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The first six stamps (and one item of postal stationery) to be released by Deutsche Post in 2020 are detailed in the Stempel und Infos bulletin No. 25, published on 29 November 2020.

02 January 2020

Ludwig van Beethoven — 250th Birth Anniversary

Germany: 250th Birth Anniversary, 2 January 2020. Scan posted by Holger Kaufhold on Facebook on release date; this is the first update anywhere on Philatelic Pursuits of an actual 2020 stamp — uploaded on 2 January. I have yet to scan my own 2 January purchases of Thailand’s Year of the Mouse stamps….
Germany: Ludwig van Beethoven – 250th Birth Anniversary, 2 January 2020. Image from Deutsche Post.
Germany: Ludwig van Beethoven – 250th Birth Anniversary – “Stamp Set”, 2 January 2020. Image from Deutsche Post.
Germany: Ludwig van Beethoven – 250th Birth Anniversary – “Philatelic Block”, 2 January 2020. Image from Deutsche Post.

Issue Date:  02.01.2020
Value (in Euro cents):  80
Motif:  A stylized portrait of Beethoven superimposed with a neon clef. Beethoven’s handwritten signature “Bthvn”, with which he signed, completes the arrangement.  Stylized Portrait Beethoven: © UGChannel / Shutterstock.com. Clef: © Mr Escape / Shutterstock.com. Logo BTHVN 2020 and handwritten signet: © Beethoven Jubiläums GmbH
Design postage stamp and stamp:  Thomas Steinacker, Bonn
Printing:  Multicolor offset printing of Bagel Security-Print GmbH & Co. KG, on coated, white and fluorescent postage stamp paper DP II.
Size postage stamp:  39 x 33 mm
Packing of ten-sheet size: 104 x 191 mm
Arrangement of the PWz:  2 PWz next to each other, 5 PWz with each other
Order number:  151104871 single stamp; Philatelic Block — unmounted mint: 151906045 stamped: 006045EN5; “Stamp Set” with 10 self-adhesive special postage stamps — unmounted: 152302010 stamped: 002010EW5

Germany: Ludwig van Beethoven 250th Birth Anniversary, 2 January 2020. Image from eBay auction.
Germany: Ludwig van Beethoven 250th Birth Anniversary, 2 January 2020. Image from eBay auction.
Germany: Ludwig van Beethoven 250th Birth Anniversary (souvenir sheet), 2 January 2020. Image from eBay auction.
Germany: Ludwig van Beethoven 250th Birth Anniversary (full sheet cancelled-to-order), 2 January 2020. Image from eBay auction.
Logo for the Beethoven 2020 stamp celebration. Additional images can be downloaded by registering at Beethoven-Stamp.com.

The following is machine-translated from the German detailed in the Stempel+Informationen bulletin No. 25 published on 29 November 2020:

Who does not know the Moonlight Sonata, the piano piece For Elise, the 5th Symphony, which is also called Fate Symphony, and the Ninth Symphony, whose last movement forms the basis of the European anthem. All four pieces of music are by Ludwig van Beethoven, who is considered one of the most famous and most played composers of all time. With his work he has the Viennese Classic led to the highest development and the music of romance paves the way. His creations are part of the cultural heritage Humanity and its handwritten recording of the Ninth Symphony is part of the World Heritage of UNESCO. On the occasion of the 250th birthday of the composer and pianist, the present stamp will appear in early 2020.

Ludwig van Beethoven (baptized 1770 in Bonn) was the scion of a musical family. In 1778 he appeared as a piano-playing child prodigy for the first time publicly and gave a few years later own compositions in print. As French troops in 1794 occupying the Rhineland, Beethoven permanently moved to Vienna and celebrated great success there. Around 1800, he was back then not yet thirty years old, there were first signs of the coming deafness. From about 1813 he had to use ear tubes to to communicate with the environment, and probably around 1815 his last public appearance as a pianist took place.

Between 1802 and 1812 Beethoven composed most of his major works: six of a total of nine symphonies, several Piano Concertos, violin sonatas and string quartets as well as the opera Fidelio. In his last years he created the famous Missa solemnis, other piano and cello sonatas, songs and string quartets. In 1824, the Ninth Symphony was premiered, it applies until today as his most popular work. In early 1827 Beethoven showed symptoms of severe cirrhosis and could not leave the hospital bed. He died on March 26, 1827. In 1888 he received a grave of honor at the Vienna Central Cemetery.


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