GREAT BRITAIN

  • 16.06.1982. British Navy, from left to the right:

King Henry VIII (1491-1547).

Admiral Blake and “Triumph”(1599 – 1657).

Lord Nelson and “HMS Victory” (1758-1805).

Sailing Ship “Mary Rose” and Lord John Arbuthnot Fisher (1841-1920).

Ship “HMS Dreadnought”.

The set was designed by Marjorie Saynor. Engraved by C. Slania.  Printed in recess and photogravure. 

 

  • 31.07.1984.  Bicentenary of the First Mail Coach Run, Bath and Bristol to London. 

    From lef to right and top to bottom: Mail Coach of Bath MC 1784, A Lion attacking the Exeter Mail Coach MC 1816, The Norwich Mail Coach in Thunderstorm MC 1827, Mail Coach Holyhead to Liverpool MC 1828 and Mail Coach to Edinbourgh in snowbound 1831. The set was designed by Keith Bassford and Stanley Paine. Printed in recess and photogravure by Harrison & Sons Limited.

08.09.1987.  150th Anniversary of Queen Victoria’s Accession. From left to the right:

  • The young Victoria with Crystal Palace, ‘Monarch of the Glen’ (Landseer) and Grace Darling.
  • The married Victoria with Great Eastern, Beeton’s Book of Household Management and Prince Albert.
  • The widowed Victoria with Albert Memorial, Ballot Box and Disraeli.
  • The ageing Victoria with Diamond Jubilee Emblem, Newspaper Placard for Relief of Mafeking and Morse Key.

05.09.1995.  Pioneers of Communications. 

 Two stamps at the left: Sir Rowland Hill  (3 December 1795 – 27 August 1879) was an English teacher, inventor and social reformer. He campaigned for a comprehensive reform of the postal system, based on the concept of Uniform Penny Post and his solution of prepayment, facilitating the safe, speedy and cheap transfer of letters. Hill later served as a government postal official, and he is usually credited with originating the basic concepts of the modern postal service, including the invention of the postage stamp.

– Two stamps at the right: Guglielmo Marconi, (25 April 1874 – 20 July 1937) was an Italian inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission] and for his development of Marconi’s law and radio telegraph system. Marconi is often credited as the inventor of radio, and he shared the 1909 Nobel Prize in Physics with Karl Ferdinand Braun “in recognition of their contributions to the development of wireless telegraphy”.

Stamps designed by The Four Hundred. Engraved by C. Slania. 
Printed in intaglio & offset lithography by Harrison & Sons.

16.02.1999.  Prestige Booklet: Queen Elizabeth II. 

09.03.1999. Definitives Type Machin. High Values. £1.50, £2, £3, £5 are small size definitives. First issue of these high values of definitive stamps were printed by Enschedé of Netherlands and were re-isued on 11.04.2000, printed by De La Rue.

The space where the facial value appears was a blank rectangle, this was filled in with the appropriate figures by Inge Madel at Enschedé and by an unknown engrave, possibly John Matthews, at De La Rue factory.  

In the enlargement of these stamps above we can see the differences of the two prints, NOTE that differences in colours are due to scan, not to real issue.

08.10.2002. 150th Anniversary of Pillar to Post. First Pillar to post was placed in St. Helier (Jersey´s capital) as trial on 23.11.1852
Info by Royal Mail says: “Second Class stamp, features a highly decorative box designed for use in London, Dublin and Edinburgh, in its original 1857 livery.If it’s blue, it must be 1932: that was when the airmail box was first introduced with dual notice plates. Special blue-painted boxes for airmail postings were in use between 1930 and 1938. The one featured on the E Class stamp is from 1934. The 47p – 1939 stamp is an oval, dual-aperture (one for town, one for country correspondence) version of the 1879 cylindrical design painted in wartime livery of yellow gas-detecting paint on the roof and white paint at the base for greater visibility during blackouts. The 68p -1980 stamp features the new-style cylindrical ‘K’ type pillar box designed by Tony Gibbs which was in use between 1980 and 2001.

First Day Covers depicting the stamp, a illustration with same Pillar to Post and postmarks.

A special box of this set was issued containing FDCs designed by Silk Pearce, a pair of each stamp and a silver ingot of 925 mil., with a weight of 24.77 grs. and 2 mm. gauge, and some part coloured, technical denomination “Semi Proof with smaller Pillar Box highlighted in colour”. The limited edition of ingot covers were of 5.000 units.