On Wednesday, 24 April, at 12 noon, the President of the Riigikogu Henn Põlluaas will open the launch of the stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Riigikogu. This will take place in the White Hall of Toompea Castle.
“The stamp commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Riigikogu has great historical value, because it records the birth of our independent parliamentary state of Estonia in the valuable collections of stamp collectors,” Henn Põlluaas said. “The commemorative stamp on an envelope is also an important messenger that makes the history of our country better known around the world.”
On 23 April 1919, the first representative body elected by the people – the Constituent Assembly – convened in Estonia. It made many decisions that laid the foundation for our state. We celebrate this day as the birthday of the Riigikogu. The task of the Constituent Assembly was to lay the foundations for the Estonian statehood, and to adopt the Constitution and the Land Act. The Constituent Assembly acted as the national representative body and the legislative power of Estonia from 23 April 1919 until 20 December 1920.
The commemorative stamp was issued by Eesti Post. The stamp will be launched in Toompea Castle, along with an envelope and a date stamp. The first day cover is also available. Later on, the stamps will be sold and the envelopes franked by the Omniva post office on Toompea Hill.
The stamp has been designed by artist Riho Luuse. As he also designed the stamp commemorating the 90th anniversary of the Riigikogu 10 years ago, the two form a beautifully harmonious pair. The nominal price of the stamp is 65 cents, which is the current postage for sending a letter within Estonia.
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