Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks

Roald Dahl, author  - 10 January 2012 

Royal Mail launched the 2012 special stamp programme with a tribute to one of the world’s greatest children’s authors - Roald Dahl.

Described as “one of the greatest storytellers for children of the 20th century”, Dahl is one of the most consistently popular UK authors of children’s books, but also wrote very successful fiction for adults, an autobiography and screenplays.  In 2008 The Times placed Dahl sixteenth on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945". His short stories are known for their unexpected endings, and his children's books for their unsentimental, often very dark humour.

More than 20 years after his death in 1990, his popularity around the globe continues to grow. His books have been translated into over 40 languages and worldwide sales have topped 100 million. For many children, Dahl’s books have become almost synonymous with reading itself.

Roald Dahl Charlie and the Chocolate Factory stamp. Roald Dahl Fantastic Mr Fox stamp. Roald Dahl James and the Giant Peach stamp.

Roald Dahl 76p Maltida stamp. Roald Dahl £1 The Twits stamp. Roald Dahl £1.10 The Witches stamp.

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The stamps:

1st - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

66p Fantastic Mr Fox

68p James and the Giant Peach

76p Matilda

£1 The Twits

£1.10 The Witches

Roald Dahl's The BFGMiniature sheet of 4 stamps. The Miniature Sheet

1st Class, 68p, 76p, £1

Scenes from 'The BFG" (Big Friendly Giant)

The stamps in detail

1st Class – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
The story of the adventures of young Charlie Bucket inside the chocolate factory of eccentric candymaker Willy Wonka

66p – Fantastic Mr Fox<
To feed his family, Mr Fox steals chickens, ducks, and turkeys from three mean and wealthy farmers: Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. The farmers get fed up with Mr Fox and try to kill him.

68p – James and the Giant Peach
An enchanted giant peach full of anthropomorphic insects provides the perfect escape for James from his awful abusive aunts.

66p – Matilda>
Ignored by her parents and abused by her head teacher, Agatha Trunchbull, young Matilda Wormwood discovers that she has supernatural powers.

£1 – The Twits
Mr and Mrs Twit are two ugly, smelly, stupid people who enjoy being nasty to each other, animals and children. With the aid of the Roly-Poly Bird, and the Muggle-Wump monkeys the animals extract their revenge. A new film version of The Twits is scheduled for 2012 release.

£1.10 – The Witches
When an orphan accompanies his grandmother, who is recovering from pneumonia, to a hotel in Bournemouth, little does he imagine the AGM of England’s witches will be taking place at the same hotel.

Miniature sheet

The miniature sheet features four recoloured illustrations from the story of The BFG and Sophie from Quentin Blake’s original artwork. The margin depicts when the BFG met The Queen and the following quotation appears on along the border from chapter 19, The Queen:

'The BFG took his time. He was very dignified in his approach. When he was close to the window where the three of them were standing, he stopped and made a slow graceful bow. His head, after he had straightened up again, was almost exactly level with the watchers at the window.

“Your Majester,” he said. “I is your humbug servant.” He bowed again.'

Prestige stamp book.

Roald Dahl prestige book pane 1. Roald Dahl prestige book pane 2.

Pane 1: 2p 10p & 68p Machin definitives with security features. 
This is said to be in gravure, by Cartor, but Cartor do not have a gravure press so it is more likely that the Machin pane is printed by Walsall. 
The 68p has a security overlay with MPIL source code and M11L year code (indicating the year of printing) - see below.
Update: According to the Modern British Philatelic Circle the Machin pane is in gravure by Walsall, and the other three in litho by Cartor.

Pane 2: the 66p, £1 & £1.10 values from the Roald Dahl set.

Roald Dahl prestige book pane 3. Roald Dahl prestige book pane 4.

Pane 3: Pane 2: the 68p, 1st & 76p values from the Roald Dahl set.
Pane 4: the stamps from the miniature sheet.  Their inclusion as single stamps should accord them separate status in catalogues and albums

cover of Roald Dahl PSB Enlargement of 68p Machin from Dahl PSB.

Technical details: The 27 x 37mm stamps & Miniature Sheet are designed by Magpie Studio.  In sheets of 25/50 they are printed in lithography, with all-over phosphor by Cartor Security Printing, perf 14.
The 115 x 89mm sheet contains stamps 37 x 35 mm and is printed in litho by Cartor SP, perforated 14 x 14½.

The prestige stamp book Machin pane is printed in gravure by Walsall, and the other three in litho by Cartor. Although issued in 2012 the 68p Machin has the M11L security year code for 2011; the 2p & 10p stamps do not have a security overprint.  All the stamp panes are on ordinary gummed paper, so the security slits shown in the pane image are incorrect.

The stamp and postmark images are reproduced with permission: Copyright 2011/12 by Royal Mail.

Products available from Royal Mail (we are stocking only the definitives from the PSB)

Set of 6 stamps
Miniature sheet
Presentation Pack
Set of 11 Stamp Cards 
Prestige Stamp Booklet

Special Postmarks

Postmarks available for the day of issue will be shown here.  These may not all be at the same scale.

Postmark depicting Roald Dahl.
Postmark with quotation from Roald Dahl.
Non-pictorial Great Missenden postmark .
Postmark showing open book.
Postmark showing a Giant peach.
Ref FD1203
Official Philatelic Bureau FDI.
Ref FD1204 Official Great Missenden, Bucks, FDI postmark. Ref FD1112NP Official Great Missenden, Bucks non- pictorial FDI postmark Ref W12387 
Llandaff, Caridff
Ref L12375 Dover Kent
Postmark showing a fox.
Postmark showing young boy.
Postmark showing young girl at window.
Postmark showing gypsy caravan.
Postmark with text shown.
Ref L12376
Great Missenden, Bucks
Ref L12378 London
Ref L12377 London SW1A Ref L12379
Great Missenden, Bucks
Ref L12380 The Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Great Missenden, Bucks
Postmark showing a fox
Postmark showing 'the golden ticket'.
Postmark showing logo of Thorntons chocolate.
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Postmark showing logo of Seven Stories.
Ref M12382
Fox Crescent, Birmingham
Ref W12386
Roald Dahl, Golden Ticket, Llandaff, Cardiff
Ref M12383 Thorntons Chocolate Factory, GBFDC Association, Thornton Park, Alfreton.
Ref L12093
Tiger Way, London E5

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This page created 9 December 2011

2012 stamp issues
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5 Olympic & Paralympic Definitives
10 Roald Dahl (author)
20 Year of the Dragon Smilers
2 House of Windsor & Saxe-Coburg
6 Diamond Jubilee MS & definitive
23 Britons of Distinction
24 Pictorial Faststamps - Sheep
8 Classic Locomotives of Scotland MS
20 World of Comics
10 A-Z of the United Kingdom part 2, M-Z
10 RMS Titanic Commemorative Sheet
24 Pictorial Faststamps - Pigs
25 Machin & Country Defins
25 Diamond Jubilee Defins 2
1 James Bond Commem sheet
15 Design Classics, Great British Fashion
24 Union Flag Pictorial Faststamp
31 HM The Queen Diamond Jubilee
18 Exhibition Generic Sheet
19 Charles Dickens
27 Olympic Games Generic Smiler
27 Scotland 1st & 2nd reprint
27 Welcome to the London 2012 Olympic Games
From 27 Olympic Gold Medals
27 Retail booklet
29 Welcome to the London 2012 Paralympic Games
27 Memories of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
28 Pictorial Faststamps - Cattle
Retail booklet
Commemorative Sheet
 -- World of Dinosaurs ->2013
16 Space Science
8 Christmas


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