Friday 20 March 2020

Romantic Poets - 7 April 2020

On 7 April 2020 Royal Mail will issue a set of 10x 1st class stamps in an issue entitled 'Romantic Poets'.  The stamp issue coincides with the 250th anniversary of the birth of William Wordsworth, on 7th April 1770.

As is common, the cover producers have started to make their products available online, while those who are not being creative, including journalists and blog-writers, have to wait for the issue date.

But wait, I hear you say, Royal Mail's shop website is showing this issue as available to pre-order.  And all the images are there - although if you click on the £7.60 'stamp set', the next page indicates that the (larger) image is 'coming soon'.   But you can see the designs on the stamp cards image:

Inspiring designs, aren't they?  Although there is more than just text this is yet another issue on an 'arts' subject in boring monochrome (ok, plus the head), and a line of text from the named poet.  I suppose it's difficult to decide what else to do, other than use a pictorial representation of the poets but this follows Shakespeare issues in being dull. These designs were produced by The Chase.

"Lovers of literature will delight in this intricately-designed Presentation Pack, featuring all 10 of The Romantic Poets Special Stamps, alongside fascinating information on the Romantic movement." 
Maybe.  The set depicts quotations from works by Lord Byron, William Blake, John Clare, John Keats, Walter Scott, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Mary Robinson, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Letitia Elizabeth Landon.

Anyway, you can see all the products and pre-order via Royal Mail's Shop here.

WOPA have them listed at this week’s price even though they are not being issued until after the rise!

The stamps are printed in litho by ISP/Cartor, size 41 x 30 mm. The set of 10 is in two se-tenant strips of 5, in sheets of 50.


  1. Just spoke to RM, who said 'not on the web yet, oh they are, will report it so it's taken down' bit of a mistake, also asked about UB341 2020 London Exhibition Retail book, they said 'it's on the web shop on line oops it isn't it is supposed to be I will report that as well, we not doing very well are we'.Not exactly inspiring set of stamps, wouldn't rush out to buy them, poor RM couldn't arrange a P--s up in a brewery.

  2. Yes, the design is rather disappointing, but at last Blake, Byron, Coleridge and Shelley have been acknowledged, along with Wordsworth, Scott and Keats, who have appeared earlier. I have heard of Robinson, but will have to remind myself about Clare and Landon.

  3. or here

  4. The design does not look too bad but I don't think I will be buying these next month. I should have enough stamps to satisfy my postal needs:

    Letter writing is the only device for combining solitude with good company.

  5. Surely we don't always need garish multicolour stamps? As for the London 2020 booklet, if you type this in the search box it will show a thumbnail of the book but then fails to find the page. Go along the top menu line to 'Collectibles and Gifts' and you then choose 'Collector's stamp books' and you can order it from there.

  6. Not particularly keen on these


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