Wildlife Conservation Date of Issue : 12 December 2012
Stamps : The Mediterranean Spur-thighed Tortoise (Testudo graeca), Mountain Gazelle Fawn (Gazella gazella gazella) and The Imperial Eagle (Aquila heliaca)
The Israeli Wildlife Hospital was co-founded by the Zoological Center Tel Aviv- Ramat Gan (Safari) Israel and the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. To date, the hospital has cared for more than 10,000 animals, belonging to some 250 species.
A nice postcard sent on the very special date of 12.12.12. This Portuguese postcard shows the view of Pedro IV Square (Praça Dom Pedro IV, also known as Rossio Square). Thank You very much to my friend!
The High Priest's Breastplate Date of Issue : 12 December 2012
The mini souvenir leaf features the High Priest against the background of the magnificent Holy Temple built by King Herod and the city of Jerusalem in the latter part of the Second Temple period. The image of Jerusalem is based on the model designed by the late Prof. Michael Avi-Yonah in the 1960’s which is now permanently displayed at the Israel Museum. To the right is the large area housing the Temple Mount and the Holy Temple and to the left, behind the image of the High Priest, is the lower city. The red roofs of the luxurious upper city houses can be seen clearly, located in the area where the Jewish Quarter of the Old City now stands.
Eurypharynx pelecanoides (NT10): This mesopelagic and bathyalpelagic fish lives at depths of 500-3,000 meters.
Argyropelecus aculeatus (NT12): Commonly known as the Atlantic silver hatchetfish, it lives at depths of 200-1,000 meters.
Bufoceratias shaoi (NT10): This species lives at depths of 500-1,200 meters.
Regalecus glesne (NT12): This mesopelagic fish is found at depths ranging from the surface to 1,000 meters. The world’s longest bony fish, it can grow up to 11 meters. It is nicknamed the “earthquake fish” in Taiwan because it is often spotted by fishermen after earthquakes.
The marginal inscription features Leptocephalus (upper left corner), Ctenophora (lower right corner) and Bobtail squid (lower left corner).
Souvenir Sheet B: includes one stamp
Histioteuthis celetaria pacifica (NT25): This species lives at depths of 300-500 meters.
The marginal inscription features Pyrosoma sp.(upper left corner), Tomopteris sp. (right), Malacosteus niger (bottom) and Gnathophausia sp. (bottom left).
The design of the new stamps draws on traditional Christmas themes - a Christmas tree and gifts hidden under it. The first-day cover depicts a winter scene with a house surrounded by fir trees covered with snow and a snowman, while the cancellation depicts a decorated Christmas tree.
The Hanban (Confucius Institute Headquarters) established Confucius Institutes overseas since 2004. Confucius Institutes are non-profit organizations that aim to teach the Chinese language and spread Chinese culture. By 2012, a total of 400 Confucius Institutes and over 500 Confucius Classrooms have been set up in 108 countries.
First Day Cover 首日封 Sobrescrito de 1.º Dia Hong Kong
150th Anniversary of Stamp Issuance in Hong Kong
Date of Issue : 8 December 2012
As early as 1841, a postal bureau was established locally to handle mail items for the British Army and postal matters for the public. In its early days, the Post Office (now also known as Hongkong Post) did not issue stamps but focused on postal service, and mail items were postmarked as a proof of postage payment. It was not until 1862 that Hong Kong had its first stamp issue.
The first set of stamps was released on 8 December 1862 when Hong Kong was under British rule. The stamps came in a set of seven and featured Queen Victoria in profile.
$1.4 stamp : The two-cent stamp from our first stamp set appears on the left. The Chinese term "先時" is the then transliteration of "cents".
$1.8 stamp : The eight-cent stamp from our first stamp set appears on the right.
$2.4 stamp : The 12-cent stamp from our first stamp set appears on the right.
$2.5 stamp : The 18-cent stamp from our first stamp set appears on the left.
$3 stamp : The 24-cent stamp from our first stamp set appears on the left.
$5 stamp : The 48-cent stamp from our first stamp set appears on the right and is accompanied by a QR Code. One can scan the QR Code on the stamp to gain instant access to the webpage of "The 150th Anniversary of Stamp Issuance in Hong Kong" and browse the stamp information.
$10 Stamp Sheetlet : The 96-cent stamp (highest denomination) from our first issue at the centre of the stamp portion.
(From Hong Kong Post : http://www.hongkongpoststamps.hk/eng/stamps/latest_stamp_issues/2012/20121208b/introduction.htm)
ART: Viera Žilinčanová (1932 – 2008) Date of Issue : 23 November 2012
A significant representative of the Slovak contemporary fine arts, she followed the tradition of magic realism and surrealism in European and global art.
She represented our fine arts at numerous exhibitions and painting festivals in Bratislava, Košice, Trenčín, Prague, Brno and other cities in Europe and overseas. She was awarded the National Prize and the Jury Prize for her works at the International Painting Festivals in Cannes sur Mer; the Prize of Cyprián Majerník and the Main Prize at the International Biennale of Painting in Košice
Date of Issue : 3 December 2012 The year 2013 is the year of the snake.
The “New Year’s Greetings” stamp for this year consists of two stamps: the “snake” stamp and the “Jaegichagi” stamp that features “Jaegichagi,” one of the folk games played on New Year’s Day. In the “New Year’s Greetings” stamp for this year, glow-in-the dark ink was applied to the snake’s body shown as white and the snow particles (in the “snake” stamp), the snow particles (in the “Jaegichagi” stamp), and the three snakes and the snow particles (in the souvenir sheet).
2013 marks the Chinese New Year of the Snake. Each of the stamps features an artistically papercutted snake or a pair of snakes colored in bright yellow and royal purple against a pale-orange background with random yellow splatters. The bright color scheme spotlights the joyous atmosphere of the Year of the Snake.
NT$3.50 Stamp: The long bodies curled against each other in symmetry and the heads pointing to opposite directions, this pair of snakes represents the spirit of “one mind” and symbolizes “warmth and all one’s wishes will come true.”
NT$13.00 Stamp: The snake’s head surges forward, with the plump, curved body curling behind. The snake looks spirited and ready to spring into action. This image represents “courage” and symbolizes “marching ahead bravely.”
NT$12.00 Souvenir Sheet: With its upper body standing erect and the head tilting to one side to face its curved tail, this snake signifies “mettle,” and reflects the spirit of “sprightliness and “everything goes according to one’s wishes.”
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