The London 2012 Games commences on 27 July and concludes on 12 August. The Paralympic Games commences on 29 August and concludes on 9 September. Royal Mail will commemorate London’s hosting of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by issuing three sets of 10 x 1st Class stamps in the run up to the London 2012 Games in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
The concept is to issue 30 stamps to mark the 30th Olympiad and London 2012 Paralympic Games. Each of the sporting areas celebrated in these Games will have its own stamp. And each of the 30 stamps will be created by a different contemporary artist, illustrator or designer. The first set of 10 was issued in 2009, with retail booklets earlier this year.
Sheet 1: Paralympic Rowing, Shooting, Modern Pentathlon, Taekwondo, Cycling;
Sheet 2: Paralympic Table Tennis, Hockey, Football, Paralympic Goalball, Boxing
Sports from each of the Olympic disciplines were selected to illustrate the subject of each stamp. The Olympic Games comprises 26 different sporting disciplines, such as Cycling. Cycling includes several different events where medals are won – including road racing, various time trials and velodrome races as well as mountain biking events and BMX. Many gold medals can be won in different events, and all will be symbolised by one Cycling stamp symbolising the sport of Cycling.
The Paralympic Games features 21 sports, such as Judo (which is also competed in the Olympic Games), as well as Paralympic specific events such as Goalball.
In all, 29 different sports are played at the Olympics and Paralympics. There will be one stamp design for each sport with the exception of athletics which will be presented across two stamps as Athletics: Track and Athletics: Field, hence 30 sport stamps.
Royal Mail’s design team with David Hillman, from Studio David Hillman, set to work allocating each sport to one of the quality image makers who agreed to work on this three-year project. Royal Mail also consulted with the sports’ governing bodies and specialist clubs for each stamp. Each stamp has the London 2012 Olympic or Paralympic logo in the lower corner.
The Commemorative Sheet contains all ten stamps with se-tenant labels, and the illustrated folder contains interviews with Olympic hopefuls including Goalball players Anna and Michael Sharkey by Richard Rae. The sheet is A4 size with braille printing on the back of the folder.
The retail booklet contains 4 Machin 1st class definitives and the Rowing and Table Tennis Olympic stamps.
The stamps' designers are listed below. The overall design task was by Studio David Hillman, and the 35mm square stamps are printed in litho by Cartor Security Printing, perf 14½ with all-over phosphor. The stamps are printed in two sheets of 25 (5 each of 5 designs in vertical columns), enabling collectors to buy vertical strips of any single sport/discipline.
The Presentation Pack and FDC are designed by GBH. The pack, printed by Walsall Security Printers, has information about each of the sports by Ian Cole, former News Sports Editor of the Daily Mail, who also wrote the text on the FDC filler card.
The Commemorative Sheet
is designed by True North.
We expect that the Commemorative sheet will be printed by
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Rowing: Marian Hill; Shooting: David Hillman; Modern Pentathlon: Katherine Baxter; Taekwondo: James Fryer; Cycling: Matthew Dennis, Table Tennis: Michael Craig Martin; Hockey: Darren Hopes; Football: Alex Williamson; Goalball: Tobatron, Boxing: Stephen Ledwidge
First Day Cover
Set of 10 Stamp Cards
Official Philatelic Bureau FD postmark
Official Rowington FD postmark
Official Rowington non-pictorial FD postmark will be as
above, dated 27.07.2010
Countdown to London 2012, Stratford E16. Games of the XXX Olympiad
London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, London
Ref L11797 Sporting
Disciplines Retail Booklet, Dorney, Windsor
Ref M11806 Sporting
Disciplines, Raleigh Close, Birmingham
Ref M11807 Sporting
Disciplines Stamp Book
The Tennis Court, Birmingham
Ref M11808 Tribute to
Rebecca Adlington, Double Olympic Gold Medallist, Mansfield Nottingham
Ref W11812 Tribute to
Nicole Cooke, World & Olympic Champion 2008, Wick Vale of
Ref L11804 Sporting
Disciplines, Wembley, London
Ref L11801 Sporting
Ref L11802 Sporting
Ref L11803 Sporting
Greenwich Park, London SE10
Ref L11798 International
Mountain Biking Association UK,
Stratford, London, E15
Retail Booklet London W2.
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This page updated 15 July 2010.
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