List of United Kingdom commemorative stamps

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This list of United Kingdom commemorative stamps deals with commemorative stamps issued by Royal Mail, the postal administration of the United Kingdom.

History[edit]

Postage stamps were first used in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on 6 May 1840, with the introduction of the world's first adhesive postage stamps, the Penny Black and Two Pence Blue. Until 1924, all British stamps depicted only the portrait of the reigning monarch, with the exception of the 'High Value' stamps (the so-called "Sea Horses" design) issued in 1913, which were twice the size of normal stamps with added pictorial design.

In 1924, the first commemorative stamp was issued for the British Empire Exhibition. There were then occasional issues over the next thirty years, when the frequency of new issues became more regular. From the mid-1960s, in most years, six to nine sets of commemorative stamps have been issued every year. The General Post Office introduced official First Day Covers and Presentation Packs in the mid-1960s and PHQ Cards, postcard sized reproductions of commemorative stamps, have also been issued to accompany every new set of stamps since the mid-1970s.

Issue dates of the early British Commemorative stamps, 1924–1969
Issue Date Commemorative Issue No. in set Designer(s)
1924
23 April 1924 British Empire Exhibition (Dated 1924) Two (1d, 1½d) Both with Watermark Harold Nelson[1]
1925
9 May 1925 British Empire Exhibition (Dated 1925) Two (1d, 1½d) Both with Watermark Harold Nelson[1]
1929
10 May 1929 9th U.P.U. Congress, London Five (½d, 1d, 1½d, 2½d, £1) All with Watermark F W Farleigh, Ernest Linzell, Harold Nelson[2]
1935
7 May 1935 Silver Jubilee George V Four (½d, 1d, 1½d, 2½d) All with Watermark Barnett Freedman[3]
1937
13 May 1937 Coronation of George VI One (1½d) With Watermark
1940
6 May 1940 Centenary of First Adhesive Postage Stamp Six (1½d, 1d, 1½d, 2d, 2½d, 3d) All with Watermark
1946
11 June 1946 Victory Two 2½d, 3d) Both with Watermark
1948
26 April 1948 Royal Silver Wedding Two (2½d, £1) Both with Watermark
29 July 1948 Olympic Games Four (2½d, 3d, 6d, 1s) All with Watermark
1949
10 October 1949 75th Anniversary of Universal Postal Union Four (2½d, 3d, 6d, 1s) All with Watermark
1951
3 May 1951 Festival of Britain Two (2½d, 4d) Both with Watermark
3 May 1951 High Value Definitives George VII (This set is not a Commemorative issue, it is the first set of 'Pictorial' High Value Definitives) Four (2s6d, 5s, 10s, £1) All with Watermark
1953
3 June 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II Four (2½d, 4d, 1s3d, 1s6d) All with Watermark
1955
September 1955 Castles (Not a Commemorative issue, the 2nd set of 'Pictorial' High Value Definitives) Four (10s and £1 first issued 1 September, 2s6d and 5s first issued 23 September) All with Watermark
1957
1 August 1957 World Scout Jubilee Jamboree Three (2½d, 4d, 1s3d) All with Watermark
12 September 1957 46th Inter-Parliamentary Union Conference One (4d) With Watermark
1958
18 July 1958 6th British Empire & Commonwealth Games Three (3d, 6d, 1s3d) All with Watermark
1960
7 July 1960 Tercentenary of Establishment of General Letter Office Two (3d, 1s3d)
19 September 1960 1st Anniversary of European Postal & Telecommunications Conference Two (6d, 1s6d)
1961
28 August 1961 Centenary of Post Office Savings Bank Three (2½d, 3d, 1s6d)
18 September 1961 European Postal & Telecommunications (C.E.P.T.) Conference, Torquay Three (2d, 4d, 10d)
25 September 1961 7th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference Two (6d, 1s3d)
1962
14 November 1962 (Introduction of the double issue: Phosphor and Ordinary sets)

National Productivity Year

Three (2½d, 3d, 1s3d) Also issued in Phosphor set. David Gentleman[4]
1963
21 March 1963 (Introduction of GPO First Day of Issue Postmark)

Freedom From Hunger

Two (2½d, 1s3d) Also issued in Phosphor set.
7 May 1963 Paris Postal Conference Centenary One (6d) Also issued in Phosphor set.
16 May 1963 National Nature Week Two (3d, 4½d)) Also issued in Phosphor set.
31 May 1963 9th International Lifeboat Conference, Edinburgh Three (2½d, 4d, 1s6d) Also issued in Phosphor set. David Gentleman[4]
15 August 1963 Red Cross Centenary Congress Three (3d, 1s3d, 1s6d) Also issued in Phosphor set.
3 December 1963 Opening of COMPAC (Trans-Pacific Telephone Cable) One 1s6d Also issued in Phosphor set.
1964
23 April 1964 (Introduction of GPO Presentation Pack)

Shakespeare Festival

Five (3d, 6d, 1s3d, 1s6d, 2s6d)

Four (3d, 6d, 1s3d, 1s6d) also issued in Phosphor set.

David Gentleman[4]
1 July 1964 20th International Geographical Congress, London Four (2½d, 4d, 8d, 1s6d)

Also issued in Phosphor set.

5 August 1964 10th International Botanical Congress, Edinburgh Four (3d, 6d, 9d, 1s3d)

Also issued in Phosphor set.

4 September 1964 Opening of Forth Road Bridge Two (3d, 6d) Also issued in Phosphor set. Andrew Restall
1965
8 July 1965 Winston Churchill Commemoration Two (4d, 1s3d) Also issued in Phosphor set. David Gentleman[4]
19 July 1965 700th Anniversary of Simon de Montfort's Parliament Two (6d, 2s6d)

One (6d) also issued in Phosphor .

Stewart Black D.A
9 August 1965 Salvation Army Centenary Two (3d, 1s6d) Also issued in Phosphor set.
1 September 1965 Centenary of Joseph Lister's discovery of Antiseptic Surgery Two (4d, 1s) Also issued in Phosphor set.
1 September 1965 Commonwealth Arts Festival Two (6s, 1s6d) Also issued in Phosphor set. David Gentleman[4]
13 September 1965 25th Anniversary of Battle of Britain Eight (6 different stamps at 4d, 9d, 1s3d)

Also issued in Phosphor set.

David Gentleman and Rosalind Dease[5]
8 October 1965 Post Office Tower Two (3d, 1s3d) Also issued in Phosphor set. Clive Abbott
25 October 1965 20th Anniversary of U.N.O. and International Co-operation Year Two (3d, 1s6d) Also issued in Phosphor set.
15 November 1965 I.T.U. Centenary Two (9d, 1s6d) Also issued in Phosphor set.
1966
25 January 1966 Burns Commemoration Two (4d, 1s3d) Also issued in Phosphor set. Gordon F. Huntley
28 February 1966 900th Anniversary of Westminster Abbey Two (3d, 2s6d) One (3d) also issued in Phosphor. Sheila Robinson[6]
2 May 1966 Landscapes Four (4d, 6d, 1s3d, 1s6d) Also issued in Phosphor set. Leonard Rosoman
1 June 1966 World Cup Football Championship Three
8 August 1966 British Birds Four J Norris Wood[7]
18 August 1966 England's World Cup Football Victory
{4d value from the June set, with 'England Winners' added to design}
One David Gentleman[4]
19 September 1966 British Technology Four D Gillespie[8]
14 October 1966 900th Anniversary of Battle of Hastings Eight David Gentleman[4]
1 December 1966 Christmas Two Tasveer Shemza and James Berry[9]
1967
20 February 1967 European Free Trade Association (EFTA) Two
24 April 1967 British Wild Flowers Six
10 July 1967 British Paintings Three
24 July 1967 Sir Francis Chichester's World Voyage One
19 September 1967 British Discovery and Invention Four
18 October 1967 Christmas (4d value) One
27 November 1967 Christmas (3d & 1s–6d values) Two
1968
29 April 1968 British Bridges Four
29 May 1968 British Anniversaries Four David Gentleman[4]
12 August 1968 British Paintings Four
25 November 1968 Christmas Three
1969
15 January 1969 British Ships Six (5d, 3 X 9d se-tenant, 2 X 1s se-tenant) David Gentleman[4]
3 March 1969 First flight of Concorde Three (4d, 9d, 1s6d) Michael Goaman[10] & David Gentleman[4]
2 April 1969 Anniversaries Five
28 May 1969 British Architecture, Cathedrals Six
1 July 1969 Investiture of HRH The Prince of Wales Five
13 August 1969 Gandhi Centenary Year One
1 October 1969 Post Office Technology Commemoration Four David Gentleman[4]
26 November 1969 Christmas Three

Other decades[edit]

From 1965 onwards, in most years, there were between six and ten sets issued every year. The listings for the years after 1969 are set out in decades.

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