In the category 'silver stamps', today I'm presenting two stamps from France.
The most famous type of French stamps are the so called 'Mariannes'.
Marianne symbolises the French and the French Republic.
There have been many types of Mariannes throughout the stamp history, but I will come to those stamps later.
Just a quick overview...
|Marianne de Dulac|
|Marianne de Gandon 1955|
|Marianne d'Alger (de Fernez) 1944|
|Marianne à la nef 1959|
|Marianne de Cocteau 1961|
|Marianne de cheffer 1967|
|Marianne de Béquet 1971|
|Marianned de Briat (bicentennaire) 1990|
|Marianne du 14 juillet (2002)|
|Marianne de Beaujard|
|Marianne de Lamouche (Marianne des Français)|
And of course, that's the reason why they appear here.
Both silver stamps have a face value of 5 Euro, they can be used postally, but since silver is oxidating easily, the moment they are in contact with oxygen, they turn dark.
That's why both stamps were issued in a special card, surrounded by a plastic cover to protect them.
Even with that protection, the corners of the stamps have a slight colour shift.
This can be removed by cleaning with a soft cloth.
|card with silver Marianne de Beaujard|
|Silver Marianne de Beaujard|
|card with silver Mariand de Lamouche|
|silver Marianne de Lamouche|
|detail of oxidating silvers stamps|