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2010 Christmas Grand Finale
Iceland Christmas 2010 Stamp Issue

Switzerland Christmas 2010 Stamp Issue

It's that time again when postal services around the world issue their new Christmas Stamps. This year we decided to cover two or three different countries a week in our newsletter until Christmas. This week we visit Iceland and Switzerland. Each of their 2010 Christmas stamp issues are shown above and some information about them is listed below.

Iceland issued two new stamps named "The Christmas Stamps" on November 4, 2010. The stamps were designed by Hlynur Olafsson and Sveinbjorg Hallgrimsdottir with a main theme is the circular form in the colors of winter. The circle also symbolizing the earth, its seasons and infinity. On the left stamp above the circle is covered with snow crystals; and the stamp on the right is covered with snow flakes. Both stamps depict the Icelandic birds of winter, the snow bunting. The size of each stamp is 29mm x 35mm with a 13+ perforation using the 2cm reference. They can be purchased in sheets of 10 or Booklets of 10. The booklet size is 55 x 110mm closed. They will be printed by The Lowe Martin Group using the offset Litho printing process with 250gms Tullis Russel self adhesive paper.

Switzerland issued three new stamps named "Special Christmas Stamps" on October 28, 2010. This brings the three-year series of special Christmas stamps with a touch of glitter to an attractive conclusion. These stamps were design by Jenny Leibundgut and feature a candle, snow crystal and an angel. Each one of the stamps has a tiny glittering silver star that sparkles and shines in the light. The size of each stamp is 28 x 33mm and the size of the 20 stamp sheets is 140 x 195mm. Perforation size is 13 1/2 x 13 1/4 using the 2cm reference. They will be printed by Glesecke & Devrient, Leipzig, Germany using the offset 4 color and hot foil stamping printing processes with 110gsm gummed paper.

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