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300 Years of Freemasonry

Collection Issue Date: 11th May 2017

Six stamps marking three hundred years of the United Grand Lodge of England.

Isle of Man Post Office is honoured to present this set of six stamps marking three hundred years of the United Grand Lodge of England and English Freemasonry. Freemasonry is a 'system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols'. This formed the inspiration for the stamps which feature the badges of office of the senior offices within the lodge, abstract architectural elements from the lodges of England and the Isle of Man and discreet symbols celebrating the tercentenary, as well as the 50th year of office of His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent, Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England (UGLE).
Each stamp will feature a subtle ribbon with the characters HRHDOKGM50 in the border of the stamp and the official logo of the UGLE tercentenary which is only visible under ultra-violet light. The Queen's head and the lettering of the word Isle of Man are printed using gold foil, while the central symbol on each stamp is printed in colour to give the effect of gold.

Issue Information

• 20p – This stamp features the Jewel of the Steward in the foreground with a mathematical drawing in the background representing the brightest star in the firmament of heaven. The GPS reference on the border of the stamp is for the Freemasons' Hall in Douglas, Isle of Man.
• 1st – This stamp features the Jewel of the Inner Guard in the foreground with starred lines in the background representing beams of light emanating from a centre. The GPS reference on the border of the stamp is that of Grand Temple, Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street, London.
• 50p – This stamp features the Jewel of the Junior and Senior Deacon in the foreground with a light surrounded by lights which is inspired by ceiling in the great hall at Grand Lodge. The GPS reference is for the Freemason's Hall in Bristol.
• £1.30 – This stamp features the Jewel of the Junior Warden in the foreground with an abstract art deco inspired pattern to match the simplicity of the actions of a virtuous life. The GPS reference is for the Masonic memorial garden at the National Memorial Arboretum.
• £1.74 – This stamp features the Jewel of the Senior Warden in the foreground with a window pattern inspired by the windows of the Freemasons' Hall in the Isle of Man. The GPS reference is for the Blue Plaque in Paternoster Square/St Paul's Churchyard that marks the former site of the Goose and Gridiron.
• £3.40 – This stamp features the Jewel of the Worshipful Master in the foreground with a pattern of overlaid right angles representing the Worshipful Master's symbol. There are three GPS references on this stamp are for the landing pads for the Air Ambulance at Caenarfon, Wales, RAF Benson Thames Valley and London which represent the charitable giving of the Freemasons.

Available in the collection are:
• Set (Mint and CTO)
• Presentation Pack
• First Day Cover
• Sheet Set
• Sheetlet
• Sheetlet Set
• Prestige Booklet
• Self Adhesive Pane

Technical Information

Text

Keith Dalrymple and Alex Downie OBE

Research and Design

Glazier Design

Printer

Cartor

Process

Offset Lithography with foil and security ink

Colours

4

Paper

110gms PVA Gummed

Perforations

14 per 2cms

Stamp Size

40 x 40mm

No of Stamps

6

Format

10 stamps per sheet

Issue date

11.05.2017

Collection Products

300 Years of Freemasonry Limited Edition Classic 300 Special Cover
300 Years of Freemasonry Limited Edition Classic 300 Special Cover

Product Code: VH95
Product Issue Date: 21st May 2017

On Sunday 21st May the Masonic Classic Vehicle Club, as the start of the Classic 300, have organised a large gathering of vehicles at Windsor Castle and a day of fun at the Great Windsor Park. The Classic 300 is a significant and colourful part of the tercentenary celebrations. To celebrate this great initiative we have commissioned this limited edition of 750 special covers with a unique postmark dated for Sunday 21st May.

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300 Years of Freemasonry Sets and Sheet Sets
300 Years of Freemasonry Sets and Sheet Sets

Product Code: VH31
Product Issue Date: 11th May 2017

This set of six 300 Years of Freemasonry stamps (20p, 1st, 50p, £1.30, 1.74, £3.40), have been printed with gold foil highlighting HM Queen’s head and the words ‘Isle’ and ‘Man’. Each stamp features a badge of office for senior officers within the lodge. There are additional discreet references to six important locations at the top of the stamps and other hidden mysteries, including some visible only under UV light.
The sheet sets contains six sheets, made up of ten of each design.

Both the sets and sheet sets are available in Mint condition and cancelled to order.

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300 Years of Freemasonry Special Limited Edition Uncut Printer's Pane
300 Years of Freemasonry Special Limited Edition Uncut Printer's Pane

Product Code: VH43
Product Issue Date: 11th May 2017

For the true collector of stamps and masonic memorabilia, we have allowed the release of a strictly limited number of these very special uncut sheets of stamps. We are releasing just 300 copies to mark the three hundredth anniversary of the founding of the United Grand Lodge of England.

The sheet is exactly what rolls off the printer's press and foiling machines, with the colour bars and grip left in place. Unsurprisingly, these sheets are very rarely, if ever, released to or even seen by the public.

The sheets are 480 x 640 mm, making a wonderful framed item. The full sheet shows the six sets of ten of each of the stamps and the special six stamp sheetlet. The total face value of the stamps contained in the sheet is £91.32

The sheets will be numbered from 1 to 300.

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300 Years of Freemasonry Presentation Pack
300 Years of Freemasonry Presentation Pack

Product Code: VH41
Product Issue Date: 11th May 2017

The six intricately detailed mint condition stamps are perfectly showcased in this attractive full colour glossy presentation pack.

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300 Years of Freemasonry First Day Cover
300 Years of Freemasonry First Day Cover

Product Code: VH91
Product Issue Date: 11th May 2017

This luxurious first day cover beautifully displays a full set of the 300 Years of Freemasonry stamps cancelled for the first day of issue.

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300 Years of Freemasonry Sheetlet
300 Years of Freemasonry Sheetlet

Product Code: VH64
Product Issue Date: 11th May 2017

This sheetlet features the six intricately detailed stamps from the 300 Years of Freemasonry collection which have been printed with gold foil highlighting HM Queen’s head and the words ‘Isle’ and ‘Man’. Each stamp features a badge of office for senior officers within the lodge. There are additional discreet references to six important locations at the top of the stamps and other hidden mysteries, including some visible only under UV light..

This sheetlet is available in mint condition or CTO.

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