Buckingham Covers - First Day Covers

2008 50th Anniversary of the Country Definitives

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Name Price
2008 50th Anniversary of the Country Definitives - Scotland cover, unsigned £30.00 Limited Availability
2008 50th Anniversary of the Country Definitives - Northern Ireland cover, unsigned £30.00 Limited Availability
2008 50th Anniversary of the Country Definitives - Scotland cover, signed by Alex McLeish £35.00 Buy Now
2008 50th Anniversary of the Country Definitives - Northern Ireland signed by Sammy McIlroy £35.00 Buy Now
2008 50th Anniversary of the Country Definitives - Wales cover, unsigned £30.00 Sold Out
2008 50th Anniversary of the Country Definitives - Wales cover, signed by Mark Hughes £35.00 Sold Out

Product Information

 

  • 2008 50th Anniversary of the Country Definitives
  • Commemorating Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • Each with a first day of issue postmark (29th September, 2008)
  • Available signed by Mark Hughes, Alex McLeish or Sammy McIlroy


Issue Date: 29/09/2008

Issue Name: 2008 50th Anniversary of the Country Definitives

Producer: Buckingham Covers

 

The first set of regional stamps were issued in 1958. The stamps would have featured on 6 covers as Royal Mail was the postal authority for the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey too. But they now have their own authorities and 50 years we only have to produce 3 covers.

Our first cover in the set commemorates Wales, it is postmarked on the 29th September in Caernarfon and carries the 2008 regional stamps and the first ones issued in 1958. This cover is available signed former Welsh International, Welsh Manager and also a Manchester United super star, Mark Hughes.

Our second cover commemorates Scotland and features the 2008 regional stamps and the first ones issued in 1958. It is available signed by Scottish football manager and former player Alex Mcleish.

Our third cover commemorates Northern Ireland and features the 2008 regional stamps and the first ones issued in 1958. It is available signed by former Northern Ireland international footballer Sammy McIlroy.

 

  • 2008 50th Anniversary of the Country Definitives
  • Commemorating Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • Each with a first day of issue postmark (29th September, 2008)
  • Available signed by Mark Hughes, Alex McLeish or Sammy McIlroy

 

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50th Anniversary of Regional Stamps

The first regional stamps were issued on 18th August 1958, bowing to pressure from the regions, particularly from the Channel Isles, to have their own stamps, different from the British definitives. There were 3d stamps for the six regions - Jersey, Guernseey, Isle of Man, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. These were followed up by high values, 6d and 1/3d for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Regional definitives continued untl 1969 when the Channel Isles Post Ofices went independent, provoking a huge collecting interest at the time, followed by the Isle of Man in 1973. Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland stamps continued until 1999 when the regionals were rebranded Country Definitives and redesigned with larger emblems and smaller Queen's head.

 

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Leslie Mark Hughes, OBE is a Welsh football manager and former player, who is manager of Premier League club Southampton.

 

Alexander McLeish is a Scottish football manager and former player, who is currently the Scotland national team manager.

 

Samuel Baxter McIlroy is a former Northern Ireland international footballer who played for Manchester United, Stoke City, Manchester City, Örgryte, Bury, Admira Wacker, Preston North End.

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