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Halley's Comet Commemorative Sheet: 18 May 2010

Royal Mail will issue a commemorative sheet of 10 stamps with appropriate labels and illustrated border, in an illustrated folder, on the centenary of the first photographed passing of Halley's Comet.

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.  Because these sheets are sold at a premium over face value they will not be listed in most stamp catalogues, but we understand they will be listed in the Smilers Catalogue under the 'Commemorative Sheet' heading.

Royal Mail Commemorative Sheet Halley's Coment.

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Technical details:

The sheet is designed by the Purpose design agency will be 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 and self-adhesive. 

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This page created 26 March 2010

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7 Classic Album Covers
7 Olympic Games retail book 1
26 Business & Customised Smilers MS
2 Girl Guide Centenary
25 350th ann of the Royal Society
25 Olympic Games retail book 2
1 Castles of Wales
11 Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
23 House of Stewart
30 Machin & Country Definitives
30 Festival of Stamps retail advertising book
13 Endangered Mammals
6 Accession of George V*
8 The King's Stamps* &
London 2010 Souvenirs *
Britain Alone (1940)*
* London 2010 Festival of Stamps issues
18 Halley's Comet Commemorative Sheet
15 House of Stuart
15 Endangered Mammals Retail Booklet
8 British Grand Prix Commemorative Sheet
Olympics & Paralympics II
& Olympic Games retail book 3

10 London Eye Commemorative Sheet
19 Great British Railways I
19 Retail booklets: 12x2nd, 6x1st
15 Battle of Britain - Spitfire Generic Sheet & Retail booklet
16 Medical Breakthroughs
17 Faststamps: Bird pictorials
12 Children's Books
12 Olympic Games retail book 4
26 Special Delivery Machins
28 Remembrance: the National Arboretum
2 Christmas - Wallace & Gromit


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