George VI stamps

Our collections contain all of the artwork (adopted and unadopted) and essays for the definitive and commemorative stamp issues of George VI’s reign.

Many commemoratives were issued during the reign of George VI, as well as commemorative postmarks for Princess Elizabeth’s wedding and a special Channel Islands liberation stamp.

Of particular interest are three stamp issues which never came to fruition. The most important was a proposed issue for the union of France and Great Britain in 1940; this collapsed with the fall of France. In the collections is the entire history of designs and essays up to late June 1940.

Other proposed issues included Regional stamps and an issue for the birth of the King’s first grandchild (Prince Charles).

We also hold artwork, essays, or proofs, and registration sheets for all stamps issued in sheets, books and rolls. There are also sheets of overprinted stamps for:

  • Morocco Agencies
  • Wartime occupations
  • The Gulf after India became independent

Online Catalogue

You can find the George VI High Value Definitive Artwork here.
You can find the George VI Low Value Definitive Artwork here.
You can find the George VI Commemorative Registration Sheets here.


If you have a question about the collection or would like to see material in person please send your enquiries to [email protected]