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New issues on 23 June 2022

BEE HIVES ON THE ROOF OF THE MUSEUM OF STAMPS AND COINS 

The Principality of Monaco’s leading role in protecting the environment and biodiversity has seen it adopt a commitment to preserve bees, which are essential for the health of our planet. Under an agreement with the Union Nationale de l'Apiculture Française, for over a decade, bee hives have been installed on the green roof of the Museum of Stamps and Coins, which is planted with flowers and other vegetation. Protected from their most feared predator, the Asian hornet, by a small army of black chickens, they collect pollen in the green spaces carefully maintained by the Department of Urban Amenities. This surprising cohabitation in such an urban environment is actually quite appropriate, given that the city is a rampart against the pesticides widely used in the countryside. In addition, the proximity to schools allows younger generations to be taught about the importance of these tireless and precise workers, with each insect playing a specific and vital role within an astonishing social structure.

Design: Marie-Christine LEMAYEUR and Bernard ALUNNI
Printing process: Offset
Size of the stamp: 40,85 x 30 mm horizontal
Quantity of issue: 40 000 stamps
Sheet of 10 stamps with illuminations


150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF LOUIS BLÉRIOT

Born in Cambrai in 1872, a graduate of the Ecole Centrale Paris in 1895, Louis Blériot founded the successful Etablissements L. Blériot which manufactured acetylene headlamps for the fast-growing automobile industry. At the same time, he devoted himself to his passion for aviation and built his first aircraft as early as 1901. On 25 July 1909, flying the Blériot XI, he completed the first flight over the English Channel from Calais to Dover.  Blériot was part of the first generation of aviators and aeroplane builders, the heroes of the “Belle Époque”, whose collective memory retains almost legendary status. Blériot lived in Monaco, at his estate named “Le Nid” (“The Nest”) which he bought in 1920 and which remained in his family until 1958. 

Design and line-engravingPierre ALBUISSON
Printing process: 3 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


ALBERT I AND SPITSBERGEN

From 1870, Albert I developed a passion for oceanographic exploration. He organised numerous scientific expeditions, sailing with vessels specially equipped with laboratories and built entirely for research. In the 1900s, aboard Princesse Alice, he took part in four expeditions to the Arctic and Spitsbergen, producing detailed maps of the area that are still used today. Thanks to his discoveries, the “Navigator Prince” would give the Principality’s name to one of the Spitsbergen glaciers  on the north coast: the Monaco Glacier. From 23 to 28 June 2022, a commemorative voyage to Spitsbergen will be organised by the Oceanographic Institute and the Prince Albert II Foundation, in close collaboration with the Albert I Committee and the Prince’s Palace Archives. This historic expedition will follow the route taken by Prince Albert I, aboard the “Commandant Charcot” (operated by Ponant), with H.S.H. Prince Albert II as the guest of honour.

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: 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 2022 and offered to our subscribers and customers.