South Africa issued a black-and-white commemorative stamp on 11 February 2014 to celebrate the life and legacy of anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela who died last year. The portrait of the father of South African democracy was taken a few years before his death on December 5 and the stamp commemorates his “life and legacy”, according to the South African Post Office. South African Post Office issued special commemorative miniature sheet printed in silver to reflect the richness of Mandela’s wisdom, his legacy and his stature, the miniature sheet features a portrait of Madiba in duotone − a method of changing a monochrome original illustration or photograph to two shades or colours and printing it using two different plates.
They can be ordered online or bought over the counter from all post offices in South Africa for R50 each ($4.50, 3.30 euros).Of the purchase price, two rand (18 cents) will be donated to his foundation, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory.
Technical information Stamp issue date: 11 February 2014 Photograph: Nelson Mandela Foundation Design: Thea Clemons Stamp size: 30 x 30 mm Miniature sheet size: 65 x 85 mm Perforation Gauge: 14 x 13 ¼ Paper: 102 grams TR8 OBA free gummed stamp paper Gum: PVA Print quantity: 5 000 000 souvenir folders Printing process: Offset Lithography Printed by: Joh. Enschedé Stamps B.V., The Netherlands