S’pore Bicentennial Stamps Launched By SingPost On 22 Jun
Locals who want to celebrate their national pride should take note of these new stamps released by SingPost.
On Saturday (22 Jun), Singapore Post launched the Singapore Bicentennial stamps at an event held in the Our Tampines Hub. The collection goes beyond the 200th anniversary of Sir Stamford Raffles’ arrival and depicts the country’s 700 years of history.Source
Avid stamp collectors and local patriots should check out this potential addition to their collection.
From pre-1400 to the future
According to CNA Lifestyle, animator and illustrator Lim An-Ling designed the bicentennial stamps.
The stamp issue features a mix of digital illustrations and clay models that represent relevant historical events.
The visual tale begins upon Srivijayan prince Sang Nila Utama’s discovery of the Kingdom of Singapura in 1299 and the arrival of the Portuguese.Source
In 1819, Sir Stamford Raffles recognised the island as a strategic port and an ideal trade route. Immigrants then entered Singapore after it became a British settlement.Source
We’ll never forget our ancestors who fought against the Japanese rule in WWII. The unrest and violence that followed during the post-war period inspired our countrymen to seek independence.Source
The post-independence era had many locals working for the country’s development which eventually led to its modern day success. We might not be able to predict the future, but we expect Singapore to be a sci-fi wonderland in a few decades.Source
How to get them
The stamps are sold at the Philatelic Store @ GPO, post offices or SingPost’s online store.
Each stamp is worth between S$0.30 and S$1.30 each, while the stamp set is priced at $6.53.Source
The precancelled first day cover affixed with stamps is priced at $8.25.Source
Finally, avid stamp enthusiasts can get the collector’s sheet, featuring roadmap sketch of early Singapore, at $16.80.Source
Locals who want a reminder of the country’s rich history should buy ‘em now. You might not be able to afford the overpriced Bicentennial S$20 at Carousell, but at least you can order these at their original price until stocks last.
Featured image from SingPost.