News & Reports Aug 2, 2014 | 2:44 PMby Tromso Olympiad 2014

Magnus Carlsen stamp launched

Magnus Carlsen admires his stamp

An historic event took place yesterday when the Norwegian Postal Service (Posten) marked the Norwegian Chess Federation’s centenary with the release of their 1890th stamp, emblazoned with an image of Magnus Carlsen.

The stamp has been printed in a limited edition of 500,000 copies and will cost 15 Norwegian Kroner (1.8 Euros), the second price level for stamps in Norway.

Director of Stamps in Posten, Halvor Fasting, said it’s extremely rare that a living person ends up on a stamp and that only 30 stamps are released in Norway each year. He was excited about presenting what is Norway’s first ever chess-related stamp.

The fact that Magnus Carlsen is a part of the motif on the anniversary stamp is no surprise. Magnus is today one of the most famous Norwegians around the world and he’s a great representative for an exciting sport.

The Minister of Finance, Siv Jensen, attended the launch before giving a speech at the opening ceremony. She expressed her satisfaction on behalf of the Norwegian Government:

It’s a great stamp and the timing of releasing it now couldn’t be better, not only because we’re organising the Chess Olympiad in Tromsø but also because of the anniversary of the chess federation.

Jensen added:

I’m very proud that we have the reigning World Champion, which has great value here but even more significance outside of Norway.

Magnus Carlsen thought it was an honour to appear on a stamp and liked the design:

It’s nice, and it’s clear that this is something they spent quite some time on the design. It’s an honour to be here.

Ex-World Champion Anatoly Karpov also opened an exhibition of his multi-million dollar collection of chess stamps. 

Anatoly Karpov's stamp collecting hobby has also earned him a fortune

He’s pictured in 360 of them, meaning Magnus Carlsen still has some way to go to catch up with the 12th World Chess Champion!

Chess champions have featured on stamps all around the world

A stamp to commemorate the 1972 World Championship match in Reykjavik, autographed by Karpov's predecessor as World Champion, Bobby Fischer 

The Karpov stamp collection will be available in Tromsø Museum until October.

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