The Defeat of the Spanish Armada

Saturday, October 27, 2007

in Commemorative,GB stamps

I was lucky enough to have got tickets for the première showing of Elizabeth: The Golden Age starring Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush at the Rome Film Festival last week. The film was a sumptuous romp through history with Cate Blanchett as fabulous as ever - the scenes showing the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 were particularly impressive.

These British commemorative stamps were designed by Graham Evernden and issued on 19 July, 1988 on the 400th anniversary of the event. The set of five stamps was printed se-tenant (joined together in a horizontal strip) and the individual stamps form a composite design which runs across all five. All five stamps were valued at 18 pence and feature, reading from left to right: Spanish Galeasse off The Lizard; English Fleet leaving Plymouth; Engagement off the Isle of Wight; Attack of English Fire-ships, Calais; Armada in Storm, North Sea.

Spanish Armada 400th Anniversary Postage Stamps -1988

MNH FULL SET 400th Anniversary of the Spanish Armada 19 07 1988
MNH FULL SET 400th Anniversary of the Spanish Armada 19 07 1988
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Post Office Postcards PHQ No 112 abcde set of 5 Spanish Armada
Post Office Postcards PHQ No 112 abcde set of 5 Spanish Armada
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GB FDC 1988 400th Anniv of Spanish Armada SG1400 1404 PMK Tonbridge 1620
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1988 Royal Mail FDC 400th Anniversary of Spanish Armada issued 19 July 1988
1988 Royal Mail FDC 400th Anniversary of Spanish Armada issued 19 July 1988
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1988 GB COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS 400th Anniversary of Spanish Armada Set of 5 Used
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1988 GB COMMEMORATIVE STAMPS 400th Anniversary of Spanish Armada Set of 5 Used
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1988 Four 46p Stamps 400th Anniversary of the Spanish Armada in 1588
1988 Four 46p Stamps 400th Anniversary of the Spanish Armada in 1588
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GREAT BRITAIN 1988 400th Anniv of Spanish Armada 5vals strip MNH Sg1400 4
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QE11 1988 SG 1400 04 FINE USED SPANISH ARMADA WHOLE SET STAMPS
QE11 1988 SG 1400 04 FINE USED SPANISH ARMADA WHOLE SET STAMPS
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IRELAND 1988 FDC 400th ANN OF SPANISH ARMADA CENTENARY CHARTERED ACCOUNTANTS
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