This is the first post in an occasional series putting unusual stamps in the spotlight. This stamp is one of my favourites. It carries a fundamental symbol of Thailand, and considering what Thailand Post tried to do, I think it worked out very well. The issue commemorates the 83rd birthday anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and it features a grain of rice attached to the stamp.
Date of Issue: 1st December 2010 (however, the stamp didn’t go on sale until early the following year)
The stamp depicts the King taking part in an annual rice harvesting ceremony. Rice is a staple food in Thailand and is central to the daily life of most Thais. Thailand is the world’s second largest exporter of rice. During his lifetime, the King devoted many resources to improving methods of rice production for Thai farmers.
I couldn’t scan the stamp as usual, I had to get my camera. This was not a limited issue stamp; every stamp sold from this issue carried a grain of rice. The grains are very firmly attached.