02 January 2020
H.M. Queen Margrethe II 80th Birthday
Denmark’s Stamp Programme for 2020 was unveiled by NordPost Stamp Manager Martin Pingel at the national stamp exhibition in Copenhagen on 19 October 2019.
The following is from NordPost Danmark’s “frimarkprogram 2020 (eng)” brochure:
On April 16, 2020 H.M. Queen Margrethe II will celebrate her 80th birthday. PostNord is marking her birthday by issuing a minisheet with five stamps. The large portrait was photographed specifically to be used on the stamp, while the photographs for the four small stamps were chosen in consultation with H.M. the Queen and show key events in her life.
Denominations: DKK 30.00 (1x), DKK 10.00 (4x) in miniature sheet
Designed by: Ella Clausen, PostNord Stamps
Photos: Erik Petersen/Ritzau Scanpix, Vagn Hansen/
Ritzau Scanpix, John Stæhr/Ritzau Scanpix, Her Majesty the Queen’s Reference Library, the Royal Danish Collection, and Torben Eskerod
Printing Method: 3-color Offset
A fairly active week for me in my hobby of philately capped off by purchasing the year’s second Thailand stamp issue and some successful bids on eBay (where I’ve been looking at some classic U.S. stamps trying to fill gaps in my 1893 Columbians and 1869 pictorials sets as well as much more recent first day covers). I received a few purchases made in December and am continuing to seek out news of upcoming releases for 2019. Canada recently revealed its first designs of the year, the first of which were issued on January 14, and Great Britain releases its Stamp Classics sheet today. I’ve also begun creating what I am calling my “Virtual Album”, placing scanned images upon digital pages. All of this amidst daily additions to the A Stamp A Day blog (and my day-job of teaching) has made for a very busy week indeed.
It wasn’t until last night that I had a chance to read a few philatelic news sites, learning that the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. is yet another victim (as are all of the other Smithsonian Institution facilities) of the current U.S. government shutdown that began on December 22. The postal museum closed on January 2 and suspended all on-site programming and events. The Smithsonian Institution is about two-thirds federally funded, with the rest of the funding coming from other areas; including donations, endowments and revenues from product development and sales, concessions and other sources. The Smithsonian Institution reports that its federal appropriation for the 2018 fiscal year was $1 billion.