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23 July 2020

A History of Ireland in 100 Objects, A Selection (Ninth Definitive Stamp Series, Phase IV)

Ireland; A History of Ireland in 100 Objects, 23 July 2020. Images from eBay.

Technical Specifications:

Date of issue: July 23, 2020
Design: Zinc Design Consultants
Stamp size: 56mm x 25mm
Paper: Raflatac Thermal P200
Colour: Multicolour with phosphor tagging
Make-up: Strip of four
Perforations: 11 x 11.25 approx
Printing process: HP Indigo high resolution digital print
Printer: CCL Label Ireland

Original release date scheduled for 25 June 2020.

On July 23, 2020, An Post issued Phase IV of the Ninth Definitive Stamp Series — ‘A History of Ireland in 100 Objects, a selection’.  The series is based on Fintan O’Toole’s book, ‘A History of Ireland in 100 Objects’, with each object opening a window into an important moment in Irish history.

Designed by Zinc Design Consultants, the stamps feature the following eight objects:

Ballinderry Sword

The Ballinderry Sword is a Viking sword from the mid-ninth century.  Found in Ballinderry, Co. Westmeath in 1928, it is on view at the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin.

Waterford Charter Roll

The Waterford Charter Roll is four metres long and contains documents or transcripts relating to Waterford dating from 1215 to 1373. It is on view at the Medieval Museum, Waterford Museum of Treasures, Waterford.

Gallowglass Gravestone

The Gallowglass Gravestone dates back to the 15th or 16th century. The original was uncovered in a graveyard in Clanca, Co. Donegal, where it is still located. A cast of the Gallowglass Gravestone is on view at the GAA Museum, Croke Park, Dublin 3.

Robert Emmet’s Ring

Robert Emmet’s Ring was cut in Dublin in the 1790s. The ring is on view at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7.

Cooking Pot

The Cooking Pot was mass produced by the 19th century and became an essential household item throughout Ireland. This Cooking Pot, originally from Corelish East, Co. Limerick, can be seen at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Co. Mayo.

Titanic Launch Ticket

The 1911 Titanic Launch Ticket belonged to David Moneypenny who was a ship’s painter. The ticket can be views at the National Museums Northern Ireland – Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, Co. Down.

Washing Machine

The Washing Machine became widely available in the 1950s after homes were connected to water and electricity. This Washing Machine can be viewed at the Irish Agricultural Museum, Co. Wexford.

Intel Microprocessor

In 1994, when Intel launched the Pentium processor, more than half of worldwide processor production was based at the factory in Lexlip which opened in 1989. The Intel Microprocessor can be viewed at the National Science Museum at Maynooth, St. Patrick’s College, Co. Kildare.

An Post’s Ninth Definitive Stamp Series, A History of Ireland in 100 Objects, a selection, began life as an original series by Fintan O’Toole of The Irish Times. Over time, the stamp series will feature many of the objects from the fully illustrated hardback book of the series, A History of Ireland in 100 Objects.

On the companion website ( you can explore Ireland’s fascinating history through these wonderful objects. As the stamps are issued, the website populates with historical information about each of the featured objects, the social context of the era and showcases images of the objects. Curriculum-linked primary and post-primary education resources include videos, worksheets and Interactive fun activities.

Starting with the release of the first 12 stamps and continuing over 5 years to when the final stamps are issued, you’ll discover here more and more about our island’s long history from c.5000BC to the early 21st century.


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