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Commemorative Sheet: The 1908 London Olympic Games - 24 July 2008

This Commemorative Sheet marks the centenary of the IV Olympiad held at the White City Stadium in London. (Note change of issue date from 23 June.)

Royal Mail have said that these commemorative sheets will be used "... to mark anniversaries that never quite made it into the stamp programme." They are A4 in size (210 x 297mm) similar to the Smilers Sheets sold at Stampex, and those commissioned by businesses. Whilst these were originally intended to be used by businesses they are now mainly produced for sale to sports fans, film fans, and collectors of general memorabilia. Being specially commissioned, 'Business Smilers' always have an intitial selling price well over face value, and often (but not always) command a considerable premium on resale.

The Royal Mail Commemorative Sheets consist of 10 x 1st class stamps, with commemorative labels and a commemorative border. 

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Royal Mail Commemorative Sheet to mark the Centenary of the 1908 London Olympic Games.

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The following are shown on the labels, and described in the sheet margin:
Baron Pierre de Coubertin, The White City Stadium, Opening Ceremony (first with athletes marching behind flags), City of London Toastmaster, US Tug-of-War team;
British boxer Richard Gunn, US Athlete Ray Ewry, British sportswoman Lottie Dod, US flag bearer Ralph Rose (not dipping the flag to the King), 60-year-old Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn.
For the record: These postmarks have been announced for the day of issue of this sheet:
postmark showing winners' laurel wreath. postmark showing Master of Ceremonies with megaphone. postmark showing Athlete.

Technical details:

The sheet is designed by True North, and printed by Cartor Security Printing. It is A4 size, 297 x 210mm. The Union Flag stamps appear to be as previously issued and are litho with conventional gum.

We no longer stock this sheet.  There were no Norvic First Day Covers for this product

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This page updated 5 December 2010

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