Silver Stamps with Diamonds Featuring European Monarchs
Since April 30, 2013 Willem-Alexander is King of the Netherlands. To mark this event the Dutch Postal Authority (PostNL) together with the Royal Dutch Mint designed and produced a series of 10 legal tender stamps representing the portrait of King Willem-Alexander depicted in the format of Minted Photo Image (MPI) and 3D relief, with a rose cut diamond attached, and 9 other ruling European Monarchs.All the stamps are made of pure silver with a small diamond added.
Netherlands Ceramic collection
The series focuses on the country’s special position in ceramics production from Loosdrecht and Tegelen. Stamps for Harlingen, Makkum and Delft will follow later this year. Rutger Fuchs designed the Beautiful Netherlands Ceramic stamp series .
Classic Cars from the Louwman Museum
The ten stamps each show an image of an historic car from the museum’s collection. Accepting the first stamp sheet was Cornelie Petter Godin de Beaufort, sister of Carel Godin de Beaufort who crashed during one of the last Gentlemen’s Races. The sheet was presented by Barry Husman, PostNL’s Consumer and Small Business Director, in the presence of Louwman Museum Director, Ronald Kooyman. One of the stamps depicts the Porsche type in which Cornelie’s brother drove. The stamp sheet was designed by graphic designer, Hans Bastiaan Busking, who had previously designed the museum catalogue.The top left stamp on the sheet shows the oldest car from 1887 with the youngest, dating from 1965, placed bottom right. Each stamp states the vehicle make and the year in which the car was taken into production. More detailed vehicle type specification, including any special details is given on the sheet edge.
The Louwman Museum:The Louwman Museum, The Hague, exhibits one of the oldest private collections in the world. This comprises more than 230 historic cars, carriages and motorbikes that two generations of the Louwman family have been compiling since 1934. The museum houses the world’s largest collection of cars from the period up to 1910, including the second oldest car in the world. This Dion-Bouton & Trepardoux from 1887 has been given its own stamp, as has James Bond’s Aston Martin from the film Goldfinger, a rare Spyker and the only remaining Eysink from Amersfoort. Other car types appearing on the stamps are Brooke, Bugatti, Duesenberg, Toyota, Porsche and Ferrari.