Special postage stamp to mark the 175th birthday of Bertha Benz.

Special postage stamp for the 175th birthday of Bertha Benz

Great honour in a small format.

May 03, 2024 – A stamp for her birthday: Bertha Benz was born 175 years ago. The Federal Ministry of Finance is issuing a special postage stamp to mark the occasion.

The Ministry has presented this work of art in a small format at the Mercedes-Benz Museum and also took this opportunity to honour personalities from all over Germany who render outstanding services to the memory of Bertha Benz. The stamp shows her portrait photo next to the Benz Patent Motor Car in which she undertook the first long-distance journey in automobile history in 1888.

Handover of scrapbooks from Fabian Leber (spokesman for the Federal Minister of Finance) to Marcus Breitschwerdt (head of Mercedes-Benz Heritage GmbH), Jutta Benz (great-granddaughter of Bertha and Carl Benz), Bettina Haussmann (director of Mercedes-Benz Museum), Alexandra Süß (head of Mercedes-Benz Classic Archive and collection) and Reinhard Houben (member of the German Bundestag and member of the program advisory board for special postage stamps).
Handover of scrapbooks from Fabian Leber (spokesman for the Federal Minister of Finance) to Marcus Breitschwerdt (head of Mercedes-Benz Heritage GmbH), Jutta Benz (great-granddaughter of Bertha and Carl Benz), Bettina Haussmann (director of Mercedes-Benz Museum), Alexandra Süß (head of Mercedes-Benz Classic Archive and collection) and Reinhard Houben (member of the German Bundestag and member of the program advisory board for special postage stamps).
The special stamp honours an extraordinary woman. With courage, foresight and determination, Bertha Benz played a decisive role in shaping individual mobility as we know it today. Her intrepid drive in August 1888 is a milestone in the history of the motor car. She demonstrates the reliability and potential of this innovative means of transportation and paves the way for its future. Her legacy continues to inspire us today to push boundaries and make the seemingly impossible possible.

Bettina Haussmann, Director of Mercedes-Benz Museum

From 2 May 2024, the stamp with a postage value of 70 cents will be available at all Deutsche Post AG points of sale. The special postage stamp emphasises the importance of Bertha Benz for mobility and the global automotive industry.