Tuesday 14 November 2023

2400.๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Royal Mail Marks King’s 75th Birthday With Coin Cover And “Specially Issued £5 Stamp”.


๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Royal Mail -

14 November 2023 - 75th Birthday of King Charles III - 1 Commemorative ‘coin cover’ described on Royal Mail Shop’s internet page as being made up of “A brilliant uncirculated £5 coin celebrating the 75th birthday of His Majesty King Charles III. Presented with a specially issued [my italics - WK] £5 stamp. Limited edition of just 10,000”.


It will be interesting to see what “specially issued” means given that the illustration of the £5 stamp on the   Royal Mail internet site looks exactly like the ordinary £5 King Charles definitive stamp issued on 29 August 2023. The term, ‘specially issued’, suggests that the stamp was issued especially for use on this cover and that there is something different about it from the 29 August-issued stamp. I suspect it will prove to be the same stamp though, who knows?, there may be some odd feature about it, not seen on the ordinary counter sheet stamp.

  These coin covers seem to be popular though how many of the covers containing the gold proof version of the coin will be sold at a price of £2,995 each is an interesting question. Anyone feeling sorry for the failing Royal Mail postal service (post is delivered to my house about three times per week), recently fined £5 million for its poor service, may wish to help out the organisation by buying a brace of the gold coin covers or, alternatively, perhaps they may prefer to put aside their cash for next year’s Royal Mail deluge of new ‘special’ issues featuring the trite, the trivial and the irrelevant, as has been the custom in recent years.

In the meantime, Happy birthday, Your Majesty!


  1. Coil variant? Arent they produced for fdcs?

  2. Royal Mail have now dropped the “specially issued” stamp from their site. It's exactly the same £5 definitive stamps released in August 2023

    1. Thank you for pointing that out - very helpful.