Royal Mail have provided some preliminary details of the Paralympic Gold Medal stamps. Designs are not yet available but will be launched on 29 August.
"Each miniature sheet will comprise of two identical 1st Class stamps featuring the UK Gold Paralympic Medal winning athlete or team. The stamps will use the same design format that was created for the Olympic Gold Medal Winner stamps issued after the Team GB medal winning events during the London Olympic Games, only with the Paralympic logo substituted for the Olympic logo. Each stamp will bear the athlete/team’s name and the name of the event. The format was created by Manchester based design consultancy True North.
"The medal winner’s image will be dropped into the format and the artwork sent to the printers with the objective of having the Gold Medal Winners Miniature sheets on sale at the 518 Post Offices that received the overnight distribution of the Olympic Gold Medal Winners stamps as soon as possible with a wider distribution to a network of 4700 offices later.
"A4 Sheet – Printer Varieties
A4 sheets from each of the 6 regional printers will be available to order from Tallents House. Each A4 sheet will feature 8 minisheets; 2 each of 4 Gold Medal Winners. Price £9.60."
This does, of course, mean that those people who collected A4 sheets will find them cheaper, not only because there are fewer stamps, but because there will be 4 medals per sheet, rather than 1. So instead of a sheet costing £14.40 for each medal, it will cost £9.60 for 4 medals. (I hope they have thought through the situation where the total number of medals is not divisible by 4!)
Miniature sheet image:
The first day cover is expected to be similar to this:
UPDATE: Royal Mail have placed a Gold Medal FAQ on their website. Key additional information on the Paralympics Gold Medal Stamps is:
Q: What discount may I receive on ParalympicsGB Gold Medal stamps?
A: We will shortly write to our customers and this will give details of the offers.
Q: Will A4 printers sheets be available for the ParalympicsGB Gold Medal Winners stamps like they were for the Olympic Winners?
A: Yes, the A4 sheets will be available direct from Royal Mail Tallents House after the end of the games.
Q: When are the ParalympicsGB Gold Medal stamps issued?
A: There will be four issue dates – 1st September, 4th September, 7th September and 11th September ***
Q: Which Post Offices will sell the stamps?
A: The Post Offices that sold the Olympic Gold Medal Winners stamps will be receiving the ParalympicsGB Gold Medal stamps.
Q: Will Post Offices open on a Sunday to sell these stamps?UPDATE - Royal Mail's website has been updated and the Paralympic GMW sheets can now be ordered here http://tiny.cc/rm_para_gmws
A: As there will be no stamp issue dates on a Sunday, the Post Offices will not open that day.
Q: Will there be an album produced to house the stamps?
A: Yes, there will be an album designed specifically for both Olympic and Paralympic Gold Medal Winner stamps and we will have this available in approximately four weeks.
*** Update pm Wednesday. On twitter, @RoyalMailstamps have said that the stamps will be on sale from Friday, which is 31st August - seeking clarification!! Corrected: images available Friday, in branches from Saturday 1st September.