Handicraft Jewellery of Mediterranean

Country: Greece
Year: 2021
Release Date: 12 Jul 2021

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First Day Cover/Philatelic
Press Release
5th/ 2021
SPECIAL SET OF STAMPS
“EUROMED 2021” (HANDICRAFT JEWELRY IN THE MEDITERRANEAN)
Jewellery, items fashioned from precious metals such as gold and silver, and often including precious or semi-precious stones, can be worn as adornment or as a lucky charm, or for the purposes of worship. It often signifies financial means and consequently power.
Gold is a soft noble metal that does not deteriorate over time. That is why some gold and silver jewellery long preserved in sanctuaries or graves can now be seen in museums.
The ancient Greek word for silver was argos, meaning shiny. Like gold, it was used to make coins and for all financial transactions and calculations. In Greece, from the period of Ottoman rule onwards, jewellery and all ecclesiastical items were made almost exclusively of silver.
Jewellery for the neck (necklaces), chest, ears (earrings), waist (buckles, belts), hands (rings, bracelets) or head, in conjunction with anthropological material, offers much information about its symbolic use and socio-economic role, as well as its religious significance or importance as burial offerings.
Aikaterini Polymerou – Kamilaki, PHd
Former Director, academic associate of the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre
of the Academy of Athens
CATEGORIES DESIGNS QUANTITIES
0,90 € Golden earrings with pendent doves
Early 2nd c. BC (Benaki Museum) 150.000
1,00 € Golden Buckle
6th-7th c. Mytilene Treasure, Kratigos, Lesbos (Byzantine and Christian Museum) 125.000
1,90 € Silver gilt necklace with chains, corals and coloured stones
 Epirus, 17th-18th c. (Benaki Museum) 100.000
2,00 € Composite bridal breast ornament with silver plaques, chains and pendent crosses
Aidipsos in Euboea, 19th c. (Benaki Museum) 75.000
DIMENSIONS : 30 X 42 mm in sheets of 25
DESIGN-ADAPTATION : Eleni Apostolou
PRINTING METHOD : Multicolored (OFFSET)
PRINTERS : «VERIDOS MATSOUKIS S.A. SECURITY PRINTING»
CIRCULATION-SALES : This set circulates on July 13, 2021 and will be available at the Hellenic post offices through July 12, 2022, unless previously sold out. Complete sets will be available at the local Hellenic Post Offices and the Hellenic Post e-shop until their withdrawal, unless previously sold out.
Also produced:
1. FIRST DAY COVERS (3.500 sets of 2 pieces)
They have a design related to the subject of the Series and are available at a charge of 8,50 € per set of 2.
2. NUMBERED SOUVENIR SHEETS (5.000 pieces)
Available at a charge of 5,80 € per piece.
3. NUMBERED BOOKLETS (5.000 pieces)
The booklet contains the four stamps joined together and perforated only on the vertical side. Available at a charge of 5,80 € per piece.
4. NUMBERED SET ALBUMS (500 pieces)
Available at a charge of 20,00 € per piece.
All philatelic products will be available at the Post Offices and the Hellenic Post’s e-shop until sold out, except the F.D.C., the Souvenir Sheets and the Booklets which will be withdrawn on July 12, 2022.