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United Nations Postal Service 2004 Issue
Designed by Martin Morck

50th Anniversary of the Japanese Peace Bell

United Nations Postal Service will issue three new stamps with postage values of 80c, 1,30 f.s., and 2,10 Euro named "50th Anniversary of the Japanese Peace Bell" on the 3rd of June 2004. The stamps are being issued to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Japanese Peace Bell which was presented to the United Nations in June 1954 by the United Nations Association of Japan. Conceived by Chiyogi Nakagawa, the bell was cast from coins collected by people from 60 different countries. It is housed in a typically Japanese structure, resembling a Shinto Shrine, made of cypress wood. The bell is only rung twice a year, once on the first day of spring, and once on the opening day of the General Assembly's yearly session in September. As a reminder, the United Nations also issued two stamps in 1970 to commemorate the bell. One stamp had a denomination of 6 cents and the other 25 cents. These two stamps were designed by Ole Hamann of Denmark.

"50th Anniversary of the Japanese Peace Bell" stamps can be purchased as a single Stamp Sets, Single Stamps, Sheets of 20, or FDC's. The size of each stamp is 50mm x 35mm with a perforation size of 13. They will be printed by Imprimerie des Timbres-Poste, France using a combination of Offset and Intaglio printing. Quantity printed of Each: 376,000 stamps of the 80 cents, 230,000 stamps of the 1,30 f.s., and 280,000 stamps of the 2.10 Euro.

50th Anniversary of the Japanese Peace Bell FDC

50th Anniversary of the Japanese Peace Bell FDC Stamp


To order these stamps or to learn more go to www.un.org/Depts/UNPA Use the Universal currency conversion tool at www.xe.com/ucc/convert.cgi to convert currency.

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