Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks
The two 2007 Madonna stamps will not be reissued this year, and will be replaced by the 2013 to provide the religious alternative for the next few years.
* The last time this approach was used was with the 2005
Christmas issue, which used the Black Madonna painted by an
unknown Haitian artist. Most criticism,
however, came from the Hindu community leaders regarding the 68p
which was illustrated with a Mughal painting from India dating from
1620. However, despite assertions in some parts of the press, on the
web, and especially by eBay sellers, the stamps were never withdrawn and
are no more valuable than their contempories.
The Madonna stamps were designed by Robert Maude and Sarah Davies and are printed by De La Rue Security Print, Gateshead in gravure. The self-adhesive stamps are 34 x 28mm, perf 14.5 x 14 in sheets of 50 with phosphor bands as appropriate. The gummed miniature sheet is printed by De La Rue in gravure. The booklets are printed by International Security Printers in gravure, overall size 89 x 65mm. The generic sheet is printed by International Security Printers in litho.
The 47 x 30mm competition stamps are self-adhesive printed by International Security Printers in gravure. The phosphor bands are on the white area at the right (2nd class) and left and right (1st class), meaning that a shift of only 1.5mm downwards/to the left would leave the 1st class as a single-banded stamp!
They are in separate sheets of 25, in concertina-folded style similar to pre-2006 Christmas booklets and current business sheets (see right). The stamps will be sold singly on request, not only in sheets.
Products issued, available from Royal Mail (we will not be stocking these):
Set of 6 stamps, miniature sheet, generic Smilers sheet, booklet of 12 x
1st, booklet of 12 x 2nd
First day covers (set or MS) -- Presentation pack -- Stamp cards (set of 7)
Personalised Smilers sheets (except 2nd class) will be available in A5 format with 10 stamps/labels as standard. The £1.88 will not be available for personalisation despite being included in the generic sheet. The 2nd class sheet format is 20 stamps/labels in a horizontal format A4 sheet.
Competition stamps: Set of 2 stamps, presentation pack, first day cover. None of these will be provided against Tallents House standing orders, so they must be bought separately from there or from Post Office branches.
Special postmarks available for the day of issue will be shown here (not to scale), others may be added later.
|From Tallents House only||These two from any Special Handstamp Centre (SHC)||From Midland SHC NOT North of England as listed in the Bulletin||From North of England SHC|
|From London SHC below
||From Midland SHC below
|From Wales & West
This page updated 1 November 2013
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