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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.
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.
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.
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.