The Easter Rising (1916) and the short-term and long-term aftermath is the most significant event in 20th century Ireland. It follows that the philatelic commemoration/celebration of the centenary would be a major event.
Perhaps a good comparison would be the American Revolution (historic event) and the Bicentennial philateic commemoration/celebration in 1976.
This is a guide to stamps issued on Easter Rising…so far.
On 21st January 2016, a set of sixteen stamps was issued in SOAR (Stamps on a Roll) format. The set was described as New Definitive Series and is available in all post offices in the Republic of Ireland. They are also available as strips of four at the Philatelic Bureau in The General Post Office. Additionally two coil stamps (both at 70cents) were produced (available as a pair at Philatelic Bureau) and two booklets of ten stamps were produced …€7 national rate and €10.50 international rate (also available as pairs at Philatelic Bureau). These stamps are all self-adhesive.
Please see my blog of 8th March 2016 for more details of the stamps issued on 21st January.
On 24th March 2016, a special souvenir sheet of the same sixteen stamps was issued. Exactly the same designs as before. These are gummed stamps. Most people will have bought these stamps as “souvenirs” rather than intending to use them as postage. I did send one set thru the mail. The sheet cost €11.20.
A set of seven postcards in fold-out form was also issued on 24th March 2016. The set cost €5 and re-produced seven designs from the set of sixteen.
The souvenir sheet and three of the postcards are shown below.
On 14th April 2016, a set of four miniature sheets was also issued and ONLY available in a presentation folder costing €15. Generally speaking, miniature sheets are issued for philatelic reasons and are not normally found in used condition. The total face value of the miniature sheets is just €11.20.
The Presentation Folder and one “used” miniature sheet are shown below.
On 21st April 2016, the souvenir sheet was issued in a presentation folder (€15) AND as an insert in a book (€19.99) commissioned by An Post and written by Dr Fearghal McGarry, a historian at Queens University, Belfast.