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Great Moravian Rulers
Catalogue Number:  236
Stamp Design:  Jozef Baláž
Stamp Engraving:  Rudolf Cigánik
Date of Issue:  July 4, 2001
Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
Print Technology:  Recess printing from flat plates combined with offset
Size of Impression:  40.0 mm x 23.0 mm
Print Run:  107,000
FDC Motif:  Jozef Baláž
FDC Engraving:  Rudolf Cigánik
Cancellation Design:  Jozef Baláž
FDC Printing:  Postal Stationery Printing House, Prague, Czech Republic
FDC Print Technology:  Recess printing from flat plates
FDC Print Run:  6,000

The Great Moravian Rulers - a set of four stamps, placed on the lower part of a presentation sheet. They picture portraits of important Great Moravian rulers (from the beginning of 9th century) - Pribina, Rastislav, Koceľ, Svätopluk. These Great Moravian rulers were from the Mojmír's dynasty and they founded the original west-Slavic state, extended the territorial boundaries, and cultural expansion. They are pictured with the Great Moravian map at its greatest times. The map was designed based on the findings of the academician Ján Dekan, who has also included a shield, depicting a falconer, which is a reproduction of an archeologica1 find.

Pribina (around 800 -861) - was the Prince of Nitra until 833, also the Prince of Blatnohrad between 846-861. He gave his approval for a church to be built in his Principality of Nitra, the first Christian church in Slovakia, which was consecrated by Adalrám, the Archbishop of Salzburg in 828. Moravian Prince Mojmír I banished Pribina from Nitra in 833 and annexed the Principality of Nitra to Great Moravia. Pribina became a Prince of the Principality of Blatno and he built Blatnohrad near Zalavár in Hungary. He died in battle as an ally of Ľudovít Nemec.

FDC: Great Moravian doublecross found in Nová Mača, a reconstruction of St. Methoďs church - the archbishopric in Nitra (year 880), Nitra castle, and archeological relics.

Cancellation: tin crescent earring, 7th -8th century, Holiare

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