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Switzerland Postal Service 2016 Issue
Designed: Marco Tru eb, Basel

75 Years of the Swiss Merchant Fleet

The Switzerland Postal Service has issued four new stamps with postage values of 85, 100, 150, and 200 Chf named "75 Years of the Swiss Merchant Fleet" on the 25th of February 2016. These stamps depict four different views of a Swiss merchant ship with a quarter of a complete compass overprint on each stamp from 0 to 360 degrees. Switzerland was not allow to fly its own flag on its merchants ships because they had no maritime coastline. In 1921 the League of Nations granted states without a maritime coastline to have their merchant ships fly their flags. This right was also ratified in 1958 by the Geneva Convention and again in 1982 by the United Nations Convention. Switzerland merchant ships fly the Switzerland flag but the ships belong to private owners. These merchants ships that fly the Switzerland Flag are under the protection of Switzerland. For this protection the ship owners agree to give the Switzerland government complete control of their ships during times of crisis or emergency.

75 Years of the Swiss Merchant Fleet stamps can be purchased as set of 4, Sheets of 20, Block of 4, Special Folder and assorted FDCs. The size of each stamp is 33mm x 28mm; and the size of each sheet is 195mm x 142mm (4 rows of 5 stamps). They were printed by Cartor Security Printing, La Loupe France using the four colors offset printing process.

75 Years of the Swiss Merchant Fleet FDC

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