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Great Britian

2006 Great Britain Stamp Schedule
The Virtual Stamp Club
As of 21 November 2006

This schedule represents the latest information from Royal Mail supplemented by information from other sources. The information is subject to change, and no responsibility is taken for errors, omissions or changes. However, if you do notice any wrong links or errors, please email Ian Billings.  

*Cancellation images: for all new stamp issues Royal Mail produces two First Day of Issue postmarks, the alternative to the Philatelic Bureau cancellation being shown here. In addition there are usually many sponsored postmarks for new issues, often of a pictorial nature reflecting the stamp designs. For each issue these can be seen by clicking on the Issue Title in column 2.

All images are Copyright Royal Mail and are reproduced with permission.

1998 Schedule :: 2005 Schedule

Effective 21 August 2006 Royal Mail will restructure inland mail to take account of the size as well as the weight of a package in a process called 'pricing in proportion'. Postal rates also rose in April in the traditional annual increase.

  • domestic 1st (60g): 32p (+2p)
  • domestic 2nd (60g): 23p (+2p)
  • International (Air-Europe 20g): 44p (+2p)
  • International (Air-Zone 1/2, 20g or surface 60g): 72p (+4p)

ALL DENOMINATIONS SHOWN ARE IN POUNDS STERLING ()
*FACE VALUES SHOWN ARE INITIAL-ISSUE PRICES;
BRITAIN INCREASES SALE PRICE OF CLASS-DENOMINATED STAMPS AS RATES INCREASE

FORMAT FOR THE LISTING IS AS FOLLOWS: Click any stamp links to see a picture of the stamp.
Dates in BOLD and RED indicate changed/new information since last update; specifics are shown below the issue date.

Issue Date & Picture
All stamps have nationwide release.

Issue title & description

Cancellation image
(See note above*)

Comments
Scott Catalog Number(s)
SG Catalogue Number(s)

 


Tuesday 10 January

Animal Tales - joint issue with USA
Se-tenant pairs of 2nd class, 1st class, 42p & 68p stamps.
Discussion

Also: Generic Smilers sheet, Paddington Bear 1st class stamp.

Official 'Mousehole' postmark for Animal Tales stamps.

All in sheets of 30 stamps (15 pairs) of each value

Smilers sheet of 20 stamps (1 design) and labels, 1st denom, 6.00* face value - initially sold for 6.55, after 1 April for 6.95


Tuesday 7 February

A British Journey - England
Carding Mill Valley, Beachy Head Lighthouse, St Paul's Cathedral, Brancaster, Derwent Edge, Robin Hood's Bay, Buttermere, Chipping Campden, St Boniface Down, Chamberlain Square Birmingham

Discussion

official postmark Bristol.

Block of 10 x 1st class stamps (ten designs se-tenant)
All in sheets of 30.

Thursday 23 February

Isambard Kingdom Brunel Birth Bicentenary
set of 6, miniature sheet, and Prestige Book
1st class Royal Albert Bridge; 40p Box Tunnel; 42p Paddington Station; 47p PSS Great Eastern; 60p Clifton Suspension Bridge; 68p Maidenhead Bridge.

Discussion

official postmark Bristol.

All in sheets of 24.
Miniature sheet containing one of each stamp: face value 2.87
Prestige book face value 7.40 - click here for details.

Wednesday, 1st March
St David's Day

Welsh Assembly Building
Contains Wales country definitives: 1 x 2nd class, 2 x 1st class, 2 x 68p.

official Cardiff postmark showing dragon.

Miniature sheet - face value 2.17 when issued.

Tuesday, 7th March
Fun Fruit & Veg Smilers Sheet

Fun Fruit & Veg Smilers Sheet
containing two sets of 10 stamps depicting fruit and vegetables, and 20 'speech bubble' labels.

No First Day Postmark
as these are not new stamps,
just a new format.

Sheet 20 x 1st (2 of each design)
face value 6.00* sold for 6.55*

Tuesday, 21st March

Ice Age Animals
1st class - sabre tooth cat, 42p - giant deer, 47p - woolly rhino, 68p - mammoth, 1.12 - cave bear

Discussion

official Freezywater 'mammoth skeleton' postmark

All in sheets of 25.

Tuesday, 28th March
machin definitive stamps.
44p & 72p stamps for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England

Machin and Country definitives
37p olive-green Machin (2nd class inland 100gr rate); 44p ultramarine (Europe 20gr letter rate); 49p rust Machin (1st class inland 100gr rate); 72p red (Worldwide 20gr letter rate)
44p (Oak tree) & 72p (rose) England
44p (Thistle) & 72p (Tartan) Scotland
44p (Daffodil) & 72p (Prince of Wales feathers) Wales
44p (lace) & 72p (Beleek porcelain) Northern Ireland

Discussion

5 official postmarks for
Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff,
London and Windsor

All values in sheets of 200

Tuesday, April 18th
two of the 8 British stamps commemorating the 80th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

80th Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II
se-tenant pairs of 2nd class, 1st class, 44p & 72p values - 8 designs, all monochrome photographs.

Discussion

Official Windsor postmark

All in sheets of 30

Thursday 25th May
Washington 2996 Smilers Sheet.

Washington 2006 Exhibition Smilers Sheet
containing 20 'Hello' Greetings stamps, and 20 labels showing a US Mailbox.
Discussion

No First Day Postmark
as these are not new stamps,
just a new format.

Sheet 20 x 1st
face value 6.40* sold for 6.95*

Tuesday 6 June
World Cup Winners 2006 stamp set.

World Cup Winners
1st class - England, 42p - Italy, 44p - Argentina, 50p - Germany, 64p - France, 72p - Brazil. Also a Smilers Sheet for 40th Anniv. of England's 1966 win.
Discussion

GB Football World Cup FDI postmark.

All issued in sheets of 25.
Smilers Sheet 20 x 1st
face value 6.40* sold for 6.95*

Tuesday 20 June
GB Modern Architecture stamp set.

Modern Architecture
1st class - London, 42p - Dundee, 44p - Birmingham, 50p - Chichester, 64p - Tiree, 72p - Hull.
Discussion

GB Modern Architecture FDI postmark.

All issued in sheets of 25.

Tuesday 4 July
Life's Special Moments Smilers Stamps Sheet.

Life's Special Moments Smilers Sheet
1st class stamps in 6 designs first issued October 2005.
Discussion

No First Day Postmark
as these are not new stamps,
just a new format.

Sheet 20 x 1st
face value 6.40* sold for 6.95*

Tuesday 18 July
GB National Portrait Gallery stamp set.

National Portrait Gallery 150th Anniversary
10 x 1st class se-tenant block: Sir Winston Churchill, Sir Joshua Reynolds, T. S. Elliot, Emmeline Pankhurst, Virginia Woolf, Sir Walter Scott, Mary Seacole, William Shakespeare, Dame Cicely Saunders, & Charles Darwin
Discussion

GB National Portrait Gallery FDI postmark.

All issued in sheets of 30 (three blocks). Initial cost of stamps 32p*.

Tuesday 1 August
GB National Portrait Gallery stamp set.

New definitive stamps - Pricing in Proportion
1st & 2nd class Large Letter, 1st & 2nd class (standard) letter, 12p & 14p make-up rate stamps. All conventionally gummed.
Discussion

GB FDI postmark for 1 August pricing in proportion stamps.

Small stamps issued in sheets of 2000, large stamps in sheets of 100.
Initial selling prices: 1st Large - 44p, 2nd Large - 37p; 1st - 32p, 2nd - 23p. 12p & 14p stamps are to make up 'standard' stamps to 'Large' rates.

Tuesday 15 August
GB 1st class Large letter stamp.GB 2nd class Large letter stamp.GB 2nd class standard letter stamp.

New definitive stamps - Pricing in Proportion
1st & 2nd class Large Letter stamps in self-adhesive booklets of 4.
2nd class (standard) letter stamp in coils (conventionally gummed).

Discussion

No First Day Postmark
as these are not new stamps,
just a new format.

Large Letter stamps in booklets of 4 of each value. Coils contain 500 stamps.
Initial selling prices: 1st Large - 44p, 2nd Large - 37p; 2nd - 23p.

Tuesday 31 August
GB Year of the Three Kings miniature sheet.

Year of the Three Kings (1936)
Miniature sheet containing a 3 Machin stamp and images of 1935-7 1d red stamps.
Discussion

GB FDI postmark for Three Kings miniature sheet.

The sheet has pictures of three 1d red stamps from the reigns of King George V (issued 1934), King Edward VIII (1936) and King George VI (1937).
Selling price 3 (face value).

Tuesday 12 September
GB 1st class standard letter stamp. GB 2nd class standard letter stamp.

New definitive stamps - Pricing in Proportion
1st & 2nd class (standard) Letter stamps in self-adhesive booklets of 4 and business sheets of 100.
Discussion

No First Day Postmark
as these are not new stamps,
just a new format.

(Standard) Letter stamps in booklets of 12 of each value, and 6 x 1st class. Both values in SA Business Sheets of 100.
Initial selling prices: 1st Large - 32p; 2nd - 23p.

Thursday 21 September
GB Victoria Cross miniature sheet.

Victoria Cross 150th Anniversary
Set of 6 stamps in se-tenant pairs: 1st class, 64p & 72p. Also miniature sheet containing a these stamps in a block plus a single 1990 20p Medal stamp, and a Prestige Stamp Book.
Discussion

GB FDI postmark for the Victoria Cross stamps.

Main sheets of 30 stamps se-tenant horizontally. In the miniature sheet each value is se-tenant vertically, with an additional 20p Victoria Cross stamp at the left (face value of sheet 3.56).
Click for details of the Prestige Book.
Uncut Press Sheets of 10 miniature sheets were also sold at double face value 71.20

Tuesday 3 October
GB Sounds of Britain stamps.

Sounds of Britain (Europa)
Five stamps for the Europa theme of Cultural Diversity
1st class - "Bollywood and Bhangra", 42p "Africa and the Caribbean", 50p - "Celtic", 72p "Jazz and Blues", 1.19 - Latin America.
Discussion

GB FDI postmark image for Sounds of Britain stamps.

Sheets of 25 stamps.

Tuesday 3 October
GB 1st class standard letter stamp. GB 2nd class standard letter stamp.

New definitive stamps - Pricing in Proportion
1st & 2nd class (standard) Letter stamps in conventionally-gummed coils of 1000.
Discussion

No First Day Postmark
as these are not new stamps,
just a new format.

(Standard) Letter stamps in coils of 1000, vertical delivery.
Initial selling prices: 1st - 32p; 2nd - 23p.

Tuesday 17 October
Extra Special Moments Booklet and Smilers stamps image.

Extra Special Moments Booklet and Smilers Sheet
A second booklet of 6 x 1st class stamps (6 designs) and associated Smilers Sheet of 20 stamps.
Discussion

GB FDI postmark image for 2006 Christmas stamps.

Booklet 6 x 1st face value 1.92*.
Smilers Sheet 20 x 1st - face value 6.40* sold for 6.95*

Tuesday 7 November
GB 2006 Christmas stamps image.

Christmas
2006 Christmas stamps, miniature sheet and Smilers sheet. 1st class Santa, 2nd class Snowman, a 72p reindeer and 1.19 Christmas Tree. 1st & 2nd class stamps are also in 'Large Letter' versions.
Conventionally gummed MS with all values. Smilers sheet contains 10 each 1st & 2nd.
Discussion

GB FDI postmark image for 2006 Christmas stamps.

Sheets of 50 self-adhesive with kiss die-cut 'perforations'. Initial selling prices: 2nd (23p), 1st (32p), Large 2nd (37p), Large 1st (44p).
Miniature sheet face value 3.27*.
Smilers sheet face value 5.50*, selling price 6.00*.

Thursday 9 November
GB 'Lest We Forget' remembrance  miniature sheet stamps image.

"Lest We Forget" - Miniature sheet
One new 1st class stamp in Poppy design, and a block of 4x72p se-tenant country stamps of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales in a miniature sheet.
Also a generic Smilers sheet of 20 x 1st class stamps showing war memorials.
Discussion

GB FDI postmark for 'Lest We Forget' remembrance miniature sheet.

Miniature sheet of 5 stamps, face value 3.70*.
Smilers sheet (the first not available for personalisation) face value 6.40* initially sold for 6.95*.

Tuesday 14 November
GB 'Lest We Forget' remembrance  miniature sheet stamps image.

Belgica 2006 Philatelic Exhibition Smilers sheet
Smilers sheet of 20 x 1st class 'Hello' stamps with labels showing stamp collecting themes.
Discussion

No First Day Postmark
as these are not new stamps,
just a new format.

Smilers sheet face value 6.40* initially sold for 6.95*.

Thursday 30 November
GB Commemorating Scotland miniature sheet stamps image.

Celebrating Scotland - Miniature sheet
A miniature sheet containing 2 x 1st class and 2 x 72p stamps:
1st Lion (existing design);
1st Scottish flag (modification of existing 2nd class);
72p St Andrew (patron saint);
72p Edinburgh (capital city).

Discussion

GB FDI postmark for 'Celebrating Scotland' miniature sheet.

Miniature sheet of 4 stamps, face value 2.08*.

Compiled by John Cropper
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