Theme:Ancient Postal Routes


The stamp represents a messenger responsible for delivering mail in the 18thcentury with in the background a view of the Rocher (Rock of Monaco) of the time.

Issue Date:06.05.2020 Designer:Pierre ALBUISSON Process:Steel-Engraving Colours:6 Colours Size:40 x 31,77 mm horizontal


Date of Release:7th May 2020


The design produced by Switzerland in cooperation with Germany depicts a postal route from 1627, printed in a vertically correlated form.

The route ran from Rheinhausen in Germany, passing through Basel and Zurich, before reaching Milan and Mantua. It was operated by the House of Thurn and Taxis, a noble family from Lombardy who set up a courier service for the Republic of Venice in the 14th century. The brothers Janetto and Francesco de Tassis (the Germanized form of Taxis) founded the postal service spanning Europe in 1490 on behalf of the later Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. Their descendants ran the imperial post service from Brussels. The post riders were adventure seekers who encountered many dangers along the way.In the beginning, the postal charge was indicated as a figure on the envelope: on the front if it had to be paid by the recipient and on the back if it had already been settled by the sender. Later, postmarks were introduced, even before the emergence of the stamp in the 19th century.

Issue Date:07.05.2020 Designer:Jürg Glauser, Berne Printer:Joh. Enschedé, Haarlem, Netherlands Process:Offset Colours:4 Colours Size:Stamps: 40×32.5 mm Sheet: 190×162 mm

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