Happy New Year! From our family to yours.
It has been a great year for us here at the Hungaria Stamp Exchange. With the warmest regards, we wish you happy new year. To our new customers, welcome! We thank you for trusting us with your stamp needs and are happy to have you as a part of our extended stamp family. To our current customers, thank you! We couldn’t be where we are today without you and for that, we are thankful.
Looking back on the year, one of the highlights was certainly our opportunity to return to Hungary. During the trip, we were able to experience the sights and sounds of Budapest, both old and new, and also spending time in towns that currently border on Romania and Serbia.
Be sure to read about Hungary’s new issues below.
This year, in May, we are honored to be the host for the Society for Hungarian Philately’s annual meeting. It will be held at the Philatelic Show in Boxborough, Mass on May 3-5, 2013. It will be a gala event with a Hungarian dinner for our members at a local Hungarian restaurant. Anyone in the Massachusetts area on that weekend is invited to visit with us and meet our members. Simply reply to this email for more details.
From our family to yours, we wish you a happy holidays and a joyous new year.
President, Hungaria Stamp Exchange
New From Hungary
What an amazing year it was for Hungarian Philately new issues. These stamps are sure to delight Hungarian collectors, topical collectors of the world and cultural enthusiasts alike! With incredible variety, the new issues include stamps, plate blocks, first day covers and commemorative sheets. Topics include everything from the traditional releases (with this year’s Christmas stamp featuring the painting “Madonna with Angels” by Erzsebet Udvardi) to the gilded specialty stamp honoring the Parliament one of the most beautiful public buildings in the world, to a Titanic commemorative sheet, honoring the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the ship. As a bit of “icing on the cake”, a Steve Jobs commemorative sheet was also published.
There is a commemorative stamp and first day cover marking the centenary of the birth of Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg which will be jointly issued by the Swedish Post and the Magyar Posta. The national posts
of Hungary and the Republic of Moldova are issuing a joint commemorative cover in honour of the 20th anniversary of the start of diplomatic relations between Hungary and Moldova. The Post of Slovenia and Magyar Posta made a joint stamp issue as the result of their first cooperative philatelic project. This took place at the Maribofil 2012 international stamp exhibition. The stamp depicts the folk treasure of the Mura Area and the Sloven Raba region. In Hungary the majority of the ethnic Slovenian community live in Szentgotthard. The area of Mura lies beyond Hungary’s present day borders, belonged to the Slovene area that was once part of historic Hungary. Artifacts from the shared folk traditions are featured on the first day cover and the special cancellation mark captures the image of hands working at a potter’s wheel. Order now in our online store >>
Gilded Specialty Stamp
Celebrating the 110-year-old chambers of the Hungarian Parliament.The Parliament is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world. In the center of the miniature sheet, the segment contains a silhouette of the Parliament and is surrounded by eight stamps showing various details of the chambers of the Upper House and the Representatives.The miniature sheet has been issued in a special version with an embossing and lacquer decoration in an exclusive holder.Order now in our online store >>
Titanic Commemorative Sheet
100 year anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. On April 13th Magyar Posta issued a special stamp block to commemorate the HMS Titanic and Dr. Arpad Lengyel, surgeon of the HMS Carpathia,
the first ship to arrive to the rescue of the Titanic survivors. On October 15th the representative publication was issued in the form of a serial numbered black print with the Titanic moving towards the iceberg and parts of the ship are shown on the perforated sections. On the top right of the frame there is a portrait of Dr. Arpad Legyel and the contours of the steamship Carpathia can be seen. The special feature of the publication is the offset printing process was supplemented with raised printing. The first day cover for the plate block features a portrait of Dr. Arpad Lengyel who did all he possibly could to save the survivors endangered by hypothermia. Order now in our online store >>
The existing stamp series on Health Tourism has been expanded to include Spas with two new denominations. The stamps depict characteristic interior and exterior details of Budapest’s Király and Rudas Baths. The graphics of the first day covers and the postmarks are decorated with compositions related to the baths. Order now in our online store >>
Synagogues In Hungary III
Baja and Kiskunhalas Synagogues on stamps. In 2008 a series of stamps presenting the synagogues of Hungary was launched by the Hungarian Post. The fifth and sixth stamps released in the series this year show the altars and interiors of the synagogues in Baja and Kiskunhalas. The first day covers are adorned by typical ornamental features and the buildings of the synagogues. The set of two special stamps was designed by the graphic artist Péter Nagy based on photographs taken by József Hajdú.Order the stamps now in our online store >>
Steve Jobs Sheet
A Hungarian souvenir sheet commemorating the life of visionary Steve Jobs was released this year by the Hungarian Post. The stamp features a portrait of Steve Jobs set on a beautiful silver background. Only 5,000 copies of this limited-edition sheet were printed. Also included with the sheet is a custom-designed card, which features a quote from the Hungarian inventor of the Rubik’s cube, Erno Rubik. The sheet measures 90mm x 70mm. The commemorative sheet holds no postal value for mail. Order the sheet online here >>
85th Stamp Day Issue
The venue for the 85th Stamp Day was in Kalocsa at the town’s Catholic School of Our Lady. The stamp sheet numbered from 1-10,000 is available in a special stamp selection titled 85th Stamp Day: Kalocsa Collection. In addition to the basic stamp series, the seried special version also forms part of the exclusive collection and can only be purchased as part of this selection. The special feature of the 80 Ft denomination is the Kalocsa rose motif is real embroidery while the 130 Ft contains the special aroma of paprika sealed in microcapsules. Truly both a visual and olfactory wonder! These special issues were released in a commemorative limited-edition collection book. Order now in our online store >>