Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks

Welcome to the London 2012 Olympiad XXX - 27 July 2012

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.

Issued on the eve of the 2012 Olympic Games is this Miniature Sheet which features stamps showing athletes mirroring London landmarks.

Welcome to the London 2012 Olympic Games miniature sheet.

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The sheet contains two x 1st class and 2 x £1.28 multicoloured stamps:
1st class: Fencing & Tower Bridge; Athletics and the Olympic Stadium.
£1.28 Cycling and the London Eye; Diving and the Tate Modern building.

Prestige Stamp Book
The book explores and celebrates British achievement at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and includes a brief history of how the modern Games were conceived. Packed with photos and images plus four stamp panes not available anywhere else.
All panes are gummed.  The definitive pane has darker 1st class stamps than the pale orange shown, close to the sheet and booklet self-adhesive stamps but slightly paler.  The 20g airmail stamps are a good match.  The Sports stamps on the other three panes look very similar to the stamps issued previously in sheets and have the same perforation as before, with all-over phosphor.  The shade differences are minor, and the micro-printed years remain the same as on the original stamps. The se-tenant combinations are, of course, new.

London Olympics 2012 prestige stamp book cover.

Olympic Prestige Book pane 1 - definitives. Olympic Prestige Book pane 2 - Paris 1924.

Olympic Prestige Book - pane 3 Rme 1960. Olympic Prestige Book - pane 4 Los Angeles 1984.

1948 Olympic Games Heritage Pack and Stamps Facsimile Pack 

Available as a limited edition of 1,948, the Heritage Pack features a full set of genuine mint 1948 Olympic stamps and a 1948 half crown together with lots of facts and images relating to the 1948 Olympic Games held in London.

The Facsimile pack, written by Douglas Muir, includes details of the selection process and unadopted designs from the 20 artists and printers who were invited to submit designs for consideration by the Stamps Advisory Committee of the time. A non-postally valid Facsimile Sheet of the four stamps printed in gravure as a block of four.

1948 Olympics Heritage Pack from Royal Mail.       1948 Olympics Facsimile pack from Royal Mail.

Technical details:
The miniature sheet is designed by hat-trick, and is printed in litho by "Walsall/Cartor" Security Printing*.   The sheet measures 192 x 74.5 mm, with stamps 60 x 30mm. 

* This is as described by Royal Mail; nearer the date of issue we may know whether the sheet is printed by Cartor or by parent company Walsall.

This webpage is © 2012 Norvic Philatelics, the stamps and stamp products are © 2012 Royal Mail Ltd (reproduced with permission).
The official Emblems of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd are © 2007 The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. All rights reserved.

Product range - we will not be stocking these products except for stamps from the Prestige Stamp Book.

Mint Sheet         Presentation Pack     First Day Cover     Set of 5 Stamp Cards    Prestige Stamp Book

Countdown Coin Cover    1948 Olympic Games Heritage Pack    1948 Olympic Games Facsimile Pack

Special Postmarks

Special postmarks available for the day of issue will be shown here (notto scale), more may be added later.

Official first day of issue Olympic postmark 26 Sports.
Official London E20 Olympic First day postmark.
image awaited
Welcome to the Olympic Games Postmark.
Postmark showing stopwatch.
Ref FD 1235  Official Philatelic Bureau FD postmark - 26 Sports
Ref FD  1236  Official London E20  postmark 'Let the Games Commence' Ref FD1236NP  Official London E20 non-pictorial FD postmark  Ref L12636 Welcome to the Olympic Games London 2012 Stratford E20 
(not 12627 as originally shown)
Ref L12645
Countdown to London 2012, Stratford E20. Games of the XXX Olympiad

Postmark showing The London Eye.
Postmark showing Olympic Flame.
Postmark showing winner's medal & ribbon.
Postmark showing hand holding timekeeper's stopwatch.
Postmark showing winning runner and London Skyline.
Ref L12641 - Pride of Britain, Stratford, London
Ref L12646 The Path to London Ref L12647 The Path to London Ref L12648 Welcome to London Stratford E20 Ref L12650 Welcome to London, Stratford E20
Postmark showing athlete and tape.
Postmark showing Olympic Stadium.
Postmark showing athlete and union flag.
Postmark showing athlete hurdling over Tower Bridge.
Postmark showing Olympic logo.
Ref L12649 Welcome to London
Ref L12203 Royal Mail E20
In use 27 July 2011 - 26 July 2013
Ref L12371 London W2 - 2012
In use 5 Jan. 2012 - 4 January 2013
Ref M12652 Welcome The UK Celebrates Sport, London Road, Birmingham
(not 12642 as originally shown)
Ref L12640 London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Olympex 2012 British Library - London NW1 (In use 24 July - 9 September 2012)
First day postmark 2012 Olympics.

Ref FD1237
Official Philatelic Bureau Postmark
1908 White City
1948 Wembley
2012 Olympic Park

Will ONLY be used on stamps from Prestige Book
Postmark showing part of Olympic Torch.

< Ref L12670

London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay, Stratford London

This postmark, and those for Cardiff, Belfast & Edinburgh, were announced long after use. Covers should be sent to the SHCs by the end of August.

If you have any questions about these stamps please email us.

NB: we will endeavour to answer all emails within 1-2 days. If you do not receive an acknowledgement please email us from a different address (eg hotmail, gmail).

This page updated 21 August 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

29 Welcome to the London 2012 Paralympic Games
- Paralympic Gold Medal stamps
27 Memories of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
27 Railways of Scotland booklet
28 Pictorial Faststamps - Cattle

Retail booklet 6 x 1st Definitives
The Last Goon Show Commemorative Sheet
 -- World of Dinosaurs ->2013
16 Space Science
8 Notts County FC Commemorative Sheet
11 Christmas


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