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Commemoratives of 1960-1963

Commemorative Swiss stamps of 1960 to 1963 highlight a number of important special events.

During this period, the Swiss Post continued the practice of issuing most of the commemorative stamps for a particular year at one time, usually in the Spring.  For stamp collectors, this practice makes Swiss commemorative stamps very easy to manage and organize.  Of course there are exceptions, like the annual EUROPA stamps, but they are few in number.


The four commemorative Swiss stamps shown above were all issued on April 7, 1960.

The 10 C. denomination stamp was issued to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Swiss League for Cancer Control.

The 20 C. denomination stamp was issued to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the University of Basel.  The design features the founding charter and the scepter of the university.

The 50 C. denomination stamp was issued to publicize World Refugee Year, July 1, 1959 through June 30, 1960.

The 75 C. denomination stamp was issued to publicize Swissair's Entry into the Jet Age.  The design features a Swissair DC-8 jet airliner.


The four commemorative Swiss stamps shown above were all issued on February 20, 1961.

The 5 C. denomination stamp was issued to publicize Developmental Aid to New Countries.

The 10 C. denomination stamp was issued to publicize the First Health and Sports Exhibition (HYSPA 1961), held in Bern from May 18 through July 17, 1961.

The 20 C. denomination stamp was issued to publicize the International Ice Hockey Championships, held in Lausanne and Geneva from March 2 through March 12, 1961.

The 50 C. denomination stamp was issued to publicize Fully Automated Swiss Telephone Service.


The four commemorative Swiss stamps shown above were all issued on March 19, 1962.

The 5 C. denomination stamp was issued to publicize the introduction of electric Swiss Trans-Europe Express Trains.

The 10 C. denomination stamp was issued to publicize the Rowing World Championships, held in Lucerne from September 6 through September 9, 1962.

The 20 C. denomination stamp was issued to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Jungfrau Mountain Railroad Station.

The 50 C. denomination stamp was issued to publicize the World Health Organization's Anti-Malaria Campaign.


The six commemorative Swiss stamps shown above were all issued on March 21, 1963.

The 5 C. denomination stamp was issued to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Swiss Boy Scouts.

The 10 C. denomination stamp was issued to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Swiss Alpine Club.

The 20 C. denomination stamp was issued to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Lötschberg Railroad.  The design shows the Luegelkinn Viaduct.

The 30 C. denomination stamp was issued to publicize the Freedom from Hunger Campaign.

The first 50 C. denomination stamp was issued to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the International Red Cross.

The second 50 C. denomination stamp was issued to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the First International Postal Conference in Paris, leading to the later creation of the Universal Postal Union.  The design features a 19th Century postal coach in front of a Paris hotel.


The souvenir sheet shown above was issued for the 100th Anniversary of the International Red Cross.

The souvenir sheets measure 100 x 80 mm., and they sold for 3 Francs. 


The four commemorative stamps shown above were all issued on September 16, 1963 to publicize the Swiss National Exhibition to be held in Lausanne from April 30 through October 25, 1964.

The 10 C., 20 C., and 50 C. denominations were also issued in coils, however examples of them with coil end-strips are very rare.







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The two EUROPA stamps shown above were issued on September 19, 1960 to emphasize European Unity.


The two EUROPA stamps shown above were issued on September 18, 1961 to emphasize European Unity.


The two EUROPA stamps shown above were issued on September 17, 1962 to emphasize European Unity.


The EUROPA stamp shown above were issued on September 16, 1963 to emphasize European Unity.