Netherlands 1933 Commemoratives

From Stamps of the World

  • Issue Date : April 1, 1933
  • Designed by : Mej.R.M.Wichers-Wierdsma, P.W.van Baarsel, H.Seegers, J.J.Warnaar and R.Steinhausen.
  • Printed by : Joh Enschedé, Haarlem
  • Print Process : Intaglio
  • Perforation: 12.50
  • Valid until March 31, 1944.

The four commemorative Netherlands stamps shown here were issued on April 1, 1933 to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the Birth of Prince William of Orange. He is better known as William the Silent. Prince William (1533-1584) was born into the House of Nassau. Upon the death of his cousin, Prince William became the Prince of Orange in 1544. He is therefore considered the founder of the House of Orange-Nassau and the common ancestor of the present-day monarchy of the Netherlands.

Coat of Arms of Prince William I. In Dutch: Willem van Oranje, 1533-1584.
Prince William I in 1581, from an etching by Hendrik Goltzius (1558-1617).
Prince William I in 1579, from the painting by Adriaen Thomasz Key (1544-1599).
Prince William I in 1555, from the painting attributed to Anthonis Mor (1517-1577).