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Poland 1943 – Nicolaus Copernicus

This is a repeat of the 1942 Poland design, but with the colour changed from green to dark red (the Gibbons catalogue terms it purple) and overprinted with the dates “24 Mai 1543” on the left and “24 Mai 1943” at right to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Copernicus. There was also a souvenir sheet (SG 459a), consisting of a block of 10 stamps – one of the first astro-stamp souvenir sheets, and perhaps the very first.


SG number
Face value
Colour
459
1 z + 1 z
Purple
m/s 459a
1 z + 1 z  x  10
Purple
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