While creating the two stamps, designer Vanessa van Dam focused on the essence of the Kingdom’s Bicentenary. "When designing the first stamp, I got to thinking about the names of all the kings and queens who have reigned over our country, who have shaped our Kingdom over the past two centuries. It was as though they formed the elements of an addition, and I ended up using an actual addition in my design", Van Dam said.
The other stamp consists of three images positioned on top of each other, with the return of William of Orange being the central focus. The images depict a red-white detail of an engraving of the Prince of Orange landing in Scheveningen; a blue-white detail of a King Willem I portrait; and a waving Dutch flag. The stamp also features an addition line and a plus sign. The two details add up to an image of the Dutch flag, which Vanessa feels also symbolises the Kingdom"s bicentenary.
Vanessa van Dam previously designed a special stamp for PostNL in 1999 to commemorate the UN's International Year of Older Persons, while her portfolio also includes the visual identity of the Royal Palace of Amsterdam on Dam Square.
The new stamps will be available – while stocks last – from outlets of the Bruna book and stationery chain from 30 November. They are also available from www.collectclub.nl. The stamps are valid until further notice and are marked 'Nederland 2', the denomination for items up to 20g in weight destined for mail within the Netherlands.
A commemorative stamp booklet and first-day cover envelope* will be launched along with the stamp sheetlets.
*An NVPH product
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