28 May 1997. The National Gallery of Armenia (I issue).

The first issue from the series "From the Museums of Armenia" - "The National Gallery of Armenia" represents the marvelous canvases of Armenia painters.
118. Gevond Bashinjagian (1857-1925). Countryside
119. Eghishe Tadevossian (1870-1936). One of my dreams
120. Hakob Hovnatanian (1806-1881). Portrait of Natalia Tehumian
121. Vardges Sureniants (1880-1921). Salome
    Desiner: Haroutiun Samuelian
    Perf 14:14 3/4 (24.13/40.64), 14 3/4:14 (40.64/24.13), Offset
    Cat. No Value (Dram) Mint (USD) Used (USD)
    h118.  150.00  0.35  0.32 
    h119.  150.00  0.35  0.32 
    h120.  150.00  0.35  0.32 
    h121.  150.00  0.35  0.32 
    Set of 4 1.40  1.25 
    First day cover 2.50 
Quantity: 4x100.000





8 October 1997. The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Rouben Mamulian

 Rouben Mamulian (1897-1987) - an outstanding Armenian film-director - was born on 8th October, 1897 in Tiflis, in Armenian family. He went down in history of cinema as an innovator, whose technical innovations in sound, colour psychology and camera movement are in use till now. The most famous films directed by Rouben Mamulian are "Applause", "City Streets", "Queen Christina", "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" etc.

 122. The portrait of Rouben Mamulian

Quantity: 100.000


 The Cathedral of St.Basil the Blessed (originally it was called Pokrovski Cathedral) is one of the most significant monuments of Russian architecture. It is placed in Moscow, on Red Square and was built in 1550-60. In 1558 the small cathedral of St.Basil the Blessed and in 1670 the bell-tower were overbuilt to the main Cathedral. The north-western church of Cathedral is devoted to St.Gregory the Illuminator in honour of help of Armenians which was given during conquest of Kazan.

 123. The Church St.Gregory the Illuminator. The Cathedral of St.Basil the Blessed.

Quantity: 100.000

18 October, 1997 EUROPA. Stories and Legends
Hayk and Bel is an ancient Armenian legendary story. According to it Hayk was the ruler of Ararad (Ararat) country. According to the legend, Armenians were descended from Hayk and the country where he was living in was called Hayk too. As forefather of Armenians, Hayk is in close correlation with stars, preserving the primary signs of the legendary cosmic hero. The constellation Orion was called Hayk among Armenians.

 The song of Vahagn is an ancient Armenian legendary song. Vahagn is the god war, bravery and victory in ancient Armenian mythology. In some sources and legends is testified as the god of sun. The old idea of ancient Armenians about perpendicular three-parted construction of world (sky, earth and sea) is represented in song. In such space structure is shown the birth and appearance of young god. The constellation Hercules was called Vahagn among Armenians.

 124. Hayk, the Progenitor on the background of the Orion constellations
125. Vahagn, the Dragon-Slaer on the background of the Hercules constellations

    Designer: Albert Kechyan
    Perf 14:14 3/4 (24.13/40.64), 14 3/4:14 (40.64/24.13), Offset
    h124.  170.00  1.0
    h125.  250.00  1.0



Quantity: 2x100.000


Eghishe Charents (Soghomonian) - an outstanding Armenian poet, publicist, translator and culture worker. Serving in the Red Army during the most active period of his life, Charents took part in the Russian Civil War and in several popular uprisings in Armenia. These surroundings were the cause of his revolutionary sentiments, which have been traced in all poetic works of Charents. The patriotic lyrics of Charents occupy one of the important parts of his poetry. In many works he broached the subjects of his country, history and people.

 126. The portrait of Eghishe Charents

Quantity: 100.000

19 December 1997. Flora and Fauna of Armenia (III issue). Irises

 Iris lycotis - this species is very rare in Armenia. It may be found only in the vicinity of Darelegis.
Iris lycotis is a decorative flower. The period of blossoming is early spring.
Iris lycotis is included in the Red Data Book of Armenia
Iris elegantissima - this species was widely distributed in the Ararat foundation area in the past. Nowadays the area of irises is distinctly reduced. It may be found in the vicinity of Shirak and Yerevan. Iris elegantissima is a decorative flower and very important material for selection of irises. The period of blossoming is end of April and beginning of May. In the nature this species gives a wonderful diversity of shapes and coloration.
Iris elegantissima is included in the Red Data Book of Armenia.
h 127. Iris lycotis
h 128. Iris elegantissima
    Designer: Nune Arazyan
    Comb Perf 13' 31.75/31.75
    h127.  40.00  0.1
    h128.  170.00  0.4
    Set of 2  0.50
Quantities: 2 x 100.000



22 December 1997. 1700th ANNIVERSARY ADOPTION OF CHRISTIANITY IN ARMENIA (301-2001), (IV issue)

 This issue is devoted to the Armenian Educational Centres of Abroad
h 129. Anthelias, St.Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral
h 130. Rostov upon Don, St.Khach Armenian Church
h 131. Jerusalem, St.James Monastery
h 132. Tbilisi, Nercissian School
h 133. Venice, San Lazzaro, the Mekhitarian

M/S 9 Moscow, Lazarian Seminary

    Designers: Anna Sahakyan, Zakar Manoukyan
    Perf 14:14 3/4 (24.13/40.64), 14 3/4:14 (40.64/24.13), Offset
    h129.  100.00  0.25
    h130.  100.00  0.25
    h131.  100.00  0.25
    h132.  100.00  0.25
    h133.  100.00  0.25
    M/S 9 500.00  1.15
Quantities: stamps - 5 x 100.000, M/S - 30.000



26 December 1997. NEW YEAR and CHRISTMAS

 The stamp represents a Christmas scene. The peculiarities of Armenian and Russian Christian miniature - painting of the Middle Ages are synthesised on the picture.

h 135. Christmas

Quantity: 100.000