Great Britain stamps
What you will notice immediately about UK postage stamps is that there is no country marked on them. There is, however, a very unique mark that identifies all Royal Mail stamps and that is the icon of the monarch’s head which is shown on every stamp. The image of the reigning King or Queen’s head is used on UK coins, as well as on the British postage stamps.
The reigning monarch, in 2011, is Queen Elizabeth II and her silhouetted head is in the corner of each stamp. Other countries clearly mark the stamp’s origin on the stamp so you will instantly recognize stamps of the USA, Canada, Australia and other English language stamps. More difficult to recognize are stamps bearing a countries name in their own language such as Magyar Post (Hungary), Eire (Ireland) and Nippon (Japan), unless you are multi-lingual, of course.
Royal Mail Stamp Collecting
The Royal Mail delivers thousands of stamped letters and parcels each day and stamp collectors gather up these stamps and keep them in stamp albums. Most of the time these stamps are routed through the delivery system and they are all marked in the sorting office. This marking is called franking and a frank mark is applied to each stamp to prevent its reuse. Some stamp collectors do not like to collect these used stamps and many philatelists gather on unfranked or mint condition stamps. This is a very expensive way to collect stamps as it is necessary to buy new stamps every time.
Stamps issued by the Royal Mail have featured famous Olympians, sportsmen and sportswomen as well as leading political figures and dignitaries. The reigning monarch of the day is featured on a variety of stamps as you will see from the selection opposite. When the Monarch is pictured you will notice that there is no longer the need to show the ‘Royal head’ on the stamps. Red is the color of the Royal Mail and all post boxes and delivery vans are this distinctive red color.
Royal Mail website
The website also has links for finding UK postcodes and addresses as well as prices, commemorative sections, trackers and the shop. Customized stamps are available which feature your own photographs printed on ‘real’ stamps. A sheet of 10 of your own personal stamps will cost about $10 and, naturally, they will be posted to your home address for you to use.
Great Britain Royal stamps
First Penny Stamp
William and Kate postage stamps
The Royal Mail issued many stamp packs, sheets and commemorative stamps sets for the Royal Wedding of His Royal Highness Prince William of Wales to Miss Catherine Middleton in 2011. These stamps are definitely worthy of a place in any stamp collection as they are a unique memento of the Royal Wedding, which took place on April 21st 2011.Royal Wedding postmarked stamps, Royal Wedding commemorative envelopes and an illustrated booklet featuring the Royal Wedding couple.
Collecting Royal Mail issued Postage Stamps
Whatever types of stamp you decide to collect you will find that the major issuers will provide the greatest variety of stamps for your collection. Included among the major issuers are United States Postal Service (USPS), Canada Post, Australia Post, Duetsch Post as well as many others around the world.big players in philately and to start a collection by beginning with UK postage stamps is a good move. The breadth and variety of stamps that have been issued by Royal Mail is substantial and many past issues of RM are collectible, particularly stamps featuring Princess Diana of Wales.
Royal mail themescollect postal stamps from Royal Mail on Sport, History, cartoon character stamps. It is not necessarily expensive either, especially if you have friends in the United Kingdom who might be prepared to write to you with post cards and letters. Failing that many Kiloware dealers will sell batches of UK stamps for less than $10. A Kiloware will contain between 800 and 1000 used stamps and you can specify the postage stamp theme or country of issue you require.
Stamp collecting tipsgather stamps from another nation, do start with the big issuers due to the greater availability and access to their stamps. You will soon need dedicated stamp albums for more than one country.
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