Stamps Celebrate Royal Mail’s 500th Anniversary

[press release]

Royal Mail 500
Issue Date: 17th February 2016 rm500set
REASON & INSPIRATIONIn 2016, Royal Mail celebrates 500 years of operating a regular, organised postal service. We have marked this historic landmark by telling the story of how a formal postal network was established and expanded to ensure efficient movement of communications.

PRODUCT RANGE AT A GLANCE

  • rm500packetStamps (3*1st & 3*1.52) separate sheets £6.45
  • Miniature Sheet (2*1st & 2*1.33) £3.92
  • FDC Stamps £8.22
  • FDE Stamps £0.30
  • FDC Miniature Sheet £5.18
  • FDE Miniature Sheet £0.30
  • Non Personalised Stamp FDC £8.22
  • Non Personalised Miniature sheet FDC £5.18
  • Presentation Pack £10.90
  • Stamp Cards (11 in set) £4.95

Please Note: the following products will be issued on 18th February 2016

  • Royal Mail 500 Prestige Stamp Book (inc. 1st Class Penny Red from 175th Anniv. Generic Sheet) £16.36
  • Royal Mail PSB FDC (inc. 1st Class Penny Red from 175th Anniv. Generic Sheet) £6.53
  • PSB FDE £0.30
  • 175th Anniversary of the Penny Red Generic Sheet £13.10
  • 175th Anniversary of the Penny Red Stamp book £3.78

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PRODUCTS IN DETAIL
Stamp Set
rm500set

  • 1st Class Sir Brian Tuke: Foreground Sir Brian Tuke, c.1527-8 or c.1532-34. Background Letter from Brian Tsuke to Cromwell (BPMA)
  • rm500pillar1st Class Packetship: ‘Mail Packet off Eastbourne’ Oil on canvas by Capt Victor Howes, RN. Image courtesy of the BPMA
  • 1st Class Penfold Pillar Box: Foreground Penfold Pillar Box (BPMA). Background Letter written by Anthony Trollope proposing pillar boxes in St Peter’s Port, Guernsey, 19 December 1851 (BPMA)
  • £1.52 Riverpost Girl: Image courtesy of the IWM
  • £1.52 Mailcoach: Foreground Mailcoach (BPMA). Background Letter from John Palmer re introduction of Mail Coaches in Portsmouth (BPMA)
  • £1.52 Medway Mail Centre: The recently opened £70 million mail centre which replaced four sites based in Kent. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

First Day Cover Inland (Tallents House Handstamp) rm500fdc

Price: £8.22 Code: AF402
The Tallents House handstamp features a map of the UK with the six great post roads highlighted.
First Day Cover Inland (Alternative Handstamp)
Price: £8.22 Code: AF402
The alternative handstamp features a quote from Brian Tuke (who was appointed to the role of Master of the Posts in 1516) and London WC1 has been chosen as it is the location of the British Postal Museum & Archive/The Postal Museum

First Day Envelope Price: 30p Code: AE358

Miniature Sheet FDC
rm500sheetfdcPrice: £3.92 Code: MZ114
First Day Cover Inland (Tallents House Handstamp)
Price: £5.18 Code: MF113
The Tallents House handstamp features a map of the UK with the six great post roads highlighted.

First Day Cover (Alternative Handstamp)
Price: £5.18 Code: MF113
rm500tukeThe alternative handstamp features a quote from Brian Tuke (who was appointed to the role of Master of the Posts in 1516) and London WC1 has been chosen as it is the location of the British Postal Museum & Archive/The Postal Museum

First Day Envelope Price: 30p Code: ME111

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