Mindaugas was the
first and only king of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania. He was crowned on
July 6, 1253, probably at Latava manor, 9 km from the Šeimyniškėliai
hill-fort. He was assassinated ten years
later because of his intrigues and brutality.
The souvenir sheet, issued to commemorate the 750th
anniversary of the coronation of Mindaugas, has a map of the territory
of Lithuania showing the rivers and streams of the country. The source
of the map is not indicated.
Zismantas Vasa ~ 1566-1632
Sigismun III Vasa, the son
of John III Vasa of Sweden and Katarzyna Jagiellonka of Poland, became
king of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania from 1587-1632. He was the
grandson of Gustavus Vasa of Sweden. In 1592 he also became King of
Sweden. He was deposed in 1600.
The stamp issued in 2002 commemorates Sigismund's
establishment of the postal system in Lithuania and Poland. The
identity of the map is not indicated and though it appears to be an
old map it is too small to be sure. A portrait of Sigismund also
appears as a design element.