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Europa 1999 'Nature Reserves'

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Europa 1999 \'Nature Reserves\'

Europa 1999 'Nature Reserves' (view technical specs)

Set of 4 stamps under the title Europa 1999 - Nature Reserves. The issue features the Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) bird, the Dusky Perch (Epinephelinae guaza) fish, the Dartford Warbler (Sylvia undata) and the world famous Barbary Macaque, known as the Rock Ape (Macaca sylvanus)

Europa stamps have been issued annually since 1956. First sets representing the founding 6 members of the ECSC, European Coal and Steel Community, then by the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations (CEPT) in 1959, (first stamps issued in 1960) and by PostEurop since 1993. Initially in 1956 a total of 13 stamps were issued with a common design from 6 different countries. A common theme of Peace and Welfare through agriculture and industry was used for 1957. The common design reappeared in 1958 and continued until 1973. From 1974 the designs reflect a common theme. The common design idea replaced the common theme in 1984, which was the CEPT 25th Anniversary (1959-84) and shows a symbolic bridge, said to represent Liaison, Exchange and Communication. With the split of posts and telecoms providers in most countries, CEPT is no longer responsible, but the postal authorities under the guidance of PostEurop continue the Europa tradition. From 1993 all the stamps have "Europa" inserted into the design in small print. (Source Wikipedia)

Technical Specs

Design:Roger Gorringe
Illustration / Photography:GPBL
Printer:Cartor security printers
Process:Offset Lithography
Stamp size:40 x 30mm
Issue date:1999-03-04
Stamp Values:30p, 30p, 42p, 42p