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  • Hungary – Christmas 2022Hungary – Christmas 2022October 26, 2022Magyar Posta is issuing a self-adhesive definitive stamp marked Domestic as the indication of value in standard and special editions for sending seasonal greetings at Christmas in 2022. The standard edition is in sheets of fifty stamps, while the special edition is a miniature sheet of five stamps. Carlo Maratta’s painting The Holy Night appears on the stamp this Yuletide. The new issue was designed by the graphic artist Attila André Elekes and produced by Codex Értékpapírnyomda Zrt. The new releases will be available at first day post offices and Filaposta in Hungary from 25 October 2022, and may also be ordered from Magyar Posta’s online store. The painter Carlo Maratta (1625-1713) is considered the principal master of Late Baroque Roman Classicism. He fashioned the art of the Eternal City in the second half of the 17th century, especially with his large altarpieces. Early in his career, between 1651 and 1656, he was commissioned by Flavio Alaleona to paint the chapel of St Joseph in the church of San Isidoro in Rome. This included a lunette fresco depicting the Adoration of the Shepherds. Maratta copied the central scene from this fresco, which is the Nativity of Jesus shown on the stamp and the accompanying first day cover (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen, Dresden). The Mother of God and her Child and the outer two angel heads are exact replicas of the fresco in Rome. The press sheet of 50 stamps is enlivened by visual elements on the barcode and festive greetings in Hungarian, English, German and French on the selvedge. A grid, which was previously removed during printing, aids separating the stamps from the sheet. The flexo printing process is complemented with gold-coloured ink for the sheets of 50 stamps and gold-coloured foil for the miniature sheets. [...]
  • Hungary – Coats of arms of the kings of the House of ÁrpádHungary – Coats of arms of the kings of the House of ÁrpádOctober 26, 2022Magyar Posta is issuing a souvenir sheet containing six stamps that present the coats of arms of the kings of the House of Árpád. The souvenir sheet designed by the graphic artist Attila André Elekes was produced in cooperation with the Hungarian National Archives by the banknote printing company Pénzjegynyomda. The new issue will be released on 25 October 2022. It will be on sale at first day post offices and Filaposta in Hungary and may also be ordered from Magyar Posta’s online store from the date of issue. Coats of arms began to be used in Europe in the mid-12th century, and the earliest royal coat of arms to have survived in Hungary dates from 1202. Six royal coats of arms from the period prior to the House of Árpád becoming extinct are presented. The designs of the sheet’s stamps show the coats of arms of kings through their extant seals, while a detail of their char-ters appears in the background printing. On the first day cover for the souvenir sheet, the seal of the first royal bearer of a coat of arms, King Emeric, is in the foreground against a backdrop featuring the elaborate initial of King Stephen V. The special postmark is a drawing of an escutcheon. King Emeric (1196-1204): the reverse of this monarch’s gold seal shows the first depiction of a red and silver striped shield. Lions passant looking to the dexter can be seen in the uneven stripes. • Andrew II (1205-1235): on the reverse of the golden bull of this king, there is a triangular shield with eight stripes, with a small shield in the middle of the second, fourth and sixth stripe and a pair of lions passant facing the small shield from the right and left, and in the eighth stripe a lion passant regardant moving to the sinister, making a total of seven lions on the coat of arms. • Béla IV (1235-1270): on the reverse of Béla IV’s gold seal, there is a triangular shield with a double cross, which can be traced back to the special veneration of the relic of Christ in the 13th century. • Stephen V (1270-1272): this seal features a double cross with parallel sides standing on a mound in a triangular shield with a pointed tip and curved sides. At the foot of the cross, two leaves sprout from branches indicating that the wood of the cross is alive and able to produce shoots. Around the lower crossbeam of the cross is a ring symbolising the crown of thorns. • Ladislaus IV (1272-1290): on the reverse of this double seal, there is a double cross with parallel sides and a ring representing the crown of thorns around the lower crossbeam. • Andrew III (1290-1301): the reverse of this sover-eign’s double seal shows a triangular shield with curved sides in which a parallel-sided double cross with a thin upright can be seen. In the segments of the field, there is a fine, undulating leafy vine and the intersection of the lower crossbeam and the upright is intertwined by a crown of thorns in the form of a ring. [...]
  • Hungary – Tibor Benedek was born 50 years agoHungary – Tibor Benedek was born 50 years agoOctober 12, 2022Magyar Posta is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the birth of the three-time Olympic, European and World champion water polo player, Tibor Benedek, who was the coach of the Hungarian men’s water polo team between 2013 and 2016, by issuing a special stamp. The new issue, designed by the graphic artist Orsolya Kara based on photographs by Márk Viszlay and József Szaka, was produced by ANY Security Printing Company, and will be available at first day post offices and Filaposta in Hungary and may also be ordered from Magyar Posta’s online store from 12 October 2022. Tibor Benedek (1972-2020) began playing water polo at the KSI Central School of Sport. Between 1989 and 1996, he played for Újpest, winning the LEN Euro Cup, Supercup and European Cup. In 1996 he went to Italy, enjoying success first with Roma and then Pro Recco. He returned to Hungary in 2004, before re-signing with Pro Recco in 2007, where he won the Champions League and Euroleague. He won both the Hungarian and the Italian championships six times. He was the Youth European champion (1989) and the bronze medallist in the Junior World and European Championships. For a long time, his finger flick goal technique, the envy of so many, was unrivalled. He played in the Hungarian team at five Olympics. In 1992 he was the top goal scorer and he won three gold medals, in 2000, 2004 and 2008. He was world champion in 2003, and at the World Championships he won two silver medals (1998 and 2005) and one bronze (1991). He was a European champion in 1997 and won two silver and three bronze medals in the continental competition. He was a World Cup and twice World League winner. He was capped 437 times. From 2013 to 2016 he coached the Hungarian men’s water polo team. Under his guidance, Hungary won the World Championship in 2013, came second in the European Championship in 2014 and fifth at the 2016 Olympics. In 2016 he was elected to the Governing Board of the Hungarian Water Polo Federation. From 2017, he was the professional director of UVSE Water Polo Sport Club, and acted as head coach from the 2018/19 season. He was elected the best Hungarian water polo player of the year on four occasions. In 2000, he was included in the Hungarian water polo team of the century and, in 2013, he was chosen the best Hungarian national team coach of the year. In 2000, he was awarded the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic, followed by the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic in 2004 and, in 2008, he received the Commander’s Cross with Star of the Order of Merit of the Hungarian Republic. In 2008, he was granted the freedom of the city of Budapest. In 2015, he was inducted in the International Swimming Hall of Fame and, in 2016, he impressed his handprint on the Wall of Hungarian Sports Stars. In May 2020, he announced that he was retiring from his water polo activities. He was the father of three children. (Source: sport.mandiner.hu) The design of the stamp features a portrait of Tibor Benedek, and the first day cover shows him about to throw. The motif of the special postmark is his legendary left arm with a wrist band clutching a water polo ball. [...]
  • Hungary- Szigligeti Theatre in Szolnok promotional personalised stampHungary- Szigligeti Theatre in Szolnok promotional personalised stampSeptember 20, 2022Magyar Posta is issuing a promotional personalised stamp to celebrate Szigligeti Theatre in Szolnok. Thirty-five thousand copies of the philatelic novelty made by printing on the label part of the Your Own Stamp personalised stamp were produced by the banknote printing company Pénzjegynyomda. It can be purchased at Filaposta and designated post offices or ordered from Magyar Posta’s online store from 16 September 2022. The first theatre performance in Szolnok was held in the winter of 1822, but at that time only a barn provided the venue for travelling companies. On 20 April 1912, a new theatre building was inaugurated. It was designed by the Budapest architects Frigyes Spiegel and Károly Englerth, and constructed in less than a year by local masons under the direction of Antal Bede, a contractor from Szolnok. As early as the 1920s, the Szolnok Municipal Theatre needed renovation, which was carried out in 1926 and 1927. The building was seriously damaged during the Second World War. In 1946-47, the most necessary repairs were done, and the institution operated as a host theatre for the locality, in conjunction with the Kecskemét company until 1949, and later with the Békéscsaba company between 1952 and 1954. In 1954, an independent company was founded. The theatre adopted the name of the dramatist Ede Szigligeti when it became independent in 1954. By the 1960s, another reconstruction became necessary. These works were completed in 1963, and the partially reconstructed theatre opened with Ede Szigligeti’s comedy Young Lily. In 1989, the building was declared unsafe and underwent a complete restoration, both internally and externally. The architectural designer of this project was Mária Siklós and the interior designer was Gábor Schinagl. The new theatre was inaugurated on 11 April 1990. In September 2018, another decision was made to carry out a renovation of the building, which was completed in 2022. (Source: szigligeti.com, wikipedia.org) The main facade of the Szigligeti Theatre in Szolnok appears on the label of the stamp. In the background of the first day cover, the auditorium and the chandelier form the graphic composition, while the foreground features a full-length statue of the renowned playwright and stage director the theatre is named after, Ede Szigligeti, by the sculptor Gábor Benő Pogány. The postmark features the theatre’s logo. Typepromotional personalised stampShort descriptionMagyar Posta is issuing a promotional personalised stamp to celebrate Szigligeti Theatre in Szolnok.Printing OfficePénzjegynyomda Zrt.Issue year2022Issue time16 September 2022Perforation Sizer18 x 25.2 mmStamp Circulation35000Face Value160ThemeartDesignerAttila André ElekesStamped/Uncanceledmint [...]
  • Hungary – The Hungarian airline Magyar Légiforgalmi Részvénytársaság was founded 100 years agoHungary – The Hungarian airline Magyar Légiforgalmi Részvénytársaság was founded 100 years agoSeptember 13, 2022The Hungarian airline Magyar Légiforgalmi Részvénytársaság was founded 100 years ago Magyar Posta is issuing a special stamp to mark the centenary of the foundation of the Hungarian airline Magyar Légiforgalmi Részvénytársaság. Forty thousand copies of the stamp designed by the graphic artist György Kara were produced by ANY Security Printing Company. The new issue goes on sale at Filaposta, philately specialist services, designated post offices and www.posta.hu from 2 September 2022. On 19 November 1922, the Hungarian airline Magyar Légiforgalmi Rt. (ML Rt., later MALERT) was founded. As the main rival of the German-backed Aeroexpress Rt., its Fokker F-III aircraft, capable of carrying five passengers, connected Budapest with Vienna and Belgrade. As a result of developments in 1937/38, the aircraft were adapted to carry 24 passengers. In 1939, MALERT connected Budaörs with Venice, Rome, Milan, Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, Zurich, Berlin, Krakow and Warsaw with daily flights, and with Belgrade, Arad and Bucharest every other day. In the later years, the company operated flights to Košice, Uzhhorod, Oradea, Cluj-Napoca, Târgu Mureș, Odorheiu Secuiesc, Sfântu Gheorghe, Târgu Secuiesc and Miercurea Ciuc, towns that were once part of historic Hungary. During the Second World War, aviation lost the most in terms of transport, as regards personnel, aircraft and ground facilities. The entire fleet of civil aeroplanes was destroyed. Three months after the establishment of the Hungarian-Soviet Civil Aviation Company (MASZOVLET), MALERT was dissolved on 30 July 1946. The main motif of the stamp is ML Rt.’s Fokker F.III passenger aircraft from Mátyásföld, Budapest. In the lower part of the stamp is a detail of a former advertisement for the Budapest-Vienna route. The special first day cover shows some ML Rt. Fokker F.III passenger aircraft and the company logo. The company logo is used again in the design of the special postmark. Technical details TypestampShort descriptionMagyar Posta is issuing a special stamp to mark the centenary of the foundation of the Hungarian airline Magyar Légiforgalmi Részvénytársaság. Forty thousand copies of the stamp designed by the graphic artist György Kara were produced by ANY Security PriPrinting OfficeANY Biztonsági Nyomda Nyrt.Issue year2022Issue time2 September 2022Perforation Sizer30 x 40 mmStamp Circulation40000Face Value795ThemeanniversaryDesignerGyörgy KaraStamped/Uncanceledmint [...]
  • Hungary – Cartoon and fairy tale characters IV: Mazsola and TádéHungary – Cartoon and fairy tale characters IV: Mazsola and TádéSeptember 13, 2022Cartoon and fairy tale characters IV: Mazsola and Tádé Magyar Posta is issuing a numbered special souvenir sheet on the theme of Cartoon and Fairy Tale Characters using the characters of the animated television series Mazsola and Tádé, produced in the MTV studio, the creation of the writer Ágnes Bálint, the puppet designer Vera Bródy and the set designer Sándor Lévai. Fifty thousand copies of the souvenir sheet designed by the graphic artist István Weisenburger were produced by the banknote printing company Pénzjegynyomda Zrt. The new issue will be released on 2 September 2022. The new issue is available from Filaposta, philately specialist services, designated post offices and www.posta.hu. Mazsola (Raisin) the little pig unexpectedly gets a younger brother, and sulkily and jealously watches as Manócska the elf shares his love between him and the newcomer, Tádé (Thaddeus) the guinea pig. Then, just like children do, he grows to love his little brother and understands that Manócska loves him no less than when he was the only one. The stories performed with lovable puppets and a gentle sense of humour set a fine example of how to resolve everyday conflicts for children and adults alike. There were two seasons of the Hungarian Television puppet series Mazsola and Tádé made between 1969 and 1973 as a sequel to the puppet television series Mazsola 1 to 3 (1964-66), which were first aired by Hungarian Television between 1969 and 1971. The series was written by Ágnes Bálint, and the puppets were designed by Vera Bródy and the sets by Sándor Lévai. The three stamps of the special souvenir sheet show the main characters: Mazsola in the left stamp, Manócska in the middle stamp and Tádé in the right stamp. The pumpkin house and some other characters appear in the frame of the sheet: Uncle Crow, Little Mouse, Menyus the bear, and Mazsola’s friend, Mole. On the special cover, to mark the 100th anniversary of her birth, Ágnes Bálint is shown playing with the figure of Mazsola. Stylised portraits of Mazsola and Tádé feature in the postmark. Ágnes Bálint (1922-2008) was a Hungarian writer, editor, dramaturge, and winner of the József Attila Prize. Her writings were published when she was only 14 and her first children’s book was published at the age of 19. She worked for Hungarian Television from 1958 until her retirement in 1986. From 1961, she wrote puppet shows and later worked as a scriptwriter for cartoons. In 1968 she launched the first programme promoting environmental awareness, Kuckó. Later, she published several books as well as translations, and her own works were also published in foreign languages. In 1997 she was awarded the Small Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary and in 2016 the Hungarian Heritage Prize. An interesting feature of the souvenir sheet is that, after scanning the QR code on it, information can be accessed about the stamps of the series published so far, the tales presented and their creators. Technical details Typesouvenir sheetShort descriptionMagyar Posta is issuing a numbered special souvenir sheet on the theme of Cartoon and Fairy Tale Characters using the characters of the animated television series Mazsola and Tádé, produced in the MTV studio, the creation of the writer Ágnes Bálint, thePrinting OfficePénzjegynyomda Zrt.Issue year2022Issue time2 September 2022Perforation Sizer30 x 40 mmCutting size160 x 96 mmStamp Circulation50000Face Value600ThemechildDesignerIstván WeisenburgerStamped/Uncanceledmint [...]
  • Hungary – Hungarian rock classics III: LordHungary – Hungarian rock classics III: LordSeptember 13, 2022Hungarian rock classics III: Lord Magyar Posta is continuing its series on Hungarian rock classics by presenting the band Lord, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its foundation in 2022. Fifty thousand copies of the black numbered perforated souvenir sheets and 4,000 copies of the red numbered imperforated souvenir sheets designed by the graphic artist Tibor Z. Petényi were produced by ANY Security Printing Company. The new issue goes on sale at Filaposta, philately specialist services, certain post offices and www.posta.hu from 2 September 2022. Two members of the Red Fire cover band from Szombathely, László Papp on keyboards and Ferenc Vida on bass, were joined by Ernő Sipőcz on guitar/vocals and István Sütő on drums, and thus the band Lord was formed in 1972. In 1980, the band took part in the national talent contest at Budapest’s Metro Club. In the same year, Attila Erős, who had already played in the band for a short time, joined the group. In 1981, they gained popularity with singer Mihály Pohl, who is still a permanent member of the band. Their first album, called Big City Lights, was released in Austria in 1985. The song Vándor, which later became the anthem of Lord and Hungarian rock music, featured on this release. The year 1986 and the song Zaklatott fények brought their first television appearance. In 1988, the band released its first album in Hungary, Szemedben csillagok, which has been followed by 8 more studio albums to date. After several changes of members, Lord, with the new line-up of Attila Erős, Attila Gidófalvy, Lajos Gyurik, Mihály Pohl and Ferenc Vida, took to the stage at a re-launch concert in April 2000. At the Golden Arrow Rock Gala in March 2004, they won the 2003 Lifetime Achievement of the Year Award, based on audience votes. In 2005, Ferenc Vida was replaced by bass guitarist Károly Apró. The following year, the band received the European Golden Artist International Quality Award. To mark the 45th anniversary of their formation, they gave a super concert on 11 February at the Papp László Budapest Sport Arena. The band, currently consisting of Mihály Pohl, Attila Erős, Zoltán Világi, Károly Apró and Zsolt Horváth and celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, is still active and constantly performing today. Embroidery on jeans and badges, which became fashion items for rockers in the 1960s and 1970s, provide the basis for the souvenir sheet. The band’s logo appears on the design of the stamp and the lyrics of their most iconic song, Vándor, appear in the frame, embellished by related thematic elements. On the first day cover, an electric guitar and plectrum together with the initial letter of the band’s name form a graphic composition. The special postmark features Lord’s logo. Technical details Typesouvenir sheetShort descriptionMagyar Posta is continuing its series on Hungarian rock classics by presenting the band Lord, which is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its foundation in 2022.Printing OfficeANY Biztonsági Nyomda Nyrt.Issue year2022Issue time2 September 2022Perforation Sizercircular, 37 mm diameterCutting size76 x 50 mmStamp Circulation50000Face Value1000ThememusicDesignerTibor Z. PetényiStamped/Uncanceledmint [...]
  • Hungary – 150th anniversary of the birth of Gedeon RichterHungary – 150th anniversary of the birth of Gedeon RichterJuly 4, 2022Gedeon Richter (1872-1944) was a Hungarian pharmacist and the founder of the modern Hungarian pharmaceutical industry. After the death of his parents, he was brought up in Gyöngyös, where he became an apprentice pharmacist in 1890. In 1895, he obtained a degree in pharmacy from the University of Budapest. Two years later, he travelled abroad and studied pharmaceutical production methods in several European pharmacies. In 1901, he bought the Eagle Pharmacy on the corner of Üllői Street and Márton Street in Budapest, establishing his own company and laying the foundations for pharmaceutical production in Hungary. In 1907, he built the first pharmaceutical factory in Hungary at 63 Cserkesz Street in Kőbánya, Budapest, which he ran as the chief executive. The factory’s success is demonstrated by the fact that it had already been granted 24 patents for medicines by the outbreak of the First World War. By the beginning of the Second World War, the factory had a network of representatives on five continents and 10 subsidiaries. In 1942, Richter was stripped of his position as chief executive and banned from the factory under the Jewish laws. From then on, through his trusted associates, Richter illegally managed the company from his home. In the autumn of 1944, the operation of the factory ground almost to a complete halt. At that time Richter had the chance to leave for Switzerland, but he refused to abandon his country and his company. On 30 December 1944, Gedeon Richter became a victim of the Arrow Cross regime, and was executed along with many other of his Jewish compatriots on the banks of the Danube. The stamp features a portrait and the signature of Gedeon Richter, as well as the former factory building in Cserkesz Street. The Richter Gedeon Chemical Research and Office Building, which won the Budapest Architectural Award (designed by Gábor Zoboki, Éva Oláh and Zoltán Tóth of Zoboki Design and Architecture), appears on the commemorative first day cover. Photos by Gábor Bodó. A detail of the trademark of an organotherapy product which used to be produced by the Richter Gedeon factory is featured in the design of the commemorative postmark. Issued on: 1 July 2022Face value/selling price:HUF 630 (On the date of issue, this can be used as a supplementary denomination.)Printing technique:4 coloursNumber of copies: 50,000(50 stamps and 5 barcodes per sheet)Perforated size: 40 x 30 mmExternal imperforated size of souvenir sheet: 160 x 88 mmPaper type: White, wood-free, surface-treated, gummed stamp paper with optical whitenerPrinted by ANY Nyrt. (stamp);Codex Zrt. (FDC)Source: Richter Gedeon Nyrt.Designed by Zsuzsanna Czirják-Nagy [...]
  • Hungary – 200th anniversary of the birth of Count Menyhért LónyayHungary – 200th anniversary of the birth of Count Menyhért LónyayJuly 4, 2022Dr Menyhért Lónyay, Count de Nagylónya et Vásárosnamény, (Nagylónya, 6 January 1822 – Budapest, 3 November 1884) was a Hungarian aristocratic politician from the Lónyay family. He was first elected as a member of the Hungarian Diet in 1843 and, in 1849, he became State Secretary for Finance in the government of Bertalan Szemere. He then returned as a member of the Diet from 1861 onwards. He played a major role in the preparation of the 1868 Compromise between Austria and Hungary, and was appointed Hungarian Minister of Finance in the government of Gyula Andrássy. During his ministry, the Customs and Excise Department was formed and he established the practice of the budget. His programme included reducing the tax burden and encouraging investment beneficial to the state. On 21 May 1870, he was appointed Minister of Finance of Austria-Hungary and moved his base to Vienna. On 3 August 1871, he was made a count by Emperor Franz Joseph. At the end of 1871, he became Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Hungary, but was forced to resign on 2 December 1872 due to continued attacks by the opposition. He became a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 1858 and its president from 1871 until his death. In 1880, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in political science from the University of Budapest. As president of the Felsőszabolcs River Tisza Management Company, he played a role in the flood control of the river Tisza, and later the Lónyay main canal was named after him. His name is associated with the construction of the Nyíregyháza-Ungvár railway line and he also served as the chief administrator of the Dunamellék Reformed Church District. An oil painting of Count Menyhért Lónyay by Gyula Benczúr, his coat of arms, and the building of the Lónyay Mansion in Tuzsér are shown on the stamp. A lithograph of Menyhért Lónyay by Miklós Barabás and the logo of the bicentenary year appear on the commemorative first day cover. The design of the special postmark features the signature of Count Menyhért Lónyay. The stamp and the first day cover were designed with the involvement of the Public Foundation for the Municipality of Tuzsér, which is the standard bearer of the Lónyay 200 Commemorative Year. www.lonyay200.hu Issued on: 1 July 2022Face value/selling price:HUF 780 (On the date of issue, this can be used as a supplementary denomination.)Printing technique: offsetNumber of copies: 20,000 (50 stamps and 5 barcodes per sheet)Perforated size: 30 x 40 mmPaper type: White, wood-free, surface-treated, gummed stamp paper with optical whitenerPrinted by ANY Nyrt. (stamp);Codex Zrt. (FDC)Source: Hungarian National Museum, Hungarian National ArchivesPhotos by Csaba CsutkaiDesigned by Barnabás Baticz [...]
  • Hungary – 800th anniversary of the proclamation of the Golden BullHungary – 800th anniversary of the proclamation of the Golden BullJuly 4, 2022The Golden Bull is a charter with a golden seal issued by King Andrew II of Hungary at the diet of Székesfehérvár in 1222. This was the first document establishing the constitutional rights of the country’s nobility. A clause granting the nobility the right to resist the king without committing treason if he acted contrary to the law guaranteed that the monarch abided by the provisions of the Bull. All seven originals have been lost, but the text survives in many sources. The Golden Bull, together with its subsequent impact, is one of the pillars of the development of the Hungarian constitution and the emergence of parliamentarism. This charter of liberties, later often cited as the basis of the rights of the estates, was an important milestone in the history of Hungarian law as it limited royal power and guaranteed the rights and privileges of the nobility. Its determining influence lasted for centuries. With the passage of time, the laws of later ages derived from it extended to the whole of Hungarian society. The charter takes its name from the royal seal of authentication, i.e. the bull, which hangs on it. The pendent golden seal has a design on both sides, the front showing the figure of the king seated on the throne, holding a fleur-de-lys tipped sceptre in his right hand and an orb surmounted by a cross in his left. The monarch, flanked on either side by the sun and moon, symbols of the universe, wears an open fleur-de-lys crown. On the reverse of the seal is a shield with seven bars. In the raised, even fields are figures of lions.The central part of the souvenir sheet shows Béla Kontuly’s fresco secco, Andrew II – The Proclamation of the Golden Bull (Hungart © 2022), which adorns the wall of the main hall of the City Hall in Székesfehérvár. The composition is completed by the front and reverse of the golden seal of Andrew II and a detail of the charter. The fresco secco appears on the souvenir sheet’s commemorative first day cover and the postmark is a stylised drawing of the front the seal. Issued on: 24 June 2022Face value/selling price:HUF 1,200 (On the date of issue, this can be used as a supplementary denomination.)Printing technique: offsetNumber of copies: 50,000 black numbered perforated souvenir sheetsPerforated size: 40 x 30 mmExternal imperforated size of souvenir sheet: 160 x 88 mmPaper type: White, wood-free, surface-treated, gummed stamp paper with optical whitenerPrinted by Pénzjegynyomda Zrt. (souvenir sheet); Codex Zrt. (FDC)Source: National Archives of Hungary (seals and charter)Photos by Erika SimonDesigned by Barnabás Baticz available on ebay [...]
  • Hungary – 150th anniversary of the foundation of GYSEV Zrt.Hungary – 150th anniversary of the foundation of GYSEV Zrt.July 4, 2022Magyar Posta is marking the 150th anniversary of the foundation of GYSEV Zrt. by issuing a commemorative stamp. The new issue designed by graphic artist Imre Benedek was produced by ANY Security Printing Company, and will be available at first day post offices and Filaposta in Hungary and may also be ordered from Magyar Posta’s online store from 10 June 2022. GYSEV Zrt. (Győr–Sopron–Ebenfurti Vasút Zártkörűen Működő Részvénytársaság) is a dynamically developing, integrated railway company operating in West Transdanubia and Eastern Austria managing a railway infrastructure of 509 kilometres in Hungary and Austria. The registered office of the company is in Sopron, while its Austrian headquarters is located in Wulkaprodersdorf. The foundation of the company was ratified by Act XXVII of 1872. The inaugural meeting of the public company was held in Budapest on 1 February 1875. The first section of the railway line opened between Győr and Sopron on 2 January 1876. The section between Sopron and Ebenfurth was opened for service on 28 October 1879. Today, GYSEV operates railway lines in two countries, performs passenger transport by rail in Hungary and Austria, and carries out rail freight transport across Europe. The stamp depicts the former locomotive of GYSEV with track number 113 already operating at the end of the 19th century, as well as a modern tractive vehicle, the Siemens Vectron. The background printing features a map fragment, while the larger towns and cities of the Győr–Ebenfurth railway line are displayed above the composition. The envelope dedicated to the occasion depicts one of the newest locomotives of GYSEV, Siemens Vectron with track number 471 002, as well as the logo of the jubilee, the latter also being an element of the stylized design of the special postmark. Issued on: 10 June 2022Face value/selling price:HUF 715 (On the date of issue, HUF 715 is equivalent to postage for a priority letter up to 50 g with non-dutiable content, or postcard or picture postcard to countries within the European Union customs border and European countries outside the European Union customs border.)Printing technique: offsetNumber of copies: 30 000 pcs (50 stamps and 5 barcodes per sheet)Perforated size: 40 x 30 mmPaper type: White, wood-free, surface-treated, gummed stamp paper with optical whitenerPrinted by ANY Nyrt. (stamp); Codex Zrt. (envelope)Source: GYSEV Zrt.Designer: Imre Benedek Available on ebay [...]