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New issues on 4 November 2020

MARIANA MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY – PRINCE RAINIER III OF MONACO

In September 2009, H.S.H. Prince Albert II laid the foundation stone of the Mariana Museum of Archaeology in the commune of Lucciana in Corsica. As part of the cultural and twinning links between Lucciana and the Principality of Monaco, the museum was named the Mariana Museum of Archaeology – Prince Rainier III of Monaco. The purpose of the soon-to-be-opened museum will be to preserve the items and remains that have been discovered at Mariana during more than half a century of research. The archaeological site will be the setting for and centrepiece of the museum’s collection. 

Design and line-engraving: Sophie BEAUJARD
Printing process: 5 colours steel-engraving
Size of the stamp: 30 x 40,85 mm vertical
Quantity of issue: 40 000 stamps
Sheet of 10 stamps with illuminations

150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE "BALLONS MONTÉS"

During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870, Paris was encircled by the Prussian army. To re-establish communication with the outside world, the famous engineer and photographer Felix Nadar created the “Company of Military Balloonists”. Together with Germain Rampont, Director General of the Post Office, he set up a camp at the foot of the Butte Montmartre, where the headquarters of airmail was born. His gas balloons equipped with a gondola transported civilian and military mail as well as passengers and carrier pigeons to enable two-way communication. A total of 66 balloons, known as ballons montés, left the capital. Some never reached their destination, while others were captured by the enemy. Today, letters which travelled by balloon are highly sought after by collectors.

Design and line-engraving: Pierre ALBUISSON
Printing process: 6 colours steel-engraving
Size of the stamp: 40 x 31,77 mm horizontal
Quantity of issue: 40 000 stamps
Sheet of 10 stamps with illuminations

These issues will be on sale at the “Office des Timbres”, the “Musée des Timbres et des Monnaies”, the post offices and philatelic counters of the Principality, the Monaco stamp-dealers as well as the “Carré d’Encre” in Paris, France. They will be included, with other values, in the 2nd Part of the philatelic programme 2020 and offered to our subscribers and customers.