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2023 Great Britain Stamp Program

Jan 16, 2024, 10 AM
Great Britain’s 2023 King Charles III definitive stamp.

Jan. 12, Iron Maiden. Four se-tenant nondenominated first-class (95 pence) stamps showing concert photos, Vancouver, British Columbia, 2010 (Scott 4312), Hammersmith Odeon Theater, London, 1983 (4313), Pamplona, Spain, 1988 (4314), Quito, Ecuador, 2009 (4315), in sheets of 48; four se-tenant £1.85 stamps showing concert photos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2001 (4316), Helsinki, Finland, 2018 (4317), Twickenham Stadium, London, 2008 (4318), Birmingham, England, 2018 (4319), in sheets of 48; pane of eight self-adhesive stamps and labels, with the same designs and denominations of the aforementioned first-class and £1.85 stamps (4321a-h); souvenir sheet (4320) featuring the band’s mascot Eddie with two first-class stamps, holding Union Jack (4320a), in cockpit of Spitfire airplane (4320b), and two £1.85 stamps, in front of brick wall (4320c), with sword and quiver of arrows (4320d); sheet of three of 4315, 4316 and 4317 (4317a); sheet of three of 4320a, 4320c and 4320d (4320e). Linn’s, Jan. 23, page 1. 

Feb. 16, X-Men. Six se-tenant nondenominated second-class (68p) stamps, Professor X (4322), Kitty Pryde (4323), Angel (4324), Colossus (4325), Jubilee (4326), Cyclops (4327), and six se-tenant nondenominated first-class (95p) stamps, Wolverine (Scott 4328), Jean Grey (Scott 4329), Iceman (Scott 4330), Storm (Scott 4331), Beast (Scott 4332), Rogue (4333) in sheets of 60; souvenir sheet (4344) with four first-class stamps, Juggernaut (4344a), Mystique (4344b), Emma Frost (4344d), Sabretoot (4344e), and one £1.85 stamp, Magneto (4344c); sheet of 12 stamps and 12 labels (4335); prestige booklet (BK1241) includes the stamps from this issue, plus a pane of two second-class Queen Elizabeth II definitives (MH522) and two £1 Queen Elizabeth II definitives (MH523) with barcodes; sheet of four of 4326 (4326a); sheet of four of 4329 (4329a). Linn’s, March 6, page 16.

March 9, The Flying Scotsman. Four nondenominated first-class (95p) stamps showing different views of the Flying Scotsman, first se-tenant pair, close-up at Pickering Station (Scott 4336), the Christmas Dalesman (4337), the second se-tenant pair, Cathedrals Express crossing the Ribblehead Viaduct (4338), at Blyth, Northumberland (4339); and four £1.85 stamps (two se-tenant pairs), first se-tenant pair, at Heap Bridge in blizzard (4340), Cathedrals Express crossing the Royal Border Bridge (4341), second se-tenant pair, at Victoria Station London (4342), close-up at Shildon, County Durham (4343) in sheets of 60; souvenir sheet (4344) featuring travel posters with two first-class stamps, “The Night Scotsman” (4344a), London North Eastern Railway poster for London to Edinburgh East Coast route (4344b), and two £1.85 stamps, Flying Scotsman at coaling station (4344c), poster for Edinburgh depicting men, women, cannon (4344d); prestige booklet (BK1242) includes the stamps from this issue, plus a pane of three 20p Queen Elizabeth II definitives and one £2 Queen Elizabeth II definitive (MH524) with barcodes. Linn’s, March 20, page 10.

March 23, Flowers. Ten nondenominated first-class (95p) stamps in two strips of five, sweet pea (Scott 4345), iris (4346), lily (4347), sunflower (4348), fuchsia (4349), tulip (4350), peony (4351), nasturtium (4352), rose (4353), dahlia (4354). Linn’s, April 3, page 16.

April 4, King Charles III definitives. Four nondenominated stamps showing the same portrait of the king with different background colors, second-class (75p) holly green (Scott KC1); first-class (£1.10) plum purple (KC2); second-class large (£1.15) dark pine green (KC3); first-class large (£1.60) marine turquoise (KC4); £2.20 gray green (KC5). Linn’s, Feb. 27, page 1, and April 4, page 1. 

April 13, The Legend of Robin Hood. Ten nondenominated first-class (£1.10) stamps in two strips of five, first strip, Robin Hood is declared an outlaw (Scott 4355), Robin Hood meets Little John (4356), Friar Tuck carries Robin Hood (4357), Robin Hood robs the rich (4358), Robin Hood wins the archery contest (4359); second strip, Robin Hood captures the Sheriff (4360), Robin Hood helps Maid Marian escape (4361), Robin Hood marries Maid Marian (4362), King Richard removes his disguise (4363), Robin Hood shoots his last arrow (4364). Linn’s, May 8, page 1. 

May 6, His Majesty King Charles III, A New Reign. Souvenir sheet (Scott 4365) with four se-tenant stamps, each with images representing a different theme, two nondenominated first-class (£1.10) stamps, the coronation (4365a), diversity and community (4365b); two £2.20 stamps, the Commonwealth (4365c), and sustainability and biodiversity (4365b); sheet of eight self-adhesive stamps (4366). Linn’s, May 29, page 10.

May 17, Blackadder. Se-tenant pair of nondenominated second-class stamps (75p) featuring actors and scenes from Blackadder the Third set in the Georgian era, Hugh Laurie, Tony Robinson and Rowan Atkinson (Scott 4367), Atkinson and Stephen Fry (4368); se-tenant pair of nondenominated first-class (£1.10) stamps featuring actors in World War I army uniforms in Blackadder Goes Forth, Tim McInnerny, Laurie, Atkinson and Robinson (4369), Fry, Atkinson, McInnerny and Robinson (4370); se-tenant pair of £2 stamps featuring The Black Adder set in the late 15th century, Atkinson and Brian Blessed (4371), Atkinson, McInnerny and Robinson (4372); se-tenant pair of £2.20 stamps featuring Blackadder II set in the Elizabethan era, Miranda Richardson and Patsy Byrne (4373), Atkinson, McInnerny and Robinson (4374); souvenir sheet (4375) showing portraits of Atkinson in costume, two first-class stamps, Blackadder II (4375a), Blackadder Goes Forth (4375b) and two £2.20 stamps, The Black Adder (4375c), Blackadder the Third (4375d); sheet of 10 stamps and 10 labels with the same designs and denominations of the stamps in se-tenant pairs (4376). Linn’s, June 5, page 18.

June 8, Warhammer. Se-tenant pair of nondenominated first-class (£1.10) stamps featuring miniature figures from Warhammer 40,000, Space Marines (Scott 4377); Orks (4378); se-tenant pair of £2 stamps featuring figures from Warhammer Age of Sigmar, Stormcast Eternals (4379), Slaves to Darkness (4380); se-tenant pair of £2.20 stamps featuring figures from Warhammer: The Old World, High Elves (4381), Dwarfs (4382); souvenir sheet (4383) with two first-class stamps, Rogue Trader, Warhammer 40,000 (4383a), Battle for Skull Pass (4383b), and two £2.20 stamps, Yndrasta, the Celestial Spear, Warhammer Age of Sigmar (4383c), The Emperor of Mankind, Warhammer The Horus Heresy (4383d); sheet of 10 stamps (all 10 stamps in this issue) and 10 labels (4384). Linn’s, June 26, page 12.

June 22, Windrush 75th Anniversary. Se-tenant pair of nondenominated first-class (£1.10) stamps, From Small Island Life to Big Island Dreams by Kareen Cox (Scott 4385), First Class Ode to Saturday Schools by Tomekah George (4386); se-tenant pair of £1 stamps, Carnival Come Thru! by Bokiba (4387), Basking in the Sun After a Hard Work Day by Emma Prempeh (4388); se-tenant pair of £2 stamps, The March by Emma Prempeh (4389), Here We Come by Bokiba (4390); se-tenant pair of £2.20 stamps, Taste the Caribbean by Kareen Cox (4391), Dancehall Rhythms by Alvin Kofi (4392). Linn’s, July 17, page 1.

July 13, River Wildlife. Five se-tenant nondenominated second-class (75p) stamps, beaver (Scott 4393), Atlantic salmon (4394), kingfisher (4395), beautiful demoiselle (4396), water vole (4397) in sheets of 50; five se-tenant nondenominated first-class (£1.10) stamps, gray wagtail (4398), common mayfly (4399), class otter (4340), brown trout (4341), dipper (4392) in sheets of 50; sheet of 10 stamps and 10 labels (4403). Linn’s, Aug. 7, page 14.

Aug. 10, Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. Se-tenant pair of nondenominated first-class (£1.10) stamps Rincewind (Scott 4407), Moist von Lipwig (4408); se-tenant pair of £1 stamps, The Librarian (4404); Granny Weatherwax (4405); se-tenant pair of £2 stamps, Sam Vimes (4408); Death and Mort (4409); se-tenant pair of £2.20 stamps, Tiffany Aching (4410); Great A’Tuin (4411); sheet of 10 stamps and 10 labels (4412). Linn’s, Aug. 28, page 1.

Aug. 29, King Charles III definitives. Seven stamps, 1 penny (Scott KC6), 2p (KC7), 5p (KC8), 10p (KC9), 20p (KC10), 50p (KC11), £1 (KC12), £2 (KC13), £5 (KC14). Linn’s, Sept. 18, page 18.

Sept. 5, Paddington. Se-tenant pair of nondenominated first-class (£1.10) stamps (all stamps in this issue show Paddington Bear), with a jar of marmalade (Scott 4413), sawing wood (4414); se-tenant pair of £2 stamps, pushing a shopping cart (4415), holding ice cream (4416); se-tenant pair of £2.20 stamps, carrying presents (4417), with a crab (4418); souvenir sheet (4419) with two first-class (£1.10) stamps, in a hammock, reaching for sandwiches (4419a), holding mug (4419b) and two £2 stamps, holding sandwich (4419c); pouring flour into bowl (4419d); sheet of 10 self-adhesive first class stamps (4420), five each of two first-class stamps with a jar of marmalade (4420a), sawing wood (4420b) and 10 labels. Linn’s, Sept. 18, page 12.

Sept. 21, Dame Shirley Bassey. Four se-tenant nondenominated first-class (£1.10) stamps and four se-tenant £2 stamps; souvenir sheet with two first-class (£1.10) stamps and two £2 stamps in separate sheets of 50; booklet of eight first-class stamps; booklet of eight second-class stamps; prestige booklet includes the five stamps from this issue, plus a pane of one second-class (75p), two first-class (£1.10) and one 10p King Charles III definitives with barcodes. Linn’s, Oct. 9, page 18.

Oct. 19, Harry Potter. Ten nondenominated first-class (£1.25) stamps in two se-tenant strips of five; souvenir sheet with six first-class (£1.25) stamps prestige booklet includes the five stamps from this issue, plus a pane of two 20p stamps, two 50p and one £2.20) and one 10p King Charles III definitives with barcodes. Linn’s, Oct. 30, page 8.

Nov. 2, Christmas/Carols. Five stamps, four of which are nondenominated, second-class (75p), first-class (£1.25), second-class for large mail (£1.55), first-class for large mail (£1.95) and £2.20; souvenir sheet contains the five stamps. Linn’s, Nov. 20, page 20.


Details of each issue listed in this program are given in the cited issues of Linn’s. Stamps are self-adhesive unless otherwise noted. 

PURCHASING GREAT BRITAIN STAMPS

Great Britain’s stamps and first-day covers are available at the Royal Mail website (www.royalmail.com/shop), and by mail order from Royal Mail, Tallents House, 21 S. Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9PB, Scotland.