These Limited Edition Shakespeare Stamps Celebrate the Bard's Best Lines

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

The Royal Mail is marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death by releasing 10 commemorative stamps marked with famous lines from some of his most celebrated plays, including Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. There's a 'doth' or two, a 'thine' and even a 'comforteth', making them significantly more flowery than the letters you plan to attach them to.

The bearded bard, who passed away on April 23rd 1616, has appeared on 25 stamps either directly or through his work, making him the biggest stamp tramp outside the the royal family. "It is fitting that Shakespeare is being honoured with a set of stamps to mark the 400th anniversary of his death,” said the Royal Mail’s Philip Parker. “The stamps celebrate the power of his language, which continues to influence us every day."

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All this week, a special postmark, reading, “William Shakespeare 1564-1616,” will feature on stamped UK mail. Keep scrolling for a handful of sexy close-ups -- you can purchase a batch of ShakeStamps here. A set costs £8.16, and will be on sale until July 5th. [BBC]