Uruguay : 17th Winter Olympics Medal Winners in Lillehammer,

85th Anniversary of Hans Erni,

and 1994 International Stamp Exhibition Patronized by FISA


Issue date: 06/05/1994


Uruguay issued this souvenir sheet to commemorate the following events:

  1. The 17th Winter Olympics. The sheet contains the four stamps issued by Uruguay on 6 May 1994 to pay tribute to four medal winners at the 17th Winter Olympic games held at Lillehammer, Norway (from 12 to 27 February 1994).
  2. The 85th birth anniversary of Hans Erni. The sheet shows a reproduction of Uruguay stamp issued on 5 July 1985 (Icarus by Hans Erni, without watermark; see more details by clicking on Uruguay : 40th Anniversary of ICAO.
  3. The International Stamp Exhibition patronized by FISA held in April 1994 in Montevideo, Uruguay






















The same souvenir sheet exists demonetized (with values cancelled) and imperforate stamps on paper with watermark. Both items were sold together and have a matching serial number (i.e. 04091 in this case).

Watermarked paper: inverted ROU (Republica Oriental del Uruguay) within a sun (Watermark #332, according to Scott catalogue). The official country name Republica Oriental del Uruguay indicates that the country lies east of the Uruguay River.










Official First Day Cover.


Background: FISA (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Aérophilatéliques, International Federation of Aero-philatelic Societies) did not organize, but granted patronage to a philatelic exhibition held in April 1994 in Montevideo, Uruguay. The FISA logo is shown on the souvenir sheet. FISA is the international representative of the interests of the aero-philatelic and astro-philatelic community.

The Medal Winners shown on the stamps are:

  1. Katja Seizinger, Germany, gold medal woman‑downhill (alpine skiing).
  1. Markus Wasmeier, Germany, gold medal men giant slalom and gold medal men super G (alpine skiing).
  2. Vreni Schneider, Switzerland, gold medal women‑slalom, bronze medal women giant slalom, and silver medal women‑combined (alpine skiing). Triple medallist; only woman ever with three Olympic alpine victories.
  3. Gustav Weder, Switzerland, silver medal 4‑man bobsleigh with Donat Acklin, Kurt Meier and Domenico Semerano; gold medal 2‑man bobsleigh with Donat Acklin.