After a long delay the Olympic Handover Covers have now been delivered. In the original posting on this I suggested that there might be a special printing:
consider the likelihood of Royal Mail staff tearing
maybe 100,000 stamps of these stamps from the miniature sheets? I think
the £1.28 stamp for these covers will come from a special printing of
just this stamp.
From the evidence of the covers received, we can say that this does not seem to be the case:
Upper image, from cover, lower image from Memories miniature sheet:
So on the basis of the pictures, these covers do not bear stamps from a special printing.
For the record, the actual cover and the double-fold insert :