StampNews.com is glad to inform that Liechtenstein won the Asiago international award for philatelic art for the best stamp issue of 2014 for its International Year of Crystallography stamps.
The Asiago awards, considered the Oscars of the stamp-design field, are presented annually in Asiago, Italy. At the 45th Asiago awards on July 5, Norbert Hasler, head of philately at the Liechtensteinische Post AG, accepted the award.
Liechtenstein issued its 1-franc and 2fr International Year of Crystallography stamps Sept. 1, 2014.
Philately Liechtenstein, the principality's philatelic department, described the stamp designs by Hans Peter Gassner as showing metamorphosis sequences, adding that when the stamps were placed side by side, they show "how a crystal grows over thousands of years".
Cartor printed the stamps by offset and "multiheight embossing", according to Philately Liechtenstein.
Liechtenstein has previously won several Asiago awards, most recently for three se-tenant (side-by-side) stamps issued June 14, 2012, to mark the 300th anniversary of the Liechtenstein Oberland.