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King of the Orient Christmas Stamp

First Christmas Issue

On December 1, 1966 Great Britain issued its first Christmas stamps. Designs were solicited from British children and the winning entries came from two six year olds, James Berry (1s 6d snowman) and Tasveer Shemza (3d king of the Orient). As an adult, Tasveer Shemza admitted in an interview with Simon Garfield that, ironically, the bearded man on the Christmas stamp was modeled on her father, a Muslim.

Omitted T Error

Many errors exist in the marginal inscriptions of this issue. The most notable of these is the omitted T in the artist's name. One of these errors was found in each sheet of 80 stamps.

Cut Off A Error

Among numerous minor errors is the cut-off "a" error.


Garfield, Simon. The Error World. London: Faber and Faber, 2008.

Kloetzel, James E. ed. "Great Britain." Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue. Sidney, Ohio: Scott Publishing, 2008.




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