Europa (CEPT) 2002: Circus on Stamps

I have written before about EUROPA stamps, having showcased on the site the 1976 issue of handicrafts on stamps. Now it’s the time to take a look at another EUROPA release that I count among my favorites, namely the 2002 issue, devoted to the world of the circus.

As much as I like the colorful stamps of the series, I feel the need to start right off with a disclaimer: for me, the circus belongs to the old world. I condone neither the abuse of people, nor of animals, and taking in today’s moral climate, I would say I’d rather settle for a circus-free world. But the safe space of stamp collecting still allows me to take a closer look at the magical world of the circus. By the way, as an old-time collector of circus on stamps, I salute the initiative of Michel Catalog to issue to my knowledge the first thematic catalog devoted to circus on stamps – my review here.

No less than 61 countries and territorial postal authorities issued stamps on the occasion, and you can see them all pictured below, in alphabetical order.


Albania

Andorra


Armenia


Austria


Azerbaijan


Belarus


Belgium


Bosnia and Herzegovina

Pictured above the issues of Bosnia and Herzegovina in 4 versions: local, Serbian Post as singles and from booklet with tabs, and Croatian Post issues.


Bulgaria


Croatia


Cyprus

Pictured above the issues of Cyprus from the local and the Turkish post authorities.


Czech Republic


Denmark


Denmark (Faroe Islands)


Denmark (Greenland)


Estonia


Finland


Finland (Aland Islands)


France


Georgia


Germany


Gibraltar


Great Britain


Great Britain (Guernsey)


Great Britain (Isle of Man)


Great Britain (Jersey)


Greece


Hungary


Iceland


Ireland


Italy


Latvia


Liechtenstein


Lithuania


Luxembourg


Macedonia


Malta

Moldova


Monaco


The Netherlands


Norway


Poland


Portugal

Pictured above the three releases from Portugal, incl. the ones from Azores and Madeira.


Romania


Russia


San Marino


Slovakia


Slovenia


Spain


Sweden


Switzerland


Turkey


Ukraine


Vatican City


Former Yugoslavia


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CountryMichel Catalog No.Price in EUR
Albania2886-2889, bl. 13817.5
Andorra (French Post) 5903
Andorra (Spanish Post)29015
Armenia464-4654
Austria23762.4
Azerbaijan513-5146.5
Belarus447-4482.5
Belgium31192.5
Bosnia & Herzegovina831
Bosnia & Herzegovina (Croatian Post)88-894.3
Bosnia & Herzegovina (Serbian Republic)241-2423.5
Bulgaria4550-45512.5
Croatia610-6113.5
Cyprus990-9912
Cyprus (Turkish)560-5616
Czech Republic3191.2
Denmark1310-13113
Denmark (Faroe Isl.)423-4245
Denmark (Greenland)3853.5
Estonia4371.5
Finland16231.5
Finland (Aland)2081.2
France36031.7
Georgia397-3984.2
Germany22521.3
Gibraltar1002-10058
Great Britain2003-200711
Great Britain (Guernsey)913-9189
Great Britain (Isle of Man)1024-10286.5
Great Britain (Jersey)1019-10225.5
Greece2110-21119
Hungary47271.5
Iceland1009-10103.5
Ireland1432-14332.5
Italy28421.5
Latvia5683
Liechtenstein1283-12845.5
Lithuania7921.5
Luxembourg1579-15802.5
Macedonia254-2552
Malta12161.2
Moldova4292.5
Monaco2600-26012.5
Netherlands2011-20123
Norway1446-14474.8
Poland39722
Portugal 2593, bl. 17612.3
Portugal (Azores)483, bl. 2310.5
Portugal (Madeira)217, bl. 259.2
Romania5657-56585
Russia9872
San Marino2018-201922
Slovakia4242
Slovenia40318
Spain37411.5
Sweden2295-22988
Switzerland1794-17953
Turkey33013.5
Ukraine499-5004
Vatican City1415-14163.2
Yugoslavia3076-3077, bl. 5355

Stamps featured in post: 112; Period: contemporary (2002); Michel Catalog numbers and prices: see table above – a whole mint collection is priced EUR348 Availability: available, makes for an interesting search to assemble a full set.

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