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Liechtenstein Panorama stamps

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This stamp series by Liechtenstein Post concludes the "Liechtenstein Panorama" mini-series begun last year with two stamps on the theme of "Valley Landscape".

Both this year's stamps, on the theme "Mountain Landscape", derive like last year's issue from a panoramic photograph chosen as the winning entry in a competition initiated by Philately Liechtenstein and conducted among the members of the Spektral Photography Club.

This panoramic photograph by Xaver Roser of Ruggell was taken from the Schwarzhorn (also called Hintergrauspitz, 2574 metres above sea-level) looking down into the Rhine valley in a north-easterly direction; it shows the "Lawenatal" valley (face value CHF 1.00) on the left and the "Valunatal" valley (face value CHF 1.00) on the right. Between them is the Rappastein (2222 metres a.s-l.).

The Lawena (from the Rhaeto-Romance lavegna: "avalanche"), an upland pasture open in the summer and situated in a basin shaped high valley, can be reached from the Rhine Valley by a long and demanding footpath. According to an old legend spirits dwell in the Lawena Gorge, a conspicuously confined place. The Valuna (from the Rhaeto-Romance valuglia: "little valley") is an upland pasture in the rear Samina valley which can be visited by a very easy walk from Weiler Steg in Triesenberg. In winter there is a popular cross-country ski track here.

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