Netherlands stamps

P=have O=don’t have it

Flag of Netherlands


Scott: #335P, #339P

Issued: 28.6.1952

Centenary, Dutch Postage Stamps

International Postage Stamp Centenary Exhibition

Inside #335, #339: Stamp on Envelope


Scott: #448-50P

Issued: 8.5.1967




Inside #448: Netherlands #1P

Inside #449: Netherlands #5P

Inside #450: Netherlands #10P


See also - Special Album




Non-postal stamp issued by the Netherlands for Amphilex 67 showing Netherland #9

Thanks to Lloyd Gilbert



Scott: #B522-6P

Issued: 8.10.1976





Inside #B522: Netherlands #41P

Inside #B523: Netherlands #64P

Inside #B524: Netherlands #155P



Inside #B525:

Netherlands #220P

Inside #B526:

Netherlands #294P


Scott: #B535-8P (#B536aP, #B538bP)

Issued: 26.5.1977




Inside #B535: Netherlands #83Por #83aO

Inside #B536: Netherlands #128P



Inside #B537: Netherlands #211P

Inside #B538: Netherlands #302P


Scott: #B538aP


Scott: #574-5P

Issued: 14.3.1978

Introduction of New Postal Code

Inside #574-5: Pseudo Stamps

Scott: #587P

Issued: 2.5.1979

CEPT - Europa 1979

Inside #587:




Netherlands #202P

Netherlands #B11P

Netherlands #B54P




Netherlands #B215P

Netherlands #587P

Netherlands #B520P

+NED M897

(Thanks to Komlóssy Zoltán for the scan)



Netherlands #B437O


Netherlands #B513P


Issued: 1979

10 years of Apeldoorn City Stamps

Scan not available

Inside #XXX: City Stamps


Scott: #600P

Issued: 1.5.1980

NVPH Stamp Show

Inside #600: Stamp Collecting


Scott: #611P

Issued: 19.5.1981

Centenary, National Savings Bank

Inside #611: Savings Stamp

Scott: #611aP


Scott: #B604-6P

Issued: 13.6.1984


Inside #B604: Pseudo Stamp

Inside #B606: Stamp Collecting

Inside #B605:

+DRE M71



Germany #83P

Egypt #J17O

Netherlands #J23O



Belgium #J6O

Belgium #J3P


Scott: #B606aP

Issued: 5.9.1984


Scott: #B635-7P

Issued: 23.2.1988


Inside #B635-7: Pseudo Stamps


Scott: #B637aP


Scott: #B655P

Issued: 7.11.1990

Surtax for Child Welfare

Inside #B655: Pseudo Stamps


Scott: #B655aP


Scott: #803P

Issued: 28.11.1991


Inside #803: Pseudo Stamps




Scott: #874P, #875P, #876P

Issued: 17.1.1995

Acquisition of Mauritius #2 by PTT Museum

#2a Inside #876: Mauritius #2O


Scott: #B686P

Issued: 11.4.1995

Senior Citizens

#1422 Inside #B686: Indonesia #1422O


Scott: #B688aP


Scott: #1084 a-bP

Issued: 12.10.2001

150th Anniversary, Netherlands Stamps

Publicity, AMPHILEX 2002 Exhibition

 Inside #1084 a-b (On stamps and in margin background of sheet): Netherlands #1P


Scott: #1136P

Issued: 30.08.2002

150th Anniversary, Netherlands Stamps

Publicity, AMPHILEX 2002 Exhibition

Inside #1136 (On stamps and in margin background of sheet):



Netherlands #1P

Netherlands #2O

Netherlands #3O

[Land, Air and Water, type ]

Scott: #1152aP

Issued: 24.06.2003

Land, Air and Water

Inside #1151, #1152: Pseudo Stamps

[The 75th Anniversary of Dutch Stamp dealers Association, NVPH - Netherlands Federation of Philatelic Associations, NBFV, type BJT]

Scott: #1158P

Issued: 30.10.2003

Stamps Collecting

Inside #1158: Pseudo Stamps

Netherlands Blueprint 1P


Netherlands 2004

Scott: #1171a-jP

Issued: 10.5.2004

On The Way to 1 Europe

Inside #1171a-j:













a. Czech Rep. #2941P (1995)

b. Lithuania #743O (2003)



c. Estonia #415O (2001)

d. Poland #3578O (2001)






e. Malta #395P (1968)

f. Hungary #2631P (1980)



g. Latvia #193O (1937)

h. Slovakia #244O (1996)



i. Cyprus #407P (1973)

j. Slovenia #455O (2001)

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

[My Stamps, type BYW]

Scott: #1301P

Issued: 02.01.2008

80 Years NVPH (Dutch Stamps Dealers Ass.)

Inside #1301:


Netherlands #905P

Netherlands #B749bP

Netherlands #1040hO

Netherlands Indies #9O

Netherlands #1265cP

Netherlands #1256aP

Netherlands #162P





Netherlands #1258aP

Netherlands #1257P


Netherlands #B750fP


Netherlands #1255P

Netherlands #1253cP

Netherlands #53O

Netherlands #1181P






Netherlands #1258hP


Netherlands #1265dP

Netherlands #1290iO

Netherlands #B749cP

Thanks to Lou Guadagno


Passion for stamps prestige booklet  


Scott: #1328P

Issued: 10.3.2009

125th Anniversary NVPV

Inside #1328: Stamps Collecting




Scott: #B758O

Issued: 7.4.2009

Surtax for National Fund for Elderly Assistance

Inside #B758d: Stamps on envelope – TBI


Scott: #1336aO

Issued: 28.4.2009

3 Generations of Queens

#126 Inside #1336a: Netherlands #126P (Queen Wilhelmina)

#479 Inside #1336a: Netherlands #479P (Queen Juliana)

 Inside #1336a: Netherlands #774P (Queen Beatrix)

Thanks to Lou Guadagno



For the Netherlands, the nineteenth century was a century of kings, but it was followed by one of queens, successively Wilhelmina, Juliana and the present Queen Beatrix. To mark the one hundredth birthday of Queen Juliana, who ruled from 1948 to 1980, TNT Post issued a special “3 Generations of Queens” stamp sheetlet on 28 April 2009. The sheetlet (face value EUR 7) is accompanied by a stamp folder, a first-day cover, and a prestige booklet.

Wilhelmina ascended the throne in 1890 at the age of ten, on the death of her father, King William III. Her mother, Emma, acted as regent until Wilhelmina was eighteen. In 1901, Queen Wilhelmina married Heinrich, Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (“Prince Hendrik”). Their daughter Juliana was born on 30 April 1909. In 1937, she married Bernhard, Prince of Lippe-Biesterfeld. Juliana’s first child, the present Queen Beatrix, was born in 1938. During the Second World War, Queen Wilhelmina led the Dutch government in exile in London, from where she broadcast to the Dutch people on Radio Orange. Juliana and her daughters Beatrix and Irene spent the War in Canada. Prince Bernhard remained in London, acting as an assistant to Queen Wilhelmina. Beatrix married the German diplomat Claus von Amsberg in 1966; the marriage produced three sons: Willem-Alexander, Friso, and Constantijn.

The royal “style” has changed over the years. Queen Juliana’s personal approach revealed an obvious desire to bring the monarch closer to her subjects, as was demonstrated at the annual parade in the gardens of Soestdijk Palace on the occasion of the Queen’s birthday. All three queens are well-known for having been “cycling monarchs”. Queen Juliana, in particular, caused quite a stir with her cycle rides, especially abroad – it was not uncommon for them to be part of the programme for a royal visit!

Julia Born, the designer of the “3 Generations of Queens” sheetlet, found herself fascinated by the existing range of stamps showing Queens of the Netherlands. “The wealth of stamps that show them was extremely interesting. When I am producing a design, I like to research the topic in depth on the basis of the archives and other available material. It’s enthralling to then produce something new. I based the design for the new sheetlet on three existing stamps showing the three queens.” From the wide range of possibilities, Julia Born chose the stamp designed by W.A. van Konijnenburg to commemorate Queen Wilhelmina’s first 25 years on the throne (1923); the stamp by Pieter Brattinga for “15 years of the Charter for the Kingdom of the Netherlands” (1969); and the familiar 1981 stamp by Peter Struycken showing Queen Beatrix.

 “It’s really interesting to see how the designs are rooted in the particular period from which they date,” says Julia Born. “Wilhelmina is shown in profile, illuminated by a kind of heavenly light; the representation therefore becomes aloof and almost religious. The technique used, copperplate printing, is now old-fashioned and is hardly used anymore. On her stamp, Juliana radiates serenity and harmony, and she is portrayed as closer to the observer. The design is typical of the late 1960s and early 70s, with a lot of contrast in the portrait. The dots in the famous “dots portrait” of Queen Beatrix are a reference not only to the conceptual approach but also to the digital age: a computer was in fact used to position them.

After selecting the three portraits, Julia Born removed the background so as to bring them back to their iconic essence. The composition of the new sheetlet has been kept simple, with a diagonal running from the top left to the bottom right, and with the direction of the subject’s view shifting from fully to the left (Wilhelmina) via half-left past the observer (Juliana) to frontal (Beatrix). Julia Born explains this as follows: “Looking to the left is often associated with looking into the past, while a frontal presentation suggests the present. We therefore see a sweep from full left to frontal, which can be taken as a shift from the past to the present. Queen Juliana is shown in the middle of the design because of her central role in this issue. Imposed on the white background of the stamp sheetlet are three diagonally positioned areas of equal size, in the colours dark red, blue, and metallic bronze-green ochre.”

The portrait of Queen Wilhelmina has been printed using copperplate printing and that of Queens Juliana and Beatrix by means of offset; because of the restricted run, the original photogravure was not used. One special point to note is that the various techniques and portraits overlap one another. This symbolises the periods the three royal personages experienced together. The baptismal names of the three queens are shown in a special manner, centring on the name “Wilhelmina”, which all three of them shared. This is an elegant and effective way of showing the historical and family links between them.



Lou wrote: In addition to the regular s/s, Netherlands issued a prestige booklet containing a write up and a different layout of the s/s - both booklet and s/s are listed as Sc #1336a. I has this booklet in my database and collection since issued, but no scans of content until now. I didn't want to fold booklet open to take pictures, but just saw that one seller did that, so I copied scan. Then I found scan of booklet pane - after 14 years!

Netherlands #1336a prestige booklet cover

netherlands booklet contents

Netherlands booklet contents

netherlands  1336a booklet pane

Netherlands #1336a booklet pane


Scott: #1344P

Issued: 1.10.2009

Stamp Day

#86 Inside #1344: Netherlands #86O

Thanks to Prof. Plinio Richelmi

Scott: #1374P

Issued: 14.09.2010

Stamp Day

#127 Inside #1374: Netherlands #127P

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

Scott: UnlistedP

Issued: 09.2011

35th Anniversary, Plate Number (?) Study Group (Personal stamps)

 Inside #???? (In left stamp): Netherlands #469P (partial)

Inside #???? (In center stamp on Handbook cover):

Netherlands #B148P

Netherlands #399P

Netherlands #375P

Netherlands #B81O





Netherlands #422P

Netherlands #B618P

Netherlands #540P

Netherlands #139O

Netherlands #869P

Netherlands #774P

Netherlands #584P

Netherlands #146P

Netherlands #540P

Netherlands #474P

Netherlands #B664P

Netherlands #538P

Netherlands #399P

Netherlands #B672P

Netherlands #688P

Netherlands #B661P


Inside #???? (In right stamp)

Netherlands #144P

Netherlands #153P

Netherlands #157O


Inside #???? (In margin at left):

Netherlands #41P

Netherlands #B566P








Netherlands #413P

Netherlands #461AP

Netherlands #B693P

Netherlands #283P


Inside #???? (In margin at right):


Netherlands #1042P

Netherlands #151P


Netherlands # B561P

Netherlands #166P

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

Scott: #1427O

Issued: 19.10.2012

Stamp Day

 Inside #1427:  partial Netherlands essays of 1949 Queen Juliana high value definitive

(Pic of Netherlands #319P)

Lou wrote: This is a very unusual sos from the Netherlands. Two partial stamps are reproduced which are essays with different colors and lettering type from the actual issue of 1949 -Netherlands Sc #319-322.

The issued stamps have solid lettering and numerals, but in the reproduced proofs the lettering is outlines and the one proof that shows a value reads "EEN" instead of the numeral "1".

A folder also released by the Post illustrates essays with various letterings. The cachet on the FCD shows the stamps as issued.

netherlands    pair

Se-tenant pair

netherland original essay  1949

Netherland original essay - 1949

(thanks to Lloyd Gilbert)

netherlands 1427  sheetlet

Full sheetlet

netherlands complete essay from sheetlet

A composite of the essay from the sheetlet

2 years later Lou wrote:  None of the new issue dealers offered this stamp in a se-tenant pair-- and they should have.

I was annoyed that the stamp showed portions of two essays of unissued stamps, but when I saw the full sheetlet, I realized that the designer had actually created a very unique layout that required two stamps to be complete; the right side portion of one stamp matches up with the left side portion of the attached (se-tenant) stamp to create a full image of the queen's face-- in two colors. I had identified these as essays with the value spelled out in outlined lettering, and the designer also included the full design of the essay in the sheetlet by including the outlined lettering of the country name in the margin. 

Thanks to Lou Guadagno

[Day of the Postage Stamp, type GVA]

Scott: #1452O

Issued: 18.10.2013

Stamp day

 Inside #1452: Netherlands #C9O

Scott: #1478O

Issued: 08.09.2014

175th Anniversary Netherlands Railroads

  Inside #1478j:  Netherlands #215P

Thanks to Lou Guadagno


Scott: #1480O

Issued: 17.10.2014

Stamp Day

sos netherlands 283 1946   Inside #1480: Netherlands #283P

sos neth new guinea 8  1950 Inside #1480: Netherlands New Guinea #8P

sos surinam 211  1948 Inside #1480: Surinam #211O

sos netherlands antilles 212A  1959 Inside #1480: Netherlands Antilles #212AP

Thanks to Lou Guadagno and Prof. Plinio Richelmi

netherlands    10 16 15 (2)

Scott: #1503O

Issued: 16.10.2015

Stamp Day

sos netherlands 266  1944 Inside #1503: Netherlands #266O

(also on defaced die)

netherlands prestige bklt cover

Thanks to Lou Guadagno


Scott: #????P

Issued: 14.10.2016

Stamp Day 2016

[The 100th Anniversary of Independence, type N][The 100th Anniversary of Independence, type O]

[The 100th Anniversary of Independence, type P][The 100th Anniversary of Independence, type Q]

Inside #????: Netherlands #90-3O



In 1913 a set of 12 stamps was issued in occasion of the 100th anniversary of independence of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The 1913 stamps depict one of the Dutch monarchs on each of the stamp; king William I, William II, William III en queen Wilhelmina.

The 2016 stamp depicts these portraits from the 1913 issue.

The stamps have value indicator '1' which is inland mail up to 20gr = €0.73 (sheet €7.30) and are only sold as sheet of 10.

Scott: #????O

Issued: 08.11.2017

National Stamp Day 2017

 Inside #????: Netherlands Type A8P

The National Stamp Day 2017 stamp sheetlet consists of ten identical special stamps marked with a denomination of 1, for items weighing up to 20g and destined for mail in the Netherlands. Each stamp features two circles together, one above the other. Both circles contain the portrait of Queen Wilhelmina with her hair loose, as it was depicted on the stamps that first appeared in 1891. One circle is in the green colour of the stamp itself, with a postage value of 20 cents. The other circle is in the blue-grey colour of the wood engraving that was used to assess the design for these stamps. The two portraits were made on the basis of the same photograph, but there are small differences. On the stamp, Queen Wilhelmina looks towards the right, but on the wood engraving she looks towards the left. There is a narrow decorative border around the green portrait, similar to the one printed on the stamps themselves. This narrow border is missing in the blue-grey portrait. The typography on the stamps follows the form of the circles. Alongside the green portrait is the destination, the Netherlands, and next to the blue-grey portrait the name of the issue. This name is also printed on the sheetlet edges in such a way that both sheet edges can be seen as the top edge. The same effect is achieved by mirroring the stamps two by two and three by three on the stamp sheetlet. The font used for the typography is Trenda Heavy (Latinotype, 2013), designed by Daniel Hernández and Paula Nazal.

Scott: #????P

Issued: 05.11.2018


Inside #????: Stamp on Envelope

[Christmas, type ]

Scott: #????-?

[Stamp Day, type ]

Scott: #????-?P

Issued: 01.11.2019

National Stamp Day 2019

[Airmail, type U] Inside #????: Netherlands #C1O

[Airmail, type U1] Inside #????: Netherlands #C2O

[Bicycle Stamps, type ]

Scott: #????O

Issued: 17.08.2020

Bicycle Stamps

 Inside #????: Pseudo Stamps

Scott: #????O

Issued: 28.10.2021

Digi Art

 Inside #????-?: Pseudo Stamps

sos netherlands 1  1852 Inside #???? (In margin): Netherlands #1P

sos netherlands 34  1876 Inside #???? (In margin): Netherlands #34O

sos netherlands 74  1899 Inside #???? (In margin): Netherlands #74O

sos netherlands 24  1872 Inside #???? (In margin): Netherlands #24O

sos netherlands postal money order stamp Mi PW 5  1884 Inside #???? (In margin): Netherlands Postal Money order stamp Mi PW 5O  (1884)

sos netherlands 36a  1876 Inside #???? (In margin): Netherlands #36aO

sos netherlands 57  1908 Inside #???? (In margin): Netherlands #57O

sos netherlands 94 1913 Inside #???? (In margin): Netherlands #94O

sos netherlands 83  1898 Inside #???? (In margin): Netherlands #83P

sos netherlands 88 1907 Inside #???? (In margin): Netherlands #88O

King Willem III 5 cents (1864), Numeral stamp ½ cent (1876), Queen Wilhelmina 20 cents (1899), King Willem III 7½ cents (1872), Postal order stamp 4 guilders (1884), Numeral stamp 2 cents (1876), Numeral stamp 1½ cents (1899), Jubilee stamp 100 years of independence 12½ cents (1913), Coronation stamp Queen Wilhelmina 1 guilder (1898) and Michiel de Ruyter 1 cent (1907).


With the Digi Art issue, PostNL is the first postal company in the world to issue a stamp sheet with a design created by a computer algorithm. The Digi Art stamp sheet features five different personal stamps that were designed by an algorithm based on a collection of around 1500 stamps from the period from 1852 to 1920. The personal stamps are marked ‘Nederland 1’, the denomination for post weighing up to 20g sent to an address within the Netherlands

Artificial intelligence (AI), refers to computer systems that mimic human intelligence. These AI systems are capable of extrapolating large amounts of data, making new decisions and choices, and coming up with new interpretations. To achieve this, the computer systems use algorithms – mathematical formulas that are able to make independent decisions based on data or indicators – and learn from them. The developments in artificial intelligence are coming thick and fast. It is used in numerous applications, from face recognition on smartphones and self-driving cars to smart thermostats and deep fakes – digitally manipulated images, sounds and texts. Within AI there is a separate discipline called generative art, which is when a computer algorithm creates an original work of art or design. And this is exactly what was used for PostNL’s Digi Art stamp issue.

The stamp Digi Art stamp sheet features five postage stamps in five different designs. The five stamps feature five unique computer-generated designs against a dark background. At first glance, the five stamps look as if they have been issued before, but appearances can be deceiving. They may look like classic stamps, but they are not. All the elements are familiar, such as a supporting picture in the centre with a frame around it, a strip at the bottom for text, decorations in the corners and a frame with perforations... and yet, they are different from the familiar stamps from the 1852-1920 period.

The sheet edge, which was designed by graphic designer Sandra Smulders, features ten Old Dutch stamps. From left to right, these are: King Willem III 5 cents (1864), Numeral stamp ½ cent (1876), Queen Wilhelmina 20 cents (1899), King Willem III 7½ cents (1872), Postal order stamp 4 guilders (1884), Numeral stamp 2 cents (1876), Numeral stamp 1½ cents (1899), Jubilee stamp 100 years of independence 12½ cents (1913), Coronation stamp Queen Wilhelmina 1 guilder (1898) and Michiel de Ruyter 1 cent (1907).

The 10 stamps are connected to the personal stamps with vertical lines via a horizontal elongated wave. The lines indicate the direction that the old stamps have travelled through the algorithm – represented by the wave – to form the new stamps. The background colour is derived from the personal stamp in the centre. The dark corners suggest depth. The gradient returns in the background of the stamps. In between the stamps, there are six individual letters in binary code (ones and zeros). The ones and zeros have different hues to symbolise the process of their creation.

Thanks to Martin Hirschbühl, Michael Merritt and Lou Guadagno

netherlands       ss 5.16. 22

Scott: #????O

Issued: 16.05.2022

Post Trains

netherlands       ss--margin detail

sos netherlands 774  1991 Inside #???? (In margin): Netherlands #774P

sos netherlands 56  1687 Inside #???? (In margin): Netherlands #56P

sos netherlands 952  1997 Inside #???? (In margin): Netherlands #952P

Thanks to Komlóssy Zoltán and Lou Guadagno

Scott: #????O

Issued: 16.10.2023

Stamp Day

[New Daily Stamps, type Y] Inside #????: Netherlands #116P

Scott: #????O

About Stamp Day

Stamp Day is an annual international event. In most countries, the day is celebrated on the first Sunday after 9 October: the founding date of the Universal Postal Union (UPU). The UPU, also known as the Universal Postal Union, sets the rules for international postal traffic between member states. PostNL is marking Stamp Day by publishing the Stamp Day 2023 sheet on Sunday 16 October. The denomination on these stamps is ‘1’, the denomination for items weighing up to 20g destined for the Netherlands. The sheet was designed by graphic designer Sandra Smulders from Gouda using the 1923 Artist Series stamps as inspiration. A sheet of ten Stamp Day 2023 stamps costs €10.10.

The 1923 Artist Series stamps were the first modern stamps after architect Karel de Bazel's 1913 Jubilee stamps. The 1923 Artist Series comprises four stamps in three designs, created by architect Michel de Klerk, typographer Sjoerd de Roos and graphic designer Nicolaas van de Vecht. Their designs were selected from the 90 entries to the Dutch Numerical Stamp Competition launched by the Staatsbedrijf der Posterijen en Telegrafie [‘Dutch State Post and Telegraph Company’] in 1920. All Dutch artists were allowed to enter the competition.

The idea behind the competition was that a competition involving many artists would produce a better result than if one designated artist designed the stamps. The philatelic press was not always positive after the launch of the 1923 Artist Series. Later times were judged more favourably. For example, art historian Paul Hefting wrote in an article in De Gids in 1993 that the design of the 1923 Artist Series is defined by a mixture of austere and ornate ornamental forms. The atmosphere expressed by these stamps is said to be of a ‘modern religious propriety’ and of a ‘great seriousness that beauty then entailed’.

The 1923 Artist Series features four stamps worth 1, 2, 2½ and 4 cents. The blueish-purple 1-cent stamp and the orange 2-cent stamp (designed by Michel de Klerk) depict a lion in a Dutch garden with an apple tree. The blueish-green 2½-cent stamp (designed by Sjoerd de Roos) portrays a post horn with a climbing lion in the curl of the horn. The blue 4-cent stamp (designed by Nicolaas van de Vecht) features a diamond made up of rectangular shapes containing the text NEDERLAND letter by letter. The stamps in the 1923 Artist Series were valid from 1923 to 1935.Each of the ten stamps featured on the Stamp Day 2023 sheet contains a half diamond: a triangle composed of 25 stacked rectangles with rounded corners. The image area of each half-diamond stamp joins the image area of the adjacent stamp where possible, separated by the fixed frame, to create the illusion of a complete diamond shape. The diamond motif is taken from the 4-cent stamp in the 1923 Artist Series. The numbers and letters in the title Stamp Day 2023 are placed in and against the rectangles on the new stamps. The space outside the triangle contains dots that change colour coverage and size evenly. The background colour on the stamps changes from green to blue, from top to bottom across the sheet. The same happens on the sheet edge. Behind the diamond shape on the stamps is a line drawing of an apple and an apple tree changing from white to green. The drawing of the apple also returns in a different form on the left and right hand sides of the sheet edge.

The font used for the denomination 1 and Nederland was designed in 2018 by font designer Martin Majoor from Arnhem. The rest of the typography uses the Big Caslon CC Bol font. This serif font is a 1994 design by Matthew Carter from Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA) and was inspired by the 18th century Baroque font Caslon.

Stamp Day 2023 was designed by graphic designer Sandra Smulders from Gouda. Smulders has produced designs for Stamp Day since 2020. In preparation for this new assignment, she visited the National Archives in The Hague, which manages the largest, most important collection of postage values in the Netherlands. ‘At the time, it hadn’t been decided which historical stamps would inspire the new design,’ Smulders says. ‘But I already knew that the 1923 Artist Series was a candidate. Seeing the original drawing for the 4-cent stamp from this series in the archives absolutely delighted me. It was a strong graphic design – especially for its era.’

100 years ago

It was partly thanks to Smulders' enthusiasm that PostNL selected the 1923 Artist Series as the inspiration for Stamp Day 2023. Smulders: ‘The dating – it was 100 years ago, after all – was, of course, already a pull. During my preparation, I also requested the original drawings for the other stamps in the series. You can see much more detail on those drawings than you can see on the printed stamps. That’s because there were far fewer printing techniques back then. Nicholas van de Vecht’s design of the 4-cent stamp remained my favourite. I used that design to get started. I put the other drawings aside for the time being, but I still used them later.’

The half diamond

The blue 4-cent stamp in the 1923 Artist Series features a diamond shape made up of interconnected rectangular shapes. The squares contain the letters of the word NEDERLAND and the 4-cent value indication is centred in the diamond. ‘The diamond shape was my starting point for the new design,’ Smulders said. ‘I divided the diamond into two to make it suitable for the fixed frame of the personal stamps. Each stamp now shows a half diamond, with the points going up and down alternately. This gives the sheet a playful layout. On eight of the ten stamps, the half diamonds together form a whole diamond. When I was sketching, I noticed that the words ‘postzegel’ (stamp) and ‘Nederland’ (Netherlands) contain the same amount of letters. This meant I could imitate the 1923 stamp by placing the letters of the new title in the diamond in the same way.’

Bulging shapes

Smulders used more elements from the original 4-cent stamp. The wavy lines within the shapes return, as do the dots, which she placed to the left and right of the half diamond. Smulders: ‘I was able to position the rest of the Stamp Day 2023 title on the outside of the shapes. I positioned 2023 horizontally at first, and later vertically within the diamond. In order to give the design more depth and make the letters more legible, I applied a colour gradient with a different coverage. This made the shape appear convex. The bulging effect is enhanced as the dots change colour and size. And adding white to some of the planes made the diamond more dynamic.’

Blue, green and orange

In initial designs, Smulders opted the same colour blue as that featured on the 4-cent stamp. Later, she added other colours from the 1923 Artist Series: green as a second colour, borrowed from the 2½-cent stamp and orange as an accent colour from the 2-cent stamp. ‘Graphically, I created two different designs, with a half diamond pointing up or down,’ Smulders says. ‘But by applying slightly different gradients everywhere, I ensured that no two stamps are the same.’

Apple and apple tree

Smulders also used elements from the other stamps in the 1923 Artist Series. ‘All of my previous Stamp Day designs were strongly layered, with a high level of sophistication and a logical structure. I wanted to do that again this time, so I pulled up the other drawings for the 1923 Artist Series. I went for the apple and apple tree from the 1-cent and 2-cent stamps, as the spherical apple shape fits nicely behind the half diamond. The same goes for the apple tree – especially behind the half diamond with the tip pointing downwards. The shapes’ transparency means you can see the other shapes shining through. The image of the apple tree was substantially reworked to reflect the curly lines from the 2½-cent stamp. This means I could pay tribute to all the stamp designs in the 1923 Artist Series.’

Stochastic printing

The Stamp Day 2023 design is highly layered and contains all sorts of details that are references to the historical stamps. ‘There’s a lot going on,’ Smulders says, ‘but it's all right. That matches my logical design approach, as there’s lots of sophistication. Joh. Enschedé printed the stamps using stochastic grids. In this technique, the dots land on the paper in a random pattern rather than in fixed, angular patterns. Even the smallest details featured in the design were accurately transferred to the stamps.’

About the designer

Sandra Smulders (The Hague, 1974) studied advertising and presentation design at Nimeto Utrecht from 1991 to 1995, specialising in graphic design. After graduation, she worked as a graphic designer and art director with Admix B2B agency, FPW communications agency, Manten Grafisch Ontwerpbureau, and VDM Reklame, all four of them based in Rotterdam. She started the Vormgoed agency in Gouda in 2007 as a graphic designer and art director. Smulders specialises in designing logos and corporate styles and further developing their associated means of communication. She mainly works for business clients. Her recent clients include engineering firm ABT, travel company All for Nature, Groundwater Technology, Overeijnder Van den Dool communications and Uitgeverij DAVO. For PostNL Smulders also designed the 2022 World Animal Day and Stamp Day 2020, 2021 and 2022 stamp sheets, the Back to the 20th Century and Trains & Journeys (2019) stamp series, the 2018 Children’s Welfare Stamps, the stamp series celebrating 50 years of the Daily Fable (2018) and the 25 years of Fokke & Sukke (2018) stamp series.

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Netherlands #24

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Netherlands #34

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Netherlands #36a

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Netherlands #B18 for Gambia


Netherlands #B25 for Kyrgyzstan

Netherlands #B27 for Niger, Djibouti 


Netherlands #J23

Netherlands #B30 for Haiti


Netherlands #43 for Surinam

Netherlands #47 for St. Maarten

Netherlands #53

sos netherlands 57  1908

Netherlands #57

sos netherlands 74  1899

Netherlands #74


Netherlands #86

sos netherlands 88 1907

Netherlands #88

[The 100th Anniversary of Independence, type N][The 100th Anniversary of Independence, type O]

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Netherlands #90-3

sos netherlands 94 1913

Netherlands #94


Netherlands #103 for Surinam


Netherlands #104 for Surinam


 Netherlands #134 for Netherlands Antilles

Netherlands #139


Netherlands #160 for Surinam

[Airmail, type U]

Netherlands #C1

[Airmail, type U1]

Netherlands #C2


Netherlands #B85 for Surinam


Netherlands #C9 + for Surinam


Netherlands #J27 for Surinam


Netherlands #O25 for Surinam


Netherlands #O32 for Netherlands Antilles

sos netherlands C20  1933

Netherlands #C20 for Surinam

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Netherlands #266


Netherlands #279 for Gambia

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Netherlands #B166 for Gambia (OTW – BOB 9.23)

sos netherlands 338  1952

Netherlands #338 for Surinam (OTW – BOB 9.23)

+NED M897

Netherlands #B437


Netherlands #780

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Netherlands #B492 for Gambia

Netherlands #1040h

Netherlands #1290i


Netherlands #B758


Netherlands #1336a

Netherlands #1427

[Day of the Postage Stamp, type GVA]

Netherlands #???? (2013)

Netherlands #???? (2014)


Scott: #???? (2014)

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Scott: #???? (2015)

Scott: #???? (2017)

[Bicycle Stamps, type ]

Scott: #???? (2020)

Scott: #???? (2021)

Scott: #???? (2023)


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Netherlands Personal stamps


Scott: #????O

Issued: ??.??.2012

??????? (Personal stamps)

 Inside #????:  Netherlands Queen Julianna Type A77 (Pic of Netherlands #319)

 Inside #????:  Netherlands Type A24 (Pic of Netherlands #142)


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Issued: ??.??.2012

70th Anniversary of The Netherlands Stamp and Coin Auctions (Personal stamps)

 Inside #???? (In left stamp): Netherlands #174c

Rare 3 holes vertical syncopated perfs variety

 Inside #???? (In left stamp): Netherlands #176b

Rare value omitted variety - partial

 Inside #???? (In left stamp): Netherlands #176

Lou wrote: It is very difficult with the poor scan to make out, but I am sure that there is no imprinted "9 CENT" in the bottom value tablet of the left stamp, so I gave it the #176b ID, but I don't understand why the designer would cover the rarity with coins, and also not show it as a joined pair with a normal stamp as it is usually offered. According to my brief research, # 174c, # 178b and the Telegraph stamp below are the three rarest varieties in Netherlands stamps.

 Inside #???? (In center stamp): Netherlands #1

  Inside #???? (In center stamp): Netherlands #101

 Inside #???? (In right stamp):  Netherlands #86

 Inside #???? (In right stamp): Michel # Telegraph Stamp 7

  Inside #???? (In left margin): Netherlands #86

 Inside #???? (In left margin): Netherlands #101

 Inside #???? (In left margin): Netherlands Michel Telegraph Stamp #7

 Inside #???? (In right margin):  Netherlands #174c

Thanks to Lou Guadagno


Scott: #????O

Issued: ??.??.2012

60th Anniversary of The Netherlands Society for Thematic Philately (Personal stamps)

 Inside #????a: Switzerland #330

 Inside #????a: Netherlands #1253cP

 Inside #????a: Austria #B52

Inside #????a: Switzerland Booklet cover 1984

Scan not available Inside #????a: Booklet cover TBI and commemorative meter from Germany

 Inside #????b: Netherlands Antilles #395

 Inside #????b: Denmark #224cP

Inside #????b: Russia-USSR Stationery Imp. Env. 1958

 Inside #????b: Russia-USSR #1986

 Inside #????b: South Africa #1173P

Inside #????b: Netherlands Regio Post local bird stamp

 Inside #????c: Netherlands #587P

 Inside #????c: Morocco #310

 Inside #????c: Chad #546

 Inside #????c: Zambia #139P

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Aland #289

Ascension #149

Belgium #B933

Germany-Berlin #9NB190O

Bulgaria #1495O

Greenland #476

Burundi #601

Brazil #C101

Cuba #4318P

 Inside #???? (In left margin): El Salvador 31547a

 Inside #???? (In left margin): Germany Democratic Rep. #1030

 Inside #???? (In left margin): Indonesia #B93

 Inside #???? (In left margin): Romania Mi Bl #124

 Inside #???? (In right margin): Guyana #2712

 Inside #???? (In right margin): St. Lucia #1968

  Inside #???? (In bottom margin): Jamaica #304

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 Inside #???? (In bottom margin): Austria #1210

 Inside #???? (In bottom margin): Russia-USSR #5047

 Inside #???? (In bottom margin): St. Pierre & Miquelon #351P

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a Netherlands private or personalized issue showing Netherlands Sc. #O29