September 25, a souvenir sheet with one stamp “Coats of Arms of the Constituent Territories and Cities of the Russian Federation. Continuation of the Series. Krasnodar Krai”

The coat of arms of Krasnodar Krai is listed in the State Heraldic Register of the Russian Federation.

The coat of arms is symbolic of the right wing of the Caucasian Line – a fortification system built by Catherine II, Paul I, Alexander I, Nicholas I and Alexander II for the defense of the south borders of Russia in the struggle against Turkey and Persia for the Caucasus. The standard of the Krasnodar Krai coat of arms reasonably has the abbreviation “RF” instead of Alexander II monogram. The flanged mace and bunchuks as power signs of the Cossack military commanders (the former – for colonels, the latter – for a higher rank) refer to the most active participation of the Cossacks who had moved to the North Caucasus in the defense of the Caucasian Line and in the battles against Turks and Persians.

The coat of arms of Krasnodar was approved by the City Duma (Council) on July 7, 2005. It is composed on the basis of the historical coat of arms of Yekaterinodar accepted in 1849.

The picture of a rampart on the coat of arms is symbolic of the Yekaterinodar fortress, open gates are a symbol of the city friendliness and  hospitability. The chieftain’s mace is symbolic of the capital of the Black Sea Land, the residence of the Black Sea Cossack Army Chieftain; bunchuks are symbols of the Black Sea Cossacks. Four crossed banners with the monograms of Catherine II, Paul I, Alexander I and Nicholas I granted to the army by the emperors at the time the coat of arms was established, are symbolic of the Black Sea Cossacks’ merits. The golden monogram of Catherine II refers to the fast that the city was named Yekaterinodar in her honour. 59 gold stars are symbolic of the number of Cossack villages in the Black Sea Cossack Army in 1849. The coat of arms was reconstructed in 1996, however without external decorations and bordure. In 1999 the coat of arms was re-approved together with a bordure and a crown above the shield.

The postage stamp depicts the coat of arms of Krasnodar; the margins of the souvenir sheet illustrate the coat of arms of Krasnodar Krai and a map of the Russian Federation.

First Day Covers with cancellation (Moscow, Krasnodar) have been prepared for the release.

Design: A. Moskovets.
Face value: 50 RUB.
Size of stamp: 90×60 mm, size of stamp in the sheet: 30×42 mm.
Circulation: 75 thousand sheets.

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