July 14, a postage stamp dedicated to the 850th anniversary of Velikiye Luki to be issued

Velikiye Luki is a large multi-faceted trade, industrial, cultural and educational hub in Pskov Oblast. It was first mentioned in the Novgorod Chronicle as Luki on the Lovat in 1166. The city earned the titles of “Novgorod neckpiece” and “Moscow auricle” for its military merit. Luki received the title of “Velikiye” (Great) in 1406. Fierce battles were fought to liberate Velikiye Luki during the Great Patriotic War. The city was conferred a title of a city of military glory in 2008.

The postage stamp features a view of Velikiye Luki during the annual balloon festival. The International Balloon Festival is held annually since 1996; it attracts many tourists and is the city’s hallmark.

Additionally, FSUE PTC “Marka” has manufactured first day covers and first day postmarks for Moscow (101000) and Velikiye Luki (182113).

Design: G. Schegol (postage stamp), V. Zatologina (stamp sheet margins).

Face value: 24 RUB.
Size of stamp: 37×37 mm, size of sheet: 133×133 mm.
Form of issue: sheet with illustrated margins of 9 (3×3) stamps.
Circulation: 225,000 stamps (25,000 sheets).

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