1st Stamp Issue in 2018 of Philately Liechtenstein on 5 March 2018


Europa – Bridges
The “Alte Rheinbrücke Vaduz” (Old Rhine Bridge Vaduz) and the “Fussgängerbrücke Balzers“ (Balzers Footbridge) (face value: CHF 1.50 each) are adorning Liechtenstein’s Europa stamps this year. The perspective from which photographer Roland Rick depicted the two bridges spanning the River Rhine is intriguing as he shot photos through underneath each bridge. On the stamp showing Balzers footbridge, he captured the snow-capped, 2,562-metre-high Falknis mountain in the background. On the picture depicting the Old Rhine Bridge, Vaduz Castle can be seen on the opposite side of the valley from between the massive pillars of the listed structure.

Crop Plants:
Vegetables The self-adhesive definitive stamps with motifs taken from nature have been highly popular for years. The current issue is showing four popular vegetables: the “Aubergine” (face value: CHF 0.85), the “Radish” (face value: CHF 1.00), the “Courgette”, otherwise known as “zucchini” (face value: CHF 1.50), and the “Hot Pepper” (face value: CHF 2.00), all of which can be prepared in many different ways. One third of Liechtenstein’s territory is used for agricultural purposes. In addition to dairy and meat production, field crops, vegetables and grapes are grown.

Trades and Crafts II
The series called into being in 2017 on the theme of trades and crafts as a SEPAC stamp is now featuring and second and last part. To graphically represent the three motifs “Bookbinder” (face value: CHF 1.00), “Instrument Maker” (face value: CHF 1.30) and “Shoemaker” (face value: CHF 1.80), graphic artist René Wolfinger again chose to show the tools typically used in each trade with pictograms 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.

100th Anniversary of the Death of Gustav Klimt
On 6 February 2018, two special stamps are appearing on miniature sheets consisting of nine stamps each to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the death of painter Gustav Klimt. His most famous painting “The Kiss” (face value: CHF 2.60) was produced in 1907/8. After completion, it was shown at the Kunstschau Exhibition in Vienna and immediately purchased by the Imperial Royal Ministry of Culture and Education. Gustav Klimt named his painting entitled “Death and Life” (face value: CHF 3.70) his most important figurative work. Despite being awarded first prize in 1911, the artist suddenly no longer appeared to be content with it as he began revising the already framed painting in 1915. Both originals can be seen in Vienna.

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