World Stamps

Britain’s Commonwealth Games stamps picture six sports

May 3, 2021, 7 PM

Great Britain issued six stamps July 17 to honor the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games held July 23 through Aug. 3.

Great Britain’s Royal Mail commemorated the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games on six stamps and a booklet issued July 17.

Approximately 4,500 athletes in 71 national teams competed in 17 sports during the games, which opened July 23 in Glasgow, Scotland, and closed Aug. 3.

Royal Mail reports that the designs are based on photographs of professional athletes demonstrating the sports, but added that their “faces were changed to keep the emphasis on the action rather than the protagonist.”

Royal Mail unveiled one stamp, the £1.47 denomination featuring netball, April 16 (Linn’s, May 26, page 13).

Two nondenominated stamps are included among the other five: a second-class stamp featuring judo and a first-class stamp depicting swimmers. The current second- and first-class rates are 53 pence and 62p, respectively.

Marathon runners are pictured on the 97p stamp, which pays the airmail rate to Europe up to 20 grams and the worldwide rate up to 20 grams.

Squash is featured on the £1.28 denomination for worldwide airmail up to 20 grams.

The £2.15 high value of the set pays the worldwide airmail rate up to 60 grams. The design shows para-sport track cycling. This competition for cyclists with disabilities made its Commonwealth Games debut at Glasgow.

Sports photographer Andy Hooper took the photographs for the stamps, and Nanette Hooglsag created the illustrations. Howard Brown was the designer.

The stamps measure 37 millimeters by 35mm each, and are perforated gauge 14 by 14.5.

International Security Printer printed the stamps by offset in sheets of 50 (sold in panes of 25 at most postal outlets), and the booklet by gravure.

The booklet includes two of the first-class Swimming stamps and four first-class Machin definitives picturing Queen Elizabeth II.

Other products offered in conjunction with the Glasgow Commonwealth Games issue include first-day covers, six postcards reproducing the designs of the stamps, and a presentation pack including the stamps, illustrations by Tim Maars and text by Jim Davies.

Royal Mail’s shop on the Internet is located at

Ordering information also is available from Royal Mail, Tallents House, 21 S. Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9PB, Scotland.

Royal Mail’s two agencies in the United States are Interpost, Box 420, Hewlett, NY 11557; and the British Stamp Service in North America, 1 Unicover Center, Cheyenne, WY 82008.