The Princes and the
Principality of Monaco

To nice Monaco

    The first two stamps of the Princes of Monaco series were issued in 1967. Each year there were usually issued further two stamps and this politics continued till 1981. All stamps were engraved, by some of the best artists, and most of these stamps are of an exceptional quality. 

1978. Florestan I, by G. Dauphin. Scott 1135. 1972. Marie de Lorraine, French School. Scott 814. 1978. Caroline Gilbert de lametz, by Marie Verroust. Scott 1136. 1967, Lucien Grimaldi, by Ambroglio di Predis. Scot 675.

      My preference goes to the portrait of Lucien Grimaldi (look above, on the right), painted by Ambrogio di Predis and engraved by Gandon. The stamp was issued in 1967, as part of the first set (Scott No. 675). An unique combination of colors, smoothness and structure of the print, that cannot be described in words.

1982. Monte Carlo and Monaco during the Belle Epoch (1870-1925), by Hubert Clerissi. The Casino. Scott 1344. 1984. Monte Carlo and Monaco during the Belle Epoch (1870-1925), by Hubert Clerissi. The Grimaldi Street. Scott 1436. 1982. Monte Carlo and Monaco during the Belle Epoch (1870-1925), by Hubert Clerissi. The Palace. Scott 1345.

      One of the most productive engravers of Monaco stamps was the Swedish-Polish artist Czeslaw Slania. See above three stamps engraved by the renown master, showing The Casino, The Grimaldi Street and The Palace. 

1980. Marie Alice Heine, by L. Maeterlick. Scott 1247. 1980. Albert I, by Leon Bonnat. Scott 1246. 1981. Charlotte, by P.A. de Laszlo. Scott 1303. 1981. Lous II, by P.A. de Laszlo. Scott 1302.

    Czeslaw Slania engraved also the portraits of Princesses Charlotte Marie Alice Heine, and of Princes Albert I and Louis II, all of them being shown above. The portrait of the Prince Florestan I, displayed on the first row, the first from left, was also engraved by Mr. Slania.

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Published: 6/25/2000. Revised: 06/25/00. Copyright 2000 by Victor Manta, Switzerland. All rights reserved worldwide.

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