Every 10 years London hosts an international stamp exhibition, but this time it's different. The London 2010 Festival of Stamps is a year long celebration of stamps, stamp design and postal heritage. The Festival also marks the centenary of the accession of George V, the philatelist king, and the first stamp issue for the Festival marks this anniversary.
As in 1990 one special stamp will be a double-headed Machin, this time showing the Mackennal profile head of King George V behind that of Queen Elizabeth II. The 1st class orange stamp will also be issued as a stand-alone stamp in conventional counter sheets. The second stamp is a £1 value in brown showing both Downey and Mackennal heads used on British stamps of his reign.
An Exhibition Overprinted version of the sheet will be issued on 8 May 2010. The overprint reads BUSINESS DESIGN CENTRE, LONDON 8 - 15 MAY 2010
1st Class definitive
– detail from George V profile head by Bertram Mackennal
based on photographs by W & D Downey and engravings by JAC
Harrison; bas-relief portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Arnold
£1 definitive – three-quarter profile of George V head (Downey head) and profile head by Bertram Mackennal based on photographs by W & D Downey and engravings by JAC Harrison;
St George and the Dragon illustration by Sedley Place based on the £1 Postal Union Congress stamp of 1929 designed by Harold Nelson
Designed by Sedley Place, the sheet is printed by Cartor Security Printing in lithography. Dimensions: 140mm x 74mm. Stamps size: 33 x 24 mm. Phosphor - all over (stamps).
All stamp and postmark images are copyright 2010, Royal Mail. Postmarks will be added here nearer the time of issue.
Products available - conventional single stamp, miniature sheet, first day covers, stamp cards, Press Sheet. (Apresentation pack will include both London 2010 miniature sheets.)
Postmarks available on the day of this issue are shown here, these can
be applied to the single stamp or the miniature sheet.
Images may not be to scale. These postmarks cannot be obtained after 6 May.
Postmark will be like this
|Ref FD1021 - Official Bureau postmark||Ref FD1022- Sandringham, Norfolk First Day of Issue postmark||Ref FD1022NP non-pictorial official Sandringham Postmark|| Ref L11716
G v R 1910-1937 Windsor Berks (draft design - may be changed)
|Ref L11714 - GvR London SW1|
|Ref L11715 The Royal Philatelic Collection, London SW1||Ref L11717 - Centenary of the Accession of King George V, The Philatelist King, London SW1||Ref L11718 - Centenary 1910-2010 George V The Philatelist King, Phoenix Place, London WC1||Ref M11738 - Birmingham||Ref M11739 - George Street, Birmingham|
|Ref N11742 - KGV: Discover Enjoy Achieve, King George V College Southport||Ref L11711 - International Festival of Stamps, The King's Stamps, London||Ref L11712 - International Festival of Stamps, The King's Stamps, London|
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This page updated 18 April 2010
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