USPS issues joint Nobel Prize stamps

WASHINGTON – Sweden Post and the U.S. Postal Service have jointly issued Nobel Prize commemorative stamps in both the United States and Sweden.

“We take great pride in honoring perhaps the most coveted award in the world,” said S. David Fineman, vice chairman of the Postal Service’s Board of Governors.

“This is a tremendously important and exciting occasion in Sweden and in the United States.”

The first day of issuance ceremony in the United States was held in the Carmichael Auditorium of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington.

The event featured Sweden’s Ambassador to the United States, Jan Eliasson and Czeslaw Slania, the world-famous, Polish-born, Swedish stamp engraver, who signed autographs following the ceremony.

“We were pleased to join the postal service in Washington and honored to welcome Gov. Fineman to Sweden,” said Eliasson. “We are very proud of the commemorative stamps issued in both our countries.

“It is wonderful that we have the opportunity to symbolically represent those whose magnificent achievements have made such remarkable differences to our world.”

About the Nobel Prize.

The Nobel Prize – established in the will of Swedish-born inventor and industrialist Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) – is presented annually on Dec. 10, the anniversary of Nobel’s death.

A Nobel Prize winner receives a gold medal, a diploma and a check.

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