Stamps to mark the 100th edition of the Tour de France

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Widely regarded as the world’s biggest annual sporting event, the Tour de France will mark its 100th edition this year.

To celebrate, Isle of Man Post Office is issuing a set of eight postage stamps honouring its greatest champions and the role that Britain and indeed the Isle of Man has played in adding to the colourful history of the world’s greatest race. The issue date is June 19.

Le Tour as it’s now known, started in 1903 with the first British riders taking part in 1937 but it wasn’t until 1958 that the first Briton, Brian Robinson won a stage. Indeed the Yorkshireman has played a key role in bringing the tour to his home country for the Grand Départ in 2014, so there are several reasons why he has been chosen to feature on one of the values.

The Isle of Man has played its part in generating interest in the Tour too. For more than 50 years Isle of Man International Cycling Week attracted a long list of Tour de France riders including Coppi, Anquetil, Merckx, Simpson, Fignon and Roche. Mark Cavendish, the first and so far only Manx rider to compete in the Tour, has 23 stage wins. He won the Green Jersey in 2011 and Bradley Wiggins became the first Britain to win the Tour outright in 2012. Both of these legendary British riders are depicted on the stamps.

The Yellow Jersey first appeared in the Tour in 1919 so that spectators and the press could easily identify the race leader. Frenchman Eugène Christrophe was the first rider to wear the Maillot Jaune.

In its history only four men have won the Tour five times so it’s fitting that they are each honoured with their own stamp in this issue: Frenchmen Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, Belgium’s Eddy Merckx and Spain’s Miguel Indurain.

There are just eight images from 100 Tours featured in this stamp issue but each one honours one of its greatest champions.

Please visit our website here to find out more about the Tour de France collection of stamps and products and to pre-order.

IOM Stamps Dot Tilbury Talks To Paul Moulton of MT TV About Our Olympic Stamps

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Our very own Dot Tilbury talks about our Paul Smith London 2012 Olympic Games Stamp Opening/Closing Ceremony Issue with Paul Moulton of Manx Telecom TV. Please click on the image to view.Enjoy!

 

Mark Cavendish At The London 2012 Olympic Games

Although we share Mark’s disappointment with the events of Saturday we are all still 100% proud of him and the efforts of Team GB. We will be supporting Mark for the rest of the season and beyond and also looking out for fellow Manx rider Peter Kennaugh in this week’s Team Pursuit event.
We are thrilled that the tiny Isle of Man has 2 World Champions competing in this great global event. You need to have character to compete at the highest level and Mark and Peter have proved that they have what it takes.
Well done and good luck to Mark and Peter from everyone at the Isle of Man Stamps & Coins.

London 2012 Day 1 - Mark Cavendish

What A Week!

Mark Cavendish - The Manx Missile

We have been very excited by the events of the last 7 days in the world of cycling and our social media streams have been boiling hot with congratulations and wishes of good luck for Mark Cavendish following his stage win in Paris at the Tour De France and the anticipation of the London 2012 Olympic Games Men’s Road Race on Saturday. We are also getting behind local boy – and son of a postman of the same name – Peter Kennaugh who is part of the Team GB Men’s Pursuit team. It is amazing that our little Island has produced 2 world champions and Olympians and we are all thrilled with their success so far and their great potential for the future.

To see and order our Mark Cavendish – The Manx Missile stamps, please click on image above!

Mark Cavendish Stamps Official Launch Pictures

We’ve just got our official pictures through of the recent Mark Cavendish stamps launch we held at the Isle of Man National Sports Centre – like them? Photos courtesy of Richard Draper, 2012, all rights reserved.

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Mark Cavendish – The Manx Missile

 Mark Cavendish - The Manx Missile

The fastest man on two wheels, cycling star Mark Cavendish MBE, will literally come to life on paper thanks to technology featured on a set of stamps being produced by Isle of Man Post Office to celebrate the athlete’s sporting achievements.

A souvenir sheet of the stamps (available from June 30th to coincide with start of Tour de France) will include an “augmented reality” feature, allowing the £1.05 stamp with a special label come to life using an app on a smartphone, tablet screen or other mobile device and will automatically display a video of Cavendish winning the world title in Copenhagen.

The postage stamps include images of the “Manx Missile” winning the 2011 UCI Road World Championships and the Green Jersey in the 2011 Tour de France.

Mark Cavendish said: “I’m proud to feature in this stamp collection and delighted with the images which have been selected. It’s a great honour for me personally, but it’s also a reflection of the widespread interest in cycling now and that’s always great to see.”

As Cavendish is the Isle of Man’s greatest sporting hero, the 38 pence stamp – the first in the set – features him celebrating winning gold for the Island in the scratch race at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. For Isle of Man sportsmen and women, the Commonwealth Games are the highest level of competition at which they can represent their country, and when Mark won in Melbourne he became only the second Isle of Man cyclist ever to win Commonwealth gold. Peter Buckley won the road race in 1966.

The 41 pence stamp shows Mark’s first victory as a professional at the 2007 Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen in Belgium while racing for T-Mobile. In 2009, Cavendish produced a thrilling sprint finish to snatch victory in Italy’s Milan-San Remo classic from Germany’s Heinrich Haussler – and this win is illustrated on the 65 pence stamp. The 71 pence stamp shows Cavendish wearing the Green Jersey at the end of the 2011 Tour de France – he is the first rider from Britain or the Isle of Man ever to win the Green Jersey for the winner of the Tour’s points classification.

At the road race of the UCI World Championships in Copenhagen in September 2011, Cavendish became the first British rider to win the men’s title since Tom Simpson in 1965. It was an historic moment for cycling in Britain and the Isle of Man, and the image on the 80 pence stamp shows Mark crossing the finish line celebrating the greatest victory in his career to date. The £1.05 stamp shows him resplendent in the Rainbow Jersey of World Champion. Mark signed for Team Sky in the autumn of 2011 and the £1.16 stamp features an image of him winning the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne semi-classic in Belgium in February 2012. Cavendish also features on a 50 pence coin minted by Pobjoy Mint in the UK, on behalf of the Isle of Man Government, which will be in general circulation as well as in special celebration packs.

Geoff Corkish MHK MBE, Chairman of the Isle of Man Post Office, said: “This is a unique issue which will appeal to cycling fans and stamp collectors alike. Mark is a marvelous ambassador for the Isle of Man and for his sport and I’m delighted that his greatest victories are celebrated in this prestigious first edition stamp issue which has been approved by Her Majesty The Queen. His tremendous achievements in recent years have done a great deal to promote the Isle of Man around the world and the stamp issue is just one example of the pride the Isle of Man has for all of his achievements.”

Six of the images on the stamps – Mark’s win at the Scheldeprijs Vlaanderen, Milan-San Remo, Tour de France Green Jersey, World Championships, and in Team Sky colours at the 2012 Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne – are by top cycling photographer Tim de Waele. The photo of Mark winning Commonwealth Games gold is from Getty Images. The stamps were designed by Ruth Sutherland and the presentation pack text was written by Isle of Man-based cycling journalist and author Richard Allen.

The Mark Cavendish MBE stamp issue goes on sale on June 19, but the set of the stamps and the souvenir sheet (featuring “augmented reality‟ – please note the smart stamp is only available on the souvenir sheet) can be pre-ordered at www.iomstamps.com

Mark Cavendish - The Manx Missile

London 2012 Olympic Games-It’s nearly time…

London 2012 Olympic Games-It's nearly time...Hi everyone, well, what an exciting time we have coming up in the next few months! Not only is it the Diamond Jubilee in the UK but we also have the London 2012 Olympic Games!

This is a perfect time to remind you about our exclusive Olympic stamps which were designed by none other than our friend, world famous fashion designer Sir Paul Smith with contributions from world cylcing champion and BBC Sports Personality Of The Year (and fellow Manxman) Mark Cavendish MBE! You find out all about them here.

Highly collectable, contemporary and beautiful to look at, they bear all the style, coolness and colour you would expect from Sir Paul’s designs.They were featured online in GQ.com, Harpers Bazaar, Vogue and Mens Health just to mention afew. They also got a massive viral buzz going on Twitter with everyone commenting on their style and beauty with people even talking about them now (4 months after their release)….not got yours yet? Why not make a purchase for that sports fan, stamp fan or style icon in your life? Just click here.  Keep you’re eyes peeled to our blog for more news coming soon ;) !

Look Who Loves Our London 2012 Paul Smith Olympic Stamps!

Look Who Loves Our London 2012 Paul Smith Olympic Stamps!

Lord Sebastian Coe - chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games.Exclusive picture by Peter Jennings FRPSL, FRGS

Look who’s a fan of our London 2012 Olympic Games Stamps by Sir Paul SmtihLord Sebastian Coe! Lord Coe was kind enough to pose for us and sign some of our stamps for us.What a gent!

LORD COE AUTOGRAPHS IOM OLYMPIC “RUNNERS” STAMP

 

By Peter Jennings FRPSL, FRGS

 

 

Lord Seb Coe, the world-famous Great Britain middle-distance runner, and Chair of the  London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, has autographed a sheetlet of the superb IOM £1 “runners” 2012 Olympic Games stamp, designed by Sir Paul Smith.

Seb Coe, who headed the Olympic bid to bring the 2012 Summer Olympics to London, won the 1500m gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympic Games and successfully and mesmerisingly defended his title four years later at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, also agreed to be photographed holding the IOM stamps.

 

Lord Coe, a former conservative MP, and Sir Craig Reedie, IOC Member, are both members of the East India Club in London and had spoken and answered questions together with Sir Keith Mills, Deputy Chair of LOCOG, after a recent “London 2012” dinner for members and their guests.

 

A range of penetrating and discerning questions were all answered with candour and sparkle but under strict “Chatham House” rules, meaning that nothing may be divulged. Such was the enthusiasm of the distinguished trio  answering questions that the event did not finish until after 11pm, an hour way beyond Club custom. The exclusive photograph I was able to take shows Lord Coe holding the IOM stamps as he left his club.

 

The Olympic story began in February 1894 when the father of the modern Olympic movement, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, visited England as a guest of Sports Club president, Sir John Astley. He had come to England to gather support to re-launch the Olympic Games. Among the people he talked to were the Prince of Wales, Lord Desborough, founder of the British Olympic Association, the Rt Hon Arthur Balfour, the future Prime Minister, and Charles Herbert, Secretary of the Amateur Athletics Association, who helped to design the Olympic track and field programme.

 

A dinner was held at the Sports Club, (now part of today’s  East India Club) in what would be Coubertin’s last planning meeting before the Sorbonne conference in June 1894, where the International Olympic Committee was  officially established. From those early beginnings to the present day, the East India Club has retained its connections with the IOC. What a very fitting  venue for Lord Coe to autograph this splendid sheet of IOM 2012 Olympic stamps!

 

 

Look Who Loves Our London 2012 Paul Smith Olympic Stamps!

Our London 2012 Olympic Games stamps by Sir Paul Smith as signed by Lord Sebastian Coe!Exclusive picture by Peter Jennings FRPSL, FRGS

The Island Meets The City

Island Meets The City

The Island Meets City - L to R Dot Tilbury, Chief Minister Allan Bell, Lord Mayor Alderman David Wootton and Geoff Corkish MHK.

During his recent visit to the Island, to promote good relations between the Isle of Man and the City of London, Lord Mayor Alderman David Wootton met with IOM Stamps & Coins Manager Dot Tilbury, Chief Minister Alan Bell and Geoff Corkish MHK (Chairman of the IOM Post Office).
The Lord Mayor believed the partnership between the Isle of Man and the City would be crucial in helping to create wealth and economic well-being. For the UK and the City he shared Chief Minister Allan Bell’s vision for the Isle of Man of maintaining a prosperous and caring society based on fairness, opportunity for all, social cohesion and quality of life.

‘We are both small in size – but punch well above our weight in the global economy. We can be justly proud of the standards and governance we demand. And we are also well placed and well able to meet the challenges of the future – and play our part in creating jobs and growth.’

We, at IOM Stamps & Coins, feel that we “punch well above our weight” in the global stamp world and were pleased to present Alderman Wootton with a framed collection of our London 2012 Olympic Games stamps designed by Sir Paul Smith. He received the collection enthusiastically, praising their high quality of design and print and his belief that they stood a very good chance of being the best Olympic product of the year!

An overview – Isle Of Man Stamps And Coins London 2012 Olympic Collection by Sir Paul Smith

Our Paul Smith Olympic stamp issue contains a mini sheet presentation pack which has a cycling themed £3 stamp, a history of the Olympic Games, a brief history of Sir Paul Smith and an item on Mark Cavendish. Reference code number is QA42 and it retails at £3.75.

Our presentation pack contains seven values of all Olympic stamps, a history of the Olympic Games, a brief history of Sir Paul Smith and full technical details and it’s all contained in a beautiful silver folder, product reference QA41, £5.67.

Our mini sheet first day cover comes in a beautiful gold envelope, containing information on the London Olympics, on Sir Paul Smith and Mark Cavendish – QA92, £3.70.

Our first day cover comes in a beautiful envelope stamped with with the date of the first day of issue (1st January 2012).  A stamps collectors ESSENTIAL.  Inside contains a history of the Olympic Games and a write up on the designer, Sir Paul Smith MBE, reference code QA91 – £5.62.

Our souvenir sheetlet incorporates two full sets of stamps – ideal for framing.  Reference number QA64 – £9.84.

Our stampcard set – a beautifully printed set of eight full color postcards includes a pre-paid world wide stamp on reverse. Product reference number QA27 £6.08.

There is free delivery worldwide on ALL orders over £7.50 and you can buy these on iomstamps.com