Saturday, November 17, 2007

New Charles Wesley stamp from Ireland

The following details come from the Irish Stamps website:

300th Anniversary of the Birth of Charles Wesley
Charles Wesley (1707-1788) and his brother John were instrumental in the birth of the Methodist tradition. Their teachings and practices earned the name 'Methodist' because of their strict adherence to the Book of Common Prayer. Charles Wesley is also remembered for his achievements in lyrical composition. Over the course of his lifetime, he published the words of more than five and a half thousand hymns, and composed the words for a further two thousand. Among these are a number of timeless classics, including Hark! The Herald-Angels Sing. The stamp was designed by Steve Simpson, based on a painting entitled The Lily Portrait-which is reproduced courtesy of the Methodist Studies Unit, Oxford Brookes University, England. The First Day Cover, also designed by Steve Simpson, features a church organ from Saint John's in the Wood Church, Dartry, Co. Monaghan.

Technical Details
Date of Issue: 15 November, 2007
Value & Quantity: 78c (.28m) - This is the rate for international letters up to 100g.
Design: Steve Simpson
Stamp Size: 29.79mm x 40.64mm
Colour: Multicolour with phosphor tagging
Make-up: Sheetlets of 16
Perforations: 14 x 15
Printing Process: Lithography
Printer: Irish Security Stamp Printing Ltd

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