Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks

New Country Stamps - 14 October 2003

New stamps for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales - 2nd class, 1st class, 'E' rate & 68p

For operational reasons connected with automatic mail sorting, Royal Mail will issue revised versions of the 16 country stamps on 14 October 2003.

The stamps have the same designs as the stamps they replace:
England : 3 Lions, Crowned Lion with Shield of St George, Oak Tree, Tudor rose;
Northern Ireland : Giant's Causeway, Patchwork fields (aerial view), Linen pattern, Belleck ceramic vase;
Scotland: St Andrew's flag, Scottish Lion, Thistle, Tartan;
Wales: Leek, Welsh dragon, Daffodil, Prince of Wales feathers (fleur-de-lys)

The images are from Royal Mail's Stamp Preview, Postmark Bulletin, and Philatelic Bulletin, and are Copyright 2003 by Royal Mail.

Technical details: The stamps are printed in sheets of 200 be De La Rue. The Northern Ireland stamps are in lithography, the other countries' are in gravure.

Norvic Philatelics First Day Cover service produced Post Office FDCs with a set of 4 stamps from any one country - 3.25 each
Mint set - 2.60 for each country

These postmarks were available for the date of issue and all should be available on first day covers. 

coat of arms text & sword text & thistle text text & flax
Ref FD335
Official Philatelic Bureau FDI postmark
Ref FD336
Official London FDI Postmark
Ref FD337
Official Edinburgh FDI postmark
Ref FD338
Official Cardiff FDI postmark
Ref FD339
Official Belfast FDI postmark
text text text text Concorde flying over Big Ben
Ref FD336N
Official London FDI Postmark
Ref FD337N
Official Edinburgh FDI postmark
Ref FD338N
Official Cardiff FDI postmark
Ref FD339N
Official Belfast FDI postmark
Ref L8808
England Regional Definitives, Concorde & Big Ben, London
Tower of London permanent postmark Windsor Castle St Giles's Cathedral Cardiff Castle Clock tower Belfast City Hall
Ref L4665
Tower of London permanent postmark
Ref L4680
Windsor Castle permanent postmark
Ref S4653
St Giles's Cathedral Edinburgh permanent postmark
Ref W5097
Cardiff Castle Clock Tower permanent postmark
Ref S4641
Belfast City Hall permanent postmark
pennant three lions sporran 'dragon' 'giant'
Ref M8778
Classic Car Series, Standard 8, Coventry
Ref L8756
Three Lions
Ref S8761
Ref W8765
Ref S8760
Red Deer Scottish heraldic lion Crowned harp linseed flowers Celtic Cross
Ref S8782
Glencoe, Ballachulish (Red Deer)
Ref S8783
Edinburgh (Scottish heraldic lion)
Ref S8784
Belfast (Irish crowned harp)
Ref S8785
Cookstown (linseed flowers)
Ref S8786
Portrush (Celtic cross)
'Hand' on shield Scottish thistle  neolithic standing stones pattern daffodil (flower)
Ref S8787
Ref S8788
Dunvegan, Isle of Skye (Thistle)
Ref S8789
Callanish, Isle of Lewis (standing stones)
Ref W8794
Ref W8795
Llanberis, Caernarfon
Welsh dragon Welsh leek neolithic stone pattern compass acorns crowned lion
Ref W8796
Ref W8797
Llanwrst, Conway Valley
Ref N8812
Castlerigg, Keswick (neolithic compass)
Ref E8816
Newport, Isle of Wight (acorns)
Ref M8810
Bakewell, Derbyshire
map with England highlighted map with Northern Ireland highlighted map with Scotland highlighted map with Wales highlighted
Ref L8807
London, England
Ref S8813
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Ref S8814
Edinburgh,. Scotland
Ref W8817
Cardiff, Wales

This page updated 13 October 2003 [7.2.05]

2003 stamp issues
14 January Birds of Prey 21 January Flowers Greetings Stamps Smilers Sheet 4 February Occasions/Greetings stamps and Smilers sheet 25 February Medical Science - DNA & Genome 4 March Hello SA booklet & Wales 1st reprint
25 March Fun Fruit & Vegetables 27 March New definitives, SA airmail booklets of 40gr stamps 29 April Extreme Endeavours 6 May 34p definitives 20 May Wilding II miniature sheet
28 May Wales 2nd class, 1st class gold reprints 2 June - 50th Anniversary of the Coronation 17 June Prince William of Wales 1 July High Value Definitive reprints 15 July British Journey - Scotland
29 July Cartoons Smilers Sheet 12 August Pub Signs - Europa 18 September Transports of Delight - toys 30 September Christmas Robin Smilers Sheet 7 October 250th Anniv. of British Museum
13 October - Reprints of Country Stamps 4 November Christmas: Ice Sculptures 18 December England World Cup - Rugby Winners