Israel 2012 The High Priest's Breastplate

From Stamps of the World

  • Issue date: 7th February 2012
  • four values
  • Designed by: David Ben-Hador
  • Printed by: Cartor SA, France, in sheets of 10 + 5 tabs
  • Print process: lithography
  • stamp format height 50mm (including tab) x width 39½mm
  • Perforations: 12.9 x 13.3

2.60sh ~ red: reuven odem or carnelian
2.60sh ~ yellow: shimon pitday - topaz
2.60sh ~ light green: levi bareqet - emerald
2.60sh ~ turquoise: yehuda nofekh

The requirements for making a breastplate are given in Exodus 28, 15-21. Considerable debate has centred around the identification of the gemstones (much hinges on varying translations of Exodus); the stamps illustrations are based on current knowledge of gems cut and used in the ancient world, and of mineral deposits / ancient mines in the Near East