Norvic Philatelics

Non-Value Indicator 'Universal' stamps for Europe and the World - 27 March 2003

The first NVI stamp specifically for international use was the 'E' rate definitive issued in January 1999 and covering letters up to 20gr. Now Royal Mail have concluded that a considerable quantity of international mail actually falls into the 20-40gr weight step, so new stamps have been issued for those rates. The release of these stamps coincides with increases in postage rates. The price of the 'E' stamps will increase from 37p to 38p; when first issued, the 40gr Europe stamp has a value of 52p and the worldwide stamp 1.12.

European 40gr airmail stamp Worldwide 40gr airmail stamp

Booklet covers

Technical details: These stamps are only sold in booklets of 4 of each, and are printed in gravure by Walsall. The Europe booklet cost 2.08 and the Worldwide booklet 4.48 when first issued.

Images are from Stamp Preview and The Philatelic Bulletin and are copyright 2003, Royal Mail.

First Day Covers

A single design Norvic Philatelics Exclusive Limited Edition FDC was produced for this issue for pairs of stamps and for pairs of complete panes.

Norvic FDC with pair of stamps - 4.25
Norvic fdc for universal airmail stamps.
Pair of Norvic FDCs with booklets - 10.00
Norvic fdc for universal airmail stamp booklets.
Note: both covers are the same white envelopes; these scans were done at different times.

These special postmarks were available on the day of issue:
Windsor Castle Coat of Arms Coat of Arms mailcoach postbox
Ref E4680 - Windsor Castle, Royal Mail permanent handstamp Ref FD325 - Official Bureau FDI postmark Ref FD326 - Official Windsor FDI postmark Ref E7748 - Bath Postal Museum, Postal History Brought to Life Ref FD235 - Centenary of the Old Post Office Tintagel
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Ref L8377 Self Adhesives, Europe and Worldwide, London
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Ref L8380 Self Adhesives, Universal Rates 52p & 1.12 London

 Updated 6 June 2008

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