| GREAT BRITAIN
Stamps Issue programme for 2003
Links to stamp issues
|14 January||Birds of Prey. A block of 10 stamps. 5 barn owl and 5 kestrel pictures.|
|21 January||Flowers Greetings Stamps in 'Smilers' sheets of 20 with greetings labels.|
|4 February||Special Occasions. 6 x 1st class stamps. Also available in 'Smilers' sheet.|
|25 February||Medical Science - DNA & Genome. A set of 5 stamps and a Prestige Book|
|4 March||(1) Self adhesive Hello! book containing 2 x 1st class 'Hello' stamps and 4 x 1st class gold definitives.
(2) 1st Class Wales stamp reprint, now printed by De La Rue instead of Walsall.
|25 March||Fun Fruit & Veg set of 10 x 1st class|
|27 March||New Universal stamps for letters between 20gr and 40gr. NVI Machin definitives with airmail chevrons included in the design.|
|29 April||Extreme Endeavours . 50th anniversary of the conquest of Everest in 1953 by Edmund Hillary, plus Ernest Shackleton, Robert Falcon Scott, Freya Stark, Sir Francis Chichester, & Amy Johnson|
|6 May||34p lime green Machin definitive - this is for the 1st class inland 60-100gr rate.|
|20 May||Wilding II Miniature sheet. Complimenting the one issued in December 2002.|
|28 May||Wales 2nd class and Machin 1st class gold coil reprints.|
|2 June||50th Anniversary of the Coronation. 10 x 1st class stamps and a Prestige Book with Wilding definitives and a reprints of the 1953 1/3d Coronation stamp|
|17 June||21st Birthday of Prince William of Wales. A set of 4 stamps.|
|1 July||Definitive High Values Reprints. The £1.50, £2, £3, £5 Machin definitives reprinted using gravure instead of intaglio process. 1st class gold definitive in gummed sheets printed by De La Rue.|
|15 July||The Beauty of Scotland - 6 stamps. The first in a series of 10 regional, pictorial stamp sets under the title 'A British Journey'. 1st class stamp from this set also in a self-adhesive book with 1st class gold Machins.|
|29 July||Cartoons 'Smilers' sheet - these 1996 stamps are now reissued in Smilers sheets of 20, rather than the previous sheets of 10. The labels have cross-word puzzles and the clues are in the bottom margin.|
|12 August||Pub Signs - Europa - signs of Inns. The Station, Black Swan, The Cross Keys, The Mayflower, The Barley Sheaf.|
|18 September||Transport - Toys. A set of 5 stamps and Miniature sheet continuing the transport theme, including a miniature sheet, and self-adhesive booklet. Meccano biplane, Wells Brimtoy tinplate bus, Hornby locomotive, Dinky Toy Ford Zephyr, and Mettoy Space Ship Eagle (Dan Dare).|
|30 September||Christmas Smilers Sheet - the 2001 Robin 1st class self-adhesive stamp now available for personalisation and a generic sheet issued for collectors.|
|7 October||250th Anniversary of the British Museum. 6 stamps commemorating the death of Hans Sloane who bequeathed a collection to the nation, and to celebrate the founding this 'great storehouse of knowledge'.|
|14 October||The 16 pictorial 'country' stamps issue for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales (2nd, 1st, E & 68p values) reissued with a white margin round each stamp to improve mechanised sorting.|
| 4 November
||Christmas - Ice sculpture 6 self-adhesive stamps and two self-adhesive booklets. Self-adhesive Smilers sheets were produced for 1st & 2nd class stamps.|
| 19 December
||England Winners - Rugby World Cup 2003 - Miniature sheet of four stamps.|
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H O M E and links to later issues.