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150th Anniversary of the First Open House of Keys Elections

Collection Issue Date: 13th February 2017

Marking a tremendous event in Manx history.

Isle of Man Post Office is proud to celebrate this important anniversary with four distinctive panoramic stamps that illustrate the journey to free elections featuring the most significant events and individuals in the story.
Prior to 1867, the Isle of Man's parliament, Tynwald was a self-electing body rather than being a representative body with members elected by the general public. These engaging stamps feature the key individuals involved along with some iconic Manx buildings to provide a snapshot of a landmark moments on the journey to electoral reform.

Issue Information

The issue text, written by renowned historical author Kit Gawne, is an inspiring read about the perseverance and dedication those on the stamps showed in order to bring about electoral reform on the Island.
• On the 1st stamp is the first House of Keys Speaker after the first open elections. Also featured on the stamp is the Register of Electors from 1867 and an image of Douglas Courthouse from the election day.
• On the £1 stamp is the Lieutenant Governor Henry Loch who sent the 'House of Keys Election Act, 1866' for Royal Assent. Also featured on the stamp is the proclamation about the House of Keys being dissolved in 1866 and Castle Rushen.
• James Brown who was the owner of the Isle of Man Times features on the £1.50 stamp. Brown was jailed at Castle Rushen for his reporting of calls for reform of the House of Keys. He was later freed and awarded damages. Also on the stamp is the mast head for the Isle of Man times and an image of Castle Rushen.
• On the £2.00 stamp is Robert Fargher who was a journalist with Mona's Herald and was involved in a persistent campaign to bring about a democratically elected House of Keys. He was also imprisoned. Also on the stamp is Mona's Herald mast head and the former House of Keys building in Castletown.

Available in the collection are:
• Set
• Presentation Pack
• First Day Cover

Technical Information

Images

Manx National Heritage

Design

EJC Design

Text

Kit Gawne

Printer

Lowe Martin

Format

Sheets of 20

Process

Offset Lithography

Colours

4

Paper

110 gsm PVA gummed

Perforations

14 per 2cm

No. of Stamps

4

Stamp size

60 x 30mm

Collection Products

House Of Keys Stamp & Coin Pack
House Of Keys Stamp & Coin Pack

Product Code: AH37

150th Anniversary of the First Open House of Keys Elections 50p coin accompanied with 1st Stamp.

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House of Keys 50p Gift Pack
House of Keys 50p Gift Pack

Product Code: AH32
Product Issue Date: 3rd April 2017

We are proud to present a 50p coin marking the 150th anniversary of the First General Election of The House of Keys available in a plastic wallet or gift pack.

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House of Keys 50p in Wallet
House of Keys 50p in Wallet

Product Code: AH31
Product Issue Date: 1st April 2017

We are proud to present a 50p coin marking the 150th anniversary of the First General Election of The House of Keys available in a plastic wallet or gift pack.

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150th Anniversary of the First Open House of Keys Elections Sets and Sheets
150th Anniversary of the First Open House of Keys Elections Sets and Sheets

Product Code: VD31
Product Issue Date: 13th February 2017

These panoramic stamps (60mm x 30mm) as well as being beautifully elegant are also engaging; each stamp showing an individual who played a key part in bringing about electoral reform, along with a Manx landmark key to the story and copies of documentation related to their role.

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150th Anniversary of the First Open House of Keys Election First Day Cover
150th Anniversary of the First Open House of Keys Election First Day Cover

Product Code: VD91
Product Issue Date: 13th February 2017

The full set of 150th Anniversary of the First Open House of Keys Elections stamps are displayed on this quality cover and cancelled with a special postmark for the first day of issue. Enclosed is a filler card complete with text by renowned historical author Kit Gawne brings the stories behind the individual stamps to life.

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150th Anniversary of the First Open House of Keys Elections Presentation Pack
150th Anniversary of the First Open House of Keys Elections Presentation Pack

Product Code: VD41
Product Issue Date: 13th February 2017

A mint set of these engaging panoramic stamps are wonderfully displayed in this gloss finish four page folder.
Alongside the stamps is a wonderfully written account of the journey to electoral reform by Kit Gawne.
For anyone with an interest in Manx or political history this is a must own item.
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