For the first time in Olympic history, next-day stamps will be issued by Royal Mail to celebrate each Team GB Gold Medal win during London 2012.
You don't need to be a lifelong philatelist to realise this is pretty special. After each amazing home win, picture editors, graphic designers, printers and drivers will swing into action, working around the clock to get the Gold Medallists stamps on sale in 500 selected Post Offices by lunchtime the next day. You'll also be able to buy them online at www.royalmail.com.
The stamps will feature the athletes captured in a moment of Olympic glory, either in action or proud on the podium.
The Gold Medal stamps form part of a special line-up of Royal Mail’s Olympic products. On 27th July, the day of the opening ceremony, Royal Mail’s ’Welcome to the Olympic Games’ stamps will go on sale. On 29th August, Royal Mail will also issue a set of stamps to celebrate the start of the Paralympics Games.
In January, London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games definitive stamps went on sale, marking the Olympic year. This followed the issue of 30 stamps reflecting all the sports competed at the Games in a three-part series between 2009 and 2011.
All the Olympic collection series can be purchased from www.royalmail.com/bethefirst.