Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks

Christmas:  4 November 2014

Royal Mail’s Christmas stamps feature secular and religious imagery in alternate years. For the 2014 Christmas stamps, design company True North commissioned the US-based artist and illustrator Andrew Bannecker to create a series of outdoor Christmas scenes. These charming mini tableaux depict various British family traditions – from carol singing and ice skating to posting cards and buying trees.

Madonna and Child stamps from 2013 at the 1st and 2nd class rate will also be available.

As usual the stamps will be in standard and large letter definitive size and self adhesive.

There will also be a conventionally-gummed miniature sheet containing all stamps, and booklets of 12 x 1st and 12 x 2nd stamps.

The Smilers Generic sheet with 8 each of the 2nd and 1st class, and two each of the 97p and £1.47. This means that there will be two sets of Cartor litho-printed stamps in each sheet.

Christmas 2014 stamp set.
2nd class and 2nd Large
1st class and 1st Large
£1.28, £1.47, £2.15 (no surface mail stamp)

Christmas 2014 Generic Sheet.

Technical details:

The stamps were designed by Andrew Bannecker and are printed by De La Rue Security Print, Gateshead in gravure.  The self-adhesive stamps are 24 x 28mm, perf 14.5 x 14 in sheets of 50 with phosphor bands as appropriate.   The gummed miniature sheet is printed by De La Rue in gravure.  The booklets are printed by International Security Printers in gravure.  The generic sheet is printed by International Security Printers in litho.

Products issued, available from Royal Mail: 

Set of 7 stamps, miniature sheet, generic Smilers sheet, booklet of 12 x 1st, booklet of 12 x 2nd
First day covers (set or MS) -- Presentation pack -- Stamp cards (set of 8)

Special Postmarks

Special postmarks available for the day of issue will be shown here (not to scale), others may be added later.

Official first day postmark for Christmas 2014.
Official first day postmark for 2014 Christmas stamps.

Non-pictorial Bethlehem postmark for Christmas 2014 stamps.

Christmas stamp postmark showing children building a snowman.
Christmas 'snowflake' postmark.
Ref FD1420 TH Official Tallents House Edinburgh first day postmark
Ref FD1420PL Bethlehem, Llandeilo bi-lingual first day postmark Ref FD1420NP Non-pictorial Bethlehem, Llandeilo, first day postmark Ref M13239
Christmas, Snow Hill, Birmingham
Ref L13236 Christmas Holidays, Snow Street, Diss, Norfolk
Postmark showing Christmas card, with snowflake.

First day postmarks fot Christmas 2014 stamps.

Christmas stamps postmark showing iceskates.
Ref L13237 The Christmas Post, Postwick, Norwich, Norfolk
Ref L13247
Winterhill, Milton Keynes
Ref L13248
Christmas Common, Watlington
Ref L13249
Snowhill, Walcot, Bath
Ref N13256
Outdoor Skating Manchester
 Christmas stamp postmarks, Carol Singers and Postbox.
Christmas postmark showing elf.
The usual Christmas Angel from Bethlehem Llandeilo may also be in use - not announced by
4 November
Lion's international badge postmark.
Ref L13245 St Nicholas Road, Brighton Ref L13246 Robinswood, Luton Ref N13257
The Children's Adventure Farm Trust, Millington, Altincham

Ref L13262 Leigh-on-Sea Lions International Merry Christmas

This page updated 4 November 2014

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