Monday, March 25, 2013

Capt. Cook's Return to England from 2nd Voyage

Date of Issue: August 08, 1975
Scott #:  433

Cook Islands issued a $2 stamp commemorating Bicentenary of Captain James Cook's return to England from his Second Voyage (1772 - 1775).

The stamp design shows obverse and reverse of a gold commemorative coin issued for this occasion, minted at Franklin Mint for Cook Islands.

The KM# is 13
Weight: 9.600 g
Denomination: $100
Mintage: 17,000
Metal: 0.900 fine gold
Obverse design: Captain James Cook, King George III, and HMS Resolution
Reverse design: Queen Elizabeth II

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Chinese Aircraft Carrier - LiaoNing (16)

Date of Issue: September 25, 2012

Special Cover Issued By: Navy Philatelic Research Society
Designer: Zi Yu
Cover Inscription: Zhai Ren He
Limited Edition: Serial No. HJF-117 of 1500 issued

LiaoNing (16) - This is the first aircraft carrier commissioned into the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN). Originally laid down as the Admiral Kuznetsov class multirole aircraft carrier Riga for the Soviet Navy, she was launched on December 4, 1988 and renamed Varyag in 1990. The stripped hulk was purchased in 1998 by the People's Republic of China and towed to Dalian Shipyard in north eastern China. After being completely rebuilt and sea trials, the ship was commissioned into the PLAN as Liaoning on September 25, 2012.

Text Source: Wikipedia

Monday, March 18, 2013

Kublai Khan and his Fleet

Date of Issue: March 04, 2012

This miniature stamp sheet of Mongolia shows the portrait of the Great Mongol Emperor of 12th Century, and the founder of Yuan Dynasty in China - Kublai Khan and a sailing warship of his period.

Kublai Khan twice attempted to invade Japan. It is believed that both attempts were thwarted by bad weather or a flaw in the design of ships that were based on river boats without keels, and his fleets were destroyed. The first attempt took place in year 1274, with a fleet of 900 ships. After the first Mongol attack on Japan, Japanese pirates known as Wokou raided Korea, but Mongol-Korean forces pushed them back, and the Wokou pirates decreased their activity due to the increased military preparedness of the Goryeo and the Kamakura. In 1293 the Yuan navy captured 100 Japanese people from Okinawa.

The second invasion occurred in year 1281 when Mongols sent two separate forces; 900 ships containing 40,000 Korean, Chinese, and Mongol troops were sent from Masan, while a force of 100,000 sailed from southern China in 3,500 ships, each close to 240 feet (73 m) long.

Kublai Khan also invaded Đại Việt (Vietnam) three times.

Three expeditions against Burma, in 1277, 1283 and 1287, brought the Mongol forces to the Irrawaddy Delta, whereupon they captured Bagan, the capital of the Pagan Kingdom in Burma, and established their government.

Text Source: Wikipedia

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Sacred Mayan Journey - Mayan Canoe

Date of Issue: December 21, 2012

Sacred Mayan Journey - The project of the Sacred Mayan Journey was founded with the purpose of recovering one of the most significant traditions of the ancient Mayan people of the region: the ritual journey of the Cozumel Channel to worship the Ix Chel. Goddess. This event began in 2007 to revive interest in the Mayan culture and strengthen the cultural identity of people of the area.

The Sacred Mayan Journey involves approximately 50 kilometers (total return), representing 6 to 7 hours of free paddling each way in the Cozumel Channel, which is 420 meters deep with a current from south to north 2 to 4 knots, adding to the crossing a level of risk and great physical effort for the rowers.

The set of three stamps produce a single design depicting traditional canoe used by the Mayan people of southeastern Mexico and parts of Central America.

Thanks to friend, Cecy Osuna from Hermosillo, Mexico for sending me the mint set of stamps and stamps on envelope.

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