Thursday, 4 April 2013

Stamps with Rock Dust

Category - Touch
Subcategory - Stamps with matter affixed - Rock dust

Jersey 2013 Superman Stamp with crushed granite printed on stamp

Issue date - 07 June 2013

The Jersey Post has issued a set of Superman Stamps Set ahead of the release of the latest Superman film, Man of Steel, which stars Henry Cavill who comes from Jersey.

The Stamp set consists of 6 stamps featuring Superman's various super powers and a lenticular miniature sheet. One of the Stamp - 80p, features a thermographic stamp with crushed granite from Beauport Bay applied to give a rough tactile finish to the stamp which acknowledges the Man of Steel's strength.

Argentina 2010 - Our Homelands 200th Anniversary - The Bicentenary Mural (UV Shellac print with dust pigments)

Issue date 31 May 2010

Half meter long Miniature Sheet with Stamps depicted on the Bicentenary Mural.

On 20th May 2010 a 500X100 mm souvenir sheet was issued by Argentina Post. The whole sheet’s design is based on a Bicentenary Mural which was homage to the 200th anniversary of Argentina. This mural highlights the social processes and the ways of “the man in the street” as the saying goes. Originally, the mural had been created during the 2008 Buenos Aires Book fair when painter Miguel Rep started drawing it in front of general public during the one month long Fair by using pen, markers and acrylic paint in actual size 11.66m x 2.4m.

This mural shows the history of Republic of Argentina from 1810 to 2010.This sheet contains 12 stamps of $1,50 denomination in different sizes. This sheet is printed on paper without any watermark. The specialty of this sheet is its 500mm length (Half a metre) and colour used which is very specific. Two special colours, plus a metallized ink. A UV shellac has been applied by sectors over different parts of designs, as well as a pigmented shellac with legends traced upon the “river image” running all over the lower part of miniature sheet.

Every stamp shows different stories as the first one shows the Bunenos Aires town hall where the people celebrate the creation of the first national government Junta on May 25th, 1810.

Stamp 1 – ARS1.50 Mural showing the Buenos Aires Town Hall

Stamp 2 – ARS1.50 Mural showing General Manuel Belgrano who created the National Flag

Stamp 3 – ARS1.50 Mural showing General San Martin crosses the Andes

Stamp 4 – ARS1.50 Mural showing The National Constitution sanctioned

Stamp 5 – ARS1.50 Mural showing The Immigration Wave

Stamp 6 – ARS1.50 Mural showing Argentine National Congress

Stamp 7 – ARS1.50 Mural showing Confrontations galore

Stamp 8 – ARS1.50 Mural showing Peak of Literary Expression

Stamp 9 – ARS1.50 Mural showing Loyalty Day

Stamp 10 – ARS1.50 Mural showing 1976 civilian-military coup

Stamp 11 – ARS1.50 Mural showing Mothers of May Square

Stamp 12 – ARS1.50 Mural showing Economic model of the Nineties

Iceland 2010 - Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Eruption – Stamp with Volcanic Ash Dust

The volcanic eruption began in Eyjafjallajökull shortly before midnight on March 20, 2010. In the first stage of the eruption, magma surfaced on the Fimmvörduháls mountain range. It was rather small and seemed to end on April 12.

However, approximately 24 hours later, on the night before April 14, the eruption resumed and then magma surfaced in the southwestern peak crater of Eyjafjallajökull glacier. The next morning volcanic clouds were seen stretching 30 kilometers to the south.

Volcanic ash was carried all over Europe and caused extensive disturbances to air traffic for a few days, the most significant since the end of World War II. It is considered that in the latter stage of the eruption, 250 million cubic meters of ash were emitted.

Iceland Post issued three stamps, which depict the volcanic eruptions, silkscreen printed with very fine-grained Trachyandesite ash which fell at Eyjafjallajokull on 17 April 2010, a little more than three months before the stamps' issue date of 22 July 2010.

France 2009 - 50th Anniversary of Asterix with Stone Dust affixed on Menhir

Issue date 03 December 2009

The Adventures of Asterix (French: Astérix or Astérix le Gaulois) is a series of French comic books written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo (Uderzo also took over the job of writing the series after the death of Goscinny in 1977). The series first appeared in French in the magazine Pilote on 29 October 1959. As of 2009, 34 comic books in the series have been released.

The series follows the exploits of a village of ancient Gauls as they resist Roman occupation. They do so by means of a magic potion, brewed by their druid, which gives the recipient superhuman strength. The protagonist, the titular character, Asterix, along with his friend Obelix have various adventures. In many cases, this leads them to travel to various countries around the world, though other books are set in and around their village. For much of the history of the series (Volumes 4 through 29), settings in Gaul and abroad alternated, with even-numbered volumes set abroad and odd-numbered volumes set in Gaul, mostly in the village.

The Asterix series is one of the most popular Franco-Belgian comics in the world, with the series being translated into over 100 languages, and it is popular in most European countries. Asterix is less well known in the United States and Japan.

The success of the series has led to the adaptation of several books into 11 films; eight animated, and three with live actors. There have also been a number of games based on the characters, and a theme park near Paris, Parc Astérix, is themed around the series. To date, 325 million copies of 34 Asterix books have been sold worldwide, making co-creators Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo France's bestselling authors.

La Poste France, much to the delight of fans around the world, decided to issue a series of stamps on 03 December 2009 to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Asterix and the other lovable creations of Goscinny and Uderzo with stone dust on the Menhir held by Obelisk.

Thailand 2007 - Pa Hin Ngam National Park Miniature sheet with Rocky Sandstone Dust Particles 

Pa Hin Ngam National Park, originally known as Pa Thep Sathit, is a tourist site in Chayaphume Province in Thailand. Every year, early in the rainy season or from June to August, thousands of bright pink Krajiew flowers (Curcuma domestica), will carpet all the meadows in the park. There are trail ways from the Hin Ngam Rock Platform to the scenic area at the top, which is the highest spot in the park.

The Hin Ngam Rock Platform, covering an area 1,000 rai (1.6 square Km), is located in a lush green timber forest of Siamese Sal trees. Its features quaint looking rock formation of, for example, a prasat building, a naga serpent, an elephant, a radar disk, a hen and the World Cup Trophy.

Pa Hin Ngam National Park stamps collection was issued by Thailand Post on 02 July 2007 and is printed with special technique, leaving a natural stone touch on its surface of both stamps and souvenir sheet. 100,000 copies were printed.

Austria 2006 – Mail from a Different World – Stamp with Meteorite Dust particles

Austria Post issued a stamp on 24 March 2006 with an out of the world rock; this stamp contained 0.03 grams of meteorite dust. The dust came from a 19 kilogram stony meteorite found in Morocco in 2004. The meteorite is composed of Olivine, a mineral chemically defined as magnesium iron silicate. The gemstone known as Peridot is an example of gem-quality Olivine.

The meteorite was crushed into a very fine dust, which was then hand-affixed to the circular stamp using a special adhesive. The stamp issue, called Mail from a Different World, sold for 3.75 EU. 600,000 copies were printed.

Part of the meteor's tail extends onto the border area of this sheet. According to Austria Post, the unused portion of the meteorite is on display at the Vienna NaturalHistory Museum, which houses one of the world's largest collections of meteorites

Thailand 2003 World Philatelic Exhibition – Stamp with clay dust particles and under UV glow in dark effect

Issue date 04 October 2003

Souvenir sheet issued by Thailand Post on the occasion of Bangkok 2003 World Philatelic Exhibition featuring stamp impregnated with clay dust particles used to make clay pottery and clay toys. The Souvenir sheet illustrates Thai handicrafts of 4 regions.

3.00 Baht - Central region Thai handicraft, Basketry from Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Province.

3.00 Baht - Northeastern region Thai handicraft, Earthenware from Nakhon Ratchasima Province.

3.00 Baht - Southern region Thai handicraft, Nang Talung leather craft from Nakhon Si Thammarat Province.

15.00 Baht - Northern region Thai handicraft, Woodcraft from Chiang Mai province.

The stamps and miniature sheet glows in the dark under UV light.

Russia 2003 - Davis Cup Winner 2002 - Russia Miniature sheet printed with Clay Dust particles 

Russia Post issued a miniature sheet on 19 February 2003 to commemorate Russia’s Davis Cup Tennis victory in 2002. The miniature sheet has a 50 Rubles stamp portraying Davis Cup, embossed in silver with the image of the tennis court of the Bersy hall in Paris where the Davis Cup took place. The tennis court in the miniature sheet is covered by the real clay from the actual venue of the tourney, affixed by using a special technique.

Gibraltar 2002 – Rock of Gibraltar – Stamps with Gibraltar Limestone Rock Dust

Gibraltar put their country's famous landmark on their stamps both figuratively and literally on 15 September 2002. The Rock of Gibraltar, one of the most recognized natural landmarks in the world appeared on a 4-stamp set in 2002. The top layer of the stamp is embellished with finely pulverized pieces of geologic (limestone) rock from the famous landmark. With this stamp you get a piece of the rock.

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