Some stamps reflect the
subject in the way the stamp is made. The stamp is what it
represents. Both the embroidery and silver stamps are like that. The
chocolate stamp is not made of chocolate, but it is close enough.
Switzerland issued a truly
unique stamp on June 21, 2000. It was embroidered in two tones of blue
on a satin-weave polyester base by Bischoff Textil AG of St. Galen.
The design is based on eighteenth century “point de neige” needlework,
eighteenth century Valenciennes lace, in which the background and the
pattern are woven simultaneously, and machine embroidery from the
In 2004 Italy also issued a stamp showing
And Austria in 2005.
In 2001 Switzerland issued
a stamp commemorating 100 years of the manufacture of chocolate.
The Netherlands issued a
stamp in 2001 made of silver. (The picture below does not adequately
represent the stamp. The silver reflects too brightly in the scanner.)
The Royal Dutch Mint minted 1 million copies of the stamp. It was the
last stamp issued by the Netherlands valued in Guilders