History of Royal Mail stamps celebrated with 'stamp classics' issue

History of Royal Mail stamps celebrated with 'stamp classics' issue

Key points

  • Six stamps are replicated  - each is a key design from every monarch’s reign since  Sir Rowland Hill initiated the first postage stamp in 1840
  • Stamps featured are: the Queen Victoria £1 green of 1891; the King Edward VII 2d Tyrian plum of 1910; the King George V 2s 6d of 1913; the King Edward VIII 1 ½d of 1936; the King George VI Penny Black Centenary ½d of 1940 and the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation 2 ½d of 1953
  • This year sees the 150th anniversary of the Royal Philatelic Society and the 50th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen opening the National Postal Museum
  • The stamps will be on sale from 15 January 2019. They will be available at royalmail.com/stampclassics, by phone on 03457 641 641 and in 7,000 Post Offices across the UK

Royal Mail today announced the first Special Stamp issue of 2019 – Stamp Classics.

Each of the six stamps is a key and admired design from each monarch’s reign – from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II - since Rowland Hill initiated the first postage stamp, the Penny Black, in 1840.

Stamps featured are: the Queen Victoria £1 green of 1891; the King Edward VII 2d Tyrian plum of 1910; the King George V 2s 6d of 1913; the King Edward VIII 1 ½d of 1936; the King George VI Penny Black Centenary ½d of 1940 and the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation 2 ½d of 1953. The six are printed within a miniature sheet.

This stamp issue is a celebration of Royal Mail’s stamp history, and of philately, on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of The Royal Philatelic Society London and the 50th anniversary of HM The Queen opening The National Postal Museum – now known as The Postal Museum.

Founded on 10 April 1869, The Royal Philatelic Society London is the oldest such society in the world. It was granted the prefix “Royal” in November 1906 by King Edward VII.  The future King George V became its president in 1896, and on his accession he became its Patron. The Society promotes the study of philately through regular meetings, exhibitions, scholarships, publishing books, its world renowned library, philatelic collections, the Museum of Philatelic History and a journal - The London Philatelist. The Society’s patron is Her Majesty The Queen.

Richard Stock, President Elect, RPSL, said: "The Royal Philatelic Society London welcomes the excellent Royal Mail 'Stamp Classics' released early in the Society's 150th Anniversary celebrations. The stamps featured are truly representative of those issued during each reign."   

In 1969 Her Majesty officially opened The National Postal Museum, now called the Postal Museum. Located next to Royal Mail’s Mount Pleasant Mail Centre, it housed one of the rarest of all UK stamps – the Tyrian Plum. Quantities of this stamp were sent to post offices, however, following the death of King Edward VII on 6 May 1910, it was decided not to issue the new stamp and almost all the stock was destroyed. Only a few examples survive, making this stamp one of the great rarities of philately.

A complete imperforate registration sheet of 240 of these stamps is held by the Postal Museum, along with an incomplete perforated sheet.

Stamps and stamp products are available at www.royalmail.com/stampclassics, by phone on 03457 641 641 and 7,000 Post Offices across the UK.

 

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Note to Editors

 

About Royal Mail Special Stamps

For more than 50 years Royal Mail’s Special Stamp programme has commemorated anniversaries and celebrated events relevant to UK heritage and life. Today, there are an estimated 2.5 million stamp collectors and gift givers in the UK and millions worldwide. Her Majesty The Queen approves all UK stamp designs before they are issued.

 

About Royal Mail plc

Royal Mail plc is the parent company of Royal Mail Group Limited, the leading provider of postal and delivery services in the UK and the UK’s designated universal postal service provider. UK Parcels, International and Letters (“UKPIL”) comprises the company’s UK and international parcels and letters delivery businesses operating under the “Royal Mail” and “Parcelforce Worldwide” brands. Through the Royal Mail Core Network, the company delivers a one-price-goes-anywhere service on a range of parcels and letters products. Royal Mail has the capability to deliver to more than 30 million addresses in the UK, six days a week (excluding UK public holidays). Parcelforce Worldwide operates a separate UK network which collects and delivers express parcels. Royal Mail also owns General Logistics Systems (GLS) which operates one of the largest ground-based, deferred parcel delivery networks in Europe.

Media contacts

 

For media enquiries, contact:

Natasha Ayivor
Royal Mail Press Office
Tel: 020 7449 8250
Mobile: 07436 280002
natasha.ayivor@royalmail.com
 

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