Stamps feature images of ship models

Scheepsmodellen postzegelvel

The Hague, 12 October 2015 – On 12 October 2015, PostNL is issuing new stamps with striking ship models from the Maritime Museum in Rotterdam.

The ship models on the stamps offer a good overview of the different types of ships built over the past seven centuries. The oldest depicted ship is a Spanish freighter from 1425, and the newest is a Dutch construction ship built in 2014. Five of the ship models on the new stamps are part of the new permanent exhibit in the Maritime Museum. The exhibit comprises a total of 25 masterpieces from the museum’s centuries-old collection. 

All ship details on one stamp 

For designers Haico Beukers and Marga Scholma from Beukers Scholma design agency, the biggest challenge was getting good images of the models themselves. “We were able to include all the details of a large ship on one stamp,” Beukers said. Beukers Scholma design agency has designed stamps for PostNL before, including The Netherlands and Beyond: Japan in 2014. 


The ten different stamps of ‘Ship models from the Maritime Museum’ are marked ‘Nederland 1’, the denomination for items up to 20g in weight and are destined for mail within the Netherlands. The stamps are available at all Bruna stores as well as via The stamps are valid until further notice.