Second stamp for Beethoven anniversary


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02 May 2020
Guernsey Post has released the second stamp in its commemorative set, which marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of Ludwig Van Beethoven, who is believed to be the most frequently performed classical music composer in the world. 

The second stamp, to be released on 2 May 2020, depicts a painting of Beethoven by the German artist Josef Karl Stieler, along with the manuscript of the composer’s solemn mass, Missa Solemnis, in 1820.  The stamp also features Bonn Minster, a Roman Catholic Church in Beethoven’s birthplace. 

Each of the four stamps depicts the great composer in different art forms, along with the logo BTHVN  - an abbreviation thought to have been used by Beethoven on some of his musical scores. 

Bridget Yabsley, head of philatelic at Guernsey Post said:

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“Beethoven is undoubtedly one of the most admired and influential composers who ever lived, so we are really delighted to be able to celebrate this special anniversary with our commemorative stamps.

“By releasing the stamps over the course of this year, we are hoping to encourage new collectors by providing them with the opportunity of collecting a small series.”

Stamp details

Designer: The Potting Shed
Printer: bpost
Values: £1
Process: Offset Lithography
Stamp size: 40mm deep x 30mm wide
Paper: 103gsm Gummed Stamp Paper
Sheets: 20
Perforation: 13.33 x 13.60
Cylinder: A

Issue dates      
Stamp 1 - 21 January 2020
Stamp 2 – 2 May 2020 
Stamp 3 - 21 July 2020 
Stamp 4 - 28 October 2020

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