Friday, 26 February 2016

Princess Charlene Birthday Reply

Replies from Monaco are always one of my favorites!

One of the things you have to appreciate is the fact that they use actual stamps. Prince Albert's father really loved stamps. He over saw the production of all of Monaco's stamps and opened the Museum of Stamps and Coins. (Monaco's two Princes before Albert's father were also big stamp collectors.)

This stamp features "La nymphe Salmacis", a work by Monaco sculptor Fran├žois-Joseph Bosio (The nymph Salmacis - from greek mythology) The stamp was released in April, 2015.

A interesting thing about the envelope is the circle on the left side. All the letter I've gotten from Monaco have said "Service de S.A.S. le Prince/la Princesse de Monaco" (Service of HSH the Prince/ss of Monaco). But it is usually written in two lines. This is the first time I have seen it in a circle with the Monaco coat of arms.

Inside is a typed, thank you card for Princess Charlene's birthday, with a printed signature. Another thing I have always liked about Monaco's replies is that I had never gotten two that are exactly the same. Monaco replies come in all different sizes, formats, textures, paper, etc. So you never know what your going to get.

This reply was quite a surprise. Why? Because it is quite similar to last years.

But what is also very interesting is how the two birthday replies are different. They use a different type & color of paper, the font is different, the message is different. And most surprisingly the two monograms are different. In reality, it is the same crown above the interlocking "C"s, but since one is embossed, and the other is printed,  they look a little different.

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