To mark the 40th anniversary of the first moon landing Royal Mail will issue a commemorative sheet of 10 stamps with appropriate labels and illustrated border, in an illustrated folder.
Royal Mail have said that these commemorative sheets will be used "... to mark anniversaries that never quite made it into the stamp programme." They are A4 in size (210 x 297mm) similar to the Smilers Sheets sold at Stampex, and those commissioned by businesses. Whilst these were originally intended to be used by businesses they are now mainly produced for sale to sports fans, film fans, and collectors of general memorabilia. Being specially commissioned, 'Business Smilers' always have an intitial selling price well over face value, and often (but not always) command a considerable premium on resale.
The Royal Mail Commemorative Sheets consist of 10 x 1st class stamps, with commemorative labels and a commemorative border. Because these sheets are sold at a premium over face value they will not be listed in most stamp catalogues, but we understand they will be listed in the Smilers Catalogue under the 'Commemorative Sheet' heading.
postmarks were used
on the issue date:
Ref L11410, London SW1
M11412 Exploration Drive, Leicester
This postmark has been announced for use in conjunction with the anniversary:
REF N11407 Jodrell Bank, Manchester
The sheet is designed by the Chase design agency was printed by Cartor Security Printing.
It is A4 size, 297 x 210mm. The Union Flag stamps appear to be as previously issued and are litho and self-adhesive. At this stage we do not know if they have elliptical perfs.
This sheet is not stocked by us, and we produced no FDCs for it.
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This page updated 5 December 2010
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