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Great Britain’s first commemorative stamps issued (1924)

Great Britain’s first commemorative stamps were issued on 23 April 1924 – this marked the first day of the British Empire Exhibition at Wembley. The Post Office decided to form a committee to advise on the design process and to act as a selection committee at a later stage. Harold Nelson’s British Lion (later known as the Wembley Lion) with rising sun was issued in 1d scarlet and 1½d brown. Both stamps were issued again on 9 May 1925, when the exhibition reopened, with the date altered on the inscription.

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