History of Greenland Post

\"\"By Virendra Dhundhara

Post Greenland has issued its own stamps since 1938 and attaches great importance to the depiction of the real Greenland on  Greenland stamps. POST Greenland marks important events in Greenlandic culture and history through one or more stamps a year.

For the first stamp issue in 1938 three typical Greenlandic designs were chosen (northern lights, a seal and a polar bear), illustrated by the famous stamp artist Harald Nielsen. However, before the stamps were issued, the then King of Denmark, Christian X, decided that his portrait ought to feature on the new Greenland stamps instead. The original drawings for the designs for the first Greenland stamps were preserved, and in 2001 it was decided to use these original designs. Consequently, the stamps were issued under the title ”The Stamps never issued” – with a 63-year delay.

POST Greenland issues 20 – 22 stamps a year and has issued many different series and topics over the years, such as the flower series, the butterfly series, the Viking series, the whale series, the cultural heritage series, two ships series, as well as the expedition series, joint issues with other postal services from countries having participated in expeditions in Greenland.

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