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Switzerland Postal Service 2004 Issue
Designed by Beat Kehrli, Hasliberg

Monte San Giorgio

Switzerland Postal Service has issued a new stamp that has a postage value of 100 Centimes named "Monte San Giorgio" on the 7th of September 2004. The stamp depicts a fossil and the Monte San Giorgio mountain. Monte San Giorgio mountain is in Switzerland and is located between Switzerland and Italy. It gained international recognition when it was included in the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites. UNESCO adapted Monte San Giorgio because of its rich paleontological fossils. These fossil formations found on the mountain have been publish by researchers and scientists for more than a century. Most of the fossil are from the Middle Triassic period which is about 230 million years ago. To date, tens of thousands of fossils have been uncovered in the dolomite and limestone layers of Monte San Giorgio. Fossils from the mountain are extraordinary to researcher and scientist for the following reasons:

  • The completeness of the finds
  • Their excellent state of preservation
  • The rarity of the species, some of which are unique in the world
Another extraordinary thing about the Monte San Giorgio paleontological site is the existence of many different layers of fauna fossils. These multiple layers allow researcher to determine how marine fauna developed in this location over a period of several million years. An actual photo of a real fossil found on the mountain is shown on the bottom of this page.

"Monte San Giorgio" stamps can be purchased as a single stamp, Block of 4, Folder, Collection sheet, or various FDC's. The size of each stamp is 33mm x 28mm with a perforation size of 13.5 x 13.75 The stamps will be printed by Joh. Enschede Haarlem, Netherlands using the Offset 4-color printing process with 110 grams per meter square mat gummed paper.

Monte San Giorgio Booklet of 6

Monte San Giorgio FDC Stamp

Actual picture of a fossile found on Monte San Giorgio mountain


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

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