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Catalogue code: AS65B
The issue’s six Special Stamps encompass 500 years of Royal Mail history by featuring Sir Brian Tuke, Master of the Posts; a Packet ship; a Penfold pillar box; River post; Mail coach and Medway Mail Centre. Notably, three of the stamps have background images composed of letters, written by Sir Brian Tuke, Anthony Trollope and John Palmer.
Special Stamps Technical Specifications
Design Atelier works
Stamp format Over-square portrait
Stamp size 35m x 37mm
Printer International Security Printers
Print process Lithography
Perforation 1 4.5 x 14
Phosphor Bars as appropriate
Number per sheet 25/50
images, including letters by Sir Brian Tuke, Anthony Trollope and John Palmer featured in the backgrounds © Royal Mail Group Ltd 2016, courtesy of The British Postal Museum and Archive, except: portrait of Sir Brian Tuke by Hans Holbein the Younger © National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, USA/ Bridgeman Images; photograph of a river post woman by Horace Nicholls © IWM Q 30842; photograph of Medway Mail Centre © Peter Macdiarmid/Staff/Getty Images.