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The Opening of the Scottish Parliament Building Miniature Sheet - 5 October 2004

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The Scottish Parliament will meet in its new building from September 2004. The building was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen on Saturday 9 October and the event is commemorated by Royal Mail by the issue of a miniature sheet of Scotland Definitive stamps on 5 October.

Miniature sheet - Scottish Parliament Building
The miniature sheet contains of a row of Scotland country stamps - 'E' rate, 1st class, 2nd class, 1st class, & 'E' rate, on a background which shows a view of the building.

This is not regarded as a new issue by Royal Mail as the stamps have all been issued previously, but a commemorative envelope and two special postmarks will be available.

The image of the Debating Chamber on the Norvic FDC is Copyright the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body 2004.
All other images except FDCs are from The Philatelic Bulletin and Postmark Bulletin and are copyright 2004, Royal Mail.

First Day Covers

Our exclusive FDC for this sheet shows the Debating Chamber of the Parliament and comes with a choice of postmarks, priced at Ģ4.95.
To see the alternative postmark and Royal Mail FDCs for this issue and to order FDCs or mint sheets, click on the image to visit our online shop.

Norvic Philatelics exclusive fdc for Scottish Parliament miniature sheet

Special Postmarks available on the day of this issue (not available after 5 October):
text symbol of the Scottish Parliament thistle piper
Ref FD421 - Bureau postmark, Quote from 'Scotland Act 1998 ' Ref FD422 - Edinburgh EH99 postmark depciting the logo of the Scottish Parliament Ref S9239 - New Scottish Parliament Building Edinburgh (thistle) Ref S9240 - The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh (piper)
Scottish Lion Scottish heraldic lion Parliament building Scottish thistle
Ref M9267 - Scotland Street, Birmingham Ref S9296 - Holyrood, Edinburgh (Heraldic Lion) Ref S9297 - Holyrood, Edinburgh (Parliament Building) Ref S9298 - Holyrood, Edinburgh (Scottish thistle)
locomotive nameplate Scottish Lion MSP St Giles' Cathedral
Ref S9309 - City of Edinburgh (locomotive nameplate) Ref S9274 - The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh (Scottish Lion with briefcase marked MSP - Member of the Scottish Parliament) Ref S4653 - St Giles' Cathedral Edinburgh, Royal Mail permanent handstamp

If you wish to order, please e-mail Norvic.     Updated 14 October 2004 [5.2.05]
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