The 20gr letter rate for European countries increased from 38p to 40p on1 April. Although the new rate was served adequately by the 'E' rate stamps, Royal Mail have decided to change the stamps from 'Non-Valued' to valued and the stamps issued only on 14 October 2003 are now being replaced by 40p stamps in the same design, as follows:
England : Oak Tree;
Northern Ireland : Linen pattern;
The images are from Royal Mail's Postmark Bulletin and Philatelic Bulletin and are Copyright 2004 by Royal Mail.
Technical details the stamps are printed in sheets of 200 be De La Rue, with the Northern Ireland stamp in lithography, the other countries' in gravure.
Norvic Philatelics First Day Cover service produced Post Office FDCs but all first day covers are sold.
For enquiries - please e-mail Norvic
Special Day of Issue postmarks/cancels - the dated postmarks shown here cannot be obtained after 11 May.
| Ref FD437
Official Philatelic Bureau FDI postmark
| Ref FD433
Official London FDI Postmark
| Ref FD434
Official Edinburgh FDI postmark
| Ref FD435
Official Cardiff FDI postmark
| Ref FD436
Official Belfast FDI postmark
| Ref L9089
Oak leaves & acorns
| Ref S9099
| Ref W9103
| Ref S9098
This page updated 14 May 2004 [16 Jan 2005]
Any questions? please e-mail us.
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