If you’re looking to boost your stamp collection, 2012 is the year to do it!
Royal Mail is issuing some interesting new collections featuring London events and figures this year, starting with the Olympic “definitive”, or everyday stamps, which go on sale today.
Olympic and Paralympic Stamps
The new stamps feature the Olympic and Paralympic logos, as well as an image of the Queen’s head, and are set to brighten up millions of letters.
After the Games, Royal Mail will issue a set of Gold Medal stamps to honour all Team GB victories.
Diamond Jubilee Stamps
Royal Mail will celebrate the Diamond Jubilee with three new stamp sets:
- House of Windsor stamps featuring the five monarchs from the start of the 20th century, issued 2 Feb
- A miniature sheet with six portraits of the Queen taken from banknotes, coins and stamps issued during her reign, including a 1st class diamond blue definitive, which replaces the standard 1st class gold definitive during the Jubilee Year, issued 6 Feb
- A set of eight stamps featuring images of the Queen during the six decades of her reign, issued 31 May
More London Stamp News
That’s not all! Look out for special Charles Dickens stamps in June to mark the 200th anniversary of the author’s birth, and an upcoming collection on British Fashion Designers (hope there’ll be a few Londoners there too).
While you await these new collections, keep your inner philatelist occupied at the British Postal Museum & Archive, where you can see stamps from all over the world.