2024 The Legacy of Vikings in Britain, Great Britain

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2024 Viking Britain (8 Stamps)

• Celebrates Britain’s Viking heritage and the 40th anniversary of the Jorvik Viking Centre

Stamp Category:  Commemorative
Issuing Country:  Great Britain
Value:  First Class Mail Rate (2 stamps), £1.00 (2 stamps), £2.00 (2 stamps), and £2.20 (two stamps)
First Day of Issue:  February 20, 2024
Printed by:  Cartor Security Printers
Printing Method:  Lithography
Format:  Sheets of 60 (two panes of 30 separated by a margin)
Perforations:  14x14
Tagging:  Phosphor bars as appropriate

Why the stamp was issued:  To mark the 40th anniversary of the famous Jorvik Viking Centre showcasing artifacts and archaeological sites from Viking Britain.

About the stamp design:  Includes eight different stamps designs by Studio Up picturing:

First Class – Iron, silver, and copper sword from Temple, London
First Class – Olaf Guthfrithsson silver penny minted in York
£1.00 – Silver penannular brooch from Penrith, Cumbria
£1.00 – Lindisfarne Priory in Northumberland
£2.00 – Norse settlement remains in Jarlshof, Shetland
£2.00 – Antlerer comb and case from Coppergate, York
£2.20 – Gilded bronze brooch from Pitney, Somerset
£2.20 – Hogback gravestone from Govan Old, Glasgow

History the stamp represents:  The Jorvik Viking Centre is a museum and historical attraction located in York, England. It was created by York Archaeological Trust and was opened to the public in 1984. The name of the center comes from Jórvik, the Old Norse name for York and the Viking Kingdom of Yorkshire.

The Jorvik Viking Centre recreated a Viking city using archaeological details discovered at a dig site in Coppergate. This site revealed well-preserved remains of Viking timber buildings, workshops, fences, animal pens, wells, pottery, metalwork, bones, leather, cloth, and even plant and animal remains – all dating back to approximately 900 AD. These items were able to be preserved thanks to the oxygen-deprived wet clay they were buried in.

Today, over 20 million visitors have come to Jorvik Viking Centre and toured its recreated Viking city. It is also known for organizing an annual Viking Festival the second week of February for the Viking festival of Jolablot. The festival features re-enactments with volunteers from across the globe. Visiting the center is like taking a trip back in time and it continues to be updated regularly as new historical information is discovered.

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2024 Viking Britain (8 Stamps)

• Celebrates Britain’s Viking heritage and the 40th anniversary of the Jorvik Viking Centre

Stamp Category:  Commemorative
Issuing Country:  Great Britain
Value:  First Class Mail Rate (2 stamps), £1.00 (2 stamps), £2.00 (2 stamps), and £2.20 (two stamps)
First Day of Issue:  February 20, 2024
Printed by:  Cartor Security Printers
Printing Method:  Lithography
Format:  Sheets of 60 (two panes of 30 separated by a margin)
Perforations:  14x14
Tagging:  Phosphor bars as appropriate

Why the stamp was issued:  To mark the 40th anniversary of the famous Jorvik Viking Centre showcasing artifacts and archaeological sites from Viking Britain.

About the stamp design:  Includes eight different stamps designs by Studio Up picturing:

First Class – Iron, silver, and copper sword from Temple, London
First Class – Olaf Guthfrithsson silver penny minted in York
£1.00 – Silver penannular brooch from Penrith, Cumbria
£1.00 – Lindisfarne Priory in Northumberland
£2.00 – Norse settlement remains in Jarlshof, Shetland
£2.00 – Antlerer comb and case from Coppergate, York
£2.20 – Gilded bronze brooch from Pitney, Somerset
£2.20 – Hogback gravestone from Govan Old, Glasgow

History the stamp represents:  The Jorvik Viking Centre is a museum and historical attraction located in York, England. It was created by York Archaeological Trust and was opened to the public in 1984. The name of the center comes from Jórvik, the Old Norse name for York and the Viking Kingdom of Yorkshire.

The Jorvik Viking Centre recreated a Viking city using archaeological details discovered at a dig site in Coppergate. This site revealed well-preserved remains of Viking timber buildings, workshops, fences, animal pens, wells, pottery, metalwork, bones, leather, cloth, and even plant and animal remains – all dating back to approximately 900 AD. These items were able to be preserved thanks to the oxygen-deprived wet clay they were buried in.

Today, over 20 million visitors have come to Jorvik Viking Centre and toured its recreated Viking city. It is also known for organizing an annual Viking Festival the second week of February for the Viking festival of Jolablot. The festival features re-enactments with volunteers from across the globe. Visiting the center is like taking a trip back in time and it continues to be updated regularly as new historical information is discovered.