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What do UK stamps not have on them that other countries do?

Question #123718. Asked by iwa2.
Last updated May 14 2021.
Originally posted Oct 05 2011 12:37 PM.

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From the official website of the British Monarchy: "Britain is the only country whose postage stamps do not feature the name of the country issuing them. This is because Britain was the first country to produce stamps." webpage no longer exists
The second required element, at least for stamps intended to be used on international mail, is the name of the country. The first postage stamps, those of the United Kingdom, had no name. In 1874 the Universal Postal Union exempted Great Britain from its rule which stated that a county's name had to appear on their postage stamps, so a profile of the reigning monarch was all that was required for identification of Britain's stamps.[1] To this day the UK remains the only country not required to name itself on its stamps. For all other UPU members, the name must appear in Latin letters.

Response last updated by gtho4 on May 14 2021.
Oct 05 2011, 12:43 PM
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