Thursday, January 19, 2012
All about Joint Stamps Issues
Joint Stamp Issue 2011 Belarus
A joint issue is a release of stamps or postal stationery by two or more countries to commemorate the same topic, event or person of relevance to both countries. Countries usually share a joint issue to present their excellent relations and cooperation in various fields. This is an example of how stamps are a reflection of peoples’ lives and of its surroundings.
Joint issues typically have the same first day of issue and their design is often similar or identical except for the identification of country and value. Thus for example, although since 1974 several European nations issue stamps with a common topic on a regular basis, one cannot say that they are a true joint issues, since they do not share the same designs or dates of issue.
One example is the Iranian - Belarus Joint Stamp Issue 2011,
Kharimkhan Citadel. Mir Castle
On September 28, 2001 The Belarus Post and Iranian Post jointly released a postage stamp. This release featured two of the most famous heritage sites in
in Iran . Belarus
The Mirsky Castle Complex is a UNESCO World Heritage site in
in the town of Belarus in
the Karelichy District of the Hrodna voblast. Mir
The Arg of Karim Khan is also a well known heritage site located in the north-east ofShiraz, southern
It was constructed as part of a complex during the Zand dynasty and is named
after Karim Khan, and served as his living quarters. Iran
This release featured two of the most famous handicrafts in the two countries: the Hong Kong’s Handicraft, the Dough Figurines and the
Handicraft, the Painted Eggs. The Dough figurine is a traditional
handicraft art in Romania ( China )
going back one thousand years. The Painted Eggs are a common holiday
gift in Hong kong especially
in the Easter holiday. On Easter women and children usually gather together to
paint eggs with beautiful colors and symbols. Romania
The United States Postal Service also collaborates with the postal administration of other countries to release joint issues on a sporadic basis. Collaborating five times each,
and Canada are
the most prolific philatelic partners of the Sweden .
The USPS joint issues include releases on various topics such as the
1959 joint issue shared with Canada commemorating the Opening of the St.
Lawrence Seaway, the 1986 joint issue shared with France stating the Centennial
of the Statue of Liberty and the 1992 joint issue with
Italy, Spain and Portugal sharing the memory of Columbus' Voyages. United