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World’s First LED Light Stamp Launched by CTT

Portuguese Post Office, CTT has issued a new set of stamps this week with perhaps one of the most unique features to date.  Within each ‘guiding star’ is a minute LED light which can be activated via a mobile phone that has NFC (Near Field Communication) technology.

According to Raúl Moreira, CTT’s Philately Director, ‘CTT is famous for finding absolute novelties in its postage stamp designs. This year, they have presented the first LED light in a stamp which is not only a first for Portugal, but a first in the world of philately.’

The stamps of this issue correspond to each of the well-known wise men (Magi). The men featured are, The Venerable Bede (whose most famous work, the Ecclesiastical History of the English People gained him the title ‘The Father of English History.’

The three wise men who attended the birth of Christ are also depicted. Belchior, who is often known as Melchoir (was a 70-year-old man with white hair and a beard),  Gaspar (a young, robust man came from a distant mountainous region by the Caspian Sea), and Balthazar (who was from the Persian Gulf, and who had a closely cropped beard and considered a young man at forty years of age.)’

On the issue page, expert Paulo Mendes Pinto states that ‘Gold was a symbol of royalty, incense a symbol of divinity, and myrrh represented passion.  These were all offerings of Magi to the Messiah, whose birth was indicated by a star; a symbol of royalty. “The symbolic centre is, of course, the Light. It is the star that guides these Magi; it is the star that will mark the birthplace of the One who will bring the Light to the world.’

This new issue consists of three stamps with a face value of € 0.53, € 0.86 and € 0.91.  First day editions can be purchased from the Zarco CTT in Funchal or online – The new stamps are listed under 2019, Natal.

The stamps were designed by Jorge Macedo, from Infolio Design.

Madeira Weekly