450th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

450th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE  

This year marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of English poet and dramatist William Shakespeare, considered one of the greatest literary figures of all time. Little is known about his personal life, but we know that he was born in Stratford where he spent the first and last years of his life. He went to London to search for greater fortune where he became well known as an actor, author and theatre director. His works have remained with us and been celebrated down through the centuries following his death. The heritage of his work is celebrated and translated in every language and performed on stages around the world. His great skill consisted in understanding the needs of the public by staging complex dramatizations of his characters. The characters were so real that they seemed like a mirror image of the men and women of all times thanks to Shakespeare’s profound knowledge of the varying disposition of human nature. The Philatelic and Numismatic Office is marking the celebration with an 0.85 cent postage stamp on a sheet with ten values. The face of Shakespeare appears to be in a curious position and he has a flower in his hand. The work is by Marina Richterová, an artist from Prague (Czech Republic) who has recently surprised the public with her great expertise in technique and her extraordinary talent in design. Known especially for her illustrations, designs, and engravings, it is a pleasure and honour for the Philatelic and Numismatic Office to present her work to collectors.