World Stamps

Great Britain announces stamp subjects for 2020

Jan 8, 2020, 10 AM
Great Britain’s Royal Mail will commemorate the rock group Queen on a set of stamps to be issued July 9. A 1999 stamp honors Queen’s original lead singer, Freddie Mercury.

By Denise McCarty

In early January, Royal Mail announced the subjects for 14 sets of stamps to be issued in 2020.

The first set of stamps, Video Games, is scheduled to be issued Jan. 21. For further information about this set of 12 stamps, see the article in the Jan. 27 issue of Linn’s.

Royal Mail only provided brief descriptions of the other stamps to be issued in 2020.

A Feb. 11 issue is called Visions of the Universe, and a March 17 issue honors James Bond. A set of stamps to be issued April 7 will commemorate Romantic poets.

Two anniversary stamp sets are slated to be issued in May. On May 8, a set of stamps will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The 60th anniversary of Coronation Street, Great Britain’s longest-running soap opera, will be celebrated on stamps to be issued May 28.

Roman Britain will be highlighted on stamps to be issued June 18.

In July, the rock group Queen will be honored on July 9, and the Palace of Westminster on stamps to be issued July 30. Queen was formed 50 years ago, in 1970.

An Aug. 18 issue is called Sherlock and presumably features the fictional private detective Sherlock Holmes created by writer Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930).

In addition to the novels by Doyle, numerous films and television series have showcased Sherlock Holmes’ investigative skills.

The comic strip character Rupert Bear, who was introduced Nov. 8, 1920, in the Daily Express newspaper, will be featured on a set of stamps to be issued Sept. 3.

The next set of stamps, Brilliant Bugs, is scheduled to be issued Oct. 1. This will be followed by the Christmas issue on Nov. 3 and a Star Trek issue on Nov. 13.

The Star Trek franchise of television series and films began in 1966 with the American TV show Star Trek. It continues in 2020 with the series Picard.

Many of these subjects have appeared on previous stamps from Great Britain. For example, separate sets of stamps commemorating Roman Britain and Sherlock Holmes were issued just a few months apart in 1993 (Scott 1502-1505 and 1515-1519).

The original lead singer of Queen, Freddie Mercury (1946-1991) was honored on a stamp in Great Britain’s 1999 Millennium series (Scott 1859). This 19-penny stamp also pictures the group’s drummer, Roger Taylor.

Royal Mail’s 2020 stamp program is tentative and subject to change.

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