Stanley Gibbons: 745-749,
Yvert & Tellier: 789-793,
|| Svenolov Ehren, Jan Magnusson.
Engraver: Czeslav Slania
|Stamps in set
1kr - Carl Peter Thunberg (1743-1828)
1kr - Anders Sparrman (1748-1820)
1kr - Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld (1832-1901), Expedition ship "Vega"
1kr - Salomon August Andree (1854-1897)
1kr - Sven Hedin (1865-1952)
|Size (width x height)
||44mm x 27mm
||Booklet of 5, sheets of 40
||FDC x1, Booklet of 5 x1
On September 22nd
1973, Postal Authority of Sweden issued the set of 5 stamps "Explorers" -
show 5 prominent Swedish explorers. These stamps were engraved by famous Czechoslovakians Engraver
One of these stamps shows a portrait of Dr. Sven Heiden.
(February 19, 1865 - November 26, 1952), was
Swedish geographer, topographer, explorer, photographer who led through Central Asia a series of expeditions.
His expeditions to Asia resulted in collections of material of the most varied kinds,
today housed with a number of museums and institutions primarily, in Sweden, but also in other parts of
The collections span a range of materials; ethnographic (in a wide sense) and archaeological objects,
botanical and zoological specimens, paleontological and paleobotanical fossils
geological samples, collections of manuscripts, block-prints and books in Central and East Asian languages.
Sven Hedin on stamp of Sweden 1973,
MiNr.: 814, Scott: 1009
One of the expedition led by Hedin was the Sino-Swedish Expedition, a bilateral Chinese-Swedish expedition,
which carried out scientific research in north and northwest China, 1927–1935.
The Expedition looked in particular at the meteorology, topography and prehistory in Mongolia,
the Gobi Desert and Xinjiang.
The expedition was split by two parts:
- 1927–32 – from Beijing – via Baotou, Mongolia, the Gobi Desert, Xinjiang – to Urumqi
- 1933–34 – from Beijing to Kashgar, with a view to constructing two roads suitable for cars
The expedition team included almost 50 scientists and researchers mostly from Sweden, Germany, and China.
The expedition yielded a wealth of scientific results - some of which are still being worked on and published today!
For example, the discovery of specific deposits of iron, manganese, oil, coal, and gold reserves
was of great economic relevance for China.
Among many other discoveries, the expedition found many fossils of prehistoric plants and animals,
including dinosaur bones and eggs
According to the agreement with the Chinese authorities some fossils were repatriated in the early 1950s,
and allegedly also during the period of the Cultural Revolution, and today at least the early consignments
are found in the Museum of Paleontology in Beijing.
Parts of this collection are still found in Sweden today - with many specimens in the
collections of the Museum of Natural History, Stockholm.
The following specimens of prehistoric animals were named in honour of Sven Hedin:
- a fossil hoofed mammal,
- a fossil Therapsid (a "mammal-like reptile").
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