The Principality of Liechtenstein marks its 300th anniversary on 23 January 2019. Through the special stamp “300 Years of Liechtenstein” (face value: CHF 6.30), Philately Liechtenstein will be making an exclusive contribution to this historic occasion. For the first time in history, it will be issuing an embroidered stamp. The anniversary stamp is self-adhesive and is presented in the shape of a Princely hat. It was made by the embroidery firm Hämmerle & Vogel in Lustenau, Austria.
In 1719, Emperor Karl VI united lands owned by Prince Hans Adam I of Liechtenstein, i.e. the county of Vaduz and the dominion of Schellenberg, and elevated them to form the Principality of Liechtenstein. A ditch called the “Scheidgraben” is located between the two parts of the country which are today divided into the highland part (“Oberland”) and the lowland part (“Unterland”). This is where the residents of all eleven municipalities of the country will meet to march together and celebrate the unification in 1719 on the jubilee day, which is also the issue date of this special stamp. At the same time, this occasion marks the beginning of numerous activities in the jubilee year which will reach their peak on the date of the national holiday on 15 August 2019.