List of United Kingdom commemorative stamps

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This list of United Kingdom commemorative stamps deals with commemorative stamps issued by Royal Mail, the postal administration of the United Kingdom.

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History

Postage stamps were first used in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on 6 May 1840, with the introduction of the world's first adhesive postage stamps, the Penny Black and Two Pence Blue. Until 1924, all British stamps depicted only the portrait of the reigning monarch, with the exception of the 'High Value' stamps (the so-called "Sea Horses" design) issued in 1913, which were twice the size of normal stamps with added pictorial design.

In 1924, the first commemorative stamp was issued for the British Empire Exhibition. There were then occasional issues over the next thirty years, when the frequency of new issues became more regular. From the mid-1960s, in most years, six to nine sets of commemorative stamps have been issued every year. The General Post Office introduced official First Day Covers and Presentation Packs in the mid-1960s and PHQ Cards, postcard sized reproductions of commemorative stamps, have also been issued to accompany every new set of stamps since the mid-1970s.

Issue dates of the early British Commemorative stamps, 1924–1969
Issue dateCommemorative IssueNo. in setDesigner(s)
1924
23 April 1924 British Empire Exhibition (dated 1924)Two (1d, 1+12d) Both with Watermark Harold Nelson [1]
1925
9 May 1925British Empire Exhibition (dated 1925)Two (1d, 1+12d) Both with WatermarkHarold Nelson [1]
1929
10 May 19299th UPU Congress, LondonFive (12d, 1d, 1+12d, 2+12d, £1) All with WatermarkF W Farleigh, Ernest Linzell, Harold Nelson [2]
1935
7 May 1935 Silver Jubilee of George V Four (12d, 1d, 1+12d, 2+12d) All with Watermark Barnett Freedman [3]
1937
13 May 1937 Coronation of George VI One (1+12d) With Watermark
1940
6 May 1940Centenary of First Adhesive Postage StampSix (12d, 1d, 1+12d, 2d, 2+12d, 3d) All with Watermark
1946
11 June 1946VictoryTwo (2+12d, 3d) Both with Watermark
1948
26 April 1948Royal Silver WeddingTwo (2+12d, £1) Both with Watermark
29 July 1948Olympic GamesFour (2+12d, 3d, 6d, 1s) All with Watermark
1949
10 October 194975th Anniversary of Universal Postal Union Four (2+12d, 3d, 6d, 1s) All with Watermark
1951
3 May 1951 Festival of Britain Two (2+12d, 4d) Both with Watermark
3 May 1951High Value Definitives George VI (This set is not a Commemorative issue, it is the first set of 'Pictorial' High Value Definitives)Four (2s 6d, 5s, 10s, £1) All with Watermark
1953
3 June 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Four (2+12d, 4d, 1s 3d, 1s 6d) All with Watermark
1955
September 1955 Castles (Not a Commemorative issue, the 2nd set of 'Pictorial' High Value Definitives)Four (10s and £1 first issued 1 September, 2s 6d and 5s first issued 23 September) All with Watermark
1957
1 August 1957 World Scout Jubilee Jamboree Three (2+12d, 4d, 1s 3d) All with Watermark
12 September 195746th Inter-Parliamentary Union ConferenceOne (4d) With Watermark
1958
18 July 19586th British Empire & Commonwealth GamesThree (3d, 6d, 1s 3d) All with Watermark
1960
7 July 1960Tercentenary of Establishment of General Letter Office Two (3d, 1s 3d) Faith Jaques
19 September 19601st Anniversary of European Postal & Telecommunications ConferenceTwo (6d, 1s 6d)
1961
28 August 1961Centenary of Post Office Savings BankThree (2+12d, 3d, 1s 6d)
18 September 1961European Postal & Telecommunications (CEPT) Conference, TorquayThree (2d, 4d, 10d)
25 September 19617th Commonwealth Parliamentary ConferenceTwo (6d, 1s 3d) Faith Jaques
1962
14 November 1962(Introduction of the double issue: Phosphor and Ordinary sets)

National Productivity Year

Three (2+12d, 3d, 1s 3d) Also issued in Phosphor set. David Gentleman [4]
1963
21 March 1963(Introduction of GPO First Day of Issue Postmark)

Freedom From Hunger

Two (2+12d, 1s 3d) Also issued in Phosphor set.
7 May 1963Paris Postal Conference CentenaryOne (6d) Also issued in Phosphor set.
16 May 1963National Nature WeekTwo (3d, 4+12d) Also issued in Phosphor set.
31 May 19639th International Lifeboat Conference, Edinburgh Three (2+12d, 4d, 1s 6d) Also issued in Phosphor set. David Gentleman [4]
15 August 1963 Red Cross Centenary CongressThree (3d, 1s 3d, 1s 6d) Also issued in Phosphor set.
3 December 1963Opening of COMPAC (Trans-Pacific Telephone Cable)One (1s 6d) Also issued in Phosphor set.
1964
23 April 1964(Introduction of GPO Presentation Pack)

Shakespeare Festival

Five (3d, 6d, 1s 3d, 1s 6d, 2s 6d)

Four (3d, 6d, 1s 3d, 1s 6d) also issued in Phosphor set.

David Gentleman [4]
1 July 196420th International Geographical Congress, LondonFour (2+12d, 4d, 8d, 1s 6d)

Also issued in Phosphor set.

5 August 196410th International Botanical Congress, EdinburghFour (3d, 6d, 9d, 1s3d)

Also issued in Phosphor set.

4 September 1964Opening of Forth Road Bridge Two (3d, 6d) Also issued in Phosphor set.Andrew Restall
1965
8 July 1965 Winston Churchill CommemorationTwo (4d, 1s 3d) Also issued in Phosphor set. David Gentleman [4]
19 July 1965700th Anniversary of Simon de Montfort's ParliamentTwo (6d, 2s 6d)

One (6d) also issued in Phosphor .

Stewart Black D.A
9 August 1965 Salvation Army CentenaryTwo (3d, 1s6d) Also issued in Phosphor set.
1 September 1965Centenary of Joseph Lister's discovery of Antiseptic SurgeryTwo (4d, 1s) Also issued in Phosphor set.
1 September 1965Commonwealth Arts FestivalTwo (6s, 1s 6d) Also issued in Phosphor set. David Gentleman [4]
13 September 196525th Anniversary of Battle of Britain Eight (6 different stamps at 4d, 9d, 1s 3d)

Also issued in Phosphor set.

David Gentleman and Rosalind Dease [5]
8 October 1965Post Office TowerTwo (3d, 1s 3d) Also issued in Phosphor set.Clive Abbott
25 October 196520th Anniversary of UNO and International Co-operation YearTwo (3d, 1s 6d) Also issued in Phosphor set.
15 November 1965 ITU CentenaryTwo (9d, 1s 6d) Also issued in Phosphor set.
1966
25 January 1966Burns CommemorationTwo (4d, 1s 3d) Also issued in Phosphor set.Gordon F. Huntley
28 February 1966900th Anniversary of Westminster Abbey Two (3d, 2s 6d) One (3d) also issued in Phosphor.Sheila Robinson [6]
2 May 1966LandscapesFour (4d, 6d, 1s 3d, 1s 6d) Also issued in Phosphor set.Leonard Rosoman
1 June 1966World Cup Football ChampionshipThree (4d, 6d, 1s 3d) Also issued in Phosphor set.
8 August 1966British BirdsFour (Four different 4d)Also issued in Phosphor set.J Norris Wood [7]
18 August 1966England's World Cup Football Victory
{4d value from the June set, with 'England Winners' added to design}
One (4d) David Gentleman [4]
19 September 1966British TechnologyFour (4d, 6d, 1s 3d, 1s 6d)Also issued in Phosphor set.D Gillespie [8]
14 October 1966900th Anniversary of Battle of Hastings Eight (Six different 4d, 6d, 1s 3d)Also issued in Phosphor set. David Gentleman [4]
1 December 1966ChristmasTwo (3d, 1s 6d)Also issued in Phosphor set.Tasveer Shemza and James Berry. [9] Shemza and Berry were six-year-old children whose stamp designs won a Blue Peter competition. Shemza was the daughter of the artist Anwar Shemza. [10]
1967
20 February 1967European Free Trade Association (EFTA)Two
24 April 1967British Wild FlowersSix [11]
10 July 1967British PaintingsThree
24 July 1967 Sir Francis Chichester's World VoyageOne
19 September 1967British Discovery and InventionFour
18 October 1967Christmas (4d value)One
27 November 1967Christmas (3d & 1s 6d values)Two
1968
29 April 1968British BridgesFour
29 May 1968British AnniversariesFour David Gentleman [4]
12 August 1968British PaintingsFour
25 November 1968ChristmasThree
1969
15 January 1969British ShipsSix (5d, 3 × 9d se-tenant, 2 × 1s se-tenant) David Gentleman [4]
3 March 1969First flight of Concorde Three (4d, 9d, 1s 6d) Michael Goaman [12] & David Gentleman [4]
2 April 1969AnniversariesFive
28 May 1969British Architecture, CathedralsSix
1 July 1969Investiture of HRH The Prince of WalesFive
13 August 1969 Gandhi Centenary YearOne
1 October 1969Post Office Technology CommemorationFour David Gentleman [4]
26 November 1969ChristmasThree

Other decades

From 1965 onwards, in most years, there were between six and ten sets issued every year. The listings for the years after 1969 are set out in decades.

See also

References and sources

Notes
  1. 1 2 "George V Commemorative Issue: Wembley British Empire Exhibition". The British Postal Museum & Archive . Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  2. "King George V Commemorative Issue: Postal Union Congress 1929". The Postal Museum . Retrieved 1 January 2023.
  3. "King George V Commemorative Issue: Silver Jubilee, 1910–1935". The Postal Museum . Retrieved 1 January 2023.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 "David Gentleman's 103 Issued Stamps - 1962–1969". The British Postal Museum & Archive. Archived from the original on 8 June 2012. Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  5. "World War 2 in Stamps". The British Postal Museum & Archive . Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  6. "Westminster Abbey – Icons of England". The British Postal Museum & Archive . Retrieved 23 July 2009.
  7. "Robin – Icons of England". The British Postal Museum & Archive . Retrieved 23 July 2009.
  8. "Mini – Icons of England". The British Postal Museum & Archive . Retrieved 23 July 2009.
  9. "First Christmas Stamps – The Post of Christmas Past". The British Postal Museum & Archive . Retrieved 22 July 2009.
  10. "Christmas 1966 − Stamp name: King of the Orient". rmspecialstamps.com. Royal Mail. 2016. Archived from the original on 26 September 2020. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  11. "British Flora". Royal Mail . Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  12. "Stamp of the Month – January 2007". The British Postal Museum & Archive . Retrieved 23 July 2009.
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