Sikhote-Alin Commerative Stamps
In honor of the 10th Anniversary of the Sikhote-Alin meteorite shower (February 12, 1957), the Soviet Postal Authority produced a limited edition of commemorative postage stamps bearing a denomination of 40 kopeks. The central element of the stamps design is a much-celebrated painting by P.I. Medvedev, who witnessed the fireballs descent from approximately 75 miles away, in Iman, Siberia. Medvedevs rendering, the most famous image of this cataclysmic event, bears a semblance to a tornado.
Witnesses described the phenomenon as terrifyingexplosions and shock waves accompanied by the nightmarish vision of a churning, tortured sky. A smoke trail reportedly hung in the sky for hours following this massive meteorite shower60 years ago today. This is a rare, complete sheet of 72 stamps in mint condition. There are 6 rows of 12 stamps each.
Sheet measurement: 270mm x 380mm (10.5 x 15in)