The booklet of stamps includes brief summaries of each castle’s history in Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian.
The Ancient Castles stamp booklet is designed by one of Finland's most respected graphic designers, Erik Bruun. He is known to the general public for his designs for several past Finnish stamps, the final series of Finnish Markka banknotes, and popular nature and advertising posters.
Mirror of the past
Castles are an important part of Finnish cultural heritage and remain popular tourist destinations.
Because of an error during the planning stage for the booklet, Häme Castle is depicted in mirror image. An old photograph supplied by the National Board of Antiquities for use in Bruun's work was backwards and so the final form of the stamp is also a mirror image of the castle as it stands in the city of Hämeenlinna.
"We believe that the stamp will be of interest to many buyers despite - or perhaps because of - the mistake and sell well," said Itella's product chief Tommi Kantola in a press release.