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17 January 2020

Polish Cities — Leszno

Poland: Polish Cities – Leszno, 17 January 2020. Images from Poczta Polksa.

Author of the stamp design: Andrzej Gosik
Number of stamps: 1
Value: PLN 3.30
Circulation: 30,000,000 pcs
Printing technique: rotogravure
Stamp format: 31.25 x 25.5 mm
Paper: fluorescent
Sales sheet: 100 stamps
Date of circulation: January 17, 2020

Leszno is another topic of the stamp of the philatelic series “Polish Cities”. The value of PLN 3.30 was put into circulation on January 17 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the city’s return to the Polish borders.

Polish Post as part of philatelic issues honors the most important Polish heroes and the greatest events of our history, but also commemorates Polish cities and places.

Poland regained its independence on November 11, 1918, but Leszno returned to Poland only under the Treaty of Versailles on January 17, 1920. A fragment of the Monument of Gratitude to the Greater Poland Insurgents against the background of the Town Hall in Leszno was presented on the current circulation stamp of Poczta Polska in a cycle presenting Polish cities.

The seat of the Leszno city authorities is a baroque building from the 17th century (later digested by fire and rebuilt at the beginning of the 18th century). The architect of the three-storey building on a rectangular plan was Italy’s Pompeo Ferrari. The insurgent monument was founded in 1924. In 1957 it was reconstructed and unveiled again. It is made of sandstone. At the front of the monument there is an eagle and the date of December 28, 1918. On the left side there is an inscription: “Greater Poland Insurgents 1918–1919”, and on the right: “Grateful Countrymen 1924”.

The stamp was issued in 30 million copies. In addition to the stamp, Poczta Polska issues an FDC envelope (first day of circulation), on which the panorama of Leszno was presented.

Until now, as part of the “Polish Cities” circulation series, the Polish Post presented Gniezno, Kraków, Warsaw, Kalisz, Płock, Toruń, Pułtusk (on the envelope with the imprinted postage mark), Kazimierz Dolny, Sandomierz, Gdańsk, Łódź (with the Priority tag) , Poznań, Przemyśl, Szczecin, Sopot, Sieradz, Katowice, Częstochowa, Gorzów Wlkp., Chorzów, Racibórz, Jelenia Góra, Nowy Sącz, Żywiec and Białystok. The series was initiated by the graphic artist Andrzej Gosik, using watercolor technique. Maria Dziekańska designed stamps presenting Szczecin, Sopot, Sieradz, Katowice and Częstochowa, Jerzy Pietras – Gorzów Wlkp., And Monika Żyła-Kwiatkowska – Chorzów.

This and other philatelic publications of Poczta Polska can be purchased at post offices and online store: www.filatelistyka.poczta-polska.pl .

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