Iceland Postal Service 2013 Issue
Designed by Atli Hilmarsson

Surtsey 50th Anniversary

The Iceland Postal Service has issued a new stamp that has a postage value of 565 ISK (1500g Domestic) named "Surtsey 50th Anniversary" on the 9th of September 2013. What makes this island stamp really special is that the island just rose up out of the water on the 14th of November 1963. What cause this to happen is a large volcano called Surtsey that erupted on the ocean floor at a depth of 130m. The eruption grew until the volcano broke out of the water and form this island. The volcanic eruption lasted until June 1967; and created this island that was about 3 kilometers square is size. But it has be shrinking in size, due to sea encroachment and is now only half the size it use to be. Scientist believe that in time the island will become a skerry because of this.

"Surtsey 50th Anniversary" stamp can be purchase as a single, Sheet of 10, and FDC. The size of the stamp is 30mm x 40mm. It was printed by Carter Security Printing using the Offset Litho printing method with 110gms paper. A total of 120,000 stamps will be printed.

Surtsey 50th Anniversary FDC

Surtsey 50th Anniversary Sheet of 10

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