Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks

Shakespeare - 5 April 2016

2016 sees the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the most published author and most performed dramatist of all time as well as a global icon of UK culture. To commemorate this milestone, Royal Mail is issuing a set of ten Special First Class stamps on 5th April 2016, paying tribute to the genius of Shakespeare through his immortal words and poetry.

Having previously issued stamps that depict performances of his plays, a painting of the bard himself and the world famous Globe Theatre, Royal Mail has opted for this set to focus on selected quotes from plays and sonnets that have made him so famous and ensured an enduring popularity. After all, when it comes down to explaining the global appeal of William Shakespeare, it is all about the words.

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The Ten Stamps

10 x 1st class Shakespeare quotation stamps.

Technical details:

The stamps were designed by The Chase and are printed by International Security Printers in lithography.  The 35 x 35 mm stamps are printed in 2 sheets of 25/50 with all over phosphor.  
The stamps will be issued with five se-tenant designs per sheet, enabling customers to buy a vertical strip of five of any individual stamp.

Products issued, available from Royal Mail: 

Set of 10 stamps (2 strips of 5) -- Strip of 5 from sheet 1 or sheet 2, or vertical strip of 5 of any single stamp
First day cover -- Presentation pack -- Stamp cards (set of 10) - Coin cover containing 3 x £2 stamps.

Special Postmarks

Postmarks available for the day of issue are shown in Royal Mail's Postmark Bulletin - editions of 4 March and 18 March 2016.

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