The United Nations will formally issue six new stamps in its ongoing World Heritage series at a ceremony in August at the American Philatelic Society’s StampShow.
The stamps depict sites Along the Silk Road. A ceremony has been scheduled for 2 p.m. August 3, the first day of the four-day show at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia.
To accommodate headquarters in three locales (U.S., Switzerland, Austria,) the stamps show architectural treasures in three national denominations: U.S. – Kyrgyzstan (Too Sacred Mountain) and China (Longmen Grottoes); Switzerland (text in French) – Uzbekistan (Historic Center of Bukhara), Turkmenistan (Konye-Urgench, or Kunya-Urgench); and Austrian (text in German) – Iran (Bazaar in Tabriz), and Turkey (City of Safranbolu). The U.S. denominations are 34 cents (Grottoes), which pays the current postcard rate, and 49 cents (Mountain), the first-class domestic rate.
The series began in 1997 and features cultural and natural sites that have been inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. UNESCO stands for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
The new release includes panes of 20 for each stamp and a prestige booklet a block of four for each stamp, additional photos of the sites, and explanatory text.
“The Silk Roads were an interconnected web of routes linking the ancient societies of Asia, the Subcontinent, Central Asia, Western Asia, and the Near East, and contributed to the development of the world’s great civilizations,” the U.N. booklet states. “They represent one of the world’s preeminent long-distance communication networks, stretching to around 7,500 km [4,600 miles], but extending to more than 35,000 km [21,700 miles] along specific routes.”
StampShow 2017, the nation’s largest annual philatelic show, will be held August 3 to 6 and feature hundreds of high-caliber exhibits, scores of dealers, displays of stamp rarities, a youth area, dozens of presentations, meetings of specialty societies. The show serves as the summer convention for the 30,000 members of the APS, which is marking its 131st year.
More show information is available online via the APS website.