Special stamps: Festive Christmas motifs
"Chapel", "Christmas tree" and "Chalet" – three new special stamps from Swiss Post accentuate this year’s Christmas mail with a festive note. A new feature of the Christmas stamps is that they are self-adhesive. People who purchase the new Pro Juventute stamps featuring the topics of "Trust", "Confidence", "Security" and "Friendship" can do a good deed. The surcharge will contribute to the activities of Pro Juventute in honour of its centenary in 2012. An additional special stamp has been designed by rapper Stress and depicts the diversity of Switzerland from his perspective. All stamps in the current issue will be on sale as of 24 November 2011.
Rich Content Section
With the three motifs "Chapel" for CHF 0.85, "Christmas tree" for CHF 1.00 and "Chalet" for CHF 1.40, Swiss Post is once again offering festive design elements for domestic and international Christmas greetings in the run-up to Advent. As of this year, the stamps will be self-adhesive. They were designed by Raphael Volery from Zurich. Matching Christmas card sets are also available.
Soon to celebrate 100 years
The new Pro Juventute stamps with a surcharge are also well suited to the Christmas season. On each of the four stamps with a surcharge – two with a face value of CHF 0.85 (+0.40) and two with a face value of CHF 1.00 (+0.50) – children's faces draw attention to four important moral and ethical core values. Next year, the Foundation will be celebrating 100 years. The surcharges will benefit the projects during the centenary year.
Musical stamp art with depth
Estonian-born Andres Andrekson's stage name, Stress, is no accident. His impatience and desire for immediate action have shaped his character from a very young age. The rapper from the French-speaking part of Switzerland is an extremely sensitive young man with great intellectual depth who reflects on the meaning of life, true values and the essence of being human and accepting people as they are. The colourful stamps with a face value of CHF 1.00 depict his perception of Switzerland's multicultural society.
Stamp motifs in issue 4/2010:
- Christmas stamps "Chapel", "Christmas tree", "Chalet" – special stamps with a face value of CHF 0.85, CHF 1.00 and CHF 1.40 respectively
- "Pro Juventute" – two special stamps with a face value of CHF 0.85 (+ 0.40 surcharge) and two with a face value of CHF 1.00 (+ 0.50 surcharge).
- "Celebrity stamp Stress" – special stamp with a face value of CHF 1.00
- Stamp Day miniature sheet featuring the "Château de Villa" in Sierre, CHF 0.85
Stamps featured in the 4/2011 issue will be valid as of 24 November 2011 and will be available at www.swisspost.ch/philashop, as well as at Swiss philatelic salespoints and post offices.