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Finland Postal Service 2003 Issue
Designed by Susanna Rumpu and Ari Lakaniemi

Lighthouses of the Gulf of Finland

The Finland Postal Service has issued five new stamps that all have postage values of 1st Class named "Lighthouses of the Gulf of Finland" on the 9th of October 2003. These new stamps depict five lighthouses found in the Gulf of Finland. This is a special stamp issue with the world's first glow in the dark lighthouse stamps. Each of the lighthouses is position on the sheet in geographical order from west to east. The following list has the year in which the lighthouses were built, their precise location, and height above ground level. This information can also be seen on the upper edge of the lighthouses sheet.

  • Lighthouse of Bengtskar - build in 1906 at 59 degrees 43,4'N 22 degrees 31,1'E and stands 43.8 meters high.
  • Lighthouse of Russaro - build in 1863 at 50 degrees 46,0'N 22 degrees 57,1'E and stands 21.4 meters high.
  • Lighthouse of Ronnskar - build in 1800 at 59 degrees 56,1'N 24 degrees 23,7'E and stands 30.0 meters high.
  • Lighthouse of Harmaja - build in 1883 at 60 degrees 06,3'N 24 degrees 58,7'E and stands 14 meters high.
  • Lighthouse of Soderskar - build in 1862 at 60 degrees 06,5'N 25 degrees 24,8'E and stands 32.5 meters high.

The "Lighthouses of the Gulf of Finland" stamps can be purchased as a miniature Sheet, Collector's sheet, or FDC. The size of first stamp is 28.50mm x 44.95mm and the size of the other 4 stamps is 21.00mm x 36.25mm Each has a perforation size of 13 1/4 x 13 3/4. The size of the miniature sheet is 120mm x 80mm. A quantity of 800,000 miniature sheets will be printed by Joh. Enschede Security Printers, Netherlands using the offset printing process with 5 Glow in the dark colors and PVA gum 102g/meter square paper.

Lighthouses of the Gulf of Finland FDC

Lighthouses of the Gulf of Finland Collector's Sheet

Lighthouses of the Gulf of Finland FDC Stamp

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