C341 Stained Glass Cathedrals

Issue Date: December 9, 2011

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On December 9, 2011, the Marshall Islands Postal Service issues nine new stamps featuring beautiful stained glass windows from some of the world's famous cathedrals. The earliest known description of the painstaking technique of creating stained-glass windows dates back to a 12th-century manual probably written by the monk Theophilus. In this technique, a drawing of the window's design is first created to show how different color areas will be divided into discrete pieces of glass. Sheets of manufactured colored glass are then cut to fit using a red hot iron. Design details are painted onto the glass with enamel, and a kiln is used to fuse the enamel to the glass. The glass pieces are then set intogrooved strips of lead which join the various pieces together. Finally, the joints between the lead strips are soldered, and the entire panel is waterproofed with a putty compound applied under the lead.


  • Issue: Stained Glass Cathedrals
  • Face Value: 9 x 44¢
  • Issue Date: December 9, 2011
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • Original Artwork: Barry Wilkinson
  • Printing Process: Black, cyan, magenta, yellow by offset lithography on unwatermarked gummed paper
  • Printer: Pioneer Printing, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A.
  • Stamp Format: Vertical
  • Stamps Per Sheet: 9
  • Designs per Sheet: 9
  • Overall Sheet Size: 117mm x 144mm
  • Size of Stamps: 31mm x 40mm
  • Issue Number: C341
  • Stamp Numbers:
    (9-1) Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore
    (9-2) Nidaros Cathedral
    (9-3) Canterbury Cathedral
    (9-4) Notre Dame Cathedral in Tournai
    (9-5) Cathedral of Monaco
    (9-6) Saint John's Church in Gouda
    (9-7) Catholic Paris of St. Florin
    (9-8) Cathedral of Saint Mary the Crowned
    (9-9) Paris Church of Saint Saviour
  • 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$ 3.96 Stained Glass Cathedrals
    US$ .44 Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore
    US$ .44 Nidaros Cathedral
    US$ .44 Canterbury Cathedral
    US$ .44 Notre Dame Cathedral in Tournai
    US$ .44 Cathedral of Monaco
    US$ .44 Saint John's Church in Gouda
    US$ .44 Catholic Parish of St. Florin
    US$ .44 Cathedral of Saint Mary the Crowned
    US$ .44 Parish Church of Saint Saviour

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    Item Description Withdrawal Date Stock
    Number (SKU)
    US$ Price
    Full Sheet of 9 None 4667530
    First Day Cover Set of 3 None 4667611

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