If I were to describe Estonia based on their output of fauna stamps, I would use one word: magic. Since 2001, each year, Estonian Post issues one bird stamp called ‘aasta lind’ (English: bird of the year). Since 2002, they issue animal stamps on a yearly basis, too. These stamps describe very well the Estonian ecosystem with beautiful and clear imagery – more on that below. But they also tell the history of Estonian stamps over the course of the last 20 years: they have seen the height of the Estonian kroon and the transition to Euro. They have seen generous printruns of 500,000 copies in their first issues, but go down to 20,000 in the newest ones. Sadly, they become more difficult to find and collect – but there’s joy in each yearly apparition, that I expect eagerly.
Estonian Birds on stamp, 2001-2020
Estonian bird stamps have been issued since 2001 and continue being issued at the date of writing this article in 2020. The latest issue has just been released in April.
Estonian Animals on Stamps, 2002-2019
One year later, in 2002, Estonian Post started issuing yearly single stamps representing local fauna.
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Stamps featured in post: 38; Period: contemporary (2001-2020); Pricing: low; Availability: not readily available – full sets quite difficult to assemble. May sometimes pop up in eBay auctions. Michel catalogue no’s: (birds): 430; 456; 486; 513; 551; 580; 614; 646; 666; 693; 731; 757; 789; 824; 851; 882; 916; 969; 985; (fauna): 446; 468; 479; 504; 542; 579; 604; 643; 673; 698; 722; 767; 796; 836; 870; 901; 934; 966.