Royal Mail is commemorating its 500th anniversary in 2016. This makes us one of the oldest and best known organisations in the country.The stamps cover features a stunning ‘Mail Coaches on the Road‘ design and has been produced alongside the Bath Postal Museum. The location of the postal museum is said to be where the Penny Black, the world’s first stamp, was used on 2nd May 1840, four days before its official issue date.
As a result the Limited Edition FDC has a special pictorial Mail Coaches postmark, to be dated for 17th February 2016 at Northgate Street, Bath.
For this issue the Royal Mail are issuing six stamps; 1st Class Sir Brian Tuke (Henry VIII’s Master of the Posts,’ 1st Class Packet Ship, 1st Class Penfold Pillar Box, £1.52River Post, £1.52 Medway Mail Centre & £1.52 Mail Coach.