In time for users to get new personalised stamps in preparation for Christmas, Royal Mail is issuing these stamps to showcase the full and extended Smiler range and gain maximum awareness at this peak period.
Definitive-sized greetings stamps were first issued in October 2005 with the corresponding Generic Smilers Sheet issued in July this year. These new stamps are issued in a self-adhesive booklet of 6 stamps, and a Generic Smilers Sheet will be issued at the same time.
The Smilers Sheet is shown below. As expected, it is a sheet of 20 stamps
consisting of 3 sets of the 6 stamps plus two additional stamps. However,
what we did not expect was that all 20 labels would be different, and this
requires a rethink on FDCs. The borders also have more decoration than the
'Life's Special Moments' sheet issued in July this year. This is probably
designed to stop customers of personalised sheets overprinting the border
with commemorative messages.
Click on the sheet for a larger image.
The A4 (297 x 210mm) Smilers sheet is printed in litho by Cartor Security Print; the stamp booklet are printed by Walsall Security Print in gravure.
Stamp and postmark images are Copyright 2006 by Royal Mail.
Postmarks for use on the day of issue are shown below. All permanent
postmarks could also be used.
Except for L10241* these postmarks cannot be obtained after 17 October; L10241 can be obtained until 25 October.
| Ref FD645
Official Philatelic Bureau First Day Postmark
| Ref FD646
Official Grinshill, Shrewsbury, FD Postmark
| Ref FD646N
Non-pictorial Grinshill, Shrewsbury, First Day of Issue postmark
| Ref M10235
Smilers, Love Lane, Birmingham
| Ref M10236
Generic Smilers Sheets, Giggleswick, Settle
| Ref S10237
Smilers Retail Book, Soar, Brecan
This should be Brecon; see below
| Ref S10238
Smilers Retail Book, Glass, Huntly
| Ref W10239
Smilers Retail Book, Bangor
| Ref W10240
Smilers Retail Book, Kittywell, Braunton
| Ref L10241*
Celebrations, Joydenswood, Dartford, Kent
We have produced limited edition first day covers for this issue as
All these are digital mock-ups and the size and position of postmarks may vary.
(a) with the set of 6 booklet stamps - Price £5.50
(b) with the set of 6 booklet stamps and advertising label in booklet layout - Price £5.50
(c) with the set of 6 stamps and labels from the Smilers sheet - Price
(d) set of 4 FDCs each carrying 5 stamps and labels (1 vertical strip) from the Smilers sheet - Price £17.50
Mint stamp booklet - £2.50
Set of 6 stamp cards (enlargements) - £2.75
Set of 6 stamp cards serviced with booklet stamps and 6 postmarks - £5.50
Presentation Pack - £3.10
Mint Smilers sheet - £8.25
Set of 6 single stamps from the sheet with labels - £3.00
Set of 6 stamp cards serviced with Smilers stamps and 6 postmarks - £7.00
This page updated 17 October 2006
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