In March 2002 Royal Mail issued what were arguably the best 'Occasions' Greetings stamps yet. Now, just as they are withdrawn, the 'Hello' stamp has been reissued in a new form, with 4 x 1st class gold definitives in a self-adhesive booklet.
Royal Mail's policy on postmarking booklets on FDCs changed several times during the period late 2002 - early 2003. The latest ruling is that booklets may be fixed to FDCs for postmarking but if the postmark doesn't show well against the shiny portion of the booklet between the stamps, that's too bad and they won't be replaced. Of the booklets we did, some worked well and some are not so good, although with a bit of thought by the postmarking centres, they could have been better (see below.)
Technical details: These booklets are printed in gravure by De La Rue (Questa).
Images are from The Philatelic Bulletin and are copyright 2003, Royal Mail.
|The Wales 1st class stamp, delayed from 15 October 2002, will be issued on the same date. Previously printed by Walsall Security Print, this new printing is by De La Rue. Both versions are in gravure in sheets of 200.|
Because Royal Mail do not regard either of these as new stamps, there are no official
First Day Cover facilities and no special postmarks for this day. Because they are reprints, Norvic Philatelics will service Post Office first day covers for these stamps, at the prices shown below. There will be no Norvic Exclusive FDCs.
Postmarks available on the day of this issue:
| Ref L8411
Self Adhesives Occasions NVI Stamp Book, Hounslow Middlesex
| Ref M8413
Hello Retail Book, Flyford Flavell, Worcester
| Ref N8416
Hello Retail Book, Greetwell, Lincoln
| Ref W8428 |
Hello Retail Book, Waverton, Chester
|Ref E4680 - Windsor Castle, Royal Mail permanent handstamp||Ref E5097 - Cardiff Royal Mail permanent handstamp||Ref E7748 - Bath Postal Museum, Postal History Brought to Life||Ref FD235 - Centenary of the Old Post Office Tintagel|
Brecknock Museum Postman's Roots, Brecon ++ Hynt y Post, Amgueddfa Brycheiniog, Brecon
In use 1 March - 13 April 2003
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This page updated 20 June 2003 (7.2.05)
|14 January Birds of Prey||21 January Flowers Greetings Stamps Smilers Sheet||4 February Occasions/Greetings stamps and Smilers sheet||25 February Medical Science - DNA & Genome||4 March - Hello SA booklet & Wales 1st reprint|
|25 March Fun Fruit & Vegetables||27 March New definitives, SA airmail booklets of 40gr stamps||29 April Extreme Endeavours||6 May 34p definitives||20 May Wilding II miniature sheet|
|28 May Wales 2nd class, 1st class gold reprints||2 June - 50th Anniversary of the Coronation||17 June Prince William of Wales||1 July High Value Definitive reprints||15 July British Journey - Scotland|
|29 July Cartoons Smilers Sheet||12 August Pub Signs - Europa||18 September Transports of Delight - toys||30 September Christmas Robin Smilers Sheet||7 October 250th Anniv. of British Museum|
|13 October Reprints of Country Stamps||4 November Christmas: Ice Sculptures||18 December England World Cup - Rugby Winners|