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Mensa 75 Stamp Collection

Collection Issue Date: 1st October 2021

Celebrating 75th anniversary of Mensa, the largest and oldest high IQ society

In celebration of Mensa's 75th Anniversary, Isle of Man Post Office is honoured to present a collection of six puzzling and provoking stamps reflecting the ethos of the society. Each stamp includes; a brain-teasing puzzle supplied by Mensa, a cypher, a relevant date, a post code relating to Mensa and its history, a GPS coordinate, the name of a Mensa special interest group and a W3W (What3Words), a service that allows users to view a location based purely on the three words searched. 

Mensa was founded in England in 1946 by Roland Berrill, a barrister, and Dr Lance Ware, a scientist and lawyer. They had the idea of forming a society for bright people, the only qualification for membership of which was a high IQ. The original aims were, as they are today, to create a society that is non-political and free from all racial or religious distinctions. “Mensa” means “table” in Latin, and the organisation was so named because Mensa is a round-table society. Today, there are around 145,000 Mensans in roughly 100 countries throughout the world - including the Isle of Man. 

Members of Mensa, both modern-day and throughout history, have played key roles in society. Uniting high IQ individuals from all over the world, Mensa members continue to have profound effects upon science, culture, politics, entertainment and many more. This organisation and its respected members have quietly solved many of the world's problems.

Issue Information

There are six stamps within the issue (1st, EU, Large Letter, Rest of World, USA and £2.81), with each stamp based on puzzles, the kind of brain-teasers that Mensa is known for, can you solve them all? Our stamps also contain many codes, layers of information, a cypher and references to places that are important to the organisation. In a global first, we have added what3words references to important Mensa places and locations on the Isle of Man. The app what3words is an incredibly clever way of giving a location, every 3 metre square of the world has been given a unique combination of three words.

Available in the collection is:

  • Set (Mint & CTO)
  • Sheet Set (Mint & CTO)
  • Presentation Pack 
  • First Day Cover
  • Prestige Booklet
  • Panes (Mint & CTO)

Technical Information

Design

Glazier Design

Text

Ann Clarkson, Pam Ford, Benedict Glazier

Printer

Cartor

Process

Offset Lithography

Colours

Black, Yellow, PMS 072 Blue, PMS 817 Gold

Paper

110 gms PVA gummed

Perforations

13 per 2cm

Stamp Size

52 x 40mm (sets, sheets, first day covers, presentation packs)

51.66 x 40mm (prestige booklet and panes)

Format

Sheets of 10

Date of Issue

1st October 2021

Collection Products

Mensa 75 Prestige Booklet
Mensa 75 Prestige Booklet

Product Code: ZJ72
Product Issue Date: 1st October 2021

The story of Mensa on their 75th anniversary is bought to life in this 24 page full colour booklet. This booklet features two sets of these exquisite stamps, additional issue text and is a limited edition of just 3000.

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Mensa 75 Set and Sheet Set
Mensa 75 Set and Sheet Set

Product Code: ZJ81
Product Issue Date: 1st October 2021

An elegant set of six stamps; each one featuring brainteasing puzzles supplied by Mensa printed in luxurious gold metallic ink.

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Mensa 75 Presentation Pack
Mensa 75 Presentation Pack

Product Code: ZJ41
Product Issue Date: 1st October 2021

The gold metallic ink used on this puzzling and provoking set of six stamps really pops against the black mount within this four page glossy mini-folder.

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Mensa 75 First Day Cover
Mensa 75 First Day Cover

Product Code: ZJ91
Product Issue Date: 1st October 2021

This set of elegant stamps, accented with gold metallic ink, are wonderfully displayed on this deluxe envelope and cancelled with a unique postmark dated for the 75th anniversary of the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world

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Mensa 75 Booklet Pane
Mensa 75 Booklet Pane

Product Code: ZJ37
Product Issue Date: 1st October 2021

A set of the puzzling and provoking Mensa 75 stamps is presented on this decorative pane.

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