The Twenty Dollar Definitive of New Zealand – 1994

The Twenty Dollar Definitive of New Zealand – 1994

The 20$ Mount Cook Definitive of 1994 is perhaps a very unique stamp in many ways.

-New Zealand’s highest and largest valued stamp

-First ever $20 stamp for high value parcels,but collectors felt otherwise .

-most complex stamp production ever commissioned.

-Design masterpiece in montage and captures NZ’s treasured heritage

– Incorporates several NZ icons- Firstly NZ’s highest mountain – Mount Cook

– Two native plants Ponga Fern & flowers of Kowhai tree

-A maori rafter pattern symbolising Hammerhead shark and embossed in in gold foil forms the top border

-New Zealand flag is also woven into the montage

-printed on watermarked paper with a special fluorescent surface printed security pattern.

The first day Cover shows Southern Alps-South Island of New Zealand.

FDC NZ$20 DEF
FDC NZ$20 DEFINITIVE 1994

 

Nicolaus Copernicus – 500th Birth Anniversary – Stamps of Poland.

Nicolaus Copernicus – 500th Birth Anniversary – Stamps of Poland.

Nicolaus Copernicus ( 19 Feb 1473 -24 May 1543) was a Renaissance era Mathematician and Astronomer who formulated a model of Universe that placed the Sun (Heliocentric Model)rather than earth at centre of Universe ,independently of Aristarchus of Samos who had formulated such a model eighteen centuries earlier.

The Publication of his Book On the Revolutions of Celestial Spheres just before his death in 1543 was a major event in the history of Science trigering Copernican Revolution .

Copernicus was born and died in Royal Prussia part of Kingdom of Poland. A Polyglot and polymath he obtained a Doctorate in Canon Law and was also a Classics Scholar,Physician ,Translator ,Governor, Diplomat ,Economist & Poet.In 1517 he derived quantity theory of money -a key concept in Economics- and in 1519 he formulated an economic Principle that later came to be called Gresham’s Law.

Poland issued a set of three stamps on 26 Jun 1969 to mark his 500th Birth Anniversary. The stamps feature paintings on him .

40 gr – Woodcut by Tobias Stimer -Features a Wood carving

60 gr – Copernicus by Jeremias Falck – Featuring engravings ,Globe & Maps

2.50 zl – paintings by Jan Matejko – Featuring Constellations and Drawings

A FDC  with the three stamps is listed.

FDC POLAND COPERNICUS
FDC POLAND 1969 – NIKOLAUS COPERNICUS

Golf Philately -Ryder Cup 1997 -Miniature Sheet- Isle of Man

Ryder Cup 1997 -Miniature Sheet -Isle of Man

Ryder Cup is a Biennial Men’s Golf Competition between teams from Europe and USA. The competition is held every two years with venues alternating between courses in USA and Europe.

The 1997 edition was played in Sotogrande Spain at Valderrama Golf Club .This was the first time the event was held in Continental Europe. The 32nd Ryder Cup (1997) was played from 26-28 Sep 1997. Europe won the event.

Isle of Man issued a miniature sheet on 29 May 1997 showing Maps of  Spain,Great Britain and USA alongwith a Golf Ball.

IOM MS RYDER CUP
ISLE OF MAN MINIATURE SHEET RYDER CUP GOLF 1997