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200th Anniversary of the Birth of Karl Marx
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Stamp Title: 200th Anniversary of the Birth of Karl Marx
Serial Number: 2018-9
Value in Set: 2
Denomination: 2.4 yuan
Date of Issue: 2018-05-05
Designer: Wu Weishan
Size of Stamp: 30×50mm
Perforation: 13.5
Sheet Composition: 12
Printer: Beijing Stamp Printing House
Printing Process: Heliographic printing

China Post will issue a set of two commemorative stamps to mark the 200thanniversary of the birth of Karl Marx in 1818.

The set of stamps depicts Marx and Friedrich Engels, with a denomination of 2.4 yuan (0.37 U.S. dollars).

Marx (1818-1883) was one of the founders of Marxism, a great teacher and spiritual leader of the proletariat and the working people all over the world, and the pioneer of the contemporary communist movement.

His famous philosophical theory is historical materialism. Marx created scientific socialism with Engels, which is a theoretical weapon and a guide in the fight of the working people around the world to achieve the great ideals of socialism and communism.

Marx wrote many articles and works of great significance throughout his life. The most famous are The Communist Manifesto and the three-volume Das Kapital.

The Communist Manifesto is the first programmatic document of scientific socialism. Das Kapital, guided by the basic thought of historical materialism, reveals the law of the development of capitalist society through a profound analysis of the capitalist mode of production, which confirms historical materialism and realizes further development.

The designer of the stamps is Wu Weishan, curator of the National Art Museum of China and vice-chairperson of the China Artists Association.

As a famous sculptor in China, Wu’s most representative sculptures include “Confucius,”“Conversation between Qi Baishi and Leonardo Da Vinci,” and “Asking the Way.”

The set of stamps is a selection of Wu's classic sculptures. The first stamp shows Marx with his former residence in Trier, Germany as the background. The second shows Marx and Engels, with the German and Chinese versions of The Communist Manifesto and the Chinese version of Das Kapital as the background.

The stamps were printed by the Beijing Stamp Printing House using the heliographic printing process.

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