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 Royal Mail's largest stamp commission since the Millennium series will be completed on 27 July 2011, with the launch of the final set of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games stamps – issued exactly one year before the opening ceremony.

 

To mark the countdown to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and its role as an official licensee of the Games, Royal Mail commissioned 30 UK artists and image makers to take part in this three-year project.

 

The 30 stamps created to mark the 30th Olympiad and London 2012 Paralympic Games each champion an Olympic or Paralympic sport.  They have been issued in three sets of ten stamps to mark the annual countdown in July 2009, 2010 and finally 2011.

 

The third and final set in this exciting series, subtitled 'Get Ready for 2012', contains a new set of ten dynamic sporting images printed in two sheets, each bearing se-tenant strips of five 1st Class stamps. These include established Olympic sports such as fencing, handball and wrestling, and more recent additions including sailing, triathlon and wheelchair rugby.

 

Philip Parker, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, said: "With just a year to go we wanted to create an explosion of sporting energy and colour, using the talents of some of the UK's leading contemporary design artists.

 

"For the first time Royal Mail is producing a composite stamp sheet, which features all 30 stamps from the three Olympic and Paralympic stamp issues on a single sheet."

 

All stamps in the series feature either the London 2012 Olympic Games or Paralympic Games logo.

 

Ends

 

Ruth Barker

Royal Mail Press Office

100 Victoria Embankment

London

EC4Y 0HQ

Tel: 0207 250 2468/07587 888841

www.royalmail.com/stamps

       NOTES TO EDITORS

 

Stamps and stamp products are available at all Post Office branches, online at www.royalmail.com/olympics the Royal Mail eBay shop: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Royal-Mail-Stamp-Collections  and from Royal Mail Tallents House (tel. 08457 641 641), 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9PB.

 

Olympic and Paralympic Games Stamps

 

Value

 

Description

1st - First Class inland letter rate

Paralympic Games: Sailing

1st - First Class inland letter rate

Athletics: Field

1st - First Class inland letter rate

Volleyball

1st - First Class inland letter rate

Wheelchair Rugby

1st - First Class inland letter rate

Wrestling

1st - First Class inland letter rate

Wheelchair Tennis

1st - First Class inland letter rate

Fencing

1st - First Class inland letter rate

Gymnastics

1st - First Class inland letter rate

Triathlon

1st - First Class inland letter rate

Handball

 

1st Class – Paralympic Games: Sailing - Illustration by Lara Harwood

1st Class – Athletics: Field - Illustration by Anthony Pike

1st Class – Volleyball - Illustration by Ben Dalling

1st Class – Wheelchair Rugby -Illustration by Matthew Hollings

1st Class – Wrestling - Illustration by Daniel Stolle

1st Class – Wheelchair Tennis - Illustration by David McConochie

1st Class – Fencing - Illustration by Lyndon Hayes

1st Class – Gymnastics - Illustration by Kathy Wyatt

1st Class – Triathlon - Illustration by Adam Simpson

1st Class – Handball - Illustration by David Cutter

 

Olympic and Paralympic Games – Technical Details

 

Feature

 

Type/Detail

Number of stamps

Ten

Design

Studio David Hillman

Illustration

Sailing – Lara Harwood/Heart; Athletics: Field – Anthony Pike/The Art Market; Volleyball Ben Dalling; Wheelchair Rugby – Matthew Hollings/Illustration Ltd; Wrestling – Daniel Stolle/Anna Goodson Management; Wheelchair Tennis – David McConochie/The Art Market; Fencing – Lyndon Hayes/Dutch Uncle Agency; Gymnastics Kathy Wyatt; Triathlon – Adam Simpson/Heart; Handball – David Cutter/Folio  The official Emblems of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Ltd are © 2007 The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. All rights reserved

Stamp Format

Square

Stamp Size

35mm x 35mm

Printer

Cartor Security Printing

Print Process

Lithography

Number per Sheet

25/50

Perforations

14.5 x 14.5

Phosphor

All over

Gum

PVA

N

Product Portfolio:

The ten stamps are printed on two se-tenant sheets. Each individual design is therefore available in vertical strips of five. These will be available by mail order from Tallents House - the price of five stamps: £2.05.

 

Presentation Pack 458 – Olympic and Paralympic Games - Price: £5.10

The fully illustrated presentation pack contains the ten Olympic and Paralympic Games stamps. Inside former Daily Mail sports news editor Ian Cole takes a look at each of the sports featured. The pack was designed by hat-trick and printed by Walsall Security Printers.


 

First Day Envelope - Price: 30p

First Day Cover - Mail Order Price: £6.00 UK

The First Day Cover Envelope was designed by hat-trick. The filler card is designed by hat-trick and it is printed by Fulmar Colour Printing Company Ltd.

 

Retail Stamp Book - Price £2.76

The stamp book will feature one Wheelchair Rugby and one Paralympic Games Sailing 1st Class stamps and four 1st Class Machins.

 

Stamp Cards - Price £4.50 the set

Ten postcards bearing enlarged images of each of the Olympic and Paralympic Games stamps go on sale about a week before the stamp issue date. Printed by Fulmar Colour Printing Company Ltd.

 

Stamp and Postcard Sets - Price £7.50 each

Two sets of five specially designed postcards featuring the images of the Sailing and Gymnastics stamps packaged together with the relevant stamps.

 

Commemorative Sheet - Price £13.95

The commemorative sheet features all ten Olympic and Paralympic Games stamps alongside labels containing information about each sport. Designed by True North and written by Richard Rae, the sheet features interviews with 2008 bronze-medal winning Olympic gymnast Louis Smith and Britain's number-one female wheelchair tennis player Lucy Shuker.

 

Composite Stamp Sheet - Price: £13.80

This highly collectible product features all 30 stamps from all three Olympic and Paralympic stamp issues on a single stamp sheet. This is the first time that Royal Mail has created a sheet featuring so many different designs, created by leading contemporary design artists.

 

Olympic Countdown Coin Cover - Price: £17.50

From 2009, each year Royal Mail and the Royal Mint have issued a 15,000 limited edition and numbered coin covers to mark the countdown to the London 2012 Olympic Games, this is the third in the series of 'Countdown' coin covers.

 

The cover looks at the Olympic and Paralympic Games venues. Design is by Neon.

 

The brilliant, uncirculated £5 coin features the sport of cycling on the reverse side with a special design by Royal Mint engraver Claire Aldridge and the London 2012 Olympic logo. The obverse of the coin features the portrait of HM the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley.

 

 

 

Stamp and Coin Retail Packs, wrestling and handball - Price £4.99

 

Postmarks

Two different pictorial 'first day of issue postmarks' are available for every new stamp issue:

 

Unstamped Royal Mail First Day Cover envelopes (price 30p) will be available from Post Officeâ branches and philatelic outlets approximately one week before issue. Collectors who hand in or post covers at main Post Officeâ branches will receive the pictorial RUGBY, WARKS first day postmark.

 

Alternatively, collectors may send stamped covers for the first day of issue to Royal Mail, Tallents House, 21 South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9PB, quoting reference FD11 27 (Tallents House) or to any Special Handstamp Centre quoting reference FD11 28 RUGBY, WARKS pictorial postmark) FD11 28NP (non-pictorial).

 

Thanks to Juan Franco Crespo, Spain

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