Robert Burns Stamps issued by Royal Mail on 22 January 2009 will be available to buy from Robert Murray's Philatelic Bureau, Robert Murray Stamp Shop, Edinburgh. You can now pre-order souvenir sheets, presentation packs, and first day covers online from this page. Robert Burns first class stamp

Products available; Price

Miniature Sheet
The miniature sheet contains two new stamp designs - one with Burns at the plough, the other with a portrait. Also included in the sheet are the four different Scotland "country stamps".
£2.90 robert burns miniature sheet
Presentation Pack
The presentation pack has the miniature sheet presented in a descriptive
fold-around folder. Nicely packaged if you are thinking of this as a present.
£3.50 Rabbie Burns presentation pack
Stamp Cards
Set of three postcards - one each of the two main stamp designs, and the third card showing the complete miniature sheet.
"Press Sheet"
The Post Office have produced a few of these in the last couple of years.
They say that they are uncut sheets of miniature sheets (as if this was something special out of the printers), but they are in fact designed and produced specifically for the collector/souvenir market. If you're looking for something that has philatelic significance - forget it !  If you want to spend some money and get something quite different and quite impressive, here's the product that is aimed at you ! Comes delivered rolled in a tube.
Only 2,009 sheets being produced.
Click to see pop-up image from Royal Mail website

Robert Burns First Day Cover
The miniature sheet attached to a specially printed commemorative envelope, and cancelled with a postmark from the first day of issue. We'll have four postmarks available, as shown to the right here.
Edinburgh postmark    Alloway postmarkAuld Lang Syne postmark  Dumfries postmark 
Robert Burns Anniversary Cover
The stamps are being issued three days ahead of Robert Burns' actual birthday (25 January), but we'll be servicing some covers with another special postmark. These will not be first day covers but "souvenir covers". Postmark image shown to right.
£5.00 anniversary postmark

How to order;
{1} Phone us on 0131 552 1220 or 0131 478 7021 (from abroad +44 131 552 1220 or +44 131 478 7021), ask for advice if necessary, give us your order, and we can take credit or debit card details. We can also take cash (sterling, Euro, US, Danish, some others), cheques, and postal orders - please ask.
{2} Email us a list of the items you want, and ask us to email you an invoice for you to pay securely online using Google Checkout.
{3} Choose one of the suggested packages listed below, and order online through Google Checkout.
{4} Best of all - come into our shop and buy directly over the counter. Shop prices are occasionally cheaper than mail order, and you don't have postal costs.

Potential Order units; To UK
To European
To Non-European
1 mint miniature sheet + 1 first day cover (our choice) £8.68

1 mint miniature sheet + 1 presentation pack + 1 first day cover (our choice) £13.14
1 mint miniature sheet + 1 presentation pack + 1 each of the four different first day cover postmarks + 1 Anniversary cover £29.18
1 mint miniature sheet + 1 presentation pack + 1 set of stamp cards + 1 first day cover (our choice) + 1 Anniversary cover £18.68
1 Anniversary cover
Remember - these are only suggested groupings. You can order any configuration you like. If you want to order two or more of the units listed here, please make the multiple order and we will adjust it to take account of any savings in postal costs.

Robert Murray Stamp Shop
5 & 6 Inverleith Gardens
Orders by post are charged as follows;
Price of items
Actual cost of postage
£1 per order handling charge

Comment; To the consternation of many Burns fans, these stamps will not be issued as normal postage stamps - only as the two first class stamps in a miniature sheet which will cost £2.66 over a post office counter (and if you can find a post office with stocks !). The other stamps in the sheet are the nomal Scottish definitive stamps, the top two values of which are those normally used on foreign mail. So the stamp values many people will want to send to their friends abroad are not going to be Burns stamps !
1959 all over again ......... (bigger article to follow on that)

Page last updated Tuesday 13 January 2009