The Icelandic stamp collection can conveniently
be divided into two main categories: The Kingdom (Iceland under the
Danish Crown) and the Republic. Iceland started issuing its own stamps
as early as 1873 while the country was still a part of the Danish Commonwealth.
It gained independence and became a republic in 1944. While early "Kingdom"
postage stamps may be hard to come by, the Republic - a stamp collection
starting with the Jubileum stamps on June 17th 1944 - can be obtained
with relative ease and does not cost a fortune.
In the Republic Era motives on Icelandic stamps have focussed mainly
on Icelandic cultural heritage and the country's nature, richly diverse
in its multiple aspects of frost and fire. The amazing variety of the
country's flora and fauna, thriving in an arctic climate tempered by
the Gulf Stream, has been the main theme of Icelandic stamps during
the last two decades. Some of these stamps have won international acclaim
and awards. They are usually printed with the finest techniques available
and the collector will find a wide variety of engraved, heliogravured
or offsett-printed stamps in the Republic collection.
The issuing policy of the Icelandic postal authorities has always been
moderate and comparable to that of the other Nordic countries which
have some of the strictest stamp issuing policies in the world. The
collector will be able to subscribe to full and complete years of Icelandic
stamps, containing series, mini-sheets and booklets, for only about
35 US dollars per annum.Information on forthcoming issues are sent regularly
to all customers and they can opt to receive the stamps around the date
of issue, 6-7 times a year, or get the whole and complete year collection
in November, including the increasingly popular Christmas stamps, all
the year's souvenir sheets and special booklets, combining to make a
colorful and fascinating stamp collection.
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