A New Stamp to Commemorate the Anniversary of Klaipėda

Oct 31, 2013

The City of Klaipėda celebrating this year its 760th anniversary will be featured on a new stamp. On Saturday, July 14, a new stamp under the title Klaipėdai – 760 metų (760th Anniversary of Klaipėda) will appear in circulation.

The stamp intended to commemorate the anniversary of the port will be issued in the edition of 100,000 copies with a nominal value of LTL 2. The stamp features the lighthouse and the general view of the harbour. The new stamp has been designed by the artist Valdonė Bručienė.

Along with the stamp, the first day cover and sheet will be issued. On Saturday, all correspondence paid by the new stamp in Klaipėda Main Post Office will be marked with the first day cancellation.

Klaipėda (Memel) is the oldest city of Lithuania and the third in terms of size. 1252 is considered to be the year of its foundation when the Livonian Order and the bishop of Curonia concluded an agreement regarding the building of the Memelburg Castle and the city. Memel was named after the River Nemunas that Curonians used to call Memele (meaning “silent river”).

The official day of the city is the first of August. Every year at the end of July the city hosts the Sea Festival. The port is also famous for its annual international Klaipėda Castle Jazz Festival.

On average, Lithuania Post issues 25-30 postage stamps annually. Lithuania Post also provides postal, logistics, and financial intermediation services.