Content of the listing
There is no general definition what kind of stamps should be a part of 'stamps on medals'. It is every collector's own decision.
The listing on this website includes stamps, miniature sheets and sheetlets which comply with the criteria as follow:
- Orders, decorations and medals (decorations) shown have to be for wearing.
- Decorations have to be issued or approved by government authority. Medals given to winners of sport competitions are not listed.
- Decorations have to be a separate theme of the stamp. It is not adaquate if a stamp only shows persons wearing decorations. But it is sufficent, when there is a decoration in addition to a person.
- Stamps that don't display decorations but are issued to honour decorations are listed. E. g. Great Britain – Emission to honour the 650th anniversary of the Order of the Garter. And some stamps are listed that display a person without showing a decoration in case the stamps were issued to honour the person because of its decoration. Yet not included are the plenty of stamps displaying the 'Heroes of the Soviet Union' which don't show the 'Gold Star' in addition to the person.
- Decorations as their ribbons may be displayed on the edges of stamp sheets.
The author has included some stamps which don't comply with the said criteria but he thought that they should be listed nevertheless.
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Hartmut Gräber, Dortmund.