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   NORWAY: Kongsberg Local Issue 12.10.2002  
Click to enlargeThe monopoly of Norway Post will gradually be abolished through the year 2009. This has opened the way for new local stamp issues. On October 12th 2002, the first stamp with railway interest was issued by "lokal Posten" in Kongsberg, a town in eastern Norway. The stamp depicts a mining train on the 800mm (2ft. 7 in.) gauge pit railway in the silver mines located 5 miles outside the Kongsberg town centre. On the stamp can be seen a train exiting from the "Kings' Mine" running through "The Adit of King Christian 7th" whose monogram can be seen on the wall; the locomotive was built by Levahn in Oslo. The Silver Mines were established in 1623 when silver was first discovered, and with the founding of the town of Kongsberg the following year, Kongsberg grew during the next 150 years to become one of Norway's most influential communities. In the heyday of the mines, silver was as important to the economy of Norway as oil and gas are today.

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