Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks

Pictorial Faststamp: Union Flag 1 - 21 May 2012


In the year of the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II and the XXX Olympiad and the XIV Paralympic Games, Royal Mail will issue a Faststamp illustrated with the Union Flag, as first used in the Submarine Centenary miniature sheet issued in 2001.  It was later reformatted and issued in definitive size for the Smilers┬« range in 2005 when it was also issued in a retail stamp book.

Now it will be available as a pictorial stamp from Post & Go machines in 146 branches (see list at end of release) in time for the Diamond Jubilee Bank Holiday celebrations from 2-5 June.

As before, these will also be sold from the Philatelic Bureau at Tallents House in a special pack.

Post and Go Faststamp depicting Untion Flag. 

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Post & Go terminals allow customers to weigh their letters and packets, pay for and print postage labels and stamps without the need to visit the counter. The first Post & Go machine was trialled in The Galleries Post Office® in Bristol in 2008.

The labels can be obtained with 6 different service indicators: 1st class & 1st class Large up to 100g, Europe up to 20g, Worldwide up to 10g, 20g and 40g,  singly or in strips of up to 5 of the same value or various values. Thus there are 6 different stamps in total. 

Technical details:

Original design by Dick Davies, reformatted by Royal Mail Design Team, the 56mm x 25mm stamps are printed in gravure by Walsall Security Printers, with two phosphor bars.
All images are by kind permission of Royal Mail, Copyright 2012. This website is copyright Norvic Philatelics 2012.

Products issued

The labels will be used in Post & Go machines at Post Offices around the country.
The mint stamp is be available from Royal Mail's Tallents House Bureau and philatelic outlets in a pack:

Flag Faststamp Post & Go Pack.

Update on availability:

Collectors reported on the day of issue receiving Royal Mail's publicity brochure for the 31 May Jubilee stamps and finding details of this included, with the warning that they would not be provided automatically to bureau standing order customers, and that orders for FDCs must be made by 21 May. Other collectors said that they had not yet received the notice.  Makes ordering FDCs by the date of issue a bit difficult!

We had two reports on the day of issue that the packs could not be sold at Post Office Counters because the item was not yet included in the till computer system.  These two factors make it difficult for collectors to produce their own first day covers.

We will produce some FDCs with single stamps and some with the set of 6.

Special Postmarks - 

Although Post & Go machines are a Post Office Ltd product, Royal Mail will again produce a First Day Cover and official First Day Postmarks for these.
Postmarks available for the day of issue are shown here.   These may not all be at the same scale.
Postmark showing waving Union flag.
Postmark showing Union flag.

 Postmark showing Union Flag.
Postmark with text as shown.
Postmark showig seated Britannia.
Ref FD1229 - Official Edinburgh first day of issue postmark
Ref FD1230 Official Three Crosses, Swansea, First Day of Issue Postmark.
Ref L12575 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1
Ref L12576
The Mall, London SW1
Ref M12597
Union Row, Birmingham

This page updated 21 May 2012

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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