2-1 : Zun (Vessel) from National Museum of China (NMC) Collection 2-2 : Ding (Cauldron) from National Museum of China (NMC) Collection
The National Museum of China (NMC) is located on the east side of Tianammen Square in Beijing, facing the Great Hall of the People. Its predecessor was the Preparatory Office of the National Museum of History, established on 9 July 1912. It covers a floor space of nearly 200,000 square meters and houses a collection of 1.2 million cultural relics and artworks.
Paralympic Games 2012 London Date of Issue : 28 June 2012
The Paralympic Games are coming back to its cradle, more than 4,000 contestants from 166 countries who will participate in 21 disciplines.
At the last Paralympic Games, the Slovak athletes earned two gold medals overall, three silver medals and one bronze medal in table tennis, shooting and cycling.
A very nice Slovak Paralympic Games FDC. Just like the Olympic Games FDC, there are also 3 special seals on this FDC - one Olympic Personality of Slovak Olympic Movement and two Paralympics. Thank You so much to my friend !
(Top FDC) Asher: Tarshish – Aquamarine (Olive Green). Aquamarine is a blue-green variety of the mineral beryl, a beryllium aluminium silicate. Iron impurities give it its colour. The possible location of mineral deposit was Upper Egypt.
Gad: Shevo - Agate (Black, brown, white). Agate is a microcrystalline variety of silica, chiefly chalcedony, characterised by its fine of grain size and brightness of colour. The possible location of mineral deposit was Red Sea Coast.
(2nd FDC) Binyamin: Yashpeh – Jasper (Multicolored). Jasper, a form of chalcedony, is an opaque, impure variety of silica. The possible location of mineral deposit was Tel El Amarna, Egypt.
Yosef: Shoham – Onyx (Black). Onyx is a banded variety of chalcedony, which is a microcrystalline form of silica. The possible location of mineral deposit was Nubian Desert.
Date of Issue : 4 July 2012 Portugal's National Football Team has succeeded in being in the final stages of five world championships – 3rd place in 1966 and 4th place in 2006. And in terms of European Championships, since 1996 Portugal has never failed to qualify for the finals and came in 2nd place in 2004.
This year, Portugal's National Football Team perform very well in the Euro 2012. Portugal's National Football Team defeated the Czech Republic, and took them into a semi-final with Spain. The match ended 0-0 after extra-time, and unluckily, Portugal was defeated by 4-2 in a penalty shootout.
Olympic Games 2012 London Date of Issue : 28 June 2012
The Slovak athletes will try to be successful at the Olympic Games where 10,500 athletes from 204 countries are expected. There will be 302 collections of medals in 26 Olympic sports. The Slovak athletes have an excellent chance of success in athletics (hammer throw), shooting and in Hertfordshire water where water slalom will take place.
A very nice Slovak Olympic FDC, with also 3 special seals - one Olympic Personality of Slovak Olympic Movement and two Paralympics. I like it ! Thank You so much to my friend !
Date of Issue : 27 June 2012 The transits of Venus are very rare astronomical phenomena. When the Sun, Venus and Earth are in a near-perfect alignment we can see, with the appropriate instruments, a small black disk – the silhouette of Venus – crossing the bright disk of the Sun. The transits of Venus occur in pairs in eight year intervals. In turn, each of these pairs occurs, alternately, every 105.5 and 121.5 years. The last transit of Venus occurred on the morning of June 8th, 2004 and was fully visible in mainland Portugal (only its beginning was not observed in the Azores and Madeira), for more than six hours.
It’s just that the next Venus transit will only be seen from the Earth on December 11th, 2117.
2012 is a special year for Israeli Olympic sports as it marks the 60th anniversary Israeli Olympic delegation, which first participated in the 1952 games in Helsinki, the 40th anniversary of the murder of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes at the 1972 Games in Munich and the 20th anniversary of Israel’s first Olympic medals, won in Barcelona 1992.
Birds of Latvia - Barn Swallow Date of Issue : 16 June 2012
The Barn Swallow is the most widespread species of swallow. It is a bird of open country and builds nests in closed, man-made structures protected from precipitation and wind. The Barn Swallow is renowned for its skill of catching insects in flight. To many nations, the Barn Swallow is a symbol of hope, luck, and the coming of spring; Latvian beliefs about swallows relate to the weather, money and happiness.
Asian Beach Games, organized by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA), is one of the 5 major multi-sport events in Asia. The 3rd Asian Beach Games, scheduled from 16 to 22 June 2012, in Haiyang, Shandong Province, features 49 events in 13 sports, attracting nearly 10,000 athletes, referees, officals and journalists from all 45 members of the OCA.
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