Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks

Christmas:  3 November 2015

Royal Mail’s Christmas stamps feature secular and religious imagery in alternate years. For 2015 Christmas stamp designs follow the traditional Nativity story.

Madonna and Child stamps from 2013 at the 1st and 2nd class rate will also be available.

As usual the stamps will be in standard and large letter definitive size and self adhesive.

There will also be a conventionally-gummed miniature sheet containing all stamps, and booklets of 12 x 1st and 12 x 2nd stamps.

The Smilers Generic sheet with 8 each of the 2nd and 1st class, and one each of the other stamps. This means that once again there will be only one set litho-printed stamps in each sheet. 
This year Christmas stamps are not available for personalisation in the Smilers Service - see here.

Low value 2015 Christmas stamps.
High value 2015 Christmas stamps.

Large Letter 2015 Christmas stamps.
2nd class and 2nd Large - The Journey to Bethlehem
1st class and 1st Large - The Nativity
£1.00 - Animals of the Nativity
£1.33 - The Shepherds
£1.52 - The Three Wise Men or Magi
£2.25 - The Annuniciation
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Christmas 2015 Miniature sheet of 8 stamps

Christmas 2015 stamps Generic Sheet.

The generic sheet features illustrations by David Holmes alongside quotations from the King
James Version of the Bible related to the Nativity. (Click on the picture to see a larger version in a new tab/window.)

Technical details:

The stamps were designed by David Holmes of Studio David Hillman*.  The self-adhesive stamps are 24 x 28mm, perf 14.5 x 14 in sheets of 50 with phosphor bands as appropriate, and are printed by De La Rue Security Print, Gateshead in gravure.   The gummed miniature sheet is printed by De La Rue in gravure.  The booklets are printed by International Security Printers in gravure.  The generic sheet is printed by International Security Printers in litho.  (*Studio David Hillman was responsible for the 30-strong set of pre-Olympics stamps for London 2012. Holmes design was used for the 2009 Badminton stamp in the first set.)

Products issued, available from Royal Mail: 

Set of 8 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 9)

Special Postmarks

Special postmarks available for the day of issue will be shown here (not to scale), others may be added later.

First day of issue postmarks for Christmas 2015 stamps.

Christmas postmark showing a star.
Christmas 2015 first day postmark showing Wise Men.
Ref FD1523 TH Official Tallents House Edinburgh first day postmark
Ref FD1523PL Bethlehem, Llandeilo bi-lingual first day postmark Ref FD1523NP Non-pictorial Bethlehem, Llandeilo, first day postmark Ref L13626
Christmas, Nativity Close, Sittingbourne
Ref M13630 Christmas 2015 King's Croft, Birmingham
Postmark showing Three KIngs.
Postmark showing infant Jesus in manger.
Postmark showing Magi under a star.
Two Christmas stamp postmarks.

Ref W13635
Christmas 2015,
Christmas Street Bristol
Ref L13646
Christmas 2015,
Jesus Lane, Cambridge
Ref N13661
Christmas 2015
Myrrh Street, Bolton
Ref L13647
Christmas 2015
Carol Street, London NW1
Ref L13648
Christmas 2015,
Angel, London Ni
Christmas stamp postmarks showing Lions International Emblem, and a camel.
Christmas postmark showing Holy Family.
Postmark showing an angel.
Postmark showing shepherd's crook.
Ref L13650
Eastwood Lions International
Merry Christmas
Ref L13651
Palm Road
Ref W13665
Christmas 2015
Bethlehem, Llandeilo
Ref W13675 Seasons Greetings Cyfarchion y Tymor
Bethlehem, Llandeilo
Ref N13672
Christmas 2015

This page updated 31 October 2015

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