Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks
The King James Bible has been described as “the noblest monument of English prose”, which shaped the way people write and speak English. Now 400 years after its publication Royal Mail celebrates the anniversary on this year’s Christmas stamps. Seven stamps will be issued which draw on significant events from the Nativity inspired by verses from the Gospels of Luke and Matthew.
Since 2006 all Christmas stamps are standard definitive size except for the 1st and 2nd Class Large stamps where the 1st and 2nd Class images are repeated but with more detail revealed on the wider format stamps. All Christmas stamps are self-adhesive.
The two 2007 Madonna stamps will also be reissued this year to provide a more traditional religious image.
Details of designs:
2nd Class – Joseph visited by the AngelInspired by Matthew 1:21 where the angel tells the sleeping Joseph: ‘And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins’
1st Class – Madonna and ChildInspired by Matthew 1:23, ‘Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us’
Baby Jesus in the Manger
Inspired by Luke 2:7, ‘And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn’.
£1.10 – Shepherds visited by the AngelInspired by Luke 2:10, ‘And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people’.
£1.65 Wise Men and StarInspired by Matthew 2:10: ‘When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy’.
Madonna - 2007 stamps reissued
2nd class - William Dyce, c. 1827.
The stamps were designed by Together Design with artwork by Peter Malone/The Artworks. The sheet stamps & MS are printed in gravure by De La Rue Security Print in sheets of 50. The individual stamps are 20 x 24mm (30 x 24mm large) self-adhesive; the 115 x 102mm miniature sheet is conventionally gummed. Booklets of 12 x 1st class and 12 x 2nd class stamps will also be sold - technical details to be confirmed.
The Smilers® Sheet contains 20 stamps: 8 x 1st class, 8 x 2nd class and 2 each of the two airmail rate stamps, 68p & £1.10 (initial selling price £10.45). As last year, this arrangement means that, as last year, there are only two sets per sheet, rather than 4 in previous years. Collectors of Smilers singles are advised to place their orders early to avoid disappointment! On the other hand there are only 4 different label designs, each containing a verse from the Bible, relative to the stamp. It will be printed in litho, probably by Cartor Security Printers.
Set of 7 stamps & miniature sheet
Retail booklets of 12 x 2nd or 12 x 1st class stamps
Set of 7 stamps on Post Office FDC
Miniature sheet on Post Office FDC
Presentation Pack containing set of stamps
Set of 8 mint stamp cards (PHQ cards)
Pair of 2007 Madonna & Child stamps
Smilers Sheet: Mint Generic Smilers Sheet
Special postmarks available on the Day of Issue are shown below:
these postmarks cannot be obtained from the PO after 8 November.
Official Bureau postmark
Official Bethlehem postmark
Official Bethlehem non-pictorial postmark
|Ref M12339 James House Birmingham
||Ref L12335 Celebrating 400 Years of the King James Bible, Lodnon
EC4 In the Beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
|Ref L12336 Bible Society, Swindon
KJV 1611-2011, Cambridge
|Ref M12342 Pereunt Et Imputantur Parish Church of SS
Peter & Paul Wisbech, 900th Anniversary - Norman Foundation
|| Ref M12340 Peterborough Cathedral, Cambridgeshire
||Ref M12341 St Martin"s The Bullring Birmingham
|Ref L12348 Shepherdswell, Dover||Ref N12350 Stableford, Newcastle
Maryhill, Isle of Lewis
|Ref W12352 Wiseman's Bridge, Narberth
||Ref N12344 The Salvation Army, Scarborough Citadel Corps, 130th
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