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The Twelve Days of Christmas by Catherine Rowe Stamp Collection

Collection Issue Date: 19th October 2017

A festive set of twelve stamps to bring joy and cheer!

This festive collection is presented by Isle of Man Post Office with best wishes and good cheer in the spirit of the popular Christmas song that inspired these lyrical illustrations by Catherine Rowe.

In her first commission for Isle of Man Post Office, artist Catherine Rowe has done a wonderful job in capturing the spirit of Christmas in this set of twelve stamps.

There is a stamp for each of the twelve days and Rowe has incorporated some intricate Celtic style detailing such as the Three Legs of Man and Manx Tartan as a small nod to the Island's heritage and culture.TThe gorgeous, bold colour palette of the stamps is delicately contrasted through the use of metallic gold inks used on the numbers and detailing.

Taking inspiration from the well known Christmas song 'The Twelve Days of Christmas', Rowe has managed to give these stamps a traditional Christmas warmth as well as a natural and earthy feel.

Issue Information

Catherine Rowe studied Illustration at The Cambridge School of Art, graduating in 2013. She has since worked as a freelance illustrator, jewellery designer and now freelance artist, represented by Brighton based licensing agency Yellow House Art Licensing.

Catherine works with the rare medium scraperboard, using it as an alternative to print making, a process she enjoyed during her time at University. 

"Scraperboard allows you to produce similar results to that of a relief print or an engraving, without the specialist equipment - or the mess!" All work is originally in black and white as is the nature of the medium, and is then scanned and coloured digitally using Photoshop and a graphics tablet.

The illuminating issue text from writer Valerie Caine, details the origins of this well-known festive song, while Rowe gives an insight in to her inspirations and technique for coming up with the creations for these miniature works of art.

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

Technical Information


Catherine Rowe


EJC Design


Valerie Caine and Catherine Rowe


Lowe Martin

Stamp Size

32 x 32mm


Four plus metallic


Offset Lithography


14 per 2cm


110gms PVA Gummed

No. of Stamps



Sheets of 48

Issue Date

19th October 2017

Collection Products

Twelve Days of Christmas Decorative Sheetlet and Folder
Twelve Days of Christmas Decorative Sheetlet and Folder

Product Code: VP64
Product Issue Date: 19th October 2017

This beautiful decorative sheetlet has a full set of the Twelve Days of Christmas stamps set within a decorative header and borders. The stamps and surround feature exclusive artworks by artist Catherine Rowe designed especially for this stamp collection.

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The Isle of Man Christmas £5 Coin
The Isle of Man Christmas £5 Coin

Product Code: AI11
Product Issue Date: 15th December 2017

The Christmas £5 coin features a Dove (the universal symbol of peace) with outstretched wings, carrying an olive branch. This is surrounded by a Christmas wreath; the coin bears the inscription “Nollick Ghennal” which is Manx for Merry Christmas. The engraving around the edge of the coin is “Shee dy row er y thalloo” which translates as Peace on Earth.
The 'proof like' version of this coin is limited to 1500. The BU is NOT limited in any way.

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