Royal Mail Stamps 2016 - Christmas 2016, 8 November 2016


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08 November 2016
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Royal Mail celebrates its fiftieth Christmas stamp issue with six festive stamps featuring well-loved Christmas traditions.

Royal Mail has issued Christmas stamps since 1966 and this year celebrates their fiftieth anniversary with festive stamps and associated products, including a presentation pack which takes a tour through five decades of Christmas-themed stamps.

The six stamps feature popular festive items which are recognisable the world over: a snowman, robin, Christmas tree, lantern, Christmas stocking and Christmas pudding. Artist Helen Musselwhite has created a series of intricate paper cut-out illustrations for the background of each stamp; with her detailed work featuring snowflakes, holly, stars and scrolls.

The stamps were designed by The Chase, who have used a series of Christmas-themed colours (red, blue, yellow and green) for the illustrations, with the Queen’s head silhouette reflecting the main colour of each stamp.

Stamp details

Issue date: 8 November, 2016

Design: The Chase

Paper-cut artwork: Jonathan Beer

Size: 24mm x 28mm (standard); 34mm x 28mm (large)

Printer: De La Rue Security Print

Print process: Gravure

Perforations: 14.5 x 15

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Phosphor: Bars as appropriate

Gum: Self-adhesive


Large: Snowman

Large: Robin

1st: Robin

2nd: Snowman

£1.05: Christmas tree

£1.33: Lantern

£1.52: Christmas stocking

£2.25: Christmas pudding