Postage rate changes which are effective from 1 April will require several new stamps. The inland 2nd class rate will increase from 20p to 21p - this will continue to be served by the '2nd class' stamp. A new 7p stamp will replace the 8p representing the difference between the 1st & 2nd class basic rate. The rate for 20gr European letters will increase from 38p to 40p and the NVI European rate ('E') stamp will be replaced by a valued 40p in blue.
The inland 2nd class 100gr rate increases from 34p to 35p; the international surface mail postcard and 20gr letter rate increases from 38p to 39p; the airmail postcard increases from 42p to 43p. Following the NVI Universal Airmail 40gr letter rate stamps issued last year, a booklet of 4 similar stamps for use on postcards will also be issued on 1 April. The colour is believed to be slate-grey.
Images are from The Philatelic Bulletin and Postmark Bulletin and are copyright 2003/4, Royal Mail.
Norvic Philatelics serviced Post Office first day covers for these stamps, and a Norvic Exclusive FDCs was produced for the NVI Airmail Postcard stamp to match the covers produced last year for the 40gr letter rate stamps (See right).
Set of 5 ordinary definitives on PO FDC with any postmark - £3.25
Single Airmail Postcard stamp on Norvic limited edition 'World Map' FDC - £3.75
Single Airmail Postcard stamp on PO FDC - £1.95
Airmail postcard cylinder number booklet on Norvic FDC with Windsor FDI postmark £8.95
Set of 5 mint stamps - £2.20
Airmail Postcard booklet - £2.50
These postmarks were available for the date of issue
|Ref FD431 - Bureau 'Scottish Coat of Arms' postmark||Ref FD432 - Windsor 'English Coat of Arms' postmark||Ref E4680 - Windsor Castle, Royal Mail permanent handstamp||Ref L9037 - World of Postcards, Croydon||Ref M9046 - Stoke-on-Trent Machin Definitive|
Universal Postcard Rate, Birmingham
Self Adhesives Universal Postcard Rate London
Universal Postcard, Send, Woking
World of Postcards, Southampton
World of Postcards, Falmouth
If you wish to order, please e-mail Norvic.
This page updated 3 June 2004 [5.2.05]
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