Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks

New Country Stamps - 11 May 2004

New 40p stamps for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales -

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;
Scotland: Thistle;
Wales: Daffodil.

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.
coat of arms text & sword text & thistle text text & flax
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
oak leaves & acorns thistle 'dragon' 'flax flower'
Ref L9089
Oak leaves & acorns
Ref S9099
Ref W9103
Ref S9098
Flax flower

This page updated 14 May 2004 [16 Jan 2005]

Any questions? please e-mail us.

2004 stamp issues

13 January Classic Steam Locomotives 30 January Hong Kong Stamp Expo 2004 Smilers Sheet 3 February Occasions/Greetings stamps and Smilers sheet 26 February Lord of the Rings 16 March Letters by Night Prestige Book (TPOs)
A British Journey - Northern Ireland
1 April New definitives, including airmail postcard book of stamps 6 April Centenary of the Entente Cordiale 13 April Ocean Liners 11 May - 40p Country definitives 25 May Royal Horticultural Society
15 June British Journey - Wales 29 July Rule Britannia Smilers Sheet 10 August Royal Society of Arts 16 September Woodland Animals 5 October Scottish Parliament Building
12 October Crimean War 2 November Father Christmas