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 Germany  2003 "Petrified forest of Chemnitz"

Issue Date 07.08.2003
ID Michel: 2358  Scott: Stanley Gibbons:  Yvert:   UPU:    Category: pF
Author Joachim Rie, Chemnitz
Stamps in set 1
Value Euro 1.44
Size (width x height) 35mm x 35mm
Layout MS of 10 stamps
Products FDC x1   MS x1
Paper stroke, white,  fluoresce,  special post papper DP 2
Perforation 13,25
Print Technique Multicolor offset print
Printed by  Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, Wertpapierdruckerei Leipzig
Quantity
Issuing Authority Deutsche Post
Petrified forest of Chemnitz on stamp of Germany 2003


On August 7th 2003, Post authority of Germany issued  a stamp"Petrified forest of Chemnitz". Design of the stamp selected in competition of various designers:

darft of Petrified forest of Chemnitz stamp of Germany 2003

A massive volcanic eruption about 290 million years ago in what is now Chemnitz give rise to a geological feature: the Petrified Forest. According to recent research, the plants were preserved using heavy-glowing rock material. In the course of time came silica and fluorite in the plant cells. They were responsible for the so-called silicification of plant material into stone. Georgius Agricola on stamp of Germany (GDR) from 1955What exactly happened in this rare phenomenon, the science has not yet been able to resolve completely. The  References in Chemnitz are known worldwide as the oldest and most important of its kind.
 As early as the Chemnitz mayor and scholars Georgius Agricola (1494-1555) , who coined term "fossil", mentioned these stones that were once in a polished form as jewelry very popular. Under the leadership of Johann Traugott Sterzel (1841 to 1914) was the end of the 19th Century in the Chemnitz suburb Hilbersdorf systematically dug by such fossils.
Since late 2001, gives the Museum of Natural History Chemnitz fascination petrified wood. Some of the silicified trunks from the region are situated in front of the museum. Since August 2004 the Museum is located in an important central building named TIETZ. The building has been constructed by H&C Tietz in 1912/13 following the French neoclassical style. The historic shopping center hosts now the biggest civic collection and together with the arrangement of the 290 million years old Petrified Forest also one of the heaviest fossil complex.


Products
In additional to commemorative postmark of Bonn and Berlin the Museum of Natural History Chemnitz produced itsown commemorative postmark.  Postmark of Berlin used on official FDC of Deutsche Post, postmark of Bonn used on Souvenir Sheet and postmark of the museum used on their FDC.  All three postmark can be also seen on several personalized FDC and circulated letters.
Petrified forest of Chemnitz on commemorative potsmark of Berlin 2003 Petrified forest of Chemnitz on commemorative potsmark of Bonn 2003 Petrified forest of Chemnitz on commemorative potsmark of Chemnitz 2003
Mini Sheet
Petrified forest of Chemnitz on stamp of Germany 2003
Offcial FDC of Deutsche Post (to see some more FDCs please click here) FDC of  Museum of Natural History Chemnitz signed by stamp designer Mr. Joachim Rie and Chemnitzer graphic designer and artist Evgeniy Potievsky who designed the first day cover.
Petrified forest of Chemnitz on FDC of Germany 2003 Petrified forest of Chemnitz on FDC of Germany 2003
Some used covers  (to see some more covers please click here)
Petrified forest of Chemnitz on FDC of Germany 2003 Petrified forest of Chemnitz on FDC of Germany 2003
Souvenir Sheets with some technical and background descriptions


References: Wikipedia  Wikipedia  Souvenir Sheet

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