250th Anniversary of the Birth of Nelson

Gibraltar celebrates the 250th anniversary of the birth of Horatio Nelson with an issue of 6 stamps, a miniature sheet, 6 sheetlets and the flagship limited edition (1,000 copies) special folder.

The set of six stamps features specially commissioned illustrations depicting ships that were commanded by Nelson and in which he visited the Rock of Gibraltar during his career in the Royal Navy; HMS Agamemnon, HMS Amphion, HMS Captain, HMS La Minerve, HMS Vanguard and HMS Victory.

The stamp on the miniature sheet features his family's residence at Burnham Thorpe, a small village and civil parish on the River Burn and near the coast of Norfolk in the United Kingdom. At the time of his birth, Nelson's father was rector of the church in Burnham Thorpe. The house in which Nelson was born was demolished soon after his father's death, though the rectory that replaced it and the church at which his father preached can still be seen. The site of the former rectory is marked by a roadside plaque.

Issue date: 15 March 2008

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