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Great Moravian Rulers
Catalogue Number:  238
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 archeological find.

Koceľ (9th century) - was Prince of the Principality of Blatno (around 861-876), the son of Prince Pribina of Nitra. He actively participated in the development of Blatno while his father was alive, he succeeded his father on Prince Pribina's death. Originally, he was a vassal of a Frank king, but around 869 he united with Great Moravia and he strengthened its national and Christian independence. He was a supporter and protector of Slavonic writings (Frizínske manuscripts), and played an important role in the development of Christianity. He delayed Constantine-Cyril and Method in Panonia in 867, on their return from the mission in Great Moravia. The Thessalonian brothers trained fifty students in Blatnohrad and gained Koceľ for their idea of propagation of Slavonic liturgy.

Stamp: Fictitious portrait, reconstruction of a church, silver tip of a belt with a figure of a bishop with a devout gesture - the archeological relic from the Great Moravian period.

FDC: Panonia and fruits of its land, fragments of churches and archeological relics.

Cancellation: cast bronze cattle-ring, 9th century, Bernolákovo

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