Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ireland 2015 Stamp Issue
EUROPA - Old Toys


 :: THEME: EUROPA - Old Toys 
  :: NOMINAL VALUE: 0.68, 1.00 €
   :: ISSUE DATE: 14 May 2015
    :: DESIGN: Design Factory

On the 14th of May 2015, An Post issued two stamps to celebrate this year’s Europa theme – Old Toys.

EUROPA stamps are unique stamps issued by European postal administrations, including An Post. Each stamp bears the official EUROPA logo, a PostEurop registered trademark under the aegis of PostEurop in which Europe is the central theme. The idea behind EUROPA stamps is to underline cooperation in postal administrations within Europe while promoting philately throughout the region. Since the first issue in 1956, EUROPA stamps have been a symbol of Europe’s desire for closer integration and cooperation. 

In 1993, PostEurop became responsible for issuing EUROPA stamps. The stamps are also designed to help build awareness of the common roots, culture and history of Europe and its common goals. EUROPA stamp issues are among the most collected and most popular stamps in the world. Last year, in 2014, the theme was “Musical Instruments” while next year, in 2016, it will be “Ecology in Europe - Think Green”.
The 2015 Europa theme is “Old Toys”. There are two stamps being issued in the multination Europa series reflecting the 2015 theme of old toys. Each country will issue its own interpretation of the theme and in Denmark, for example, the stamps feature Lego Toys showing the popular construction toy.

The two stamps from An Post were designed by leading Dublin design firm Design Factory and are based on paintings by Comhghall Casey. From Omagh in Co. Tyrone, Casey’s work focuses on creating meticulous and sparse still life studies as well as portraiture and life painting. The 68c stamp features a toy truck while the€1 stamp features an old teddy bear.

Europa - Old Toys - First Day Cover (FDC)


Europa - Old Toys 68c Sheetlet


Europa - Old Toys 1.00 € Sheetlet

AN POST PRICE: 10.00 €

ISSUE DATE: 14 May 2015
NOMINAL VALUE: 0.68 € / 1.00 €
CIRCULATION: 136 000 / 116 000
STAMP DESIGN: Design Factory
STAMP SIZE: 29.8mm x 40.6mm
COLOUR: Multicolour with phosphor tagging
LAYOUT: Sheetlets of 10
PERFORATIONS: 14.1 x 14.3
PRINTER: Cartor Security Printers
An Post PRODUCT No.: 1508100 / 150868 (68c)