A postal stamp dedicated to the Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama turning 80 next week was unveiled in Germany to commemorate the 80th birthday landmark of the exiled Buddhist leader.
The stamp is designed by non-governmental organization ICT (International Campaign for Tibet) and produced by the German postal services. However, the spokesperson of the German postal services has announced that the stamp is a custom printing ordered by ICT and that although it can be used legally for postal services, it is “not an official stamp of the Federal Republic of Germany”. The stamp is valued at 62 cents.
ICT-Germany on July 3, tweeted that the first stamp of the limited edition stamps was pasted on an envelope addressed to the Chinese Ambassador in Berlin.
Executive Director Kai Müller said, “This postage stamp is a rare recognition of the popularity of the Dalai Lama in Germany; it is sure to become a collector’s item. It is our way of honoring the world’s most famous Buddhist, the exiled religious leader of Tibet”.