The Beatles collection

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The Beatles collection

The first postage stamps to bear Lennon's portrait appeared in 1988. In that year Britain and Australia produced a joint issue highlighting aspects of common culture, and thus it was that a 34p and a $1 respectively portrayed William Shakespeare and John Lennon. Released on June 21, they were pipped at the post by a set of four youth stamps issued by Germany on April 14, with the theme of pop music. Place of honour on the top value (80+40pf) was reserved for John Lennon.

On August 22, 1991, St. Vincent issued a sheetlet of nine stamps, reproducing photographs of John. In 1995 St Vincent produced a sheetlet of nine $1 stamps, each reproducing a portrait of John. The accompanying $6 miniature sheet portrayed John and Yoko Ono.

On December 8, 1995 IGPC released an omnibus marking the 15th anniversary of Lennon's death. A number of countries, released sheets of 16.

Collectors of British philatelic mementoes of the Beatles have had to content themselves with the pictorial postmark of January 16, 1997 incorporating portraits of the Fab Four.

part from the US 'Celebrate the Century' 33c stamp, the Fab Four were portrayed on one of the Millennium stamps issued by Belgium.