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Ireland Postal Services 2010 Joint Issue
Designed by Steve Simpson & Michael Craig

High Crosses

The Ireland Postal Service has issued four new se-tenant stamps that have a postage value of 0.55 cents named "High Crosses" on the 8th of April 2010. Each of the stamps feature a different high cross that is made out of stone and richly decorated. Most high crosses have stone carved panels illustrating biblical narrative scenes from the bible. They are one of Ireland's greatest contributions to art from the Middle Ages. Built in the 8th and 9th centuries they were mainly used as meeting points for masses or parish boundaries. The four shown on the stamps are the most famous and are listed below:

  • Monasterboice Cross (top left) - located in the county Louth.
  • Carndonagh Cross (top right) - located in the county Donegal.
  • Drumcliffe Cross (bottom left) - located in the county Sligo.
  • Ahenny Cross (bottom right) - located in the county Tipperary.

"High Crosses" stamps can be purchased as a strip of 4, Sheet of 12, or FDC. The size of each stamp is 30mm x 51.46mm with a perforation of 13 x 13 using the 2cm reference. They will be printed by Irish Security using the Lithography printing process. A total of 336,000 strips of 4 will be printed.

Hign Crosses FDC and FDC Stamp

High Crosses Sheet

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