Royal Mail to issue ParalympicsGB gold medal stamps

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20 August 2012
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Following the success of the London 2012 gold medal stamps, Royal Mail recently updated their plans and announced that they would produce a stamp for each individual or team ParalympicsGB gold medal win. ...

Following the success of the next-day gold medal stamps, Royal Mail recently updated their plans and announced that they would produce a stamp for each individual or team ParalympicsGB gold medal win.

Originally planning to issue a miniature sheet of six stamps to honour the gold-medal-winning Paralympians, Royal Mail recently announced that they would instead be issuing single issues for every individual or team victory, as they did for winners at the Olympic Games. However, the Paralympics stamps, a statement read, would be on sale ‘within five working days of each gold medal win’ rather than within 24 hours as was the case during London 2012.

Andrew Hammond, Managing Director, Royal Mail Stamps, said: ‘Following the great success of TeamGB at the Olympics, the popularity of Royal Mail’s Gold Medal stamps and the way in which our gold post boxes have captured the public imagination, we have decided to commemorate ParalympicsGB’s achievements in the same way. We believe this is the right thing to do.’

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The stamps will be on sale at 518 dedicated Post Offices across the UK (see the full list here) and will be sold in sheets of two First Class stamps for £1.20. The sheet carries additional information on the winning athlete or athletes. The stamps can also be bought individually at Post Offices.

As with the Olympics, Royal Mail will also paint a post box gold in the hometown of every ParalympicsGB gold medallist.

Read more about London 2012 stamps and coins in our special web pages.

Discover the many stamps and coins being issued to mark the London 2012 Games in the August issue of Stamp & Coin Mart.