The national postal provider presented today the new stamps of the year 2016; this time, unlike the previous years, decision on whom to depict was made by the Lostislandic citizens.
It all started on 1 February 2016, when the Life President announced a nation-wide contest for the 2016 stamp series, in which every individual could nominate a person to be depicted on this year’s commemorative stamps. The Lostislandic citizens would subsequently vote the presented options, and two nominations with the majority of votes casted would be chosen for the new stamps.
Originally scheduled to last for two weeks, the decision process took significantly more time than expected, and even saw a second round. Upon certain consideration, the Federal Government and the Presidency have decided to refrain, for ethical reasons, from depicting a living person in case their consent wasn’t or couldn’t be obtained, which effectively ruled out the possibility of depicting Elizabeth II, the Queen of the United Kingdom (nomination originally going second and submitted by Bogdan Shmid, a resident of Megion).
In what came as a surprise for some, the second round was won with by the Taras Shevchenko nomination, submitted by Bogdan Melteshinov, a Ukrainian citizen and resident of Kiev. The first place was taken with a landslide by the Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart nomination, submitted by Denis Kukunin, a resident of St Petersburg. In addition to the two commemorative stamps, Lostisland Post issued a standard 1 real stamp depicting the new Logotype of Lostisland.
As per the contest’s provisions, individuals who submitted the winning nominations will receive the respective postage stamps as a gift. Everyone else who would like to obtain this year’s stamps of Lostisland Post is invited to visit our online store, in which all the Series 2016 stamps are already available.