The Merseyside Maritime Museum is delighted to be featured on a recent First Day Cover for The Association of Great Britain First Day Cover Collectors.
Those of you unfamiliar with the world of stamps and stamp collecting might be wondering what on earth a First Day Cover is... let’s find out!
A First Day Cover is a specially designed envelope, bearing newly issued postage stamps which are postmarked on the first day that the stamps are available to buy at the Post Office. Every First Day Cover includes three elements – the cover (i.e. the actual envelope), the postmarks and the stamps.
The cover that we are featured on is an Official (or sponsored) Cover. Official Covers are usually defined as covers that are produced by private organisations or cover producers who at the same time sponsor a special handstamp for use on the cover. As you can see in the photo, the handstamp on our Cover is made up from the Merseyside Maritime Museum logo.
Official Covers are usually only produced in very small quantities and can be highly prized collector’s items!
The Royal Mail stamps featured on our Cover commemorate the Merchant Navy and were released on 19 September 2013.
We have 3 copies of this limited-edition First Day Cover to give away! To be in with a chance of winning, just answer this question:
When is Merchant Navy Day celebrated?
Send your answer in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Competition closes on Friday 8 November. Winning entries will be drawn at random from the correct responses on Monday 11 November.