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PHQ card set issued for the 1986 Royal Wedding (numbered PHQ95)

PHQ Cards are postcards issued by the British Post Office depicting the designs of their commemorative stamps. They are generally available to buy in main post offices about two weeks prior to the release of each new set of stamps.

Description[edit]

The 'PHQ' stands for Postal Headquarters. All items published by the Post Office are given a number which is prefixed by letters. The first card issued, on 16 May 1973, was numbered PHQ1, and the numbering sequence has continued to the present day.

There are however two gaps in the sequence, and two duplications. The number PHQ24 was originally set aside for the 9p Silver Jubilee card (issued after the rest of the set), but when it was issued the card was numbered PHQ22E. The next set (Wildlife cards, issued 5 October 1977) had already been allocated the number PHQ25, and so the number PHQ24 was never used.

The London 1980 Exhibition card, issued 9 April 1980 to commemorate the 1980 International Stamp Exhibition, and the set of five cards for London Landmarks, issued 7 May 1980, both had the reference number PHQ43.

The set of five cards for Gallantry, issued 11 September 1990, and the set of four cards for Astronomy, issued 16 October 1990, both had the reference number PHQ129. Consequently the number PHQ130 was unused.

History[edit]

The first PHQ card issued.

The first card issued was the 3p W.G. Grace stamp from the set of stamps commemorating County Cricket, issued on 16 May 1973, but not released until mid-July. Subsequent cards have been issued about two weeks prior to the release of the stamps. This enables collectors to obtain the cards before the issue of the stamps so that they can attach the relevant stamp and obtain First Day of Issue postmarks.

When they were first issued, the PHQ cards were intended to be just an occasional picture postcard for sale to the public at Post Offices and Philatelic Counters. However, right from the first card issued, some enterprising Stamp Dealers realised that there was a potential new Stamp collecting area, and stamps were fixed either to the face of the card, or the back, and postmarks for various cricket matches played between July and September 1973 were obtained.[citation needed]

In August 1973 a second card was issued for one of the stamps in the set to mark the 400th anniversary of the birth of Inigo Jones, architect and designer. Over the next three years several more single cards, and a few sets were issued, from July 1976 onwards there has been a set of cards issued for every new set of commemorative stamps that has been issued.

The first two cards issued, 1973 Cricket and 1973 Inigo Jones, are larger than the current cards, measuring 120 mm x 172 mm in size, while all cards issued from PHQ3 onward are 104 mm x 148 mm in size. This can be confusing for new collectors coming across the first two issues for the first time, if they are not aware of the size difference, they tend to think they are worthless copies.

Collecting PHQ cards[edit]

1990 Gallantry Awards set (PHQ129), postmarked with individual handstamps on each front.

There are three main areas of collecting interest. Many collectors like to collect only the unused cards, but some like to obtain them with first day of issue postmarks. Others like to obtain them with special handstamps that have some connection to the stamp subject matter. Also, stamp collectors will usually put the stamp on the back of the card, but a very popular variation is for the stamp to be applied to the face of the card, so that the postcard picture, stamp and postmark are all visible on the same face.

Postmarks and handstamps[edit]

The first card was not put on sale until two months after the issue date of the stamps, so would not have been eligible for a First day of issue postmark. However the card is known to exist with 16 May 1973, Birmingham FDI cancellation (back-dated by favour), but it is much more collectable with the July and September pictorial cricket postmarks. The cricket postmarks to look out for are 21 July, Benson & Hedges, and 1 September Gillette Cup.

The early issues[edit]

Below are the issue dates of all the early cards, issued up until July 1976. Since this date a full set of cards has been issued for every commemorative set, and for some of the definitive issues.

Stamp issue date Stamp set #cards Card set ref Qty. Issued
16 May 1973 County Cricket, 1873–1973 one PHQ 1 20,000
15 August 1973 400th Anniversary, birth of Inigo Jones one PHQ 2 20,000
12 September 1973 19th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference one PHQ 3 15,200
14 November 1973 Royal Wedding (The Princess Anne) one PHQ 4 290,000
27 February 1974 British Trees one PHQ 5 16,750
24 April 1974 Fire Service Anniversary one PHQ 6 30,000
10 July 1974 Medieval Warriors four PHQ 7 31,750
9 October 1974 Winston Churchill Centenary one PHQ 8 114,430
19 February 1975 Bicentenary, birth J. M. W. Turner one PHQ 9 46,250
23 April 1975 European Architectural Year three PHQ 10 51,000
11 June 1975 Sailing one PHQ 11 41,350
13 August 1975 150th Anniversary of Public Railways four PHQ 12 47,500
22 October 1975 Jane Austen Bicentenary four PHQ 13 27,330
28 April 1976 Social Reformers one PHQ 14 38,350
2 June 1976 American Bicentenary one PHQ 15 60,950
30 June 1976 Roses four PHQ 16 34,250

All subsequent issues of British Commemorative Stamps had a set of PHQ Cards issued.

Differences and errors[edit]

Like the stamps they depict, because of the printing processes involved, errors and differences will occur in the printings. Some of the notable differences and errors are listed here.

Card set ref. Issue date Stamp set Details
PHQ 7 10 July 1974 Medieval Warriors 10p card known to exist with missing red.
PHQ 8 9 October 1974 Winston Churchill 5½p card known to exist with missing gold.
PHQ 9 19 February 1975 Turner Bicentenary 5½p card known to exist with missing black
PHQ 11 11 June 1975 Sailing 8p card known to exist with missing red.
PHQ 13 22 October 1975 Jane Austen bicentenary 10p card gold head & border, upward shift of 5 mm
13p card, black and yellow shifted upwards.
PHQ 16 30 June 1976 Rose Society Centenary 8½p upward shift of yellow by 2 mm
PHQ 18 29 September 1976 500th anniversary of British Printing 10p card upwards shift of olive & dark green by 5 mm
PHQ 21 2 March 1977 Centenary, Royal Institute of Chemistry 8½p card with picture printed on matt {reverse} side
8½p card with upward shift of yellow & blue by 1 mm
10p card, missing red & black
PHQ 22 11 May 1977 Silver Jubilee 8½p card with missing pale blue
8½p card with pale blue shift to right by 2 mm
8½p card with grey shifted to left
PHQ 25 5 October 1977 British Wildlife Badger card missing brown value and description
Hare card missing brown value and description
Otter card with bistre frame shifted upwards
PHQ 29 31 May 1978 Anniversary of Coronation 13p card with doubling of gold & purple
PHQ 30 5 July 1978 Shire Horses 13p card with missing brown
PHQ 33 7 February 1979 British Dogs 10½p card printed on matt {reverse} side
10½p card, blue & yellow shifted 12 mm to right
13p card printed on matt {reverse} side
PHQ 37 11 July 1979 International Year of the Child 9p card with downward shift of yellow,
blue, silver & bistre by 6 mm
PHQ 39 26 September 1979 150th Anniversary of
Metropolitan Police
10p card with red & black shifted
down and to left by 1 mm
PHQ 42 12 March 1980 150th Anniversary of the
Liverpool and Manchester Railway
Goods Train & Mail Coach card missing bistre border
PHQ 43 7 May 1980 London Landmarks 13½p card printed on the matt (reverse) side
13½p card with black print missing from reverse
PHQ 47 10 October 1980 Sports Centenaries 12p card with missing magenta, black, bistre & gold
17½p card printed on matt (reverse) side

Other notable differences[edit]

Card set ref Issue Date Stamp issue Details
PHQ 18 29 September 1976 British Printing The caption on 8½p card incorrectly states the woodcut is of the Knight,
when in fact it is a woodcut of the Squire.
PHQ 24 N/A NOT ISSUED See explanation in "Description" section, above.
PHQ 25 5 October 1977 British Wildlife there were two printings of this issue, with slight colour variations
PHQ 31 2 August 1978 Cycling Centenaries The 11p card also exists with a completely different
back about the Cycling Proficiency Test.
PHQ 38 22 August 1979 Rowland Hill Centenary The 10p card also exists with a completely different reverse, which states
"With the Compliments of the British Post Office", in both English & French.
This card was produced for the 1979 UPU Conference in Brazil.
PHQ 47 10 October 1980 Sports Centenaries The Post Office's National Postal Museum overprinted a small number of the
12p card for their Exhibition of Elizabethan Sports Stamps, and sold these
cards with the 12p Sports stamp affixed to the reverse.
PHQ 50 1981 Disabled Card (a) had card (d) description printed upside down as well as regular (a) description

Listing of PHQ Issues[edit]

PHQ # Issue Date Issue Title Description
1 16 May 1973 County Cricket, 1873–1973 County Cricket 1873-1973
2 15 August 1973 400th Anniversary, birth of Inigo Jones 400th Anniversary of the Birth of Inigo Jones (architect and designer)
3 12 September 1973 19th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference 19th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference
4 14 November 1973 Royal Wedding Royal Wedding of Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips
5 27 February 1974 British Trees British Trees (2nd issue)
6 24 April 1974 Fire Service Anniversary Bicentenary of the Fire Prevention (Metropolis) Act
7 10 July 1974 Medieval Warriors Medieval Warriors
8 9 October 1974 Winston Churchill Centenary Birth Centenary of Winston Churchill
9 19 February 1975 Bicentenary, birth J. M. W. Turner Birth Bicentenary of J.M.W. Turner (painter)
10 23 April 1975 European Architectural Year European Architectural Heritage Year
11 11 June 1975 Sailing Sailing
12 13 August 1975 150th Anniversary of Public Railways 150th Anniversary of Public Railways
13 22 October 1975 Jane Austen Bicentenary Birth Bicentenary of Jane Austen (novelist)
14 28 April 1976 Social Reformers Social Reformers
15 2 June 1976 American Bicentennary Bicentenary of American Revolution
16 30 June 1976 Roses Centenary of Royal National Rose Society
17 4 August 1976 Culture British Cultural Traditions
18 29 September 1976 500th anniversary of British Printing 500th Anniversary of British Printing
19 24 November 1976 Christmas 1976 Christmas 1976
20 12 January 1977 Racket Sports Racket Sports
21 2 March 1977 Centenary, Royal Institute of Chemistry Centenary of Royal Institute of Chemistry
22 15 June 1977 Silver Jubilee (Elizabeth II) Silver Jubilee of Elizabeth II
23 8 June 1977 Heads of Government Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 1977 London
24 -- n/a -- -- Not Issued --- See note in "Description" section (above).
25 5 October 1977 British Wildlife British Wildlife
26 23 November 1977 Christmas 1977 Christmas 1977
27 25 January 1978 Energy Energy Resources
28 1 March 1978 Buildings British Architecture: Historic Buildings
29 31 May 1978 25th Anniversary of Coronation (Elizabeth II) 25th Anniversary of Coronation
30 5 July 1978 Shire Horses Horses
31 2 August 1978 Cycling Centenaries of Cyclists Touring Club and British Cycling Federation
32 22 November 1978 Christmas 1978 Christmas 1978
33 7 February 1979 British Dogs British Dogs
34 21 March 1979 Spring Wild Flowers Spring Wild Flowers
35 9 May 1979 First Direct Elections First Direct Elections to European Assembly
36 6 June 1979 Horseracing Painting Horseracing paintings and Bicentenary of The Derby
37 11 July 1979 International Year of the Child International Year of the Child
38 22 August 1979 Sir Rowland Hill Death Centenary of Sir Rowland Hill
39 26 September 1979 150th Anniversary of Metropolitan Police 150th Anniversary of Metropolitan Police
40 21 November 1979 Christmas 1979 Christmas 1979
41 16 January 1980 Wild Birds Centenary of Wild Bird Protection Act
42 12 March 1980 150th Anniversary of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway 150th Anniversary of Liverpool and Manchester Railway
43 9 April 1980 London 1980 Exhibition
43 7 May 1980 London Landmarks London Landmarks. Issued with incorrect numbering (duplicating previous use of PHQ43).
44 18 June 1980 Famous People (Authoresses) Famous woman authors
45 4 August 1980 Queen Mother's 80th Birthday 80th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
46 10 September 1980 British Conductors British Conductors
47 10 October 1980 Sports Centenaries Sport Centenaries
48 19 November 1980 Christmas 1980 Christmas 1980
49 6 February 1981 Folklore Folklore
50 25 March 1981 Year of the Disabled International Year of the Disabled
51 13 May 1981 Butterflies Butterflies
52 24 June 1981 National Trust 50th Anniversary of the National Trust for Scotland
53 22 July 1981 Royal Wedding Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer
54 12 August 1981 Duke of Edinburgh's Award 25th Anniversary of Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme
55 23 September 1981 Fishing Industry Fishing Industry
56 18 November 1981 Christmas 1981 Christmas (Children's paintings)
57 10 February 1981 Charles Darwin Charles Darwin
58 24 March 1981 Youth Organisations Youth Organisations
59 28 April 1982 British Theatre British Theatre
60 18 June 1982 Maritime Heritage Maritime Heritage
61 23 July 1982 British Textiles British Textiles
62 8 September 1981 Information technology Information Technology
63 13 October 1981 British Motor Cars British Motor Cars
64 17 November 1982 Christmas 1982 Christmas (Carols)
65 26 January 1983 British River Fishes British River Fishes
66 9 March 1983 Commonwealth Day Commonwealth Day Monday 14 March
67 25 May 1983 Engineering Achievements British Engineering Achievements
68 6 July 1983 British Army Uniforms The British Army
69 24 August 1983 British Gardens British Gardens
70 5 October 1983 British Fairs British Fairs
71 18 November 1983 Christmas 1983 Christmas 1983
72 17 January 1984 Heraldry Heraldry
73 6 March 1984 British Cattle Cattle
74 10 April 1984 Urban Renewal Urban Renewal
75 15 May 1984 European Elections Europa
76 5 June 1984 Economic Summit
77 26 June 1984 100 Years Greenwich Meridian Greenwich 1884- Meridian -1984
78 31 July 1984 1st Royal Mail coach Run The Royal Mail
79 25 September 1984 50th Anniversary British Council The British Council 1934 - 1984
80 20 November 1984 Christmas 1984 Christmas (The Nativity) 1984
81 22 January 1985 Famous Trains Famous Trains
82 12 March 1985 Insects Insects
83 14 May 1985 European Music Year British Composers
84 18 June 1985 Safety at Sea Safety at Sea
85 30 July 1984 350 Years of Royal Mail Royal Mail
86 3 September 1985 Arthurian Legends Arthurian Legends
87 8 October 1985 British Film Year British Films
88 11 November 1985 Christmas 1985 Christmas (Pantomime) 1985
89 14 January 1986 Industry Industry Year
90 18 February 1986 Comet Halley's Comet
91 21 April 1986 60th Birthday 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II
92 20 May 1986 Conservation Europa. Nature Conservation
93 17 June 1986 Medieval Life Domsday Book 1086
94 15 July 1986 Sport Track Event, rowing, Weight Lifting,Shooting, Hockey
95 22 July 1986 Royal Wedding Royal Wedding of The Duke of York & Miss Sarah Ferguson
96 19 August 1986 Parliamentary Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference
97 16 September 1986 RAF Royal Air Force
98 18 November 1986 Christmas 1986 Christmas (Traditions)
99 6 January 1987 Flowers Flowers
100 24 March 1987 Newton Sir Isaac Newton
101 12 May 1987 Architects British Architects in Europe
102 16 June 1987 St John Ambulance St John Ambulance
103 21 June 1987 Heraldry Scottish Heraldry
104 8 September 1987 Victoria Victorian Britain
105 13 October 1987 Pottery Studio Pottery
106 17 November 1987 Christmas 1987 Christmas
107 19 January 1988 Linnean Bicentenary of Linnean Society
108 1 March 1988 Welsh Bible 400th Anniversary of the Welsh Bible
109 22 March 1988 Sport Sports Organisations
110 10 May 1988 Transport Transport and Mail Services Europa
111 21 June 1988 Australia Australian Bicentenary
112 19 July 1988 Armada Spanish Armada
113 6 September 1988 Lear Centenary of death of Edward Lear
114 15 November 1988 Christmas 1988 Christmas
115 17 January 1989 Birds Cententary of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
116 7 March 1989 Year of Food and Farming Food and Farming Year
117 11 April 1989 Anniversaries Anniversaries & Events
118 16 May 1989 Europa Toys and Games Toys and Games Europa
119 4 July 1989 Industrial Archaeology Industrial Archaeology
120 5 September 1989 Microscopical Society 150th Anniversary of the Royal Microscopical Society
121 17 October 1989 Lord Mayor Lord Mayor's Show
122 14 November 1989 Christmas 1989 Christmas 1989
123 23 January 1990 RSPCA 150th Anniversary of Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
124 6 March 1990 Europa Glasgow City of Culture Europa and 'Glasgow 1990 European City of Culture'
125 10 April 1990 Queen's Awards 25th Anniversary of Queen's Award for Export and Technology
126 5 June 1990 Kew Gardens 150th Anniversary of Kew Gardens
127 10 July 1990 Thomas Hardy 150th Birth Anniversary of Thomas Hardy (author)
128 2 August 1990 The Queen Mother 90th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
129 11 September 1990 Gallantry Awards Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the George Cross. Set of five depicts the George Cross, the Victoria Cross, the Distinguished Service Cross and Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross and Medal, and the Military Cross and Medal.
129 16 October 1990 Astronomy Commemorating the centenary of the British Astronomical Association and the bicentenary of Armagh Observatory. Set of four designed by Jeff Fisher. Issued with incorrect numbering (should have been PHQ130).
130 -- n/a -- -- Not Issued --- Unused after #129 duplication. See note in "Description" section (above).
131 13 November 1990 Christmas 1990 Christmas 1990
132 8 January 1991 Dogs Dogs. Paintings by George Stubbs
133 5 March 1991 Science Scientific Achievements
134 23 April 1991 Space/Europa Europa. Europe in Space
135 11 June 1991 Sport World Student Games Sheffield and World Cup Rugby Championship
136 16 July 1991 Roses 9th World Congress of Roses Belfast
137 28 August 1991 Dinosaurs 150th Anniversary of Dinosaurs Identification by Owen
138 17 September 1991 Ordnance Bicentenary of Ordnance Survey. Maps of Hamstreet Kent
139 12 November 1991 Christmas 1991 Christmas 1991 Illustrated Manuscripts from the Bodleian Library Oxford
140 14 January 1992 Wintertime The Four Seasons: Wintertime
141 6 February 1992 Happy & Glorious 40th Anniversary of Accession
142 10 March 1992 Tennyson Death Centenary of Alfred Lord Tennyson
143 7 April 1992 International/Europa Europa: International Events
144 16 June 1992 Civil War 350th Anniversary of the English Civil War
145 21 July 1992 Gilbert & Sullivan 150th Birth Anniversary of Sir Arthur Sullivan Gilbert and Sullivan Operas
146 15 September 1992 Green Protection of the Environment. Children's Paintings
147 13 October 1992 Europe Single European Market
148 10 November 1992 Christmas 1992 Christmas 1992: Stained Glass Windows
149 19 January 1993 Swans 600th Anniversary of Abbotsbury Swannery
150 16 February 1993 Harrison 300th Birth Anniversary of John Harrison (inventor of the marine chronometer).
151 16 March 1993 Orchids 14th World Orchid Conference Glasgow
152 11 May 1993 Art/Europa Europa. Contemporary Art
153 15 June 1993 Roman Roman Britain
154 20 July 1993 Canals Inland Waterways
155 14 September 1993 Autumn The Four Seasons. Autumn. Fruits and Leaves
156 12 October 1993 Holmes Sherlock Holmes. Centenary of the Publication of The Final Problem
157 9 November 1993 Christmas 1993 Christmas 1993 150th Anniversary of Publication of A Christmas Carol
158 18 January 1994 Steam Trains The Age of Steam. Railway Photographs by Colin Gifford
159 1 March 1994 HRH Paintings 25th Anniversary of Investiture of The Prince of Wales. Paintings by The Prince of Wales
160 12 April 1994 Postcards Centenary of Picture Postcards
161 3 May 1994 Tunnel Opening of Channel Tunnel
162 6 June 1994 D-Day 50th Anniversary of D-Day
163 5 July 1994 Golf Scottish Golf Courses
164 2 August 1994 Summertime The Four Seasons. Summertime Events
165 27 September 1994 Medical Discoveries Europa. Medical Discoveries
166 1 November 1994 Christmas 1994 Christmas 1994 Children's Nativity Plays
167 17 January 1995 Cats Cats
168 14 March 1995 Springtime The Four Seasons. Springtime. Plant Sculptures by Andy Goldsworthy
169 11 April 1995 National Trust Centenary of National Trust
170 2 May 1995 Peace/Europa Europa. Peace and Freedom
171 6 June 1995 Sci-Fi Science Fiction. Novels by H.G. Wells
172 8 August 1995 Shakespeare Reconstruction of Shakespeares Globe Theatre
173 5 September 1995 Communications Pioneers of Communications
174 3 October 1995 Rugby Centenary of Rugby League
175 30 October 1995 Christmas 1995 Christmas 1995 Christmas Robins
176 25 January 1996 Robert Burns Death Bicentenary of Robert Burns (Scottish poet)
177 12 March 1996 Wildfowl 50th Anniversary of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. Bird Paintings by C.F. Tunnicliffe
178 16 April 1996 Centenary of Cinema Centenary of Cinema
179 14 May 1996 Football European Football Championship
180 9 July 1996 Olympics Olympic and Paralympic Games Arlanta
181 6 August 1996 Europa: Famous Women Europa. Famous Women
182 3 September 1996 Kids TV 50th Anniversary of Children's Television
183 1 October 1996 Classic Cars Classic Sports Cars
184 28 October 1996 Christmas 1996 Christmas 1996
185 21 January 1997 The Great Tudor and Six Wives 450th Death Anniversary of King Henry VIII
186 11 March 1997 Missions of Faith 1400th anniversary of death of St. Columba and arrival of St. Augustine of Canterbury
187 13 May 1997 Legends Europa. Tales and Legends. Horror Stories
188 10 June 1997 Architects of the Air British Aircraft Designers
189 8 July 1997 All the Queen's Horses 'All The Queens Horses'. 50th Anniversary of the British Horse Society
190 12 August 1997 Sub Post Offices Sub-Post Offices
191 9 September 1997 Enid Blyton Birth Centenary of Enid Blyton (children's author)
192 13 November 1997 Golden Wedding Elizabeth II Royal Golden Wedding
193 27 October 1997 Christmas 1997: Christmas Crackers Christmas 1997 150th Anniversary of the Christmas Cracker
194 20 January 1998 Endangered Species Endangered Species
195 24 February 1998 The Queen's Beasts Heraldic set commemorating 650th Anniversary of the Order of the Garter (Lion of England and Edward III, Falcon of Plantagenet and Bull of Clarence, Lion of Mortimer and Yale of Beaufort, Greyhound of Richmond and Dragon of Wales, Unicorn of Scotland and Horse of Hanover).
196 24 March 1998 Lighthouses Lighthouses
197 23 April 1998 Comedians Comedians
198 23 June 1998 50th Anniversary of the National Health Service 50th Anniversary of National Health Service
199 21 July 1998 Fantasy Novels Famous Children's Fantasy Novels (Extra card as Tolkien/Tolkein was spelt incorrecty
200 25 August 1998 Europa Festivals Europa. Festivals. Notting Hill Carnival
201 29 September 1998 Land Speed Record Holders British Land Speed Record Holders
202 2 December 1998 Christmas 1998: Christmas Angels Christmas 1998 Angels
203 12 January 1999 The Millennium Series: The Inventors' Tale Millennium Series. The Inventors' Tale
204 2 February 1999 The Millennium Series: The Travellers' Tale Millennium Series. The Travellers' Tale
205 2 March 1999 The Millennium Series: The Patients' tale Millennium Series. The Patients's Tale
206 6 April 1999 The Millennium Series: The Settlers' Tale Millennium Series. The Settlers' Tale
207 4 May 1999 The Millennium Series: The Workers' Tale Millennium Series. The Workers' Tale
208 1 June 1999 The Millennium Series: The Entertainers' Tale Millennium Series. The Entertainers' Tale
209 6 July 1999 The Millennium Series: The Citizens' Tale Millennium Series. The Citizens' Tale
210 3 August 1999 The Millennium Series: The Scientists' Tale Millennium Series. The Scientists' Tale
211 7 September 1999 The Millennium Series: The Farmers' Tale Millennium Series. The Farmers' Tale. Includes 1999 Europa issue
212 5 October 1999 The Millennium Series: The Soldiers' Tale Millennium Series. The Soldiers' Tale
213 2 November 1999 The Millennium Series: The Christians' Tale Millennium Series. The Christians' Tale
214 7 December 1999 The Millennium Series: The Artists' Tale Millennium Series. The Artists' Tale
215 18 January 2000 Above and Beyond Millennium Projects (1st Series). 'Above and Beyond'
216 1 February 2000 Fire and Light Millennium Projects (2nd Series). 'Fire and Light'
217 7 March 2000 Water and Coast Millennium Projects (3rd Series). 'Water and Coast'
218 4 April 2000 Life and Earth Millennium Projects (4th Series). 'Life and Earth'
219 2 May 2000 Art and Crafts Millennium Projects (5th Series). 'Art and Craft'
220 6 June 2000 People and Places Millennium Projects (6th Series). 'People and Places'
221 4 July 2000 Stone and Soil Millennium Projects (7th Series). 'Stone and Soil'
222 1 August 2000 Tree and Leaf Millennium Projects (8th Series). 'Tree and Leaf'
223 5 September 2000 Mind and Matter Millennium Projects (9th Series). 'Mind and Matter'
224 3 October 2000 Body and Bone Millennium Projects (10th Series). 'Body and Bone'
225 7 November 2000 Spirit and Faith Millennium Projects (11th Series). 'Spirit and Faith'
226 5 December 2000 Sound and Vision Millennium Projects (12th Series). 'Sound and Vision'
227 16 January 2001 Hopes for the Future The Millennium stamp
228 13 February 2001 Cats and Dogs Cats and Dogs
229 13 March 2001 Weather Weather
230 10 April 2001 Royal Navy Submarines Centenary of the Royal Navy Submarine Service
231 15 May 2001 British Double Deckers Double-decker Buses
232 19 June 2001 Fabulous Hats Fabulous Hats
233 10 July 2001 Pond Life/Europa Pond Life
234 4 September 2001 Punch & Judy Puppets Punch and Judy
235 2 October 2001 Nobel Prizes Centenary of the Nobel Prizes
236 6 November 2001 Christmas 2001 Christmas 2001 Robins
237 15 January 2002 Just So Stories Centenary of Publication of Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories
238 6 February 2002 Golden Jubilee Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II
239 19 March 2002 Coastline British Coastlines
240 9 April 2002 Circus Europa Circus
241 2 May 2002 Aircraft 50th Anniversary of Passenger Jet Aviation
242 21 May 2002 World Cup World Cup Football Championship Japan and Korea
243 16 July 2002 Commonwealth Games 17th Commonwealth Games Manchester
244 20 August 2002 Peter Pan 150th Anniversary of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital
245 10 September 2002 London Bridges Bridges of London
246 24 September 2002 Astronomy Astronomy Sheet
247 8 October 2002 Pillar Boxes 150th Anniversary of the First Pillar Box
248 5 November 2002 Christmas 2002 Christmas 2002
249 14 January 2003 Birds of Prey Birds of Prey
250 25 February 2003 The Secret of Life 50th Anniversary of Discovery of DNA
251 25 March 2003 Fun Fruit & Veg Fruit and Vegetables
252 29 April 2003 Extreme Endeavours Extreme Endeavours (British Explorers
253 2 June 2003 Coronation 50th Anniversary of Coronation
254 17 June 2003 Prince William of Wales 21st Birthday of Prince William of Wales
255 15 July 2003 Scotland A British Journey Scotland
256 12 August 2003 Pub Signs Europa British Pub Signs
257 18 September 2003 Transport Toys Classic Transport Toys
258 7 October 2003 British Museum 250th Anniversary of the British Museum
259 4 November 2003 Christmas 2003 Christmas 2003
260 13 January 2004 Classic Locomotive Classic locomotives
261 26 February 2004 The Lord of the Rings The Lord of the Rings
262 16 March 2004 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
263 6 April 2004 Entente Cordiale Entente Cordiale
264 13 April 2004 Ocean Liners Ocean Liners
265 25 May 2004 Royal Horticultural Society Royal Horticultural Society
266 15 June 2004 Wales Wales
267 10 August 2004 Royal Society of Arts Royal Society of Arts
268 16 September 2004 Woodland Animals Pine Martin Fox etc.
269 12 October 2004 The Crimean War The Crimea War
270 2 November 2004 Christmas 2004 Christmas 2004
271 11 January 2005 Farm Animals Pigs, Geese etc.
272 8 February 2005 South-West England South West England
273 24 February 2005 Jane Eyre Jane Eyre
274 15 March 2005 Magic Magic!
275 21 April 2005 World Heritage Sites World Heritage Sites
276 7 June 2005 Trooping the Colour Trooping the Colour
277 19 July 2005 Motorcycles Motorcycles
278 23 August 2005 Changing tastes in Britain A Celebration of Food
279 15 September 2005 Classic ITV Classic ITV
280 18 October 2005 Battle of Trafalgar Battle of Trafalgar
281 1 November 2005 Christmas 2005 Christmas 2005
282 10 January 2006 Animal Tales Animal Tales
283 7 February 2006 England England
284 23 February 2006 Brunel Isambard Kingdom Brunel
285 21 March 2006 Ice Age Animals Ice Age Animals
286 18 April 2006 Queen's 80th Birthday Her Majesty The Queen's 80th Birthday - Queen Elizabeth II
287 6 June 2006 World Cup Winners World Cup Winners
288 20 June 2006 Modern Architecture Modern Architecture
289 18 July 2006 National Portrait Gallery National Portrait Gallery (London)
290 21 September 2006 Victoria Cross Victoria Cross
291 3 October 2006 Sounds of Britain Sounds of Britain
292 7 November 2006 Christmas 2006 Christmas 2006
293 9 January 2007 Beatles The Beatles
294 1 February 2007 Sea Life Sea Life
295 13 February 2007 The Sky at Night Celebrating the 50th year of BBC television's 'The Sky at Night' programme.
296 1 March 2007 World of Invention World of Invention
297 22 March 2007 Abolition of Slavery Abolition of the Slave Trade
298 15 May 2007 Beside the Seaside Beside the Seaside
299 5 June 2007 Machin 40th Anniversary 40th Anniversary of the "Machin series" of British definitive postage stamps
300 3 July 2007 Grand Prix Grand Prix Formula One Motor Racing
301 26 July 2007 Scouts Scouts
302 4 September 2007 Birds White-tailed Eagle, Bearded Tit, Red Kite, Cirl Bunting, Marsh Harrier, Avocet, Bittern, Dartford Warbler, Corncrake, Peregrine
303 20 September 2007 British Army Uniforms British Army Uniforms
304 16 October 2007 Queen's Diamond Wedding Anniversary Queen's 60th Wedding Anniversary
305 6 November 2007 Christmas 2007 Christmas
306 8 January 2008 James Bond James Bond Centenary of Birth of Ian Fleming
307 5 February 2008 Working Dogs Working Dogs Centenary
308 28 February 2008 The Houses of Lancaster & York Kings & Queens (Part 1) (Houses of Lancaster and York)
309 13 March 2008 Mayday - Rescue at Sea Mayday - Rescue at Sea
310 15 April 2008 Insects Insects 'Action for Species' 2
311 13 May 2008 Cathedrals Cathedrals 300th anniversary of completion of St Paul?s Cathedral:
312 10 June 2008 Classic Carry-on & Hammer House of Horror Films Classic Films "Carry on" and "Hammer" Films anniversaries
313 17 July 2008 Air Displays Airshows
314 18 September 2008 RAF Uniforms British RAF Uniforms
315 14 October 2008 Women of Distinction Women of Distinction
316 4 November 2008 Christmas 2008 Christmas - Pantomime
317 8 November 2008 Lest We Forget Lest We Forget - 90th anniversary of end of the First World War
318 13 January 2009 British Design Classics Design Classics
319 22 January 2009 Robert Burns 250th Anniversary Birth of Robert Burns
320 12 February 2009 Darwin 200th Anniversary Birth of Charles Darwin
321 10 March 2009 Pioneers of the Industrial Revolution Pioneers of the Industrial Revolution
322 21 April 2009 House of Tudor Kings & Queens Part 2 (Tudors)
323 19 May 2009 Plants (Action for Species) Endangered Plants & 250th Anniversary of Kew Gardens
324 16 June 2009 Mythical Creatures Mythical Creatures
325 1 September 2009 Fire & Rescue Services Fire Brigade
326 18 August 2009 Post Boxes Featuring different post boxes through the years
327 17 September 2009 Royal Navy Uniforms Royal Navy Uniforms
328 8 October 2009 Eminent Brits Eminent Britons
329 3 November 2009 Christmas 2009 Christmas - The Nativity Story as depicted on church stained glass
330 7 January 2010 Classic Album Covers Classic Album Covers
331 2 February 2010 Girlguiding UK Girlguiding UK
332 25 February 2010 The Royal Society The Royal Society
333 11 March 2010 Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Battersea Dogs and Cats Home
334 23 March 2010 House of Stuart Kings and Queens - The Stewarts
335 13 April 2010 Mammals Mammals
336 8 May 2010 Accession of George V Centenary of accession of George V
337 13 May 2010 Britain Alone Britain Alone
338 15 June 2010 House of Stuart House of Stuart
339 27 July 2010 The Olympic & Paralympic Games Olympic Games
340 19 August 2010 Great British Railways Great British Railways
341 16 September 2010 Medical Breakthroughs Beta-blockers, Antibiotic, Hip replacement, Artificial lens, Malaria parasite, Computed tomography scanner
342 12 October 2010 Winnie-The-Pooh Winnie the Pooh
343 2 November 2010 Xmas with Wallace & Gromit Wallace & Gromit X-mas
344 11 January 2011 FAB. The Genius of Gerry Anderson Joe 90 Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Thunderbirds (TV series) Stingray (TV series), Fireball XL5, Supercar
345 1 February 2011 Classic Locomotives of England BR Dean Goods No. 2532; Peckett R2 Thor; L & YR 1093 No. 1100; BR WD No. 90662
346 24 February 2011 Musicals Oliver!, Blood Brothers, We Will Rock You, Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Rocky Horror Show, Me and My Girl, Return to the Forbidden Planet, Billy Elliot
347 8 March 2011 The Magic Realms Rincewind, Nanny Ogg, Dumbledore, Voldemort, Merlin, Morgan le Fay, Aslan, The White Witch
348 22 March 2011 Safeguarding the Natural World Featuring different animals
349 12 April 2011 Royal Shakespeare Company Hamlet, The Tempest, Henry VI, King Lear, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Romeo and Juliet Royal Shakespeare Theatre; Swan Theatre; The Courtyard Theatre; The Other Place
350 5 May 2011 Morris & Co. furnishings and decorative arts manufacturers and retailers see William Morris.
351 5 June 2011 Thomas the Tank Engine Thomas the Tank Engine
352 17 July 2011 The Olympics and Paralympic Games The Olympics and Paralympic Games - Get Ready for 2012
353 23 August 2011 The Crown Jewels (Coronation Special) Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom
354 9 September 2011 Aerial Post First Aeroplace Mail (UK) Pilot Gustav Hamel
355 15 September 2011 Kings and Queens The Age of the Hanoverians
356 13 October 2011 UK A-Z: Part 1 Alphabetical tour of 12 famous landmarks of the United Kingdom, Part 1 of 2 (Angel of the North, Blackpool Tower, Carrick-a-Rede, Downing Street, Edinburgh Castle, Forth Railway Bridge, Glastonbury Tor, Harlech Castle, Ironbridge, Jodrell Bank, Kursall and Lindisfarne Priory).
357 8 November 2011 Christmas 2011 Illustrations by Peter Malone
358 10 January 2012 Roald Dahl Illustrations by Quentin Blake
359 2 February 2012 Kings and Queens The Age of the Windsors and Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
360 23 February 2012 Britons of Distinction Basil Spence, Frederick Delius, May Morris. Odette Hallowes, Thomas Newcomen, Kathleen Ferrier, Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin, M. R. James, Alan Turing, Joan Mary Fry
361 8 March 2012 Classic Locomotives of Scotland BR D34 Nos. 62471 & 62496, BR D40 No. 62276, Andrew Barclay No. 807 and BR 4P No.54767
362 20 March 2012 Comics (2000 AD) The Dandy, The Beano, Eagle, Topper, Tiger, Bunty, Buster, Valiant, Twinkle and 2000AD
363 10 April 2012 UK A-Z: Part 2 Alphabetical tour of 12 famous landmarks of the United Kingdom, Part 2 of 2 (Manchester Town Hall, Narrow Water Castle, Old Bailey, Portmeirion, The Queen's College, Oxford, Roman Baths, Stirling Castle, Tyne Bridge, Urquhart Castle, Victoria & Albert Museum, White Cliffs of Dover, Station X Bletchley Park, York Minster and ZSL London Zoo).
364 15 May 2012 Great British Fashion The work of Hardy Amies, Norman Hartnell, Granny Takes a Trip, Ossie Clark with Celia Birtwell, Tommy Nutter, Jean Muir, Zandra Rhodes, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith and Alexander McQueen
365 31 May 2012 The Diamond Jubilee Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II
366 19 June 2012 Charles Dickens Charles Dickens
367 27 July 2012 Welcome to the 2012 Olympic Games 2012 Summer Olympics
368 29 August 2012 Welcome to the London 2012 Paralympic Games 2012 Summer Paralympics
369 27 September 2012 Memories of London 2012 2012 Summer Paralympics and 2012 Summer Olympics
370 16 October 2012 Space Science Sun, Venus, Mars, Lutetia, Saturn and Titan
371 8 November 2012 Christmas 2012 Designed by Web & Web Design Ltd illustrations Axel Scheffler
372 8 January 2013 London Underground London Underground: The Art of the Poster
373 21 February 2013 Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion
374 26 March 2013 Doctor Who Doctor Who
375 16 April 2013 Great Britons Norman Parkinson, Vivien Leigh, Peter Cushing, David Lloyd George, Elizabeth David, John Archer (British politician), Benjamin Britten, Mary Leakey, Bill Shankly, Richard Dimbleby
376 9 May 2013 Football Heroes Jimmy Greaves, John Charles, Gordon Banks, George Best, John Barnes, Kevin Keegan, Denis Law, Bobby Moore, Bryan Robson, Dave Mackay and Bobby Charlton
377 30 May 2013 Royal Portraits Six decades of portraits of Queen Elizabeth II
378 18 June 2013 Classic Locomotives of Northern Ireland UTA W Class No. 103, UTA SG3 Class No. 35, Peckett No. 2 and CDRJC Class 5 No. 4
379 11 July 2013 Butterflies Comma, Purple Emperor, Orange-tip, Marsh Fritillary, Chalkhill Blue, Red Admiral, Small Copper, Brimstone, Swallowtail and Marbled White
380 13 August 2013 British Auto Legends The Thoroughbreds (1961 Jaguar E-Type, 1962 MG MGB, 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, 1968 Morgan Plus 8, 1963 Aston Martin DB5, 1976 Lotus Esprit).
381 19 September 2013 Merchant Navy The Atlantic and Arctic Convoys of World War Two
382 10 October 2013 Dinosaurs Dinosaurs
383 5 November 2013 Christmas 2013 Madonna and Child images in the Early Renaissance, High Renaissance, Neoclassical, French Academic and Neo- Coptic styles.
384 7 January 2014 Classic Children's TV Andy Pandy, Ivor the Engine, Dougal - The Magic Roundabout, Windy Miller - Camberwick Green, Mr Benn, Great Uncle Bulgaria - The Wombles, Bagpuss, Paddington Bear, Postman Pat, Bob the Builder, Peppa Pig, Shaun the Sheep
385 4 February 2014 Working Horses Riding for the Disabled Association, The King’s Troop Ceremonial Horses, Dray Horses, Royal Mews Carriage Horses, Police Horses, Forestry Horses
386 20 February 2014 Agerbeiriannau Clasurol Cymru Classic Locomotives of Wales - LMS No. 7720, Hunslet No. 589 Blanche, W&LLR No. 822 and BR 5600 No. 5652
387 25 March 2014 Remarkable Lives Roy Plomley, Joe Mercer, Kenneth More, Dylan Thomas, Sir Alec Guinness, Noorunissa Inayat Khan, Max Perutz, Joan Littlewood and Abram Games
388 21 April 2014 Buckingham Place Six stamps look at the different appearance of the iconic building over the centuries, while a four-stamp miniature sheet celebrates the opulence of its interior. Royal Mail commissioned the artwork used for the 2014 stamp.
389 13 May 2014 Great British Film Stamp Set Six classic British films:- Matter of Life and Death (1946), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Chariots of Fire (1981) Secrets & Lies (1996) & Bend It Like Beckham (2002).
390 5 June 2014 Sustainable Fish Herring, Red Gurnard, Dab, Pouting, Cornish Sardine, Common Skate, Spiny Dogfish, Wolffish, Sturgeon and Conger Eel
391 17 July 2014 Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Judo, Swimming, Marathon, Squash, Netball and Para-Sport track cycling
392 28 July 2014 The Great War 1914 POPPY, FIONA STRICKLAND,‘FOR THE FALLEN’, Laurence Binyon, PRIVATE WILLIAM CECIL TICKLE, A STAR SHELL, CRW NEVINSON, THE RESPONSE, NEWCASTLE, PRINCESS MARY’S GIFT FUND BOX
393 18 September 2014 Seaside Architecture British Piers - Eastbourne Bandstand, Tinside Lido (Plymouth), Bangor Pier, Southwold Lighthouse, Blackpool Pleasure Beach and a Bexhill-on-Sea Shelter
394 14 October 2014 Iconic British Prime Ministers Sir Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher, Clement Attlee, Harold Wilson, Sir Robert Peel, William Ewart Gladstone, Charles Grey and William Pitt the Younger

Other Postcard Issues[edit]

Occasionally the post office issues Stamp Cards of stamps that are not listed as PHQ. This also includes copies of Definitive Issues.

Issue No. Issue Date Issue Title
PSM01 1999-Jun Royal Wedding
PSM02 1999-Dec Millennium Timekeeper
PSM02 2000-May Her Majesty's Stamps
PSM04 2000-Aug Queen Mothers Birthday
PSM05 2001-Feb Occasions
PSM06 2001-May British Double Deckers (also No. PHQ231)
PSM07 2001-Oct Royal Navy Flags
PSM08 2002-Mar Occasions
PSM09 2003-Feb Occasions
PSM10 2004-Feb Occasions
Celebrating Great Britain
CGB01 2006-Nov Celebrating Scotland
CGB02 2007-Apr Celebrating England
CGB03 2008-Mar Celebrating Northern Ireland
CGB04 2009-Feb Celebrating Wales
Greetings
GS1 1993-Feb Gift Giving
GS2 1994-Feb Messages
GS3 1995-Mar Art
GS4 1996-Feb Cartoons
GS5 1997-Jan Flowers
Other
PHQHP 2007-Jul Harry Potter
PHQOGH 2008-Aug Olympic Games
Definitives
D1 1993-Mar Britannia
D2 1993-Mar £1 Carrickfergus Castle
D3 1993-Mar £1.50 Caernarfon Castle
D4 1992-Mar £2 Edinburgh Castle
D5 1992-Mar £5 Windsor Castle
D6 1993-Oct Machin 1st
D7 1995-Aug £1 Machin
D8 1995-Aug £3 Carrickfergus Castle
D9 1994-Jul Bank of England
D10 1995-May Mitchell
D11 1996-Apr Queens 70th
D12 1999-Jun Scotland
D13 1999-Jun Wales
D14 1999-May Airlift
D15 1999-Oct Rugby
D16 2000-Mar Millenium
D17 2000-Mar Postman Pat
D18 2000-Apr Botanic
D19 2001-Mar Northern Ireland
D20 2001-Apr English Definitives
D21 2002-Dec Wildings
D22 2003-Mar Machin Gold 1st
D23 2003-Mar Universal European
D24 2003-Oct England
D25 2003-Oct Scotland
D26 2003-Oct Wales
D27 2003-Oct Northern Ireland
D28 2005-Mar Castles
D29 2006-Oct Smilers
D29 2008-Sept Country Definitives
D30 2008-Sep Machin definitives
D31 Smilers
Prepaid Postcards
2007-Jul Scouts
2008-Jun Films-Off The Wall
2009-Jan British design Classics

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