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Sunday, 25 February 2018

Ninth Definitive Series 100 Objects

Ninth Definitive Series – A History of Ireland in 100 Objects, a selection


On 13 January, 2017, An Post will introduce the Ninth Definitive Stamp Series – A History of Ireland in 100 Objects, a selection. The ‘objects’ were defined as a single, man-made entity (does not include buildings), and are generally freely accessible in public institutions or spaces.

Objects don't just have stories, they tell stories. But what they said to their contemporaries may be different from what they say to us. Whether it's a silver tea urn from Georgian Dublin, the Clonmacnoise Crozier or an illuminated page from the Book of Kells, these objects help us gain a more comprehensive understanding of our past. 

The stamp series is based on Fintan O’Toole’s book, A History of Ireland in 100 Objects, a project which originally involved The Irish Times, The National Museum of Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy.

An Post has now become a full partner in this revitalised project and will introduce a selection of the 100 objects as definitive stamps each year over the next five or six years. As part of this venture, An Post will collaborate with the Royal Irish Academy to redevelop the website and enrich it with new material and content sourced from the original App.

The stamps will feature Augmented Reality, and for more information use your smartphone with the CEE App installed to scan the stamps or visit

In January, 2017, eight SOAR stamps and a range of Philatelic material including Stamp Coils, National and International Booklets, and First Day Covers will issue as part of the first phase of the ninth definitive stamp series.

The earliest objects here are nearly twice as old as the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and are extremely important artefacts not only for Ireland but for the world to see and treasure. Displaying them, in sequence, on stamps like this will make them a remarkable collection and an extraordinary stamp series.