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Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games - 17 July 2014

Six days before the Opening Ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games, Royal Mail is issuing six new stamps to celebrate the largest sporting and cultural festival that Glasgow and Scotland has ever hosted. It will also be the third biggest multi-sport competition in the world and the biggest ever multi-sport event staged in Scotland.

The six stamps created by the Dutch illustrator. Nanette Hoogslag using dynamic imagery from award-winning sports photographer Andy Hooper, celebrate the skill and energy of six of the sports to be competed in Glasgow including para-athlete cycling. It will be the third time Scotland has hosted the Games after 1970 and 1986. The four home nations of the UK send separate teams and a total of 71 national teams will compete. The Opening Ceremony will take place on 23rd July at Celtic Park (the home football stadium of the Scottish Premier League Champions, Glasgow Celtic), with the Closing Ceremony being held on 3rd August at Hampden Park. 

The six stamps will celebrate the skill and energy of six of the sports to be competed in the Games. Each stamp shows a different sport in action, from a judo throw to a squash rally, to runners battling it out in a marathon. The people demonstrating the sports are all professional sportsmen and women though their faces were changed to keep the emphasis on the action rather than the protagonist.   The stamps also carry the official logo of the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games together with the XX logo, which has been cleverly created from the iconic Scottish Saltire.

Because they want to get maximum publicity from non-philatelic media Royal Mail are not permitting us to show or describe the other 5 stamps until the date of issue.   Unfortunately because we are away that week, our readers will not be able to see them until the following week - unless they look in Royal Mail's own Philatelic Bulletin.  By the time we are able to provide the details they should already be in Britain's three stamp magazines and those in other parts of the world.
All the details have been put on Royal Mail's own webshop so we are now able to show them here.

Commonwealth Games 2nd class Judo. Commonwealth Games 1stclass swimming stamp. Commonwealth games 97p Marathon stamp.
Commonwealth Games £1-28 stamp - squash. COmmonwealth Games £1-47 stamp, swimming.  Commonwealth Games £2-15 cylcing stamp.
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2nd Class - Judo

1st Class - Swimming

97p - Marathon

£1.28 - Squash

£1.47 - Netball

£2.15 - Para-Sport Track Cycling
Commonwealth Games retail booklet of 6 stamps.
A retail booklet containing 6 x 1st class stamps will also be issued.  The 4 x 1st class Machin definitives are coded M14L MCIL. 

We have a number of booklets with significant shifts of the phosphor bands (both upwards and downwards) and of the iridescent layer.   See listings on our shop.

The stamps in detail

2nd Class - Judo Fourteen gold medals are up for grabs across 14 weight categories in this tough sport, which requires strength and tactical skill. Judo, which takes place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) Precinct, will make its third Commonwealth Games appearance.

1st Class – Swimming An established Commonwealth Games discipline, swimming has been contested at every event since 1930. Six Para-Sport swimming events will also be contested. Tollcross International Swimming Centre, which features a 50-metre, ten lane competition pool and a new 50-metre, six lane warm-up and training pool, will host the swimming competition.

97p – Marathon The route begins at Glasgow Green in the city’s heart, and takes in well-known areas such as George Square and Buchanan Street.

£1.28 - Squash Technical and demanding, squash has been thrilling crowds at the Commonwealth Games since 1998. In Glasgow, players will do battle in Individual Men’s and Women’s Singles events as well as Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles contests. The venue is Scotstoun Sports Campus.

£1.47 – Netball In Glasgow, 12 women’s teams chase gold in this fast-paced sport, first seen at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur

£2.15 - Para-Sport track cycling This Para-Sport makes its Commonwealth Games debut in Glasgow, with four exciting events scheduled: the Men’s 1000m Time Trial, the Men’s Sprint, the Women’s 1000m Time Trial and the Women’s Sprint. The events are at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

Technical details:
The 37 x 35mm stamps were designed by Howard Brown using illustrations by Nanette Hoogslag based on photography by Andy Hooper. The stamps are printed in sheets of 25/50 by Cartor Security Printing, Meaucé, France, in lithography and perforated 14 x 14½.
All images copyright Royal Mail ©2014.  2014 logo © Glasgow 2014 Ltd

Products issued 

Set of 6 stamps                            Presentation Pack containing set  
Set of 6 stamp cards                    First Day Cover                        Retail booklet        Coin Covers - standard, silver proof and gold proof

Special first day of issue postmarks will be shown here. These cannot be obtained the date of issue; more may be added. Not to scale.

Official Tallents House Commonwealth Games postmark.
Official Glasgow XX Commonwealth Games postmark. 
Glasgow non-pictorial official first day of issue postmark .
Ref FD1415TH
Official Bureau postmark
Ref FD1415PL
Glasgow official first day of issue postmark
Ref FD1415NP
Glasgow non-pictorial official first day of issue postmark
Glasgow Commonwealth Games special postamarks - flag, flag-bearer and swimming.         Postmark showing Glasgow skyline.
Ref S13116
Edinburgh (Saltire flag)
Ref S13117
Glasgow (athlete and flag)
Ref S13118                                   Ref S13166
Glasgow (Swimmer)               Glasgow (Skyline) [late announcement]
Glasgow Commonwealth Games special postmarks - thistle and runner.
Commonwealth games special postmarks - swimming and athletics.
Ref S13119
Motherwell (Thistle)
Ref S13120 Glasgow 2014
Tribute to Christine Ohuruogu
Ref M13131                                              Ref M13132
Scotland Hosts the Games                        Scotland Hosts the Games
Hampden Retreat, Birmingham                    St Andrews Rd, Birmingham    

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