Pro Patria Stamps of Switzerland -An Introduction

Pro Patria Stamps of Switzerland 1936 -2019 -An Introduction

Pro Patria (Switzerland) is a Swiss patriotic and charitable organisation founded in 1909 by a group of spirited citizens led by a merchant named Albert Schuster. Its purpose is to collect donations for the benefit of social and cultural works of national public interest. Pro Patria principally collects donations through the sale of postage stamps, postcards & badges, in co-operation with Swiss Post. Post offices sold Federal celebration postcards from 1910 to 1960 and postage stamps since 1936.

Each year a set of Postage stamps with a theme is issued by Swiss Post and the surcharge represents the donation to Pro Patria.

Since 1923 Pro Patria have also produced an Annual Federation Celebration Badge which is sold in Post Offices and by Volunteers.

Pro Patria Philately – It is a popular field of Philately throughout the World. Though the collection of stamps since 1936, used and mint condition may not be very difficult, both rarity wise and financially, but the interests lie in varieties of used products associated with stamps like FDCs, FDCs sent from Switzerland, Used Postcards and such like products.

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Pro Patria Maxim Cards-Signs on Stamps of Switzerland 1982

Pro Patria Maxim Cards-Signs on Stamps of Switzerland 1982

The theme for Pro Patria issue of 1982 was Signs. Swiss Post issued a set of Four Stamps on 27 May 1982.  Three Maxim Cards with First Day Cancellation of Bern is listed.

The Artisans Signs featured on stamps are

20+10 ct – Hotel Sun Willisau

40+20 ct – Auberge de l’onde, St Saphorin

70+30 ct – Hotel Three Kings, Rheinfelden

80+40 ct – Hotel Crown, Winterthur

SWITZERLAND MAXIM CARD 3 PRO PATRIA
SWITZERLAND MAXIM CARD PRO PATRIA HOTEL SUN WILLISAU
SWITZERLAND MAXIM CARD 2 PRO PATRIA
SWITZERLAND MAXIM CARD PRO PATRIA HOTEL THREE KINGS RHEINFELDEN
SWITZERLAND MAXIM CARD 1 PRO PATRIA
SWITZERLAND MAXIM CARD PRO PATRIA HOTEL CROWN WINTERTHUR

Pro Juventute Municipal Coat of Arms -Stamps of Switzerland 1980

Pro Juventute Municipal Coat of Arms -Stamps of Switzerland 1980

The theme for Pro Patria issue of 1980 was Municipal Coat of Arms. Swiss Post issued a set of Four Stamps on 26 Nov 1980. A FDC  with First Day Cancellation of Bern is listed.

The Municipal Coat of Arms featured on stamps are

20+10 ct – Coat of Arms of Cortaillord (Nuenburg Canton)

40+20 ct – Coat of Arms of Sierre (Wallis Canton)

70+30 ct – Coat of Arms of Scuol (Graubunden Canton)

80+40 ct – Coat of Arms of Wolfenschiessen(Nidwalden Canton)

SWISS FDC PRO JUVENTUTE 1980
SWISS FDC PRO JUVENTUTE 1980 -MUNICIPAL COAT OF ARMS

Pro Juventute Medicinal Plants -Stamps of Switzerland 1976

Pro Juventute Medicinal Plants -Stamps of Switzerland 1976

The theme for Pro Patria issue of 1976 was Medicinal Plants of the Forests. Swiss Post issued a set of Four Stamps on 29 Nov 1976. A FDC  with First Day Cancellation of Bern is listed.

The Medicinal Plants featured on stamps are

20+10 ct – Berberis

40+20 ct – Lime

40+20 ct – Black Elder

80+40 ct – Common Lungwort

SWISS FDC PRO JUVENTUTE 1976
SWISS FDC PRO JUVENTUTE 1976 -Medicinal Plants

Pro Patria Archaeological Findings -Stamps of Switzerland 1974

Pro Patria Archaeological Findings -Stamps of Switzerland 1974

The theme for Pro Patria issue of 1974 was Archaeological Findings. Swiss Post issued a set of Four Stamps on 30 Mar 1974. A FDC  with First Day Cancellation of Bern is listed. The design of FDC includes a gold foil replica of Golde robe-clasp.

The findings featured on stamps are

15+5 ct – Glass jar from Lucarno-Muralto (50 AD).

30+10 ct – Bronze Bull-head from Martigny (Roman age).

40+20 ct – Golden robe-clasp (7th Century)

60+20 ct – Ceramic bird figure (Bronze age)

SWISS FDC PATRIA 74
SWISS FDC PRO PATRIA 1974 – ARCHAEOLOGICAL FINDINGS