Enzo Cafaro (Italy) provided information about the stamps involving China and Spain celebrating 50 years of relationship between both countries. This issue was announced for March 2023 in the Spanish philatelic program, but no stamps were released by this country since, except that the design of the stamps was shown. Now, we learned that the Chinese stamps will be released on May 10, 2023 and the announcement from Chinese post confirms the joint status of the issue which is made of identical stamps showing Flamingos in national park lakes (Fuente de Piedra Lake and Hengshui Lake). From the Spanish side, Enzo could provide the picture of the FDC which confirms the same date of issue. China will issue its stamps in miniature sheets of 12 [3×4].
Croatia and Switzerland Lakes 2022
On May 5, 2022, Croatia and Switzerland jointly issued twin stamps. The subject of lakes was selected for this project. For their design, the Croatians selected a widening of the River Krka, in the middle of which Visovac Island is found. This island is 200 metres long and has been inhabited since the 14th century. The smallest book in the world, containing the Lord’s Prayer in seven languages, and a valuable copy of Aesop’s fables are kept on the island. Both are part of a collection of monastic treasures assembled by Franciscan monks.
Switzerland chose Lake Cauma near Flims, which also has a very picturesque, albeit slightly smaller island. The Romansh dialect Sursilvan, in which the lake is called “Lag la Cauma”, was intentionally used
in the name.
Croatia issued both stamps in sheetlets of 9 stamps [9×9] while Switzerland produced miniature sheets of 16 stamps [4×4]. Mixed FDCs with all 4 stamps became also available.
Albania and Croatia lake islands
On December 22, 2021, both Albania and Slovenia issued the same design souvenir sheet including two stamps representing islands on lakes. This issue is entitled Ecotourism. The Slovenia souvenir sheet was shown earlier. Here is the picture of the Albanian souvenir sheet provided by Enzo Cafaro (Italy).
Slovenia lake souvenir sheet 2021
Don Birschel (USA) was just able to provide the first image of the Slovenia souvenir sheet to be issued with Albania on next December 22, 2021. This image looks very similar to the first picture seen for the Albanian souvenir sheet (see earlier), so leading to a true Twin Issue.
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