Wednesday, June 23, 2010

#338 Moldova...Thanks Valentina!

The 1.20L stamp on the left was issued in 2010 for the National Museum of Archeology and History of Moldova. More information required for this stamp.

The 1L stamp was issued in 2008 commemorating 150th Anniversary of the First Stamps of Moldova - The Bulls Head.

The 4.5L stamp was issued in 2009 celebrating 60th Anniv. of Council of Europe.

The Council of Europe (French: Conseil de l'Europe) is one of the oldest international organisations working towards European integration, having been founded in 1949. It has a particular emphasis on legal standards, human rights, democratic development, the rule of law and cultural co-operation. It has 47 member states with some 800 million citizens. It is distinct from the European Union (EU) which has common policies, binding laws and only twenty-seven members. The two do however share certain symbols such as their flag.

The Council of Europe was founded on 5 May 1949 by the Treaty of London. The Treaty of London or the Statute of the Council of Europe was signed in London on that day by ten states: Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Many states followed, especially after the democratic transitions in central and eastern Europe during the early 1990s, and the Council of Europe now includes all European states except Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kosovo and Vatican City.

The seat of the Council of Europe is in Strasbourg, France with English and French as its two official languages.

The 1.50L stamp on the right was issued in 2009 showing a child's drawing with the theme "a healthy environment for children".

The 40b stamp is from 2003 Butterflies issue illustrating Scarce Swallowtail.

The Scarce Swallowtail (Iphiclides podalirius) is widespread throughout Europe with the exception of the northern parts. Its range extends northwards to Saxony and central Poland and eastwards across Asia Minor and Transcaucasia as far as the Arabian peninsula, India, and western China. A few specimens of the Scarce Swallowtail have been reported from central Sweden and the UK but they were probably only strays and not migrants. The scarcity of UK migrants is responsible for the English common name. In the Alps it can be found up to altitudes of 1600 m.

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