Postal service issues set marking London Olympics

This is a graphic of the first-day cover.

Correo Nacional has issued a set of stamps to promote the Longon Olympics. The stamps feature events in which Costa Rican athletes will participate.

The set consists of two stamps. They show tae kwon do and running. Two other drawings on a first-day cover show cycling and competitive walking. Sprinter Nery Brenes is Costa Rica’s best hope for a gold medal. He finished in the semi-finals in 2008 and has improved since then. He has taken some other world championships. He is not pictured on the stamps, but if he wins, there is a certainty that Correos will come out with one.

The stamps came out June 25 but the postal service delayed making the announcement. The London Olympics are from July 27 to Aug. 12. Costa Rica’s Olympic committee expects to be well represented. The value of the stamps are 365 and 435 colons, about 73 and 87 U.S. cents.

The first-day cover measures 94 millimeters (3.7 inches) by 163 millimeters (6.4 inches). The envelop featured the official logo of the London Olympics. There have been 500 first-day covers prepared. In all 15,000 of each stamp have been printed.

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