The United Nations issued a whole bunch of World Heritage Sites prestige booklets around the turn of the century. The first prestige booklet, however, was issued to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the UN. Each prestige booklet was issued at all 3 offices (New York, Geneva, Vienna) in local currency. The New York version, although it has a higher face value than the subsequent New York prestige booklets, currently has the lowest catalog value. I’ll show prestige booklets for the other 2 UN offices in separate threads.
United Nations New York #670(24Oct1995), $3.84 United Nations, 50th anniversary. 2018 Scott catalog mint = $8
All the UN prestige booklets are bound in a way that they cannot open flat. Even using my book scanner will cause damage to the binding, and the scanner still cannot get close enough to the binding (for some of the booklet pages, the text/illustrations go right up to the binding!). Therefore, from now on (including other prestige booklet threads), I will use cellphone camera pics to show the guts. Only the front and back booklet covers will be scanned. The cellphone is handheld, so the pics will not be to scale. Hopefully they will be sufficient. Let me know. Sorry about the lighting. There’s just too much glare if the lighting is too close. Any constructive (or destructive) suggestions/criticisms are welcome (keep in mind my pic-taking time constraints and limited brain-power). Thank you!
I bought the 2000 prestige booklets and stamps dedicated to Spain. These are my only UN stamps other than the ones that paid the postage for this order. Four of them came cancelled by a first day of issue Nov 9 2000 cancellation.
The booklets have similar covers with text in French (Genève, CH), German (Wien, AU) and English (New York, USA). Each booklet contains six stamp panes with four stamps of a single design.
There were six designs: two each for the three UN issuing offices. The stamps in the booklets all have inscriptions in the same language as the front cover of the booklet and are denominated in the local currencies for the issuing office. They have red borders, whereas the single stamps have a different colour border for each office.
Two stamps were issued for each office. These have a different colour border for each office and a local face value. The inscriptions are in the language of the issuing office.
The stamps for the Geneva offices show the Hanging Houses (Casas Colgadas) of Cuenca and the old town of Toledo.
The stamps for the Vienna offices show the Roman Aqueduct of Ségovia and the Architecture (entrance to the Park Güell) of Antoní Gaudí in Barcelona. Note that it is not called Parque, but Park Güell, as Gaudí wanted to recreate an English park.
The stamps for the New York offices show the Arabic architecture of the Alhambra in Granada and the Roman architecture (theatre) of Mérida, the Roman city of Emerita Augusta.
On a personal note, Toledo is the only of these sites I have not yet visited.
youpiao, yes that is an error on my part. That's actually the reason I stopped posting the rest of the booklet, as I realized by page 5 that I had misnamed the files. I'll correct it and finish posting the rest of that booklet once I sort out the correct image files.
For the rest of my prestige booklets that cannot be opened flat, I'll be scanning only the front/covers -- everything inside will probably be camera pics. I do have a very small number of booklets with dings/scratches -- I may explode those and scan them since they already have trivial/minor damage.
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