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Aland 1996 "Fossils"

Issue Date 09.10.1996
ID Michel:  117-118  Scott: 85, 106 Stanley Gibbons: 113-114  Yvert: 118-119 UPU:  N/A Category: pF
Author  Anna-Maaret Pitkänen-Darmark
Stamps in set 2
Value MK 0,40- Trilobiet Asaphus
MK 9,00- Gastropode  'Euomophalus'  should read 'Euomphalus'.
Size (width x height)
Layout Two sheets 20 stamp each (4x5)
Variations FDC x3
Perforation 14,75
Print Technique

Offset, multicolor

Printed by The House of Questa
Quantity 600,000, 800,000
Issuing Authority Aland Post

On the Åland islands between Sweden and Finland in the Baltic sea, you can find fossils from the Ordovician period. This is a only place in Finland where you can find fossils.  In the University Museum in Helsinki, you can see fossils from this Islands. East of the main island there is a 9 kilometre diameter crater (Lumparn). This crater was formed by a meteor or comet impact 1200 to 500 milion years ago. You can go to the Finnish Åland Islands by ferry from the Swedish or the Finnish mainland. The best spot to collect fossils is Ytternäs on the Jomala island. The finds consist of trilobites and gastropods from the Ordovician period. Some farmers allow to tourist to collect fossils on their fields at Ordovician limestone blocks. Many farmers, however,  don't like collectors and soon it will be also illegal export fossils for Finland.
They are Ordovician. 
Note: The Åland Islands form an archipelago in the Baltic Sea. They are situated at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia and form an autonomous, demilitarised, monolingual Swedish-speaking region of Finland. The first Åland stamps were issued 1 March 1984. Approximately 15 stamps describing the Åland nature, culture, history, society and autonomy are issued every year. Stamps of Aland can be used both for internal and international post services.
The stamps are  depicted two fossils an Gastropoda gastropods (snails and slugs) Euomophalus and a Trilobite (Trilobita asaphus).
Asaphus is a genus of Ordovicia Trilobites.
Trilobites (meaning "three lobes") are a well-known fossil group of extinct marine arthropods form the class Trilobita.
Euomphalus is a genus of fossil marine gastropods (snails and slugs) known to have lived from the Silurian to the Middle Permian


FDC with individual stamps

FDC with both stamps on it


Mailed FDC from Aland to Germany

back side of the FDC

Gutter pairs

Mini Sheet

Note: Perphaps two mini-sheets just printed together.






Acknowledgement :

   Many thanks to  "From My Philately" community of Facebook, for active help to find information about these stamps


References The Fossil Forum

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