officially the Principality of Andorra, also called the
Principality of the Valleys of Andorra , is a sovereign
landlocked microstate in Southwestern Europe, located in the eastern Pyrenees
mountains and bordered by Spain and France. Created under a charter in
A.D. 988, the present Principality was formed in A.D. 1278. It is known
as a principality as it is a monarchy headed by two Co-Princes – the
Spanish/Roman Catholic Bishop of Urgell and the President of
France. Andorra is the sixth-smallest nation in Europe,
having an area of 468 km2 (181 sq mi) and a population of approximately
85,000. Its capital Andorra la Vella is the highest capital city in
Europe, at an elevation of 1,023 metres (3,356 ft) above sea level.
The official language is Catalan, although Spanish, Portuguese, and
French are also commonly spoken. Andorra's tourism
services an estimated 10.2 million visitors annually. It is not a
member of the European Union, but the Euro is the de facto currency. It
has been a member of the United Nations since 1993. [R1]
Andorra used the postage
stamps of France until 1932. The first stamp of Andorra issued in 1932
inscribed "Vallees d'Andorre", a set of stamps which depicting churches
such as Our Lady's Chapel, Meritxell and St. Michael's Church,
Nowadays, there are stamps of Andorra French Administration (FA) and of Andorra Spanish Administration (SA) circulated in the country.
Official stamps of Andorra related to Paleoanthropology: prehistoric humans
03.07.1976 "200 years of USA independence" [O1]
Notes: [O1] - The third
American President Mr. Thomas
Jefferson, also known as "farther of American Paleontology" Thomas Jefferson
is rightfully renowned as the principal author of the Declaration of
Independence, the Third President of the United States, and a champion
of Liberty. But he was also a central player in the
beginnings of American paleontology. In addition, his
participation occurred at a time when people were struggling with the
ideas of fossils as evidence of past life, of extinction, and of an
Earth far older than the Biblical account.
of the fruits of Jefferson's paleontology became part of the
collections at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia.
Beginning in 1849 these holdings were transferred over to the Academy of
Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, where they are currently
References: [R1] More information about Andorra: WikipediaWikiTravelFlagCounter [R2] philatelic
history of Andorra is on Wikipedia
or APSC websites.
Links to Andorra's post authority and stamps catalog websites are here [R3] More info about Thomas Jefferson: here and here