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Polar Philately: San Marino issues IPY stamps

Three new stamps featuring Antarctic landscapes have been issued by the Republic of San Marino on November 18th to celebrate the fourth International Polar Year. San Marino is one of the oldest republics in the world (it was created in 301 AD) as well as one of the smallest (61 Km2, with a population of 30,000). It is landlocked between the regions of Emilia-Romagna and Marche, in Italy. The Philatelic Bureau of the Republic of San Marino was created in 1981, but the republic issued the the first stamp back in 1877.
The three IPY stamps were designed by Marco Mussoni, with photos taken by Lucia Simion, professional photograher and science writer specialized on Antarctica and the subantarctic.

The three new stamps’ dimensions are 30 x 40 mm; they feature Mount Melbourne, emperor penguins and the polar plateau.

Mt. Melbourne (2,732 m) is an active stratovolcano, located in Northern Victoria Land. It was discovered by James Clark Ross in 1841. Mt. Melbourne

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