Philately Liechtenstein is continuing its popular series of self-adhesive definitive stamps on a 20-stamp sheet with four indigenous types of grain: “Oats” (value: CHF 0.85), “Barley” (value: CHF 1.00), “Maize” (value: CHF 1.50) and “Millet” (value: CHF 2.00) are grown in Liechtenstein and partly processed here too. Farming in Liechtenstein is autonomous and diverse with one third of the national territory used for farming. Apart from dairy and meat products, agriculture, horticulture and viticulture is carried out. In this context, grain accounts for a share of around six percent of the agricultural land spanning 5,234 hectares.
7th Official collection sheet «Famous Trains»
The official “dieMarke.li” collection sheets are issued twice yearly to mark special occasions. These sheets, each comprising ten different stamp designs printed together in a se-tenant combination, are also valid for postal use, published entirely independently and not linked to the official Principality of Liechtenstein stamp issues. These sheets are available individually or on subscription, mint or cancelled.
The new stamps are available from 6 March 2017 at all post offices and from Philately Liechtenstein.