I was in Germany again last week. Deutsche Post has a great issue out at the moment: Native Songbirds.
Issue Date: 8th August 2013
From left to right:
- Stieglitz – Goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis
- Gimpel – Bullfinch, Pyrrhula pyrrhula
- Blaumeise – Blue Tit, Cyanistes caeruleus
Für die Jugend
Some commemorative issues from Deutsche Post carry a charitable contribution as a surcharge. The postage rate of the stamp is shown, along with the amount that will be given to a charitable cause. When you buy such a stamp, you pay the combined amount. The donation from these particular stamps goes to charities helping young people (Jugend). The slogan on the selvedge says “Do good, help with stamps”.
Update 4th September 2013: And as Vera points out on her blog, these stamps with a charitable surcharge are called semi-postal in the world of philately. Thanks Vera, I always learn something new from you!