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Norway Postal Service 2003 Issue
Design by Euzo Finger/Sverre Morken

Popular King

The Norway Postal Service will issued three new stamps that have postage values of 5.50, 8.50 and 11.00 NOK named "Popular King" on the 6th of June 2003. The stamps depict the life of King Olav V who was the king of Norway who died on 17th of January 1991. Thousands of mourners flock the Royal Palace placing candles, flowers and children's drawings. A nation full of grief with the lost of their beloved King and friend transformed the Royal Palace into thousands of flickering candles. King Olav V was above all, a king of the people, but he was also a very active person. He love to ski and sail and was well know for his fearless ski jumps on the ski slopes. He competed in almost two thousand races and won a gold metal for his yachtsmanship at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. While he was alive, King Olav was portrayed on more than a dozen sets of Norwegian stamps. The stamps shown above shown King Olav V in three different parts of his life (left to right):

  • Crown Prince Olav as a child
  • Crown Prince Olav together with Crown Princess Martha
  • King Olav V

The Popular King stamps can be purchased as a Single mint set, Presentation Pack, First day cover, Miniature sheet or a special Collector's set. Miniature sheet size measures 170 mm x 100 mm. The stamps will be printed by Joh. Enschede, Netherlands using the offset/photogravure printing process. A quantity of 250,000 minisheets, 800,000 of NOK 5.50, 600,000 of 8.50 NOK and 11.00 NOK will be printed.

Popular King FDC

FDC Stamp

To order these stamps or to learn more go to www.posten.no/portal/index.jsp?pid=no.posten.menu.om_posten.english. Use the Universal currency conversion tool at www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi to convert currency.

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