Issued on November 5, 2019
Royal Mail’s Christmas stamps, released on November 5, take a religious approach this year, featuring classy biblical scenes created by paper-cut artists Hari & Deepti.
With clever use of light and shade, and depth of colour, they bring the Christmas story to life in intricate detail, with the Star of Bethlehem as a constant thread.
As in recent years there are eight self-adhesive stamps, including standard and Large versions of the 2nd class and 1st class values. The same designs also appear in a miniature sheet, which is conventionally gummed.
Designed by Charlie Smith Design, from Hari & Deepti’s artwork, the issue was printed by International Security Printers, the sheet stamps in gravure and the miniature sheet in litho.
An angel appears to Joseph and tells him of the destiny of Jesus.
An expanded version of the 2nd class design.
Mary holds the new-born Jesus in the stable.
An expanded version of the 1st class design.
The star over Bethlehem.
Jesus lying in the stable, watched over by farm animals.
Shepherds tending their sheep marvel at the star.
Three wise men follow the star to Bethlehem.
The presentation pack complements the stamp designs and is written by Ann Loades, a Professor of Divinity, with extracts from the Bible. Stamp cards and first day covers are also available.
Set of 8 stamps £10.00
Miniature sheet £10.00
Presentation pack £10.80
Stamp cards £4.05
First day cover (stamps) £12.60
First day cover (mini sheet) £12.60
COMMEMORATIVE WORTH 4/5
Christmas stamp issues alternating between religious and secular themes are a well-established tradition
QUALITY OF DESIGN 5/5
As usual, a lot of artistic thought and effort has gone into what is always a big-selling issue
WOW FACTOR 4/5
These stamps will look lovely on your Christmas cards as well as in your albums
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