Isle of Man has issued a set of six stamps marking three hundred years of the United Grand Lodge of England and English Freemasonry. Freemasonry is a ‘system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols’. This formed the inspiration for the stamps which feature the badges of office of the senior offices within the lodge, abstract architectural elements from the lodges of England and the Isle of Man and discreet symbols celebrating the tercentenary, as well as the 50th year of office of His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE).Each stamp will feature a subtle ribbon with the characters HRHDOKGM50 in the border of the stamp and the official logo of the UGLE tercentenary which is only visible under ultra-violet light. The Queen’s head and the lettering of the word Isle of Man are printed using gold foil, while the central symbol on each stamp is printed in colour to give the effect of gold.
Issue Date: 11.05.2017 Designer: Glazier Design Printer: Cartor vProcess: Offset Lithography with foil and security ink Size: 40 x 40mm Values: 20p, 1st, 50p, £1.30, £1.74, £3.40