Royal Mail celebrates the Prince of Wales' 60th Birthday with this Commemorative Sheet. Ten Welsh definitive stamps feature alongside images of the Prince of Wales at various times in his life. These are housed in a pack (not shown) that celebrates his birthday with further photographs and information of his life such as his personal passions, charitable patronage and his family.
The sheet is A4 in size (210 x 297mm) similar to the Smilers Sheets sold at Stampex, and those commissioned by businesses. Whilst these were originally intended to be used by businesses they are now mainly produced for sale to sports fans, film fans, and collectors of general memorabilia. Being specially commissioned, 'Business Smilers' always have an intitial selling price well over face value, and often (but not always) command a considerable premium on resale.
The Royal Mail Commemorative Sheets consist of 10 x 1st class stamps, with commemorative labels and a commemorative border. Because they are sold at a premium over face value they will not be listed in most stamp catalogues, but we understand they will be listed in the Smilers Catalogue and at www.smilers-info.co.uk .
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|The following are shown
on the labels, but apparently not described in the sheet margin.
(left to right, from top):
Royal Family group (Prince's baptism), Prince on horseback with parents and King George VI; Prince Charles with a car, possibly a MGC GT 1969; Investiture as Prince of Wales at Caernarfon, 1969; bearded, possinly in the Royal Navy; with Princes William and Harry; with comedians Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise; with Nelson Mandela; with Princes William and Harry in military uniform; with the trademark smile!
the record: These postmarks have
been announced for the day of issue of this sheet:
The sheet is designed by Sedley Place, and printed by Cartor Security Printing in litho. It is A4 size, 297 x 210mm. The stamps appear to be as previously issued, but the publicity images don't show whether the perforations are elliptical or ordinary.
This page created 5 December 2010
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