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New issues on 26 February 2021

CENTENARY OF THE INTERNATIONAL HYDROGRAPHIC ORGANIZATION

Founded in 1921, the International Hydrographic Organization, which has its head office in Monaco, is an intergovernmental organisation that, together with its member states, ensures that all physical characteristics of the oceans are measured and mapped in order to ensure the safety of navigation and to preserve the marine environment. These characteristics include sea level, the topography of the sea floor (mountains, volcanoes, ravines, etc.), ocean currents, etc. This information helps to establish uniformity for nautical charts, and is also useful for activities associated with renewable marine energy.

Design: Thierry MORDANT
Printing process: Heliogravure
Size of the stamp: 52 x 31,77 mm horizontal
Quantity of issue: 35 000 stamps
Sheet of 10 stamps with illuminations

CENTENARY OF THE SPEECH ON THE OCEAN FROM PRINCE ALBERT I

One hundred years ago, on 25 April 1921, Prince Albert I gave his Speech on the Ocean at the Smithsonian Museum, in front of the members of the Washington Academy of Sciences. It was a visionary speech, predicting some of the problems that affect the oceans today, such as the overexploitation of resources caused by new technology – at the time represented by steam trawlers. During this trip, Prince Albert I was awarded the Agassiz Medal in honour of his significant contribution to oceanography.

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

THE KIEL REGATTA

Driven by his duty as an advocate for peace, Prince Albert I, who had been made aware of the risks of a deterioration in relations between France and Germany, began participating in the Kiel Regatta from 1898 onwards. The Regatta was a sporting event that attracted members of high society, but it was also – and above all – an opportunity for diplomacy. Prince Albert I was often accompanied to the event by French politicians in a bid to promote informal discussions with Emperor Wilhelm II and to try to bring the two nations closer together. The friendship between Albert I and the Kaiser was based on their shared passion: marine science. In a coincidence of timing, the two men were together, during the middle of the Kiel Regatta, when they learned about the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife on 28 June 1914.

Design and line-engraving: Martin MÖRCK
Printing process: Steel-engraving and offset
Size of the stamp: 40,85 x 30 mm horizontal
Quantity of issue: 35 000 stamps
Sheet of 10 stamps with illuminations

CENTENARY OF THE DEATH OF CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS

Camille Saint-Saëns, who was born in Paris in 1835, at the height of the Romantic era, and died in Algiers in 1921, has remained a classic composer against all odds. A child prodigy, he gave his first concert at the age of 11. He enrolled in the Conservatoire de Paris in 1848, where he studied organ and composition. Saint-Saëns enjoyed extraordinary fame from the 1860s. He composed symphonies and concertos for violin and piano, as well as symphonic poems. He wrote a dozen operas, the best known of which is unquestionably Samson and Delilah (1877). A friend of Prince Albert I, he wrote, at the latter’s request, the Ouverture de Fête, which he played at the official opening of the Monaco Oceanographic Museum in 1910.

Design and line-engraving: Elsa CATELIN
Printing process: Steel-engraving and offset
Size of the stamp: 40,85 x 30 mm horizontal
Quantity of issue: 35 000 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 1st Part of the philatelic programme 2021 and offered to our subscribers and customers.