The London 2012 Games commences on 27 July and concludes on
12 August. Royal Mail have announced that all Team GB Olympic
Gold Medal winners will be honoured with stamps which will be placed
on sale by midday on the day after the final.
The stamp shown here is a mock-up using an image from a previous event. The astute among our readers will note that it is the same image as used on the Welcome to the Olympics miniature sheet!
All the gold medal stamps are shown in the table further down the
page. Larger images, and images of the miniature sheets, some FDCs,
and one whole A4 sheet are shown
on our blog.
The main image of the stamp will, wherever possible, be a photograph of the Team GB athlete or team in action from their gold medal winning final. Where this is not possible, the image will be of the athlete’s gold medal winning journey taken from a heat or from their gold medal award moment on the podium
This will be the first time any host country has used action shots for Gold Medal stamps and issued them next day, during the Games. This will also be a first for next day stamps from Royal Mail
Gold Medal stamps will be on sale at 500 selected UK Post Office Branches by lunchtime the next day and on www.royalmail.com after each gold medal win by Team GB. They will then be distributed three times during the Games to a further 4,500 Post Office Branches nationwide .All of the 500 selected Post Office Branches will open on Sundays during the Games
Many of the selected 500 Post Office Branches will open
on Sundays during the Games, so fans can celebrate Team GB’s achievements
and start a unique and special 2012 Olympic souvenir collection. Details
of the 500 Post Office Branches will be announced later this month. The
stamps will also be available the next day at www.royalmail.com.
Team GB supporters will be able to buy the stamps individually or as part of a special sheet.
The self-adhesive miniature sheet is designed by True North and Royal Mail. The template (base sheets) were printed under the control* of Walsall Security Print, but the digital overprint was applied overnight by 6 regional printers, at Preston, Edinburgh, Solihull, Swindon, Attleborough, and London. The printing is in litho, with a digital overprint of the winner's image and winner and event details. The phosphor is placed on the stamp avoiding the image area and the lower-right corner where the winners' details are digitally overprinted.
Exceptionally the printer in Preston was unable to print the last three sheets, GMW27-29 and offices in the North of England were supplied from Solihull. Only the 'next-day' Post Offices were initially supplied from their nearest printer, while the next round of 4500 (approximately) branches were supplied with stock from Swindon. Subsequently next-day branches which had sold out of earlier stamps were replenished with some stamps which remained unsold from initial distributions. The only example we have definite evidence of was initially supplied from Attleborough and later received Solihull and Swindon-printed stock. *('Under the Control of' may mean that Walsall and Cartor will both be printing the base sheet, or that either company will print the entire stock.)
The sheet will be 192 x 74mm with individual stamps 47 x
29mm. These images show the stamp layout within he miniature sheet
and the arrangement of 4 miniature sheets in the overall A4 (210 x 297mm)
Individual stamps A4 sheet of 4
miniature sheets - these are produced by 6 different
(over-)printers but we don't know whether there will be a way to
identify the different printings.
First Day Covers - We were told that Royal
Mail will accept customer FDCs until 28 September. Covers for
postmarking should be sent to Royal
Mail Tallents House, 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9PB
|Medals won on 1 August - stamps issued on 2 August
GMW01 Rowing, Women's Pairs - Helen Glover and Heather Stanning
GMW02 Cycling, Road, Men's Time Trial - Bradley Wiggins
|Medals won on 2 August - stamps issued on 3 August
GMW03 Canoe Slalom (C2) - Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott.
GMW04 Shotgun, men's double trap - Peter Wilson
GMW05 Cycling Men's team sprint - Philip Hindes, Jason Kenny and Sir Chris Hoy
|Medals won on 3 August - stamps issued on 4 August
GMW06 Rowing women's double sculls -
Katherine Grainger and Anna Watkins
GMW07 Cycling Men's Team Pursuit -
Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh
GMW08 Gold medal stamp cycling Women's Keirin -
|Medals won on 4 August - stamps issued on 5 August
GMW09 Rowing men's fours -
Andy Triggs Hodge, Pete Reed, Andy Gregory and Tom James.
GMW10 Rowing women's lightweight double sculls -
Sophie Hosking and Katherine Copeland.
GMW11 Cycling Women's Team Pursuit -
Laura Trott, Dani King and Jo Rowsell.
GMW12 Athletics Women's heptathon - Jessica Ennis.
GMW13 Athletics Men's Long Jump - Greg Rutherford.
GMW14 Athletics Men's 10,000 metres - Mo Farah.
|Medals won on 5 August - stamps issued on 6 August
GMW15 Sailing Men's heavyweight dinghy - Ben Ainslie.
GMW16 Tennis Men's - Andy Murray.
|Medals won on 6 August - stamps issued on 7 August
|Medal won on 7 August - stamps issued on 8 August
GMW17 Equestrian Jumping Team -
Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles.
GMW18 Cycling Men's Sprint Jason Kenny.
GMW19 Triathlon Men's - Alistair Brownlee.
|Medals won on 7 August - stamps issued on 8 August
GMW20 Equestrian dressage team -
Carl Hester, Laura Bechtolsheimer and Charlotte Dujardin.
GMW21 Cycling Women's Omnium - Laura Trott.
GMW22 Cycling Men's Keirin - Chris Hoy.
|Medals won on 9 August - stamps issued on 10 August
GMW23 Equestrian individual dressage - Charlotte Dujardin.
GMW24 Boxing Women's Flyweight - Nicola Adams.
GMW25 Taekwondo Women's under 57kg - Jade Jones.
|Medals won on 11 August - stamps issued on 12 August
GMW26 Canoe Sprint K1 - Ed McKeever.
GMW27 Athletics Men's 5,000 metres - Mo Farah.
GMW28 Men's Boxing Bantam weight - Luke Campbell
|Medals won on 12 August - stamps issued on 13 August
GMW29 Boxing Men's Super heavyweight - Anthony Joshua.
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This page updated 16 August 2012
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