On July 29th the State Committee for Information Technology and Communications of the Kyrgyz Republic puts into circulation a new series of Kyrgyz Express Post postage stamps, dedicated to Flora of Kyrgyzstan. The stamps of the artist Oleg Cojocari and designer Aliona Cojocari were issued in sheetlets of 6 stamps and in a collective sheet of 4 stamps (1 complete set).
The KEP series consists of four stamps and one souvenir sheet and represents the most famous flowers of Kyrgyzstan, typical for various climate zones of the country; Orchid Iris (Iris orchioides), Edelweiss (Leontopodium ochroleucum), Turkestan Primula (Primula turkestanica), Greig's Tulip (Tulipa greigii) and the souvenirsheet Common Poppy (Papaver rhoeas).
Quantity issued: 10 000 pieces each stamp, including the quantity of the collective minisheet — 4 000 pieces. Quantity of souvenir sheet issued: 8 000 pieces (source: KEP).
In newsletter 14 Kyrgyz Express Post is telling "On the sheet borders a typical mountain landscape of Kyrgyzstan and a poppy field are depicted". The country of Kyrgyzstan is well known for its spectacular mountainous landscapes, high mountains and several 7'000 metres peaks. It is more than amazing that as illustration of the 4 sheets and the collective sheet of 4 stamps was choosen a picture, showing the slopes of Mount McKinley in Alaska USA. The picture can be found a lot in the net, you can see and download from here, the website of wallpaperweb.org. (a new window will be opened / if this link should not work anymore, please contact webmaster).
Collective sheet of 4 stamps.
Illustration: part of a image of the Mount McKinley in Alaska/USA.
Common Poppy (Papaver rhoeas), illustration unknown.