List of postage stamps issued by the United Kingdom
This is a list of British postage stamps issued by the postal service (now Royal Mail) of the United Kingdom, normally referred to in philatelic circles as Great Britain. This list should be consistent with printed publications, and cite sources of any deviation (e.g., magazine issue listing newly found variations).
This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (August 2008)
One Penny Black issued on 1 May for use from 6 May 1840
Coronation 12 May 1937 (first issue to include the Queen's portrait as well as the King's)
Centenary of the postage stamp 6 May 1940
Victory 11 June 1946
Silver wedding 26 April 1948 (first issue to commemorate a personal Royal occasion rather than a state event, £1 value was the first British stamp designed by a woman and the issue is notable for the omission of the words 'postage' and 'revenue').
Note: Issues between 1962 and 1966 inclusive are available in two varieties – with, and without, phosphor bands (which fluoresce in ultra-violet light). These were introduced to help sorting machines distinguish between first and second class letters automatically and the early examples with phosphor bands (up to the 1965 Salvation Army issue) are worth several times those without.
National Productivity Year, 14 November
Freedom from Hunger, 21 March
Centenary of the Paris Postal Conference, 7 May
National Nature Week, 16 May
Ninth International Lifeboat Conference, Edinburgh, 31 May
Note: First commemorative set to feature in an illustrated Presentation Pack, including mint stamps, with descriptive notes and protective covering. Also first set for which there was an official Post Office issue illustrated First Day Cover envelope and first set to commemorate a person from history.
Millennium stamp Projects (1st Series). 'Above and Beyond', 18 January
Millennium stamp Projects (2nd Series). 'Fire and Light', 1 February
Millennium stamp Projects (3rd Series). 'Water and Coast', 7 March
Millennium stamp Projects (4th Series). 'Life and Earth', (2nd) ECOS Ballymena, (1st) Web of Life Exhibition at London Zoo, 44p Earth Centre Doncaster, 64p Project SUZY Teesside. Printed by De La Rue Security Print. 4 April
Millennium stamp Projects (5th Series). 'Art and Craft', 2 May
'Stamp Show 2000' International Stamp Exhibition, London. 'Her Majesty's Stamps', 23 May
Millennium stamp Projects (6th Series). 'People and Places', 6 June
Millennium stamp Projects (7th Series). 'Stone and Soil', 4 July
Millennium stamp Projects (8th Series). 'Tree and Leaf', 1 August