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United Nations Postal Service 2004 Issue
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World Heritage Greece

United Nations Postal Service has issued six new stamps with postage values of 37 & 60 cents, 1.00 & 1.30 F.s., and 0.55 & 0.75 Euro named "World Heritage Greece" on the 12th of August 2004. This is the tenth United Nations stamp issue to illustrate World Heritage sites. In this series the stamps depict six different World Heritage sites found in Greece and are being issued to commemorate the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Each of the stamps is described as follows:

  • Acropolis Athens (37 Cents) - was the center of Greek civilization for more than 1000 years. The famous Acropolis hill was a very important site of the city of Athens and during the Golden Age of Pericles, ancient Greek architectural masterpieces of the period were erected on its ground. The Parthenon pictured on the stamp is a monument of ancient Greek civilization and still remains its international symbol. It was built between 447 and 438 B.C.
  • Delos (60 Cents) - is a tiny island in the Cyclades archipelago where a ancient city once stood. Found on the island and featured on the stamp is a row of Greek mythological creatures standing within the ruins of a classical city.
  • Delphi (1.00 F.s.) - was the religious center and symbol of unity of the ancient Greek world. An ancient site of Delos is pictured on the stamp image and is known as Tholos, a circular building in the Doric order, built around 380 B.C. Its function was never determined but it must have been a very important site because of the high degree of workmanship and high standard decoration.
  • Pathagoreion and Heraion of Samos (1.30 F.s.) - located on a small Aegean island near Asia Minor. The remains of Pythagoreion, an ancient fortified port with Greek and Roman monuments, and the Heraion temple of the Samian Hera, can still be seen. Heraion and Samos is the most significant of the sanctuaries dedicated to Hera.
  • Mycenae and Tiryns (0.55 Euro) - an archaeological site of Mycenae and Tiryns are the ruins of the two greatest cities of the Mycenaean civilization, which dominated the eastern Mediterranean world from the fifteenth to the twelfth century B.C. The Lion Gate at Mycenae is pictured on the stamp.
  • Olympia (0.75 Euro) - is the birth place of the Olympic Games that were held every four years for more than a millennium, beginning in 776 B.C. It is located in the valley in the Peloponnesos and has been inhabited since ancient times. The stamp design features ruins of the arched roof of an entrance tunnel leading to the stadium at Olympia.

"World Heritage Greece" stamps can be purchased as a Mint Stamp Set, Singles, Sheets of 20, Prestige Booklets, or various FDC's. The size of each stamp is 50mm x 35mm with a perforation of 14 x 13.25 The stamps will be printed by Joh. Enschede Security Printers, Netherlands using the Offset printing process. The quantity printed of each will be 275,000 of the 37 cents stamp, 195,000 of the 60 cents stamp, 180,000 of the 1.00 F.s. stamp, 180,000 of the 1.30 F.s. stamp, 250,000 of the 0.55 Euro stamp and 250,000 of the 0.75 Euro stamps.

World Heritage Greece Jumbo FDC

World Heritage Greece FDC Stamp

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