The Finest Cuts For This Year's Christmas Fare
Stamp Magazine|December 2019
Royal Mail’s Christmas stamps, released on November 5, take a religious approach this year, featuring classy biblical scenes created by paper-cut artists Hari & Deepti.

With clever use of light and shade and depth of color, they bring the Christmas story to life in intricate detail, with the Star of Bethlehem as a constant thread.

As in recent years, there are eight self-adhesive stamps, including standard and Large versions of the 2nd class and 1st class values. The same designs also appear in a miniature sheet, which is conventionally gummed.

Designed by Charlie Smith Design, from Hari & Deepti’s artwork, the issue was printed by International Security Printers, the sheet stamps in gravure and the miniature sheet in litho.

2nd class

An angel appears to Joseph and tells him of the destiny of Jesus.

2nd LARGE

An expanded version of the 2nd class design.

1st class

Mary holds the new-born Jesus in the stable in Bethlehem.

1st LARGE

An expanded version of the 1st class design.

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