Royal Mail's latest post & go features British ladybirds

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ladybird-28445.jpg Post & Go Ladybirds
Royal Mail’s latest set of six 1st Class Post & Go stamps, issued on 14 September 2016, features six different types of British ladybirds.

Royal Mail’s latest set of six 1st Class Post & Go stamps, issued on 14 September 2016, features six different types of British ladybirds.

Described as ‘a celebration of British ladybirds and their surprising variety of colours and forms’, the set of stamps was designed by Osborne Ross and features illustrations by Chris Wormell. The stamps each feature one ladybird, as follows:

  • seven spot ladybird
  • fourteen spot ladybird
  • orange ladybird
  • heather ladybird
  • striped ladybird
  • water ladybird

In addition to the individual stamps, which will be dispensed via Post & Go machines, collectors can also purchase a range of related souvenirs, including two first day covers with alternate postmarks (priced at £5.03), first day envelope (£30p), and a presentation pack (£3.84). As an alternative to the Tallents House, Edinburgh postmark, pictorial and non-pictorial postmarks will also be available featuring the location Beetley, Durham, with the pictorial version showing an image of a ladybird.

Meanwhile, Jersey Post are following suit with a similar set of Post & Go stamps featuring a selection of Jersey’s beetles painted by natural history illustrator Lizzie Harper.

The new designs will be available from both of the Jersey Post kiosks, JE01 and JE02, from 14 September and feature the orange ladybird, harlequin ladybird, bloody-nosed beetle, banded sexton beetle, striped ladybird and the seven-spot ladybird. JE01 will be at Stampex and the JE02 kiosk is situated at Jersey’s main Broad Street post office in St Helier.

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Melanie Gouzinis, Head of Philatelic at Jersey Post, said: ‘We are pleased to be able to offer Post & Go collectors a second new design this year. It is important that we support our customers by giving them new designs to add to their collections and we are delighted with Lizzie Harper’s illustrations.’

All Post & Go B002 strips and philatelic stamp products such as first day covers and presentation packs are available to pre-order at Jersey Stamps.

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