Friday 5 January 2024

2432. ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Royal Mail And Gibraltar New Issue Programmes; Spice Girls Issue.

Stamp programmes for 2024 -

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Royal Mail -

As reported by Ian Billings’ Norvic Philatelic Blog

11 January - Music Giants (IX), The Spice Girls (see below)

1 February - The weather, 170th anniversary of the Meteorological Office

20 February - The Vikings in Britain

12 March - Dinosaurs

16 April - Centenary of Britain’s first commemorative stamps (released to commemorate the British Empire Exhibition held in 1924)

16 May - Peppa Pig, children’s television cartoon  character

6 June - Dogs

20 June - 60th anniversary of the Red Arrows (RAF flight display team)

25 July - Dungeons and Dragons (role playing game)

13 August - The Tower of London

3 September - 50th anniversary of Porridge (BBC television comedy series)

26 September - Spiders

17 October - Music Giants (X) - The Who (veteran popular music group)

5 November - Christmas 

30 November - 150th Birth anniversary of Sir Winston Churchill

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Royal Gibraltar Post Office -

February - Chinese New Year, Year of the Dragon

February - Birds of prey

April - 150th anniversary of the birth of Sir Winston Churchill 

April - EUROPA, Underwater fauna and flora 

June - SEPAC, main tourist attractions

June - 60th anniversary of the Red Arrows

September - Butterflies of Gibraltar (II)

November - Christmas 

New issues.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง Royal Mail -

11 January 2024 - ‘Music Giants IX’, The Spice Girls, a over-hyped British musical group made up of young women which enjoyed an intense, transient popularity in the 1990s - 10 stamps (see Blog 2421) (2 se-tenant strips each of 5 different stamps, total cost £12.50), 1 miniature sheet containing 5 different stamps (£6.25), 1 Prestige booklet sold for £23.70 containing 4 panes, the third being a pane with 4 definitive stamps (one each of 10p, 20p, £1 and £2), I deluxe limited edition Prestige booklet sold for £49.99, 1 ‘Collectors sheet’ (£13.70), 1 ‘Fan sheet - Brit Awards’ (£7), 1 ‘Collectors sheet Miniature sheet’ (£13.70), 1 ‘Spice Girls Gold Stamps set’ (£149.99) and 1 ‘Spice Girls Platinum miniature sheet’ (£199.99).

 These products were desIgned by Supple Studio’ and lithographed by Cartor and perforated 14.5 x 14. Rating:- 0.

๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Guernsey Post -

25 January 2024 - Chinese new year, Year of the Dragon - 6 stamps, 1 miniature sheet containing all 6 stamps (see Blogs 2412 and 2419) and 1 gold miniature sheet (“souvenir sheet gold replica”) sold for £95 in a perspex box & in a limited edition of 100. Rating:- 0.

  I often wonder if the perspex boxes in which such items are usually sold are in real terms more valuable than the sheets themselves.

Issue inscribed ‘Alderney’ -

14 February 2024 - Postboxes of Alderney - 6 stamps and 1 miniature sheet containing a single stamp. Designed by Nicky Shales and lithographed. Illustrations awaited. 


  1. A now ex-Philatelist5 January 2024 at 09:42

    I used to envy the Keeper of the Royal Philatelic Collection, but now I suspect that no salary would be sufficient to tempt me to take on the task of adding, cataloguing, etc., the dross issued by Royal Mail.

    (Maybe others are of the same view, and that explains why the role has remained unfilled since 2019?)

    1. WK replying - Who could argue with your comments? There is much repetitive rubbish in the 2024 RM programme. But profit is easily made when little strips of sticky paper are sold for more than £12, especially as they are unlikely to be used to pay for the carriage & delivery (sometimes & then not timely) of mail. Under the present show biz-style management I see little prospect of any change in the foreseeable future.

  2. I think that few emissions here will interest me this year. The Spice Girls emission was actually pretty. Not that I was a fan, but I know how to appreciate a beautiful broadcast. Anyway, they didn't include American "comics" but they did include two "Music Giants".

    Dungeons and Dragons will at least serve my theme of "Myths and legends", as the dragon is a legendary animal. The Vikings in Britain, The Tower of London and spiders can be interesting, it will depend on the treatment given to the themes.