Norvic Philatelics

Extreme Endeavours - 29 April 2003 - 6 stamps and a booklet

With this stamp issue Royal Mail commemorates six incredible achievements that spanned the last century. The stamps feature six major team and individual accomplishments, tackled on diverse terrain - polar, mountain, water, air and desert - and often against the fiercest of elements.

2nd Amy Johnson

1st Edmund Hillary & Tenzing Norgay
'E' Dame Freya Stark

42p Ernest Shackleton
47p Sir Francis Chichester

68p Robert Falcon Scott

See Links below for all these

These stamps are designed by Howard Brown.
Technical details: the stamps are printed in gravure by De La Rue Security Print, perforated 15 x 14.

Self-adhesive booklet

On the same day a booklet containing 4 x 1st class gold definitives and 2 x Everest 1st class stamps will be issued. The booklet is printed by De La Rue in gravure. Because of the shape of the Everest stamp the arrangement of the stamps in the book has been changed. The two Everest stamps are on the right page, with the definitive stamps on the left page. Cylinder numbers are D1 for each colour.

Everest booklet   Cover of 
Everest booklet

Apart from the booklet, the images are taken from Royal Mail's Postmark Bulletin and Philatelic Bulletin, and are Copyright 2003 by Royal Mail.


Norvic Exclusive First Day Covers

We have produced an exclusive FDC for this issue which was used for both the set and the booklet.
With all 6 stamps and an appropriate postmark, 7.50 each.
With the complete booklet and an appropriate postmark, 7.00 each.


Exclusive Norvic FDC with set of 6 stamps    Exclusive Norvic FDC with self-adhesive booklet

All prices exclude postage & packing. For enquiries and prices in foreign currencies - please email us.


A number of illustrated postmarks were available for the date of issue as shown below.

ship's compass compass Amy Johnson Sir Edmund Hillary sailing ship
Ref FD 309
Official Bureau FDI Postmark
Ref FD 310
Official FDI Postmark - Plymouth
Ref N8454
Amy Johnson, Hull
Ref L8444
Sir Edmund Hillary, London SW1
Ref L8446
Shackleton House, London NW10
bi-planer mountaineer & flag Everest portraits Freya Stark
Ref N8399
The Amy Johnson Memorabilia Room, Swereby Hall, Bridlington
Ref L8381
The Conquest of Mount Everest London SW1
Ref L8382
The Conquest of Mount Everest London SW1
Ref L8383
Varied Acts of Extreme Endeavour, Endeavour Way, London SW19
sherpa Tenzing Norgay (1914-1986), Harry Houdini (1874-1926), Eliot Ness (1903-1957)
Ref L8445
Dame Freya Stark, Russell Square, London WC1
Scott Francis Chichester mountaineer & flag seaplane mountaineer & flag
Ref W8458A
Robert Falcon Scott, Devonport, Plymouth
Ref W8459A
Sir Francis Chichester, Barnstaple, Devon
Ref L8449
Mount Everest 50th Anniversary, Everest Place, London E14
Ref M8452
Amy Johnson's Black Magic, Egington, Derby
Ref L8466
50th Anniversary of Scent of Everest Self Adhesives
Mountaineer - Edmund Hillary mountaineer & flags of Nepal and United Kingdom text compass symbol mountain
Ref L8464
The Ascent of Everest, London SW1
Ref L8468
The Ascent of Everest, London SW1
Ref L8465
50th Anniversary of the Conquest of Mt Everest, Endeavour Way, London SW19
Ref L8467
Dulwich College, London SE21
Ref M8471
Extreme Endeavours, Birmingham
exploration team walking and pulling sled in blizzard compass points worried explorer! text mountain and flag
Ref N8472
Extreme Endeavours, Polemarch St, Seaham, Co. Durham
Ref E8477
The Three Compasses, Charminster, Dorchester Public House/Inn
Ref W8479
Extreme Endeavours, Mountain Ash
Ref E8495
Price's Patent Candles Ltd, Bedford, Suppliers to Captain Scott.
Ref M8489
50th Anniversary Year, Conquest of Everest, High Peak, Derby
RRS Discovery & flag coat of arms mountain and plane mountain Gipsy Moth IV sailing boat
Ref S8494
Extreme endeavours, RRS Discovery, Dundee
Ref N8490
Endeavour High School, Hull, Yorkshire
Ref N8491
70th Anniv. Houston Mount Everest Flight, April 1933, Summit, Littleborough
Ref L8486
Extreme Endeavour Self-adhesive Vooklet, 50th Anniversary First Ascent of Moutn Everest, Edmunds Walk, London N2
Ref L8487
Greenwich, London SE1

badge <<<<<<
Ref F8435
Capture of Coomassie (Ashanti Expedition) 107th anniversary BFPS 2708
Ernest Shackleton <<<<<<
Ref N8508
Ernest Shackleton, Liverpool


This page updated 7 June 2008


2003 stamp issues
2004
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
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