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Faroe Islands Postal Service 2002 Issue
Design by Edward Fuglo

Faroe Islands Postal Service will issued a new stamp on the 23rd of September, 2002. This new stamps depicts the Smyrl also known as Merlin with the postage value of 30 DKK. It is the only bird of prey breeding in the Faroe Islands today. It is a part of the Falcon family and on the average weights about 210g. The estimated population is 25 to 50 pairs in the Faroe Islands; and an estimated 1500 pairs in Iceland. The Smyrl is a migratory bird that migrates to Ireland, Scotland, England and northern France. An excellent hunter with retinas that have 1 million visual cells per mm square, which is 10x as much as ours. The Smyrl mainly feeds on small birds such as starlings, parrows, meadow pipits, rock pipits and wheatears. The Faroese name for Merlin is Smyril.

The Smyril issue can be purchase as a mint stamp, sheet, or FDC. Each stamp size is 30 mm x 51 mm with a perforation size of 13. Printing process use is Offset by Cartor Security Printing, England.


To order these stamps or to learn more go to www.stamps.fo. Use the Universal currency conversion tool at www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi to convert currency.

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