IRELAND (Éire). The SOAR issues in 2019



19031, 'A History of Ireland in 100 Objects, a selection' (3rd part)

In 2019 the An Post Philatelic Bureau released the third part of the ninth definitive stamp series 'A History of Ireland in 100 objects'. This great series was launched in 2017 and features a wide selection of objects relating to the history of the country (see article and also article, published in VARIABLE 44 and 48).

As on previous occasions, the set sold by the philatelic service consists of eight designs produced as SOAR (Stamps On A Roll) stamps. The new issue was available from January 31st 2019 (19031 is the ordinal date, in the format YYDDD - 19 for the year, and 031 the number of the day, starting with January 1st as day 1).

However, and for the first time since the beginning of SOAR stamps neither the Dublin GPO nor any other post office in the country had rolls with the new designs, on the first day of issue.

Variable rate stamps - ATMs Pre-printed stamps
  1. Rinnagan Crucifixion Plaque, 8th/9th Century
2. Slave chain, late 9th or early 10th Century
3. Clonmacnoise Crozier, 11th Century
4. Salamander Pendant, c. 1588
  5. Leac Na Riogh, 10th-15th Century
6. King William's Gauntlets, c. 1690
7. Eileen Gray Chair, 1926
8. Emigrant's Suitcase, 1950s
 

Eventually, in mid-February, some branches started receiving and using the new series, but the rolls supplied included an unexpected surprise. In addition to the eight new designs, the reels also included seven of the eight designs of the second series issued in 2018, with images dedicated to Irish life and culture (see article, also published in VARIABLE 50), plus a new design not previously included in any SOAR series. The 16 designs are repeated successively in sequence throughout the 600 labels of each roll.

In the second series of eight images, the new design replaces the sixth image of the original series (right strip), which showed the Clerke shop front, in Skibbereen, in County Cork.
The new design, featuring a painting by Thomas Ryan, commemorates the centenary of the first public meeting of the Parliament or Assembly of Ireland, the Dáil Éireann, held on January 21st 1919 at Mansion House, in Dublin. Although some members were in prison following the 1916 Easter Rising, the parliamentarians declared Irish independence, ratifying the Proclamation of the Irish Republic issued in 1916, and adopted a provisional constitution.
The same image also appears on one of the two 'traditional' stamps that make up the centenary commemorative set, issued on January 17th 2019.

 

Therefore, the series has been printed in two different formats.

On the one hand, the Philatelic Bureau sells sets produced as two strips of four self-adhesive stamps with the eight new designs only and with all the information preprinted by offset digital (HP Indigo). The information in the right-hand block is identical on all stamps and the same on all the SOAR issues i.e. - The unique face value (1.00 EUR - current basic rate for domestic mail - see the table below), the date of issue (19031 - the first day of issue), and the 11-digit code below (02501000001). Only the upright numbering at the right hand edge is different for each design, going from 1 to 8. These stamps were also used on the pictorial first day covers (image below).


  On the other hand, the series has also been printed in rolls of 600 self-adhesive labels, with 16 consecutive designs, with the pre-printed design, the country name - 'Éire', and upright sequential numbers (going from 1 to 600) in the lower right-hand corner. These rolls are used for the printing of variable value stamps in post offices equipped with the SOAR system.

In post offices, the printing is made using an Epson TM-J7500 thermal printer. In addition to the face value there is the date of purchase in ordinal format, and a unique identifier code for each stamp. The system can also include text indicating the shipment type (i.e. StandardPost - left image, RegisteredPost, ExpressPost, ExpressPost w/Sig, etc.).

The manufacturer of the rolls of labels is CCL Label Ireland Ltd., with identical characteristic to the earlier series. The labels were designed by Zinc Design Consultants.

Dated between late 9th and early 11th centuries, the Clonmacnoise or Prosperous Crozier was used as an ecclesiastical staff of office. It is a great example of medieval crafts, and is one of the oldest and best-preserved complete croziers in Western Europe.
 




The basic postal tariffs in Ireland (2008 - ...)

Ireland and North Ireland Great Britain Europe Rest of the world
Letter / postcard
Up to 50 g
Letter / postcard
50-100 g
Large envelope
Up to 100 g
Letter / postcard
Up to 50 g
Letter / postcard
50-100 g
Large envelope
Up to 100 g
Letter / postcard
Up to 50 g
Letter / postcard
50-100 g
Large envelope
Up to 100 g
Letter / postcard
Up to 50 g
Letter / postcard
50-100 g
Large envelope
Up to 100 g
3.03.2008
0.55 0.55 0.95 0.82 0.82 1.50 0.82 0.82 1.50 0.82 0.82 1.50
From May 1st 2012
0.55 0.65 0.95 0.82 0.90 1.50 0.82 0.90 1.50 0.82

0.90

1.50

Up to 100 g Ireland and North Ireland Great Britain Europe Rest of the world
Letter / postcard Large envelope Letter / postcard Large envelope Letter / postcard Large envelope Letter / postcard Large envelope
2.04.2013 0.60 1.05 0.90 1.65 0.90 1.65 0.90 1.65
21.07.2014 0.68 1.20 1.00 1.95 1.00 1.95 1.00 1.95
1.07.2015 0.70 1.25 1.05 2.05 1.05 2.05 1.05 2.05
21.07.2016 0.72 1.30 1.10 2.15 1.10 2.15 1.10 2.15
13.04.2017 1.00 1.65 1.35 2.50 1.35 2.50 1.35 2.50
4.04.2018 1.00 1.80 1.50 2.80 1.50 2.80 1.50 2.80
25.02.2019 1.00 2.00 1.70 2.90 1.70 2.90 1.70 2.90


 
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