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60th Anniversary of the end of World War 2 - Miniature Sheet - 5 July 2005

World War II 60th anniversary celebrations logoWorld War II 60th anniversary celebrations logo
Searchlights over St Paul's Cathedral - 1995 'peace' stamp changed to 1st class from 25p

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.

Royal Mail miniature sheet marking the 60th anniversary of the end of World War 2

More details of the day of issue postmarks and Norvic first day covers will be posted here nearer to the date of issue.

Technical details:
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.

Norvic Philatelics Desert Rats first day cover for World War 2 commemoration miniature sheet Ref NV52a
'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.
Norvic Philatelics Bomb Disposal Units first day cover for World War 2 commemoration miniature sheet Ref NV52b
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.
Norvic Philatelics St Paul's Cathedral first day cover for World War 2 commemoration miniature sheet Ref NV52
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

Royal Mail FDC for WW2 commemoration

Also available:
Mint sheet - £2.95

The Special postmarks which were available for the First Day of Issue are shown here:

V-sign peace dove text peace dove peace dove 'V'
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
Flags of UK & USA either side of 'V' 'V' Floodlights either side of St Pauls St Pauls Cathedral Peace dove and 'VE'
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
peace dove and olive-branch 'VE' & laurel wreath text Cigar in 'V'-fingers WW2 60 logo
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
Public House/Inn
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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