The fourth annual set of novelty stamps for Special Occasions will be issued on 3 February. These stamps are designed so that customers can use them to commemorate their own special events, but the latest designs are "more generic for wider use, rather than focussing on specific events". Royal Mail suggest that the images incorporate "ambiguous undertones" in that the duck stamp can be used to send somebody a bill.
The stamp designs, based on the envelope, are by renowned Japanese artist Satoshi Kambayashi.
The stamps are also available for personalisation, and a collectors' generic sheet was also produced. Click on the image for a larger version.
Technical details: .
The stamps are printed in lithography by De La Rue Security Print, perf 14.5 x 14, with PVA gum, in se-tenant strips of 5. Post Offices will sell sheets of 25; philatelic outlets will sell sheets of 50 (2 panes of 25).
The Smilers sheets are also printed by De La Rue.
All images except FDCs are taken from Royal Mail's Philatelic Bulletin and Postmark Bulletin, and are Copyright 2003/4 by Royal Mail.
Set of 5 from ordinary sheets - £1.95.       Mint Smilers sheet - £7.95
PO FDCs also available - price on request.
All prices exclude postage & packing. To order or for prices in foreign currencies - please email us.
These postmarks were available for the date of issue and all should be available on first day covers. However some will be more plentiful than others, and some may only be available on specific 'official covers', with a very few on PO fdcs in collections. It may be many years before these appear on the resale market.
| Ref FD303
Philatelic Bureau Official Postmark
| Ref FD304
Official Postmark, Merry Hill, Wolverhampton
| Ref E8923
Postling, Hythe, Kent
| Ref E8924
Letter Box Lane, Sevenoaks, Kent
| Ref N8912
Occaasions 2004, Laughterton, Lincoln
| Ref N8917
Gretna Green, Carlisle
| Ref M8910
Occasions - Valentine Road, Birmingham
| Ref E8946
Occasions 2004, Lovington, Castle Cary
| Ref E8947
Occasions 2004, Happisburgh, Norwich*
| Ref E8948
Occasions 2004, Penn, High Wycombe
Occasions 2004, Babel Llandovery
Occasions 2004, Newsome Huddersfield
This page updated 11 February 2004 (5.2.05)
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