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SOCHI, March 10, 15:46 /ITAR-TASS/. President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Sir Philip Craven took part on Monday in the unveiling ceremony of unique collectible postage stamps in the Russian resort city of Sochi, which currently hosts Russia’s first ever Winter Paralympic Games.
A unique sheet of three postage stamps is dedicated to the 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympic gold, silver and bronze medals.
“It is always a great pleasure to be in front of so many people,” Craven said as he officially cancelled the first issue of the stamps in front of the crowd of journalists.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak and Deputy Head of the Russian Federal Communications Agency Igor Chursin also took part in the stamps cancellation ceremony.
“It is particularly good to be with my very good friend and colleague Dmitry Kozak and, of course, for the first time with Igor Chursin,” Craven added.
Monday’s unveiling ceremony at the Media Center, located in the Olympic Park, was held as part of the Sochi 2014 Philatelic Program.
The sheet of stamps consists of three unique stamps, each one depicting the medals of the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi (gold, silver and bronze).
These stamps are unique in design and use cutting edge technology. Three types of metallic paint - bronze, silver and gold - were used as well as “hot stamping”. This technology gives the image of the medal a 3D effect.
There are 150,000 copies of the new sheet in circulation. Each stamp has its own denomination: the stamp with the gold medal's image is 75 rubles, the silver medal is 50 rubles, and the bronze is 25 rubles. The size of the sheet is 136x80 mm.
In all, at the start of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, eight sheets of stamps, 50 separate stamps, two envelopes with the original stamp and over 500 envelopes and postcards bearing pictures were designed.
The themes on the postage merchandise include Winter Sports events, mascots of the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, the sports venues in Sochi, the Olympic torch relay, legendary athletes and views of Russia’s southern Krasnodar Region, where the city of Sochi is located.