In 2003 Estonia (465) and the Ukraine (524) commemorated "The Route
from the Varangians to the Greeks," first mentioned in Provest
Vremennykh let ("The Primary Chronicle," ca. 1113) with a joint
issue including two stamps and a label featuring a map of "The Route."
This was the trade route beginning in Sweden, passing
through the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Finland, then through the
rivers and lakes of eastern Europe to the Black Sea and finally to
The upper stamp represents the area of departure and
includes a gold coin of the Danish King Svend Estridsen (1047-1075),
and an English miniature, "Landing of the Scandinavian Seamen" from
the 12th century. The lower stamp includes a view of Constantinople, a
silver coin of Grand Prince Voldymyr of Rus Sviatioslvovych (Ukraine)
(980-1025), and "Slavs in a War Galley."