Britain celebrates Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games with eight stamps on July 28

By David Hartwig

On July 28, Britain’s Royal Mail commemorated the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games with a set of eight stamps.

The set contains eight stamps presented in the form of two se-tenant horizontal bands (side by side).

Four stamps in a se-tenant strip are undenominated, valued at the first class rate (currently 95 pence). Stamps in the other band are denominated at £1.85 (the rate for letters to Europe up to 100 grams and worldwide up to 20 grams).

The release date coincides with the start of the 22nd Commonwealth Games, which took place from July 28 to August 8. Birmingham, a city in England about 100 miles northwest of London, hosted the games, with some events held at other locations in the West Midlands.

The Commonwealth Games are a multi-sport event that has been held every four years since 1930, with the exception of 1942 and 1946. Athletes from Commonwealth nations and territories compete in the games.

According to a Royal Mail press release, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games feature 19 sports and eight of what the Commonwealth Games Federation calls ‘para-sports’ (sports played by people with disabilities). At the Games, 72 nations and territories compete in 280 medal events.

The press release adds that Birmingham 2022 features two milestones in the history of the Commonwealth Games: it is the first major sporting event to award more medals to women than men, and it features the largest program of fully integrated parasports to date.

The artwork on the stamps is in the cubist style, with abstract fragments making up the images. Two lines of text reading “Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games” run down the left side of each stamp. The Commonwealth Games logo appears in the lower right corner of each stamp.

The four first-class stamps represent diving, boxing, para table tennis and para powerlifting respectively.

The four £1.85 stamps show gymnastics, cycling, an athletics race and 3×3 wheelchair basketball respectively.

David Leather, CEO of Commonwealth Games Federation Partnerships, highlighted the collaboration between Royal Mail and the Commonwealth Games Federation.

“We are proud that the CGF and Birmingham 2022 have been able to work with Royal Mail to produce these special stamps to mark the occasion of the 22nd Commonwealth Games, said Leather. “It’s fantastic to see the rich history of the Royal Mail and the Commonwealth Games continue for Birmingham 2022, while giving fans the opportunity to look back on wonderful times and cherish memories from each Commonwealth Games.”

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games stamps and related products can be ordered from the Royal Mail. Ordering information is also available from Royal Mail, Tallents House, 21 S. Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9PB, Scotland.

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