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Shakespeare 1/3d - First commoner on a stamp (1964)

The 400th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare did not automatically justify a set of stamps, because the criteria did not include historic anniversaries. However, as the anniversary was being celebrated with a Festival, this provided justification. From ideas submitted, the Postmaster General's Stamp Advisory Committee selected work by David Gentleman as first choice for the photogravure stamps. The Queen approved the first choice designs, describing them as 'striking and of high quality'. The low values broke new ground by including a portrait of Shakespeare.