C340 Eight Days of Hanukkah

Issue Date: November 20, 2011

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On November 20, 2011, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issues eight new stamps celebrating Hanukkah. A central feature of the Hanukkah celebration is the Hanukkah lamp, also known as hanukkiyyah. This light-bearing implement has eight branches and a ninth holder for the shammash, or helper candle, and is similar to the seven-branched candelabrum (menorah) of the Jewish Tabernacle. The seven-branched menorah held spiritual significance for the Israelites and represented among other things the seven days of creation. The central shaft was slightly higher than the others to signify the Sabbath. Hanukkah lamps have taken on diverse shapes and forms. Many are circular or mounted against a back-wall, while others are designed in the typical candelabra form. Today, the hanukkiyyah and the menorah are used as religious symbols, particularly in synagogue art, including wall paintings, stained glass windows and mosaics.


  • Issue: Eight Days of Hanukkah
  • Face Value: 8 x $0.44
  • Issue Date: November 20, 2011
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • Stamp Artist: Paul Williams
  • First Day Cover Design: Herb Kawainui Kane
  • Printing Process: Cyan, black, magenta, yellow by offset lithography on unwatermarked gummed paper
  • Printer: Pioneer Printing, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A.
  • Stamp Format: Horizontal
  • Stamps Per Sheet: 16
  • Designs per Sheet: 8
  • Overall Sheet Size: 184mm x 148mm
  • Size of Stamps: 40mm x 31mm
  • Issue Number: C340
  • Stamp Numbers:
    (8-1) First Day of Hanukkah
    (8-2) Second Day of Hanukkah
    (8-3) Third Day of Hanukkah
    (8-4) Fourth Day of Hanukkah
    (8-5) Fifth Day of Hanukkah
    (8-6) Sixth Day of Hanukkah
    (8-7) Seventh Day of Hanukkah
    (8-8) Eighth Day of Hanukkah
  • Withdrawal Date: While supplies last
  • Stamp designs ©2011 Marshall Islands Postal Service Authority. All rights reserved.

    Stamps in this Issue

    Currency Face Value Stamp Description
    US$ 3.52 Eight Days of Hanukkah
    US$ .44 First Day of Hanukkah
    US$ .44 Second Day of Hanukkah
    US$ .44 Third Day of Hanukkah
    US$ .44 Fourth Day of Hanukkah
    US$ .44 Fifth Day of Hanukkah
    US$ .44 Sixth Day of Hanukkah
    US$ .44 Seventh Day of Hanukkah
    US$ .44 Eighth Day of Hanukkah

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    Mint Block of 8 None 4667441
    Mint Full Sheet of 16 None 4667468
    First Day Cover Set of 2 None 4667514

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