State Flag of Florida – USA 1976.

State Flag of Florida – USA 1976.

The USA issued a set of 50 stamps on State Flags of States of the USA on 23 Feb 1976. We are listing them in Alphabetical order of States name. All stamps are 13 cents denomination.

Florida State Flag –  It was adopted after a popular referendum in 1900 and remained till 1985 when the state seal in the centre was altered. The Flag consists of a red saltire on a white background with the state seal superimposed on the centre.

The original state seal in centre was adopted in 1865 by the Legislature. In 1970 the seal was modified  and it depicts

  • Sun’s rays.
  • Sabal Palmetto Palm tree
  • Native American woman scattering flowers.
  • Seal encircled by words “Great Seal of the State of Florida: In God We Trust “

This Seal was further altered in 1985 and placed in State Flag.

A First Day Cover is listed, it shows Florida  State Flag.

USA FLAGS FLORIDA
USA FDC 1976- FLAGS OF FLORIDA.
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State Flag of Arizona – USA 1976.

State Flag of Arizona – USA 1976.

The USA issued a set of 50 stamps on State Flags of States of the USA on 23 Feb 1976. We are listing them in Alphabetical order of States name. All stamps are 13 cents denomination.

Arizona State Flag –  The 13 rays of red and gold on top of the flag represent the 13 original states of the Union and the rays of Western setting Sun. Red and Gold were also the colours carried by Coronado’s Spanish expedition in 1540 in search of Seven cities. This is the Spanish connection. The bottom half of the flag has the same blue as the USA flag and the star at centre denotes Copper, Arizona is the largest producer of Copper in the USA.

A First Day Cover is listed, it shows Arizona State Flag.

USA FLAGS ARIZONA
USA FDC 1976 – STATE FLAG ARIZONA

Portraits of Copernicus – Stamps of Poland 1973.

Portraits of Copernicus – Stamps of Poland 1973.

Poland issued a set of stamps to mark 500th Birth Anniversary of Mikolaj Kopernik Copernicus featuring his portraits. The stamps were issued on 18 Feb 1973. Copernicus  (1473-1543) was a great mathematician and Astronomer.

1.5 Zl – Painted in Torun 16th Century        2.50 Zl – Painting by Zinck Nor

4 Zl – From Strasbourg Clock.

POLAND 1973 COPERNICUS
POLAND 1973 -PORTRAITS OF COPERNICUS

Stamps on Sumbandila Satellite -South Africa 2011.

Stamps on Sumbandila Satellite -South Africa 2011.

A Stamp on Sumbandila Satellite issued by South Africa on 01 Apr 2011. It is No value indicator  stamp and issued initially at 2.50 Rand

SA SATTELITE
SOUTH AFRICA 2011 -SUMBANDILA SATELLITE

Years of Halley’s Comet – Stamps of Jersey 1986.

Years of Halley’s Comet – Stamps of Jersey 1986.

Halley’s Comet is a short period comet visible every 75-76 years. It last appeared in 1986 and the next appearance is likely on 28 July 2061. It was discovered in 1758 by Edmond Halley and hence the name Halley’s Comet.

Jersey issued a set of three stamps tracing the history and years of the appearance of Halley’s Comet. The Bayeux tapestry which chronicles the battle of Hastings in 1066 also mentions the appearance of Halley’s comet in 1066.

10p – 912 AD -When Rollo the Viking was settling into the Dukedom of Normandy. 1066 AD -Battle of Hastings and Bayeux Tapestry.

22p -1301 AD -The comet looked down on Giotto painting his magnificent “Adoration of Magi” and included as an untimely star of Bethlehem.  In 1682 when Halley was forming the theory of periodic return.

31p- In 1910 -it coincided with the first voyage of mail steamer ‘Caesarea’ (the Roman name for Jersey) and opening of New Main Post Office at St Helier. In 1986 it made its last appearance.

An FDC with these three beautiful stamps tracing the Years of Comet and events in History is listed.

JERSEY FDC HALLEY'S COMET
JERSEY FDC1986- YEARS OF HALLEY’S COMET

2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanti Vesak Festival -Stamps of Sri Lanka

2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanti Vesak Festival -Stamps of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka issued a set of Six stamps on 2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanti Vesak Festival .The stamps feature teachings of Buddhism. The Five rupees stamp were issued on 29th April 2011. The teachings are

  • Buddhism is a Universal Doctrine
  • Let us practise Buddhist Principles
  • Let us take care of Parents and respect them
  • Let us help sick
  • Person who practises Buddhism illuminates the entire World
  • Let us build an antinarcotic society.

Three FDCs are listed.

FDC SRI LANKA BUDDHA 1
FDC SRI LANKA -SAMBUDDHATVA JAYANTIYA
FDC SRI LANKA 2011 BUDDHA 3
FDC SRI LANKA 2011 – SAMBUDDHATVA JAYANTIYA
FDC SRI LANKA 2011 BUDDHA 2
FDC SRI LANKA 2011- SAMBUDDHATVA JAYANTIYA

 

 

Astronomical Phenomena -Stamps of Hong Kong China 2015.

Astronomical Phenomena -Stamps of Hong Kong China 2015.

Hong Kong China issued a beautiful set of six stamps on six different Astronomical Phenomena which are listed below.

$ 1.70 – Solar Eclipse

$ 2.20 – Meteor Shower

$2.90 – Comet

$3.10 – Saturn Ring Tilt variations

$3.70 – Sunspot

$5.00 – Moon-Planet Conjunction

A FDC with these six stamps is listed.

FDC HONG KONG CHINA 2015
FDC HONG KONG CHINA 2015 – ASTRONOMICAL PHENOMENA