A Royal Mail miniature sheet will mark the 60th anniversary of the end of World War 2. The sheet includes a revised version of the 1995 'Peace and Freedom' stamp denominated 1st class instead of 25p, and 5 x 1st class gold Machin definitives arranged in a 'V' formation. The background image of the sheet reproduces the same picture of 'British Troops and French Civilians celebrating' as was used for the 1995 19p 'Peace and Freedom' stamp. In the vertical border chains of olive branch motifs as symbols of peace are printed in gold on the dark red margin - this does not show up well in this image.
More details of the day of issue postmarks and Norvic first day covers will be posted here nearer to the date of issue.
Designed by Jeffrey Matthews, the sheets are printed by Joh Enschedé Security Print using gravure, perf 14x14½ (St Pauls), perf 15x14 (definitive). The sheet size is 115x105mm. The images are Copyright 2005 by Royal Mail.
Norvic Philatelics have produced several FDCs for this issue.
Please note that the postmarks shown have been digitally applied to these images and may be a slightly different size and in slightly different positions.
'Desert Rats' cover depicting the memorial to the 7th Armoured Division 'Desert Rats' which formed up in Norfolk. This cover also has the British Legion 'Thanks' Smilers stamp with charity label.
Price £8.95 including contribution to the memorial fund.
Bomb Dispoal Units Memorial depicting the memorial to the Royal Engineers Bomb Disposal Units working on the coast of Norfolk.
Price £8.95 including contribution to services charities.
St Paul's Cathedral cover with the famous Victory sign. Available with postmark FD515 or L9623.
Price £6.50 each
Some Royal Mail FDCs will also be available, price £4.50
The Special postmarks which were available for the First Day of Issue are shown here:
| Ref FD515
Official Bureau FDI postmark
| Ref FD516
Official Peacehaven FDI postmark
| Ref FD516N
Official Peacehaven FDI non-pictorial postmark
| Ref L9629
Peace, London SW1
| Ref M9632
End of the War, Winston Drive, Birmingham
| Ref L9644
Bletchley Park Post Office Wartime code-breaking centre
| Ref L9631
60th Anniversary London
| Ref L9630
60th Anniversary, Victory Road, London SW19
| Ref L9626
St Pauls London EC4
| Ref L9623
1945-2005 London EC4
| Ref L9624
60th Anniversary Peacehaven East Sussex
| Ref L9619
Peace on Earth End of the War London EC4
| Ref L9622
60th Anniversary Whitehall London SW1
| Ref L9625
The Soldiers Return VJ Day Basingstoke
| Ref L9628
Victory Walk, London SE8
| Ref F9642
The End of the War London EC4
This page updated 6 July 2005
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