Friday, January 15, 2010

Latest Beethoven Stamp from Grenada

Grenada is an island country and sovereign state consisting of the island of Grenada and six smaller islands at the southern end of the Grenadines in the southeastern Caribbean Sea. Grenada is located northwest of Trinidad and Tobago, northeast of Venezuela, and southwest of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Its size is 344 km², with an estimated population of 110,000. Its capital is St. George's. The national bird of Grenada is the critically endangered Grenada Dove.

This small country first issued a set of Beethoven stamps (comprised of 7 stamps and 1 miniature sheet) on April 24, 1978. Their latest Beethoven is a souvenir sheet of 6 stamps, issued in 2009, commemorating the 200th anniversary of the death of noted composer, and "Father of the String Quartet" Franz Joseph Haydn. One stamp shows the young Beethoven as Haydn's student.