|BC218||50th Anniversary of the First Castle Definitives, unsgned||£45.00||Limited Availability|
|BC218S||50th Anniversary of the First Castle Definitives, signed by Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Johns||£60.00||Buy Now|
|BC218DBL||50th Anniversary of the First Castle Definitives, doubled with a 1955 Windsor Castle stamp||£65.00||Limited Availability|
|BC218LTD||50th Ann of the First Castle Definitives, with rare Windsor Castle postmark signed Sir Richard Johns||£400.00||Limited Availability|
Issue Date: 22/03/2005
Issue Name: 50th Anniversary of the First Castle Definitives
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Fifty years ago, Britain issued one of the most popular set of stamps ever. These castle high values were used right up to 1969 when they were replaced with the large Machin stamps. Re-issued in 2005, this special miniature sheet honours those great stamps. Our lovely cover features a stunning image of Windsor Castle and has the 4 Castle definitive stamps still in the miniature sheet, along with a Windsor, Berkshire postmark. It is available signed by the Governor of Windsor Castle, Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Johns.
50th Anniversary of the Waterlow Castle High Values
One of the most beautiful and popular sets of British stamps was the first QEII Castle high value. These were printed by Waterlow, now part of De La Rue, one of the world's great security printers. The second and most valuable printing of these stamps came in 1958 printed by De La Rue. The castle stamps were used right up to 1969 when they were replaced with the Machin portrait.
De La Rue is also celebrating the 150th anniversary of printing the 4d carmine their first contract for the Post Office. De La Rue also own Harrison and Questa so for stamp collectors they have printed 150 years of pleasure.
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Air Chief Marshal Sir Richard Edward Johns, GCB, KCVO, CBE is a retired senior Royal Air Force commander. He was a fighter pilot in the 1960s, commanding officer of a squadron during the 1970s and a station commander in the 1980s.