Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks

250th Anniversary of the British Museum - 7 October 2003

Royal Mail commemorates the 250th Anniversary of the death of Hans Sloane who bequeathed a collection of antiquities to the nation, which led to the founding of The British Museum.

Coffin of Denytenamun c.900 BC [Egyptian] at the British Museum Alexander the Great c.200 BC [Greek] at the British Museum Sutton Hoo helmet c. AD 600 [Anglo-Saxon] at the British Museum
2nd class - Coffin of Denytenamun c.900 BC [Egyptian] 1st class - Alexander the Great c.200 BC [Greek] 'E' rate (38p) - Sutton Hoo helmet c. AD 600 [Anglo-Saxon]
Sculpture of Parvati c. AD 1550 [South Indian]  at the British Museum Mask of Xiuhtecuhtli c. AD 1500 [Mixtec-Aztec]  at the British Museum Hoa Hakananai?a c. AD 1000 [Easter Island]  at the British Museum
42p Sculpture of Parvati c. AD 1550 [South Indian] 47p Mask of Xiuhtecuhtli c. AD 1500 [Mixtec-Aztec] 68p Hoa Hakananai?a c. AD 1000 [Easter Island]


The stamps were designed by Rose Design from photography by Graeme Montgomery.

Royal Mail have produced a Presentation Pack and postcards showing the stamps (PHQ cards). Another set of cards, A5 in size, has been produced for sale by Royal Mail and at the British Museum.


Technical details:
The stamps are printed in gravure by Walsall Security Print Ltd, perf 14 x 15.
All images --except FDCs -- are taken from Royal Mail's Philatelic Bulletin and Postmark Bulletin, and are Copyright 2003 by Royal Mail.


Norvic Exclusive First Day Cover

We have created an exclusive FDC for this issue, showing an African mask - Price 7.50:

Norvic Limited Edition first day cover for The 250th Anniversary of the British Museum

Also available:
Mint set of 6 - 3.50
PO FDCs and stamp cards also available - price on request.

These postmarks were available for the date of issue and all should be available on first day covers. 

column decoration head statues Easter Island head
Ref FD321
Bureau Official Postmark - Glass roof of Museum Square
Ref FD322
London WC1 Official Postmark - Part of column on museum fascia
Ref L8735
250 years of British Museums, London
Ref L8734
250 Years of Excellence, Great Russel Street, London WC1
Ref L8746
Headstone Road, Harrow, Middlesex
'bandaged head (mummified) - cartoon Roman(?) head ?? Egyptian hieroglyphics  serpent?
Ref L8747
The British Museum, Great Russel Street, London WC1
Ref L8748
World's Oldest Public National Museum, London WC1
Ref L8749
World's Oldest Public National Museum, London WC1
Ref L8750
World's Oldest Public National Museum, Great Russel Street, London WC1
Ref L8751
World's Oldest Public National Museum, Great Russel Street, London WC1
text text Roman? coin Egyptian hieroglyphics head
Ref L8752
250th Anniversary Year, The British Museum, London WC1
Ref L8753
250th Anniversary Year, The British Museum, London WC1
Ref L8754
250th Anniversary British Museum London WC1
Ref L8755
Egyptian Art, London
Ref M8758
[Head] Birmingham
text Egyptian figure Saxon head Sutton Hoo Saxon helmet Morris Traveller estate car
Ref L8772
British Museum - 250th Anniversary of the death of Sir Hans Sloane, Sloane Square, London SW1
Ref L8770
Museum Tavern, London WC1
Ref L8771
British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B
Ref E8791
The British Museum, Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge
Ref E8792
Morris Traveller, 1953-2003 50th Anniversary, Cowley, Oxford.
coat of arms <<<
Ref W8793
Canford School 1923-2003 Wimborne, Dorset
submarine <<<
Ref E8790
60th Anniv. HMS/m Unruly attacks German Convoy, Portsmouith, Hampshire

This page updated 29 September 2003 [[7.2.05]


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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