7 Dec 2010

Christmas 2010 and New Year


INTRODUCTION

On 7 December 2010, the Post Office of Moldova (Poșta Moldovei) issued a series of postage stamps with the title Christmas 2010 and New Year. The issue comprises two stamps (one on a souvenir sheet), with associated cancellation (postmark) and first day cover (FDC). The designer was Vitaliu Pogolşa. The printing was performed by Tipografia Centrală, Chişinău.

ABOUT THE THEME

Christmas (Old English: Crīstesmæsse, meaning 'Christ's Mass') is an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ and a widely observed cultural holiday, celebrated generally on December 25 by millions of people around the world. A feast central to the Christian liturgical year, it closes the Advent season and initiates the twelve days of Christmastide, which ends after the twelfth night. Christmas is a civil holiday in many of the world's nations, is celebrated by an increasing number of non-Christians, and is an integral part of the Christmas and holiday season. Read more..
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ISSUE DETAILS


POSTAGE STAMPS


Angel Bringing Present to a Child
№ 727 | Angel Bringing Present to a Child

Angel Bringing Present to a Child

  • Michel Catalogue No: 727
  • Perforation Type/Size: Comb Syncopated 13
  • Size: 34.00 x 34.00 mm
  • Face Value: 1.2 Lei
  • Quantity Printed: 300,000

Nativity Cathedral, Chișinău
№ 728 | Nativity Cathedral, Chișinău

Nativity Cathedral, Chișinău

  • Michel Catalogue No: 728
  • Perforation Type/Size: Comb Syncopated 13
  • Size: 34.00 x 34.00 mm
  • Face Value: 5.4 Lei
  • Quantity Printed: 50,000
The Cathedral of Christ's Nativity (Romanian: Catedrala Mitropolitană Nașterea Domnului) is the main cathedral of the Moldovan Orthodox Church in Central Chișinău, Moldova. It was commissioned by the governor of New Russia, Prince Mikhail Semyonovich Vorontsov, and Metropolitan Gavril Bănulescu-Bodoni in 1830. The cathedral was built in the 1830s to a Neoclassical design by Abram Melnikov (who had designed a similar church in Bolhrad). The cathedral was bombed during the World War II, and its bell tower was destroyed by the local Communists in 1962. The new bell tower was constructed in 1997. The restoration of the interiors is apparently still under way. Read more..
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FIRST DAY COVERS (FDC) AND CANCELLATIONS (POSTMARKS)


Cachet: Christmas Tree
№ 727 FDC | Christmas Tree

Cachet: Christmas Tree
№ Block 52 (728) FDC | Christmas Tree

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30 Nov 2010

Extinct Fauna of Moldova


INTRODUCTION

On 30 November 2010, the Post Office of Moldova (Poșta Moldovei) issued a series of postage stamps with the title Extinct Fauna of Moldova. The issue comprises eight stamps, (four on a souvenir sheet), with associated cancellation (postmark) and first day cover (FDC). The designer was Vladimir Melnic. The printing was performed by Tipografia Centrală, Chişinău.

ISSUE DETAILS


POSTAGE STAMPS


Mammoth
№ 719 | Mammoth

Mammoth

  • Michel Catalogue No: 719
  • Perforation Type/Size: Comb 14:14.50
  • Size: 46.00 x 27.50 mm
  • Face Value: 0.85 Lei
  • Quantity Printed: 200,000
A mammoth is any species of the extinct genus Mammuthus, proboscideans commonly equipped with long, curved tusks and, in northern species, a covering of long hair. They lived from the Pliocene epoch (from around 5 million years ago) into the Holocene at about 4,500 years ago in Africa, Europe, Asia, and North America. They were members of the family Elephantidae which contains, along with mammoths, the two genera of modern elephants and their ancestors. Read more..
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Cave Bear
№ 720 | Cave Bear

Cave Bear

  • Michel Catalogue No: 720
  • Perforation Type/Size: Comb 14:14.50
  • Size: 46.00 x 27.50 mm
  • Face Value: 1 Lei
  • Quantity Printed: 150,000
The cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) was a species of bear that lived in Europe during the Pleistocene and became extinct at the beginning of the Last Glacial Maximum, about 27,500 years ago. Both the name 'cave' and the scientific name spelaeus derive from the fact that fossils of this species were mostly found in caves, indicating this species spent more time in caves than the brown bear, which only uses caves for hibernation. Consequently, in the course of time, whole layers of bones, almost entire skeletons, were found in many caves. Read more..
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Cave Lion
№ 721 | Cave Lion

Cave Lion

  • Michel Catalogue No: 721
  • Perforation Type/Size: Comb 14:14.50
  • Size: 46.00 x 27.50 mm
  • Face Value: 1.2 Lei
  • Quantity Printed: 100,000
Panthera leo spelaea, commonly known as the European or Eurasian cave lion, is an extinct subspecies of lion. It is known from fossils and many examples of prehistoric art. Read more..
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African Antelope (Pontoceros Ambiguus)
№ 723 | African Antelope (Pontoceros Ambiguus)

African Antelope (Pontoceros Ambiguus)

  • Michel Catalogue No: 723
  • Perforation Type/Size: Comb 14:14.50
  • Size: 46.00 x 27.50 mm
  • Face Value: 1.2 Lei
  • Quantity Printed: 20,000

Anancus
№ 724 | Anancus

Anancus

  • Michel Catalogue No: 724
  • Perforation Type/Size: Comb 14:14.50
  • Size: 46.00 x 27.50 mm
  • Face Value: 1.5 Lei
  • Quantity Printed: 20,000
Anancus is an extinct genus of gomphothere endemic to Africa, Europe, and Asia, that lived during the Turolian age of the late Miocene until the genus' extinction during the early Pleistocene, roughly from 3—1.5 million years ago. Read more..
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Bison
№ 722 | Bison

Bison

  • Michel Catalogue No: 722
  • Perforation Type/Size: Comb 14:14.50
  • Size: 46.00 x 27.50 mm
  • Face Value: 4.2 Lei
  • Quantity Printed: 50,000
The European bison (Bison bonasus), also known as wisent (/ˈviːzənt/ or /ˈwiːzənt/) or the European wood bison, is a Eurasian species of bison. It is one of two extant species of bison, alongside the American bison. European bison were hunted to extinction in the wild, with the last wild animals being shot in the Białowieża Forest (on the Poland-Belarus border) in 1919 and in the North-Western Caucasus in 1927. They have since been reintroduced from captivity into several countries in Europe, all descendants of the Białowieża or lowland European bison. They are now forest-dwelling. They have few predators (besides humans), with only scattered reports from the 19th century of wolf and bear predation. European bison were first scientifically described by Carolus Linnaeus in 1758. Some later descriptions treat the European bison as conspecific with the American bison. It is not to be confused with the aurochs, the extinct ancestor of domestic cattle. Read more..
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Rhinoceros (Stephanorhinus)
№ 725 | Rhinoceros (Stephanorhinus)

Rhinoceros (Stephanorhinus)

  • Michel Catalogue No: 725
  • Perforation Type/Size: Comb 14:14.50
  • Size: 46.00 x 27.50 mm
  • Face Value: 5.4 Lei
  • Quantity Printed: 20,000
Stephanorhinus is an extinct genus of rhinoceros native to northern Eurasia that lived during the Lower to Early Late Pleistocene epoch. It had two horns and was a relatively large rhino. It weighed over 3,000 kg (6,613 lbs) and measured about 1.80 – 2 m tall and 3.20 – 4 m in length, having a size similar to a white rhino. Read more..
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Sabre-Toothed Cat (Homotherium)
№ 726 | Sabre-Toothed Cat (Homotherium)

Sabre-Toothed Cat (Homotherium)

  • Michel Catalogue No: 726
  • Perforation Type/Size: Comb 14:14.50
  • Size: 46.00 x 27.50 mm
  • Face Value: 8.5 Lei
  • Quantity Printed: 20,000
Homotherium is an extinct genus of machairodontine saber-toothed cats, often termed scimitar-toothed cats, that ranged from North America, South America, Eurasia, and Africa during the Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs (5 mya–10,000 years ago), existing for approximately 5 million years. Read more..
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FIRST DAY COVERS (FDC) AND CANCELLATIONS (POSTMARKS)


Cachet: Mammoth
№ 719-722 FDC | Mammoth

Cachet: Mammoth
№ Block 51 (723-726) FDC | Mammoth

3 Nov 2010

20th Anniversary of the Adoption of the State Flag and Arms of the Republic of Moldova


INTRODUCTION

On 3 November 2010, the Post Office of Moldova (Poșta Moldovei) issued a series of postage stamps with the title 20th Anniversary of the Adoption of the State Flag and Arms of the Republic of Moldova. The issue comprises four stamps, with associated cancellation (postmark) and first day cover (FDC). The designer was Vitaliu Pogolşa. The printing was performed by Tipografia Centrală, Chişinău.

ISSUE DETAILS


POSTAGE STAMPS


State Arms of Moldova
№ 717Sw | State Arms of Moldova

State Arms of Moldova

  • Michel Catalogue No: 717Sw
  • Perforation Type/Size: Comb Syncopated 13
  • Size: 34.00 x 34.00 mm
  • Face Value: 1.2 Lei
  • Quantity Printed: 150,000
The coat of arms of Moldova consists of a stylized eagle holding a cross in its beak and a sceptre and an olive branch in its claws. According to the author[who?] of the coat of arms, the eagle symbolizes the Latin origin of the people. The chest of the eagle is protected by a shield that bears the traditional insigns of Moldavia: an aurochs head with the sun between its horns. It also contains two lozenges (the ears), a five-petal flower and a moon in a crescent phase. Everything on the shield has one of the three traditional colours: red, yellow, blue. The coat of arms appears in the centre of the flag of Moldova. Read more..
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State Flag of Moldova
№ 718Sw | State Flag of Moldova

State Flag of Moldova

  • Michel Catalogue No: 718Sw
  • Perforation Type/Size: Comb Syncopated 13
  • Size: 34.00 x 34.00 mm
  • Face Value: 4.5 Lei
  • Quantity Printed: 100,000
The state flag of Moldova is a vertical tricolor of blue, yellow, and red, charged with the coat of arms of Moldova (an eagle holding a shield charged with an aurochs) on the center bar. The obverse is mirrored. The flag ratio is 1:2. Until further provisions, the State Flag of Moldova is used as the national flag and ensign as well, that is, civil, state and war flag and ensign. Read more..
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FIRST DAY COVERS (FDC) AND CANCELLATIONS (POSTMARKS)


Cachet: State Arms of Moldova
№ 717Sw-718Sw FDC | State Arms of Moldova

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9 Oct 2010

The «Feteasca» Grape Variety


INTRODUCTION

On 9 October 2010, the Post Office of Moldova (Poșta Moldovei) issued a postage stamp with the title The «Feteasca» Grape Variety. The issue comprises one stamp, with an associated cancellation (postmark) and first day cover (FDC). The designer was Elena Karacenţev. The printing was performed by Tipografia Centrală, Chişinău.

ABOUT THE THEME

Fetească Albă (Romanian pronunciation: [feˈte̯askə ˈalbə]) is a Romanian - Moldovan white grape variety, mainly cultivated in Moldova and Romanian regions of Moldavia and Transylvania, as well as in the Hungarian wine region of Eger. In Moldova, it uses the biggest area planted among local varieties - 900 hectares (2,200 acres). This grape is used a lot for sparkling wine production, but also for varietal Fetească wine. Read more..
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ISSUE DETAILS


POSTAGE STAMPS


The «Feteasca» Grape Variety
№ 716 | The «Feteasca» Grape Variety

The «Feteasca» Grape Variety

  • Michel Catalogue No: 716
  • Perforation Type/Size: Comb 14.50:14
  • Size: 27.50 x 46.00 mm
  • Face Value: 4.5 Lei
  • Quantity Printed: 50,000

FIRST DAY COVERS (FDC) AND CANCELLATIONS (POSTMARKS)


Cachet: Planting Vines
№ 716 FDC | Planting Vines

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18 Sep 2010

Folk Dances (II)


INTRODUCTION

On 18 September 2010, the Post Office of Moldova (Poșta Moldovei) issued a series of postage stamps with the title Folk Dances (II). The issue comprises two stamps, with associated cancellation (postmark) and first day cover (FDC). The designer was Alexei Colabneac. The printing was performed by Tipografia Centrală, Chişinău.

ISSUE DETAILS


POSTAGE STAMPS


The «Moldoveneasca» Dance
№ 714 | The «Moldoveneasca» Dance

The «Moldoveneasca» Dance

  • Michel Catalogue No: 714
  • Perforation Type/Size: Comb 14:14.50
  • Size: 46.00 x 27.50 mm
  • Face Value: 0.85 Lei
  • Quantity Printed: 200,000

The «Câlușarii» Dance
№ 715 | The «Câlușarii» Dance

The «Câlușarii» Dance

  • Michel Catalogue No: 715
  • Perforation Type/Size: Comb 14.50:14
  • Size: 27.50 x 46.00 mm
  • Face Value: 5.4 Lei
  • Quantity Printed: 50,000
The Căluşari (Romanian pronunciation: [kəluˈʃarʲ]) were the members of a Romanian fraternal secret society who practiced a ritual acrobatic dance known as the căluş. According to the Romanian historian Mircea Eliade, the Căluşari were known for 'their ability to create the impression of flying in the air' which he believed represented both the galloping of a horse and the dancing of the fairies (zine). Indeed, the group’s patron was the 'Queen of the Fairies' (Doamna Zinelor), who was also known as Irodiada and Arada, and who Eliade connected with the folkloric figure Diana. Read more..
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FIRST DAY COVERS (FDC) AND CANCELLATIONS (POSTMARKS)


Cachet: Folk Dancers
№ 714-715 FDC | Folk Dancers

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