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Adrian24/05/2013 09:11:24
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Thanks for those, Billy! It was indeed the second one I had in mind but I like your first stamp as well. Don't think I'd seen that one before.

Here's another well-known one, the Canada Goose (of course) on a 1952 Canadian stamp:

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Again a lovely stamp, especially if I would have taken the effort to unfold all the perfs!

Less known probably is this 1977 airmail stamp from Surinam, depicting the Caica Parrot:

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Vera24/05/2013 09:51:27
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That's a really nice stamp of the Caica Parrot. Ive been working on eagles for a few weeks and I like this 1973 German semi-postal Steinadler because it shows the tawny mantle which fits the description of the Golden eagle. I've been searching everywhere for a "Roman eagle", the Aquila ,which was an important symbol for the Roman Army

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Vera24/05/2013 10:03:24
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I like the Canda Goose in 1954 as well as your 1952 version Adrian. The designs were so much better then.

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Vera24/05/2013 10:10:12
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Have to include this one too, Canada 1955 Whooping Cranes. Another elegant design beautifully created.

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Billy Broadland24/05/2013 11:29:14
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Vera

This is an Aquila but not sure if it is the "Roman Eagle".

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Vera24/05/2013 12:30:18
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Posted by Billy Broadland on 24/05/2013 11:29:14:

Vera

This is an Aquila but not sure if it is the "Roman Eagle".

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thanks Billy, there are many references that this is the eagle which the Austro-Hungarian rulers based their heraldic eagle on, and maybe the Romans did too. I suspect the Romans were more influenced by the Aquila chrysaetos (Golden Eagle). All the aquila eagles are huge and one can imagine how their characteristics influenced early man to use them for icons.

I found this stamp today of a "Roman eagle" and borrowed it to show you here.

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Adrian25/05/2013 09:23:54
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Yes, those Canada stamps are great indeed. I especially like the 1954 Canada Goose stamp you showed, Vera.

I had a look in my Italy collection but was slightly surprised that the Roman Eagle did not feature more prominently on their stamps. All I could find was the one stamp you showed yourself.

Here, however, is another stamp with the Aquila chrysaetos depicted:

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And here we have the Common Eider on a 1963 St. Pierre et Miquelon stamp:

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som ghatak25/05/2013 17:59:57
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Austria-Serbia joint issue

Austria-Serbia joint issue 2007

Adrian26/05/2013 09:11:41
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Nice one, Som!

If all symbolic eagles on Italy's stamps are so-called Roman Eagles, then here's a great specimen:

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However, the imagery of the eagle and the serpent seems to be used all over the world. Here it is on a Greek stamp:

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Vera26/05/2013 13:53:12
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Som, the eagle in your Serbia joint issue stamp is the White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla)...which is "Polish eagle". Also called Fish Eagle ( although there are many fish eagles)

Adrian, I love the stance on the 1960 Polish golden eagle ..so very proud .

Here's the legendary Mexican eagle with a snake although this 1988 Japanese stamp seems to make a bit of a cartoon out of it.

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