Thursday, 10 May 2012
Royal Mail Olympic Winners Bonanza.
Royal Mail has announced that to commemorate any British success that may occur at the London Olympic Games in July and August this year, a miniature sheet containing six identical self-adhesive, first class value (60p) stamps will be issued to celebrate every British gold medal winner. Royal Mail plans to have a stamp designed within an hour of a British victory occurring and then having one of 6 regional printers digitally overprint a basic design pre-printed in lithography by Walsall Security Printers with the appropriate image and inscription for the successful individual so that the stamps will be ready for issue less than 24 hours after the athlete's success. The Post Office estimates that there will be 19 British gold medal champions (as in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing) and that the cost of a complete set of 19 miniature sheets will therefore be £68.40p, or if ordered before 31 May, a 10% discount will be applied therefore costing the collector £61.56p.