News and press releases
- Royal Mail unveils today the 500-plus Post Office branches that will be selling the Team GB Gold Medal stamps within 24 hours of a Team GB gold medal win. This will be a first for next-day stamps from Royal Mail
- All of these branches will open on Sundays during the London 2012 Olympic Games, many for the first time. This is in addition to their normal opening hours. Details of where to find these branches are contained in the Notes to Editors.
- The Team GB Gold Medal stamps will be available to purchase individually at the standard 60p First Class price or in sets of six stamps for £3.60.
- A further 4,700 Post Office branches will have the Gold Medal stamps on sale within a week of a Team GB gold medal win
- Royal Mail issued its first Olympic Games stamps in 1948, with four stamps bearing the five Olympic Rings. No stamps were issued in 1908 as Royal Mail stamps at that time bore images of the reigning monarch only
Royal Mail unveiled today the locations of the Post Office branches across the UK that will be selling the Team GB Gold Medal stamps to celebrate success at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Royal Mail announced earlier this year that it will produce stamps capturing an action image, where possible, of every Team GB member or team that wins gold this summer.
These stamps will go on sale at more than 500 Post Office branches across the UK within 24 hours of a Team GB gold medal win.
All of these branches will open on Sundays, many for the first time, during the Games to allow customers to buy the stamps as soon as they become available. A further 4,700 branches will be selling the Gold Medal stamps within a week of a win.
The Team GB Gold Medal stamps will be available to purchase individually at the standard 60p First Class price, or in sets of six stamps for £3.60. The stamps will also be available to purchase online via www.royalmail.com/goldmedalstamps and from Royal Mail Tallents House, (tel. 08457 641 641), 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9PB.
For further information contact:
Royal Mail Press Office
Tel: 020 7449 8250
Press office tel: 020 7250 2468
Mobile: 07436 280002
Notes to Editors
- Information on the Post Office branches selling 2012 Team GB Gold Medal stamps is available at www.postoffice.co.uk.
- To find your nearest branch selling 2012 Team GB Gold Medal stamps, select the branch finder option. Enter your postcode or town and select “Gold Medal Next Day Stamps or Gold Medal Weekly Stamps” from the service required drop-down menu.
- Royal Mail has showcased all the sports disciplines that will be seen in this summer’s Games in three sets of stamps counting down to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. For information on Royal Mail’s range of Olympic and Paralympic stamps visit www.royalmail.com/goldmedalstamps.
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- Royal Mail issued its first Olympic Games stamps in 1948, with four stamps bearing the five Olympic Rings. No stamps were issued in 1908 as Royal Mail stamps at that time bore images of the reigning monarch only.
- At the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games Team GB won 19 gold medals.
- Australia Post was the first postal service to issue gold medal stamps to mark home team Olympic victories in 2000, with Hellenic Post in Greece following suit in 2004.
- At the 2008 China Olympic Games, China Post issued a stamp product to mark each Chinese Gold Medal win. This was a sheet of stamps with labels attached, and an image of the winning athlete was printed on the labels. This was repeated for all Gold Medal wins.
- More recently, Canada Post issued a stamp featuring an image of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games gold medal. This was issued to mark the first time a Canadian had won an Olympic gold medal on home territory.
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