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2009 Christmas Grand Finale
United States Postal Service Christmas 2009 Stamp Issue

Great Britain Christmas 2009 Stamp Issue

Ireland Christmas 2009 Stamp Issue

It's that time again when postal services around the world issue their new Christmas Stamps. This year we decided to cover two or three different countries a week in our newsletter until Christmas. This week we visit USPS, Great Britain and Ireland. Each of their 2009 Christmas stamp issues are shown above and some information about them is listed below.

USPS issued four new booklet stamps named "Winter Holiday" on October 10, 2009. Designed by Richard Sheaff, the stamps feature a reindeer, snowman, gingerbread man and toy soldier. Top and Bottom Borders of the stamps feature evergreens, stars, wreaths and holly. The stamps are available in a double sided booklet of 20 or FDC; and will be printed using the offset printing process.

Great Britain issued seven new stamps named "Christmas 2009" on November 3, 2009. They feature Madonna and Child on 1st class, an Angel on 2nd class, Joseph on 56p, a wise man on 90p, and a Shepherd on the 1.35 pound. The stamps are in standard definitive size except for the 1st and 2nd class stamp designs that are repeated in a larger format. These stamps are available in a set of 7, Miniature sheet, and Presentation Pack; the 1st and 2nd are also available in a booklet of 12.

Ireland issued two new stamps named "Christmas 2009" on November 6th, 2009. These stamps feature images from the Gospel Book from the Monastery of Gamaghiel, Khizan. Images chosen from the book are a beautiful representations of the Annunciation for the 82c stamp, and the Nativity for the 55c stamp. They are available in sets of 2, sheets of 16 and FDC. The size of each stamps is 40.64mm x 29.79mm with a perforation size of 15 x 14 using the 2cm reference. They will be printed by Irish Security Printing using the Lithography printing process.

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