|Robert Burns Stamps issued by
Royal Mail on 22 January 2009 will be
available to buy from Robert Murray's Philatelic Bureau, Robert Murray Stamp Shop,
Edinburgh. You can now pre-order souvenir sheets, presentation packs,
and first day covers online from this page.
The miniature sheet contains two new stamp designs - one with Burns at the plough, the other with a portrait. Also included in the sheet are the four different Scotland "country stamps".
The presentation pack has the miniature sheet presented in a descriptive
fold-around folder. Nicely packaged if you are thinking of this as a present.
Set of three postcards - one each of the two main stamp designs, and the third card showing the complete miniature sheet.
The Post Office have produced a few of these in the last couple of years.
They say that they are uncut sheets of miniature sheets (as if this was something special out of the printers), but they are in fact designed and produced specifically for the collector/souvenir market. If you're looking for something that has philatelic significance - forget it ! If you want to spend some money and get something quite different and quite impressive, here's the product that is aimed at you ! Comes delivered rolled in a tube.
Only 2,009 sheets being produced.
Click to see pop-up image from Royal Mail website
|Robert Burns First Day Cover
The miniature sheet attached to a specially printed commemorative envelope, and cancelled with a "special handstamp" postmark from the first day of issue. We'll have four postmarks available, as shown to the right here.
|Robert Burns Anniversary Cover
The stamps are being issued three days ahead of Robert Burns' actual birthday (25 January), but we'll be servicing some covers with another special postmark. These will not be first day covers but "souvenir covers". Postmark image shown to right.
||Potential Order units;||To UK
||1 mint miniature sheet + 1 first day cover (our choice)||£8.68
||1 mint miniature sheet + 1 presentation pack + 1 first day cover (our choice)||£13.14
||1 mint miniature sheet + 1 presentation pack + 1 each of the four different first day cover postmarks + 1 Anniversary cover||£29.18
||1 mint miniature sheet + 1 presentation pack + 1 set of stamp cards + 1 first day cover (our choice) + 1 Anniversary cover||£18.68
||1 Anniversary cover
|Remember - these are
only suggested groupings. You can order any configuration you like. If
you want to order two or more of the units listed here, please make the
multiple order and we will adjust it to take account of any savings in
|Robert Murray Stamp Shop
5 & 6 Inverleith Gardens
|Orders by post are charged as
Price of items
Actual cost of postage
£1 per order handling charge
To the consternation of many Burns fans, these stamps will not
be issued as normal postage stamps - only as the two first class stamps
in a miniature sheet which will cost £2.66 over a post office
counter (and if you
can find a post office with stocks !). The other stamps in
the sheet are the nomal Scottish definitive stamps, the top two values
of which are those normally used on foreign mail. So the stamp values
many people will want to send to their friends abroad are not going to
be Burns stamps !
1959 all over again ......... (bigger article to follow on that)