The stamp shows portraits
of King Louis XI (1423-1483) of France,and Charles the Bold
(1433-1477) Duke of Burgundy, and their coats of arms. The map of
France in the background shows the lands ruled by Charles,
Burgundy and Nivernais, Flanders, Artois, Picardy, and Roussillon, in
the 15th century. Charles sought to reestablish the Kingdom of
Lotharingia. Louis opposed his ambitions. After battles and
negotiations between the two for a dozen years Charles was defeated at
Nancy and killed by the Swiss. Some of his lands were lost to France.
His heiress, Mary of Burgundy, married the German emperor, Maximilian,
and her lands were incorporated by the Hapsburgs, and Burgundy ceased
to exist as a state.