Luxembourg 1984 "Fossils"

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Issue Date 10.09.1984
ID Michel: 1107-1110; Scott: 714-717; Stanley Gibbons: 1138-1141; Yvert et Tellier: 1057-1060; Category: pF
Design
Stamps in set 4
Value 4 F. - Pecten (molusk shell)
7 F. - Gryphaea arcuata
10 F. - Coeloceras raquinianum
16 F. - Dapedium
Emission/Type commemorative
Issue place Luxembourg
Size (width x height) 28.30mm x 33.70mm
Layout
Products FDC x1 MC x4
Paper
Perforation 11.5 x 11.5
Print Technique Photogravure
Printed by Courvoisier (Helio Courvoisier) S. A.
Quantity 500.000
Issuing Authority Post of Luxembourg
Fossils on stamps of Luxembourg 1984

On September 10th 1984, the Post of Luxembourg issued the set of four stamps "Fossils in the Natural History Museum". These stamps show fossils found in Luxembourg and are part of the paleontology collection of theNatural History Museum in Luxembourg.

The National Museum of Natural History is a Natural History Museum in Luxembourg City, in southern Luxembourg.
Fossils on stamps of Luxembourg 1984
The fossils of Luxembourg on stamps and on the display of the Natural History Museum in Luxembourg City. Image credit: the Facebook profile of the Museum.
The museum is located in the Grund quarter on the eastern bank of the Alzette river, next to the Neumnster Abbey cultural centre. The museum is composed of eight separate scientific sections, spanning the natural sciences: botany, ecology, geology and mineralogy, geophysics and astrophysics, paleontology, vertebrate zoology, and invertebrate zoology.

The Society of the Natural Sciences was established in 1850, under the patronage of Prince Henry, the newly-appointed Governor of Luxembourg representing Grand Duke William III.
The society's primary aim was the promotion of the natural sciences and natural history to the general population. To achieve this, the government put at the society's disposal a section of the city Athenaeum, now the National Library. Opening its doors in 1854, this area hosted a number of cabinets displaying fossil specimens, spread across three rooms. After almost four decades of this arrangement, pressure for display area caused the museum to move into its own premises, at the Vauban Barracks in Pfaffenthal, in 1892. However, these were criticised for being unattractive to visitors, hence undermining the museum's attempts to promote natural history to the general public.



Products and associated philatelic items

FDC (official and personalized) Maxi Cards
Fossils on FDC of Luxembourg 1984 Fossils on FDC of Luxembourg 1984 Fossils on Maxi Cards of Luxembourg 1984
The reverse side is here.
Example of circulated covers
Fossil stamps of Luxeembourg 1984 on ^circulated letter Fossil stamps of Luxeembourg 1984 on ^circulated letter Fossil stamps of Luxeembourg 1984 on ^circulated letter





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