Postage rates for postcards sent within the UK

British Stamps

    Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  2d  

 1952 to 2000s

Below are examples of all the different Queen Elizabeth stamps that I have been able to find on postcards posted in the UK.  I have excluded the larger commemorative stamps. 

Please click here to see examples of the Scottish stamps that I have found on postcards during this period.

British stamps:   1890s to 1952                Scottish stamps:   1952 to 2000s

 

'Old Money'

(to 1971)

    1 penny = 1d
  12 pennies = 1 shilling.
240 pennies  = 1

'New Money'

(from 1971)

    1 penny = 1p
100 pennies  = 1

 

Queen Elizabeth II

Reign: From 6 February 1952

Stamps before the introduction of 1st and 2nd Class Post

1952 - 55

2d

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  2d  

1955 - 57

2d

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  2d 

1957 - 65

2d

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  2.5d 

1965 - 67

3d

  Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  3d 

1967 - 68

3d

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  3d 

From 1 Oct 1957:     Letter Rate 3d,   Postcard Rate 2d

From 17 May 1965:  Letter Rate 4d,      Postcard Rate 3d

From 16 Sep 1968:  1st Class and 2nd Class post introduced.
                               Letter Rate  = Postcard Rate.  See table below.

The shade of the 2d stamp changed twice.
 It was 'brown (1952-55) then red-brown or light red-brown (1955-57)

 

Queen Elizabeth II

From ...

2nd Class Post

1st Class Post

16 Sep 1968

4d

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  4d 

OR

new colour

6 Jan 1969

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  4d 

5d

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  5d 

15 Feb 1971

2p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  2.5p 

3p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  3p 

10 Sep 1973

3p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  3p 

3p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  3.5p 

24 Jun 1974

3p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  3.5p 

4p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  4.5p 

17 Mar 1975

5p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  5.5p 

7p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  7p 

29 Sep 1975

6p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  6.5p 

8p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  8.5p 

13 Jun 1977

7p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  7p 

9p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  9p 

20 Aug 1979

8p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  8p 

10p

 

4 Feb 1980

10p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  10p 

12p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  12p 

26 Jan 1981

11p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  11p 

14p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  14p 

1 Feb 1982

12p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  12.5p 

15p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  15.5p 

5 Apr 1983

12p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  12.5p 

16p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  16p 

3 Sep 1984

13p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  13p 

17p

4 Nov 1985

12p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  12p 

17p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  17p 

20 Oct 1986

13p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  13p 

18p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  18p 

5 Sep 1988

14p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  14p 

19p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  19p 

2 Oct 1989

15p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  15p 

OR

150th  Anniversary

 of Penny Black

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  15p  -  150th Anniversary of the Penny Black stamp 

20p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  20p

OR

150th  Anniversary

 of Penny Black

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  20p  -  150th Anniversary of the Penny Black stamp 

17 Nov 1990

17p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  17p 

22p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  22p 

16 Sep 1991

18p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  18p 

24p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  24p 

1 Nov 1993

19p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  19p 

25p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  25p 

8 Jul 1996

20p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  20p 

26p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  26p 

OR

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  26p 

 

27 Apr 1999

19p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  19p 

26p

27 Apr 2000

19p

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  19p 

27p

8 May 2003

20p

28p

1 Apr 2004

21p

28p

7 Apr 2005

21p

30p

I have found that in recent years, very few postcards have used stamps with the higher values above.  Instead, they have used one of the stamps below.

 

Queen Elizabeth II

Since 1989, increasing use has been made of stamps without any price marked on them -  just the classification, '1st Class' or '2nd Class' post.

2nd Class Post

1st Class Post

from 28 Aug 1989

 and

from 7 Sep 1993

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  2nd Class Postage 

from 7 Aug 1990

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  1st Class Postage 

 

from  when?

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  1st Class Postage 

from 7 Aug 1989

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  2nd Class Postage 

from  when?

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  1st Class Postage 

 

from  6 Jan 2000

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  1st Class Postage 

 

from 15 Feb 2000

 

 

Queen Victoria
and
Queen Elizabeth II

 

from 10 Oct 1993

Queen Elizabeth II stamp  -  1st Class Postage 

 

   British stamps on this page are reproduced by kind permission of Royal Mail Group PLC.  All rights reserved.

 

British stamps:   1890s to 1952

Scottish stamps:   1952 to 2000s

 

NOTES

1.  The illustrations of stamps on this page have been taken from postcards in my collection and other collections.  To find background information and the dates when the various postage rates applied, I have consulted:

(a)  Stanley Gibbons' Specialised Stamp Catalogues

(b)  British Postal Rates 1937 to 2000 [Robert Johnson and Gordon Peet]

(c)  Tilehurst, Reading UK Directory [and Internet archive 'Wayback Machine']

2.  I have illustrated this page almost entirely with definitive stamps.  To have included the many commemorative issues that have been issued, particularly during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, would have complicated the page.

Thank you to Frank Walton for advising me of the resource in (c) above

 

 

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