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Burkina Faso in West Africa (formerly known as Upper Volta) issued this attractive set on 1st July 1964 to celebrate the Olympic Games in Tokyo. Here is the full set in souvenir sheet format.

15f ... Athlete's head (bronze, ancient Greece.)

25f ... Seated athlete (bronze, ancient Greece.)

85f ... Victorious athlete (bronze, ancient Greece.)

100f ... Venus de Milo (marble, ancient Greece.)

SG MS148a. Unhinged mint, and in tidy condition, although a slight album-page adhesion on the top selvedge.

Catalogue value = £12.50 (= NZ $24.23)

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Formerly called the Republic of Upper Volta, the country was renamed "Burkina Faso" on 4 August 1984 by then-President Thomas Sankara, using a word from each of the country's two major native languages, Mòoré and Dioula. Figuratively, "Burkina", from Mòoré, may be translated as "men of integrity", while "Faso" means "fatherland" in Dioula. "Burkino Faso" is thus meant to be understood as "Land of upright people" or "Land of honest people". It is a landlocked country around 274,200 square kilometres in size & surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north; Niger to the east; Benin to the southeast; Togo and Ghana to the south; and Ivory Coast to the southwest. Its capital is Ouagadougou. In 2010, its population was estimated at just under 15.75 million.

Aphrodite of Milos, better known as the Venus de Milo, is an ancient Greek statue and one of the most famous works of ancient Greek sculpture. Created sometime between 130 and 100 BC, it is believed to depict Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and beauty (Venus to the Romans). It is a marble sculpture, slightly larger than life size at 203 cm high. The arms and original plinth were lost following its discovery. It is thought to be the work of Alexandros of Antioch; earlier, it was mistakenly attributed to the master sculptor Praxiteles. It is currently on permanent display at the Louvre Museum in Paris.

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