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During a transition period in 2000-2001 all Monegasque stamps had two denominations, in Francs, and in Euro.  Beginning in 2002 their only denomination is in Euro.

It is beyond all doubt, that Albuisson likes veteran cars :-)  

Just look at this wonderful set of seven beautiful cars, combined with the fashion of their time, issued in 2000. 

Ranging from the Humber in 1911 to the Lamborghini Countach 1946, they are all sophistication beyond description. 

Design by Merot and engravings by Albuisson. 

  • Monaco 2000.  Veteran Cars combined with Fashion of Their Time. 

Monaco 2000. Humber 1999, Type Beeston.

Humber 1911, Type Beeston

Monaco 2000.  Ferrari F1 - 1989.

Ferrari F1 - 1989

Monaco 2000. Fiat 600 Jolly 1966.

Fiat 600 Jolly 1966

Monaco 2000. Januar 1947.

Jaguar 1947

Monaco 2000. Citroën C4F Autochenille 1929.

Citroën C4F Autochenille 1929

Monaco 2000.  Rolls Royce Silver Cloud 1956.

Rolls Royce Silver Cloud 1956

Monaco 2000.  Lamborghini Countach 1986.

Lamborghini Countach 1986

 

For the International Stamp Exhibition in Madrid 2000, this stamp was issued, showing the front of the Principal Post Office of Madrid, with the sculpture of "The Bear and the Strawberry-Tree" [Arbutus Unedo L.]. 

A very nice and well done stamp with a lot of good humour. 

  • Monaco 2000.  International Stamp Exhibition in Madrid. 

Monaco 2000. International Stamp Exhibition in Madrid.

In 1501, when Michelangelo was only 26 years old, he returned to Florence after a long absence. There he produced two free-standing sculptures, the Madonna and Child (1501-1505, Notre Dame, Bruges).  The major work of this period is the colossal (4.34 m/143 ft) marble David (1501-1504, Accademia, Florence). Stamp design by Irio-Ottavio Fantini, engraving by Albuisson. 

The Old Testament hero is depicted as a lithe, naked youth, muscular and alert, looking into the distance as if sizing up the enemy Goliath, whom he has not yet encountered.  When sculpting this statue Michelangelo is quoted to have expressed that 

Monaco 2001. Michelangelo: "David".

"When I saw this piece of marble, I knew immediately that David was inside.  My job would be to cut the excess marble away to reveal him".  

The statue, which symbolized the fortitude of the Florentine republic, originally stood in the Piazza della Signoria in front of the Palazzo Vecchio, the Florentine town hall. (A copy now stands in the piazza.)  

The fiery intensity of David’s facial expression exemplifies the terribilità (emotional intensity) that is characteristic of many of Michelangelo’s figures and of his own personality, and the whole figure demonstrates his mastery of the male nude. 

  • Monaco 2001. Michelangelo: David. 

The stamp immediately on the right is a most interesting issue, designed by Thierry Mordant, and engraved by Albuisson. 

It was released in 2001 in connection with the awards of the Literary Prize of Prince Rainier III, and shows his daughter by Grace Kelly, Princess Caroline, on the background of a stamp engraved in 1995 by the renowned Czeslaw Slania. 

For your convenience I have inserted the original stamp by Slania for comparison. 

  • Monaco 2001. Prix Littéraire du Prince Rainier III. 

  • Monaco 1995. Prince Pierre, (engraved by Czeslaw Slania), depicted on the background of the 2001-issue by Albuisson. 

Monaco 2001. Prix Littéraire du Prince Rainier III. Monaco 1995. Prince Pierre, depicted on the backgrouond of the 2001-issue.

  • Monaco 2002. Centenary of the first attempt of Tar Roads in 1902. The engineer was the Italian scientist Dr. Guglielminetti. 

Sir Alexander Fleming (1881-1955), was a British bacteriologist and Nobel laureate, best known for his discovery of penicillin. Born near Darvel, Scotland, and educated at Saint Mary's Hospital Medical School of the University of London, he served as professor of bacteriology at St. Mary's Hospital Medical School from 1928 to 1948, when he became professor emeritus.

Monaco 2003. Discovery of the Penicillin in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming.

Fleming conducted outstanding research in bacteriology, chemotherapy, and immunology. In 1922 he discovered lysozyme, an antiseptic found in tears, body secretions, albumen, and certain fish plants. 

His discovery of penicillin came about accidentally in 1928 in the course of research on influenza. His observation that the mold contaminating one of his culture plates had destroyed the bacteria laid the basis for the development of penicillin therapy. 

Fleming was knighted in 1944. In 1945 he shared the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine with the  Australian scientist Howard Walter Florey and the German-British pathologist Ernst Boris Chain for their contributions to the development of penicillin. 

  • Monaco 2003. Discovery of the Penicillin in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming. 

Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) is the genetic material of all cellular organisms and most viruses. DNA carries the information needed to direct protein synthesis and replication. Protein synthesis is the production of the proteins needed by the cell or virus for its activities and development. Replication is the process by which DNA copies itself for each descendant cell or virus, passing on the information needed for protein synthesis. In most cellular organisms, DNA is organized on chromosomes located in the nucleus of the cell. 

A molecule of DNA consists of two chains, strands composed of a large number of chemical compounds, called nucleotides, linked together to form a chain. 

These chains are arranged like a ladder that has been twisted into the shape of a winding staircase, called a double helix. Each nucleotide consists of three units: a sugar molecule called deoxyribose, a phosphate group, and one of four different nitrogen-containing compounds called bases. 

The four bases are adenine (A), guanine (G), thymine (T), and cytosine (C). The deoxyribose molecule occupies the center position in the nucleotide, flanked by a phosphate group on one side and a base on the other. The phosphate group of each nucleotide is also linked to the deoxyribose of the adjacent nucleotide in the chain. These linked deoxyribose-phosphate subunits form the parallel side rails of the ladder. 

The bases face inward toward each other, forming the rungs of the ladder, beautifully conceived in this commemorative stamp designed and engraved by Albuisson. 

  • Monaco 2003. 50th anniversary of the discovery of DNA. 

Monaco 2003. 50th Anniversary of the discovery of DNA.

  

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  • Monaco 2003.  A set of four stamps depicting the Monegasque patron saint, Sainte Dévote, and her life story. These stamps were also issued in a bloc of 8 stamps, two of each design.  Design by De la Patelière, engravings by Pierre Albuisson.

Berlioz was born in La Côte-Saint-André on December 11, 1803, and was originally educated in medicine in Paris. 

Abandoning medicine, he studied music from 1823 to 1825 at the Paris Conservatoire under the French composer Jean François Le Sueur and the Czech composer Anton Reicha. 

In 1830 he won the Prix de Rome. He became a librarian at the Paris Conservatoire in 1838, toured the Continent and Britain several times as a conductor between 1842 and 1854, and from 1835 to 1863 wrote musical criticism for the periodical Journal des Débats. 

Berlioz was a principal force in the development of the 19th century musical romanticism. 

Monaco 2003. Bicentenary of Birth of Hector Berlioz.

On October 4, 2004 Monaco has marked the 75th anniversary of the birth (November 12, 1929) of their beloved Princess Grace.  The label at the bottom of the sheet contains a surprise: "Hommage à Grace, Patricia KELLY", goes against the story that Prince Rainier was upset when the U.S. commemorative of 1993 (Scott 2749) was issued with her American name "Grace Kelly".  Perhaps the Prince has had a change of heart in his old age. 

Three portraits of the princess, printed in royal blue, at different times of her life, by three different engravers, form the designs of three stamps, valued at € 0.75, 1.75, and 3.50.  

The low value shows her as a young actress in a portrait designed and engraved by Pierre Albuisson.  

The middle stamp shows her as a young princess in an engraving by Czeslaw Slania which was made some years ago as an essay.  

On the high value she is the mature wife of the head of state and mother of three in her later life, engraved by the Swedish engraver Martin Mörck.  

  • Monaco 2004. Close-up of the Albuisson engraving of Princess Grace as a young actress. 

Monaco 2004. Close-up of the Albuisson engraving of Princess Grace as a young actress.

The unvalued Royal Cypher Monogram was created by Slania for Princess Grace prior to 1982, and was first used for the Princess Grace Memorial sheet, issued in black April 1983 (Scott 1367). The links will open in new windows. For the new issue the years of her birth and death have been added to her Cypher. 

Monaco 2004. Princess Grace Commemorative Sheet.  

  • Monaco 2004.  Princess Grace Commemorative Sheet. The Albuisson-stamp is No. 1 from the left.  

Monaco 2005. Monaco's Admission to the European Council.

Monaco 2005. Luigi Valentino Brugnatelli (1761-1818).

Monaco 2005. Frank Willard Libby (1908-1980).

  • Monaco 2005.  Monaco's admission to the European Council. Design and engraving by Albuisson. Scan © Pierre Albuisson. 

  • Monaco 2005.  Luigi Valentino Brugnatelli (1761-1818). Inventor of the case-hardening of metals in 1805. Design by Fantini, engraving by Albuisson. Scan © Pierre Albuisson. 

  • Monaco 2005.  Frank Willard Libby (1908-1980). Detects the dating by Carbon 14 in 1947, and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 1960. Design by Fantini, engraving by Albuisson. Scan © Pierre Albuisson. 

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