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On 09 September 2004 An Post issued the sixth definitive stamp series depicting the native ‘Wild Flowers of Ireland’. These replaced the Irish Birds definitive series which was introduced in 1997.

This beautiful series of stamps could be considered the last of the traditional and primarily gummed definitive series; its successor, the current ‘Irish Animals and Marine Life’ definitive series introduced in 2010 are all self-adhesive with the majority being ‘Stamps on a Roll’ (SOAR) type with values printed at the time of purchase.

The Wild Flower definitive series consists of 27 different wild flowers on over 50 stamps released in several phases over 6 years; each gummed and self-adhesive stamp (SA), booklet, coil and FDC will be shown in chronological order of release.
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1c Bloody Crane's-bill and €10 Spring Gentian
Each release will include the Stanley Gibbons (SG)* and Hibernian (HB)** catalogue numbers, technical information and promotional material from An Post.

In addition to the stamps, supporting photographs and information on habitat for each wild flower will be reproduced from the excellent online resource at irishwildflowers.ie with kind permission of site owner Jenny Seawright.

Feb 2015 update to include *SG Ireland 6th edition 2015 and ** Hibernian 2014 edition revisions
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The Wild Flowers of Ireland definitive stamps depict illustrations by renowned Irish horticultural artist Susan Sex with graphics by Q Design.

Below is an excerpt from an article in Collector News published by An Post where the artist describes the design process.

"It was a fascinating challenge to paint the 32 wild flowers. Throughout 2002, as one after another species came and all too rapidly went, the months seemed to pass at an unnatural speed. Old favours and old friends were called on to scan the locality for 'common' plants which had suddenly turned unaccountably rare.

Everyone entered into the spirit of the project, and soggy little plastic bags and jam-jars full of wilting greenery collected around the hall door.

We just about made it. Out of a shortlist of 40 plants selected by Donal Synnott, the then Director of the National Botanic Gardens, 32 were to be chosen. Only one or two were missed through pressure of time as several flowered at once.

A satisfying mix of colour, form, common and rare was the objective, and hopefully that has been achieved.”


From The Collins Press
Susan Sex is a self-taught painter, is one of Ireland's foremost botanical artists, whose work is much widely acclaimed. Susan was awarded a silver and three gold medals for her work by the Royal Horticultural Society and the Jill Smythies Award from the Linnean Society.
She designed the definitive series for An Post ‘The Wild Flowers of Ireland’ postage stamps.
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09 September 2004 – Phase 1
This initial phase introduced 7 PVA gum sheet stamps, two booklets (one each gum and SA) and a ‘Peel and Stick’ roll of 100 self-adhesive stamps.

PVA Gum Sheet Stamps
Values and Cat No: 4c Common Dog-violet SG1668/HBD287, 5c Dandelion SG1669/HBD288, 48c Primrose SG1676/HBD294, 60c Hawthorn SG1679/HB297, 65c Bluebell SG1680/HBD298, €2 Lords-and-ladies SG1687/HBD305 and €5 Dog-rose SG1688/HBD306
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The seven PVA gum sheet stamps issued 09 September 2004
Dimensions: 24.13mm x 17mm (4c, 5c, 48c, 60c & 65c), 48.26mm x 27mm (€2 & €5)

Perforations: P 14¼x14¾ (4c, 5c, 48c, 60c, 65c & €5), P 14¾x x14¼ (€2)
Note: SG states P 14x15 & P 15x14

Printing: Lithography by Irish Security Stamp printing Ltd. on Chalk-surfaced paper with phosphor frame (48c, 60c & 65c only)

Sheet Format: 4c, 5c, 48c, 60c & 65c in sheets of 100 (10x10), €2 & €5 in sheets of 50 (5x10) from Blocks 1A or 1B with Traffic Light and Imprint (examples of which will be shown later in the thread)

Paper: Chalk/Clay Coated Paper (CCP3), thick and opaque with off-white to cream coloured matt PVA gum. Virtually no reaction to UV from the front
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The 4c and 5c PVA gum sheet stamps, the flowers and their habitat.

4c Common Dog-violet SG1668/HBD287
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5c Dandelion SG1669/HBD288
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The 48c, 60c and 65c PVA gum sheet stamps, the flowers and their habitat.

48c Primrose SG1676/HBD294
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60c Hawthorn SG1679/HB297
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65c Bluebell SG1680/HBD298
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What a beautiful series of definitives. Thanks for this.
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The €2 and €5 PVA gum sheet stamps, the flowers and their habitat.

€2 Lords-and-ladies SG1687/HBD305
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€5 Dog-rose SG1688/HBD306
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09 September 2004 – Phase 1 (continued)

A First Day Cover with special Dublin cancel was issued with the seven gummed sheet stamps shown previously. The FDC was also designed by Susan Sex and depicts a hedgerow scene typical of the habitat of the stamps issued.
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Phase 1 FDC 09 September 2004
The Dublin cancel in close-up
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The text reads: BAILE ÁTHA CLIATH (DUBLIN) 09.IX.2004 LÁ A CHEAD ÉISIÚNA (FIRST DAY OF ISSUE)

Included with the FDC was an information card that includes technical details of the stamps on the reverse (not shown).
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Phase 1 Booklets

Two booklets were issued in Phase 1 thus:

(i) SGSB119/HB121 €4.80 Gummed containing a single pane of 10 x 48c PVA gum stamps attached by selvedge; pane SG1675a/HP148.
The booklet includes a pane 5 x 48c Daisy SG1675/D308A & D308C and 5 x 48c Primrose SG1676/D294aA & D294aC.
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The pane is imperforate top and bottom therefore each stamp is found with either imperf - SG do not assign cat numbers however Hibernian assign 'A' for imperf top and 'C' for imperf bottom.
In all other aspects the booklet stamps are identical to the gummed sheet stamps shown previously.

The 48c Daisy gummed stamp is only available in the booklet.


(ii) SGSB120/HB122 €4.80 Self-Adhesive containing 5 x 48c Daisy SG1693/D312 and 5 x 48c Primrose SG1694/D313 self-adhesive stamps.
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SA Booklet Stamps SG1693/D312 and SG1694/D313
Dimensions: 23mm x 29mm

Perforations: P 11¼
Note: SG states P 11½

Printing: Lithography by SEP Print on Chalk-surfaced paper with phosphor frame

Paper: Chalk/Clay Coated Paper (CCP3), thick and opaque with off-white to cream coloured matt PVA gum. Virtually no reaction to UV from the front

Phase 1 Coil
Printed by SNP in vertical rolls of 100 of alternating 48c Daisy D323 and 48c Primrose D324 with surplus surrounding paper removed.
SG do not assign cat numbers for coil stamps, Hibernian cat D323a for collectors pair.
In all other aspects the self-adhesive coil stamp is identical to the booklet stamp.

Note: Hibernian lists two further varieties of the €4.80 self-adhesive booklet:
HB122a '100g' weight on back cover blacked out
HB122b '100g' weight on back cover replaced by '50g'
No issue dates are provided; it's unclear if these are errors or planned weight decreases that were never implemented.


The 48c PVA gum and self-adhesive booklet/coil stamps, the flowers and their habitat.
Note: coil stamp (right-hand pair) shown with surplus paper removed
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Phase 1 Booklet and Coil FDCs

First Day Cover for gummed booklet stamps.
Self-adhesive and gummed full pane FDCs are also available all using the same cover design and cancel.
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Phase 1 Gummed Booklet Stamps FDC 09 September 2004
First Day Cover for self-adhesive 100 stamp coil which illustrates the 'Peel & Stick' coil box designed by James Laffan d5 Design.
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Phase 1 'Peel & Stick' Coil FDC 09 September 2004

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12 April 2005 – Phase 2

The second phase of releases introduced five new gummed sheet stamps; 1c Bloody Crane's-bill SG1665/D284, 2c Irish Orchid SG1666/D285, 7c Fly Orchid SG1670/D289, 10c Mountain Avens SG1671 and €10 Spring Gentian SG1689/D307.
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The five PVA gum sheet stamps issued 12 April 2005
Dimensions: 24.13mm x 17mm (1c, 2c, 7c & 10c), 48.26mm x 27mm (€10)

Perforations: P 14¼x14¾
Note: SG states P 14x15

Printing: Lithography by Irish Security Stamp printing Ltd. on Chalk-surfaced paper with no phosphor frame

Sheet Format: 1c, 2c, 7c & 10c in sheets of 100 (10x10), €10 in sheets of 50 (5x10) from Blocks 1A or 1B with Traffic Light and Imprint

The €10 Spring Gentian stamp remains the highest face value stamp released by Ireland to date.

A First Day Cover with special Dublin cancel was issued with the five gummed sheet stamps shown previously. The FDC was also designed by Susan Sex and depicts a Burren scene typical of the habitat of the stamps issued.
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Phase 2 FDC 12 April 2005
Included with the FDC was an information card that includes technical details of the stamps on the reverse (not shown).
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The 1c, 2c and 7c PVA gum sheet stamps, the flowers and their habitat.

1c Bloody Crane's-bill SG1665/D284
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2c Irish Orchid SG1666/D285
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7c Fly Orchid SG1670/D289
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The 10c and €10 PVA gum sheet stamps, the flowers and their habitat.

10c Mountain Avens SG1671/D290
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€10 Spring Gentian SG1689/D307
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Sheet Formats

As stated in previous posts; the sheet format for the PVA gummed stamps is of sheets of 100 stamps (10x10) except €1, €2, €5 and €10 which are 50 stamps (5x10).

Below are two 10x10 sheets of 1c Bloody Crane's-bill stamps showing position of Cylinder, Traffic Light and Imprint text in the sheet margins.
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Each sheet includes an cylinder number 1A or 1B; this sheet shows 1A - printed top left margin.
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Traffic Light printed top right margin.
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IRISH SECURITY STAMP PRINTING LIMITED Imprint bottom left margin.
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Hi Royal,

Is it possible to get all of them mint? or with very light cancels? how much would all of them be worth if I wanted to acquire them??

Thanks in advance for the info:)

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Ariane

All stamps and booklets shown to date and those that will follow in subsequent posts are available from the Irish Philatelic Bureau online shop at face value....

http://www.anpost.ie/AnPost/IrishStamps/Collectors+Corner/Shop/Shop.htm
They happily post overseas.

I am hearing that stocks of some, in particular the high face values, have been exhausted but cannot confirm this as I've not needed to order any in recent months. Given this series was replaced by the seventh definitive series 'Irish Animals and Marine Life' in 2010; stocks will be low if not already exhausted for some.

As for used with light cancels....this can be a problem, the machine cancel is predominate rather than nice CDS and while I have an OK set of fine used; one or two leave much to be desired and will be replaced when a nicer cancelled example comes along.
This is particularly the case for the €5 and €10.

eBay and Delcampe for used and occasionally MUH, sets and booklets.
Alternatively dealers based in Ireland:
Raven Stamps (a member here I think)
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Irishstamps.net

Gibbons cat €35 for both MUH and used for set of 25 gummed sheet/booklet SG1665/89 but this is from 2011 cat (still the latest).
Hibernian 2014 cat €55 for MUH and €35 used.
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Postal Rates during Phase 1 & 2

The 1c, 2c, 4c, 5c, 7c & 10c stamps issued during the first two phases of release were issued as make-up values appropriate for the 2004 postal rates and to enable existing stocks of previous Euro denominated definitive series (Irish Birds) and commemorative stamps to be used.
The postal rates would remain unchanged until February 2006.

The following postal rates, weight and item limits were applicable at the time of Phase 1 release in September 2004:

48c National rate (items within Ireland); <100g and no larger than C5 (235mm x 162mm)
60c UK; weight/size as above
65c Rest of the World; weight/size as above


On 20 February 2006; An Post announced revised and revamped National and International postal rates; this coincided with the release of Phase 3 of the Wild Flower definitive stamps which will be shown in the following posts.

The revised postal rates were as follows:

48c National rate; letters/postcards <50g
60c National rate; items 50g to 100g
90c National 'Flat' rate; items <100g large envelope C4 (324mm x 229mm) & max depth 25mm
75c International rate (now inc. UK); letters/postcards
€2 National Packet rate; items <100g



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20 February 2006 – Phase 3

The third phase of releases introduced a further five new gummed sheet stamps; 12c Autumn gorse SG1672/D291, 25c Common knapweed SG1674/D293, 75c Navelwort SG1681/D299, 90c Viper's bugloss SG1684/D302 and €1 Foxglove SG1686/D304.
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The five PVA gum sheet stamps issued 20 February 2006
Dimensions: 24.13mm x 17mm (12c, 25c, 75c & 90c), 48.26mm x 27mm (€1)

Perforations: P 14¼x14¾ (12c, 25c, 75c & 90c) P 14¾x14¼ (€1)
Note: SG states P 14x15 & P 15x14

Printing: Lithography by Irish Security Stamp printing Ltd. on Chalk-surfaced paper with phosphor frame on 75c and 90c only

Sheet Format: 12, 25c, 75c & 90c in sheets of 100 (10x10), €1 in sheets of 50 (5x10) from Blocks 1A or 1B with Traffic Light and Imprint

A First Day Cover with special Dublin cancel was issued with the five gummed sheet stamps shown previously. The FDC was also designed by Susan Sex and depicts a Grassland scene typical of the habitat of the stamps issued.
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Phase 3 FDC 20 February 2006
Included with the FDC was an information card that includes technical details of the stamps on the reverse (not shown).
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The 12c, 25c and 75c PVA gum sheet stamps, the flowers and their habitat.

12c Autumn gorse SG1672/D291
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25c Common knapweed SG1674/D293
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75c Navelwort SG1681/D299
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The 90c and €1 PVA gum sheet stamps, the flowers and their habitat.

90c Viper's bugloss SG1684/D302
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€1 Foxglove SG1686/D304
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Phase 3 Booklet

On 27 March 2006, the only booklet issued during Phase 3 was released.

SB127/HB131 €7.50 self-adhesive containing a pane of 10 x 75c Navelwort SG1698/D315 and 10 x self-adhesive 'Priority Aerphost' labels.
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SA Booklet Stamps SG1698/D315
Dimensions: 23mm x 29mm

Perforations: P 11¼
Note: SG states P 11½

Printing: Lithography by SEP Print with phosphor frame

A First Day Cover was issued for the 78c booklet stamp; cover design and cancel as per Phase 3 gummed sheet stamps but with March issue FDI.



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This is great. I only just noticed the set now. I am about to start my thread back up, its interesting to see many of the flowers on earlier stamps. After that I would like to do the first 4 sets.
1. 1922 -1968 Pictorials
2. 1968 -1982 Dogs and Stags
3. 1982 -1988 Architecture
4. 1990 -1995 Celtic Artefacts.

There is also a very nice Malta wildflowers definitive set issued in 4 stages between 1999 and 2003 mainly designed by Maurice Tanti Burlo. Its similar in style to the Irish stamps with flower names in Latin and Malti rather than English. Plus all the stamps are the same size. I wonder if you have seen it. Will post it up later.
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Thanks Princestamps, glad to have you along for the ride.

I love this series and as I said in the OP, the last true Irish definitive....now we have self-adhesive SOAR which are a bit of a dark art with all the printing/PO codes and infinite FVs.
Maybe I'll do a thread on them one day.

I've got one or two of the Malta flowers somewhere....very pretty.

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Just checking on An Post, all of these stamps are still available including the 10 Euro and I must say I am tempted.
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Postal Rate increases for Phase 4

On 01 March 2007 An Post announced the following postal rate changes:

55c National rate; letters/postcards <100g (was 48c)
95c National 'Flat' rate <100g large envelope C4 (324mm x 229mm) & max depth 25mm (was 90c)
78c International rate; letters/postcards (was 75c)

It should be noted that the two existing National rate tariffs for items <50g and 50g to 100g introduced in 2006 were replaced with a single tariff of 55c for items <100g.

These changes coincided with the release of Phase 4 and necessitated the introduction of 4 new values including a 3c make-up value for International rate postage.


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01 March 2007 – Phase 4

The fourth phase of releases introduced a further four new gummed sheet stamps; 3c Yellow flag SG1667/D286, 55c Large-flowered butterwort SG1678/D296, 78c Black bog-rush SG1682/D300 and 95c Purple loosestrife SG1685/D307.
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The four PVA gum sheet stamps issued 01 March 2007
Dimensions: 24.13mm x 17mm

Perforations: P 14¼x14¾
Note: SG states P 14x15

Printing: Lithography by Irish Security Stamp printing Ltd. on Chalk-surfaced paper with phosphor frame

Sheet Format: in sheets of 100 from Blocks 1A or 1B with Traffic Light and Imprint

Paper: Chalk/Clay Coated Paper (CCP3), thick and opaque with off-white to cream coloured matt PVA gum. Virtually no reaction to UV from the front


The 3c and 55c PVA gum sheet stamps, the flowers and their habitat.

3c Yellow flag SG1667/D286
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55c Large-flowered butterwort SG1678/D296
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The 78c and 95c PVA gum sheet stamps, the flowers and their habitat.

78c Black bog-rush SG1682/D300
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95c Purple loosestrife SG1685/D307
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Phase 4 'N' rate self-adhesive booklet and box coil

A booklet and box coil of 100 stamps were introduced on 01 March 2007 as part of the Phase 4 release; further booklets were released later in the year and will be cover in subsequent posts.

SG132/HB138 self-adhesive containing 5 x 'N' National rate (55c) Large-flowered butterwort SG1695/D318 and 5 x 'N' (55c) Blue-eyed grass SG1696/D319.
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SA Booklet Stamps SG1695/D318 and SG1696/D319

Dimensions: 23mm x 29mm

Perforations: P 11¼
Note: SG states P 11½

Printing: Lithography by SEP Print with phosphor frame


'Peel & Stick' Box of 100 'N' National rate (55c)
50 of each alternating SG1695/D318 and SG1696/D319.
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Phase 4 box of 100 'N' stamps similar to April 2007 55c box shown
A First Day Cover with special Dublin cancel was issued with the four gummed sheet stamps and two self-adhesive 'N' rate stamps shown previously. The FDC was also designed by Susan Sex and depicts a wetland/marsh scene typical of the habitat of the stamps issued.
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Phase 4 FDC 01 March 2007
Included with the FDC was an information card that includes technical details of the stamps on the reverse (not shown).
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The 'N' rate self-adhesive booklet & box stamps, the flowers and their habitat.

'N' National rate (55c) Large-flowered butterwort SG1695/D318
'N' (55c) Blue-eyed grass SG1696/D319
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April 2007 Gummed Booklets

On 20 April 2007 An Post issued four new booklets (two each gummed and self-adhesive) as part of Phase 4.

(i) SB133/HB139 €2 Gummed containing a single pane of 6 PVA gum stamps attached by selvedge; pane SG1690a/HP174.
The pane is made up of 2 x 5c SG1690/D309B Dandelion, 1 x 25c SG1691/D310B Common knapweed and 3 x 55c SG1692/D311 Large-flowered butterwort
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The pane is imperforate top and bottom therefore the 5c and 55c stamps are found with either imperf - SG do not assign cat numbers however Hibernian assign 'B' for imperf top/RH side and 'D' for imperf bottom/LH side however interestingly Hibernian do not assign a 'D' ref# for the 5c.

Gummed Booklet Stamps SG1690/D309B, SG1691/D310B and SG1692/D311
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Dimensions: 20mm x 29mm

Perforations: P 14¾x14¼
Note: SG states P 15x14

Printing: Lithography by Irish Security Stamp Printing Ltd. on Chalk-surfaced paper with phosphor frame on 55c only

Paper: Chalk/Clay Coated Paper (CCP3), thick and opaque with off-white to cream coloured matt PVA gum. Virtually no reaction to UV from the front

(ia) HB139a as HB139 but 25c has also phosphor frame; pane HP174a, 25c stamp D310B.
Note: SG do not assign a cat number for this version


(ii) SB134/HB140 €5.50 Gummed containing a single pane of 10 PVA gum stamps attached by selvedge; pane SG1678a/HP175.
The pane is made up of 10 x 55c SG1678/D296aA & D296aC Large-flowered butterwort.
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The pane is imperforate top and bottom therefore each stamp is found with either imperf - SG do not assign cat numbers however Hibernian assign 'A' for imperf top and 'C' for imperf bottom.

Gummed Booklet Stamp(s) SG1678/D296aA & D296aC
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Dimensions: 24.13mm x 17mm

Perforations: P 14¼x14¾
Note: SG states P 14x15

Printing: Lithography by Irish Security Stamp printing Ltd. on Chalk-surfaced paper with phosphor frame

Paper: Chalk/Clay Coated Paper (CCP3), thick and opaque with off-white to cream coloured matt PVA gum. Virtually no reaction to UV from the front



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April 2007 Self-Adhesive Booklets

(i) SB135/HB141 €5.50 Self-Adhesive containing 10 x 55c Large-flowered butterwort SG1697/D314
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(ii) SB136/HB142/HB142a €7.80 Self-Adhesive containing 10 x 78c Black bog-rush SG1699/D316/D316a
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The €7.80 booklet was initially issued with an error to the stamp on Row 4/2 (shown below). The flower name was incorrectly labelled 'black Bog-rush' instead of 'Black bog-rush'.
A second printing was issued almost immediately.
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Stamp SG1699b/D316a
SG do not assign a catalogue numbers to this first printing booklet. Hibernian HB142a


SA Booklet Stamps SG1697/D314 and SG1699/D316/D316a
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78c D316 and D316a (error)
Dimensions: 23mm x 29mm

Perforations: P 11¼
Note: SG states P 11½

Printing: Lithography by SEP Print with phosphor frame



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03 March 2008 – Phase 5

The fifth phase introduced three PVA gum sheet stamps and two booklets (one each gum and SA) to coincide with an increase to the International postal rate from 78c to 82c.

PVA Gum Sheet Stamps
20c Thrift SG1673/D292, 50c Biting stonecrop SG1677/D295 and 82c Sea aster SG1683/D301.
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The three PVA gum sheet stamps issued 03 March 2008
Dimensions: 24.13mm x 17mm

Perforations: P 14¼x14¾
Note: SG states P 14x15

Printing: Lithography by Irish Security Stamp printing Ltd. on Chalk-surfaced paper with phosphor frame (82c only)

Sheet Format: in sheets of 100 from Blocks 1A or 1B with Traffic Light and Imprint

Paper: Chalk/Clay Coated Paper (CCP3), thick and opaque with off-white to cream coloured matt PVA gum. Virtually no reaction to UV from the front


A First Day Cover with special Dublin cancel was issued with the three gummed sheet stamps. The FDC was also designed by Susan Sex and depicts a coastal scene typical of the habitat of the stamps issued.
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Included with the FDC was an information card that includes technical details of the stamps on the reverse (not shown).
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The 20c, 50c and 82c PVA gum sheet stamps, the flowers and their habitat.

20c Thrift SG1673/D292
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50c Biting stonecrop SG1677/D295
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82c Sea aster SG1683/D301
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Phase 5 Booklets

(i) SB142/HB150 €8.20 Gummed containing a pane 10 x 82c Sea-aster SG1683/D301aA & D310aC, pane SG1683a/HP181.
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Gummed Booklet Stamp SG1683/D301aA & D310aC
The pane is imperforate top and bottom therefore each stamp is found with either imperf - SG do not assign cat numbers however Hibernian assign 'A' for imperf top and 'C' for imperf bottom.
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In all other aspects the gummed booklet stamps are identical to the sheet stamps shown previously.


(ii) SB143/HB151 €8.20 Self-Adhesive containing 10 x 82c Sea-aster SG1699c/D307 and 10 self-adhesive Airmail labels. This booklet was issued 18 March 2008.
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SA Booklet Stamps SG1699c/D307
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Dimensions: 23mm x 29mm

Perforations: P 11¼
Note: SG states P 11½

Printing: Lithography by SEP Print on Chalk-surfaced paper with phosphor frame

An FDC featuring the self-adhesive stamp was also issued, the design is the same as the sheet stamp FDC.


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Forgive the shameless plug/bump for my other related thread....

See here:
http://www.stampboards.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=52625

I'm looking for any of the Wild Flower definitive stamps shown in this thread on cover.
It's surprisingly difficult to find these on commercial covers; most are clipped for charity mixes or discarded.

Anything considered but covers must not include mixed definitive series or commemoratives.
Particularly interested in solo/pairs/multiples/panes and make-up values for 60c, 65c, 75c, 78c & 82c International rate and 90c National rate 'Large Envelope' examples.
Also would like used €5 and €10 on parcel cover/piece.
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While these are all technically wild flowers, many are found in gardens used as ornamental flowering plants.

I have a few of them growing in my garden here in the UK - growing wild flowers or their derivatives encourages beneficial insects and helps urban biodiversity. Quite a number of these plants will quite happily grow outside their preferred wildflower type environment -for instance woodland-loving plants will grow in open sites ( in cultivation - whereas they would not normally self-seed in the wild).

I find the simple unfussy design of this issue very pleasing - but as a gardening as well as a stamp geek I would,wouldn't I?

Am I right in thinking that none of these stamps appear on different papers as in the artefacts and buildings series?

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Glad you like the stamps; I posted elsewhere that I think these are the most attractive of all Irish stamps...the last we'll see of the classic multiple value definitive series in Ireland I'm afraid.

Good to hear that some of the plants are prospering in your garden....not a surprise given many of the species shown are native to the UK too, though some like the 'Irish Orchid' shown earlier are now so uncommon.

To your question:
Quick answer; you are correct in your thinking.

Long answer; I've found no evidence documented or otherwise of any other paper type used other than the clay chalk surfaced paper which the Hibernian catalogue refers to as type gC3 (CCP3).

The 1982-90 'Irish Architechture' series is known to have used the same plus gC1 (CCP1) and gC2; both of which differ from gC3 in that they have a strong UV reaction from the front but each with differing gum shades.

The 1990-95 'Irish Heritage and Treasures' is known to have used both gC1 and gC3.
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TheRoyalCounty wrote:On 09 September 2004 An Post issued the sixth definitive stamp series depicting the native ‘Wild Flowers of Ireland’. These replaced the Irish Birds definitive series which was introduced in 1997.

This beautiful series of stamps could be considered the last of the traditional and primarily gummed definitive series; its successor, the current ‘Irish Animals and Marine Life’ definitive series introduced in 2010 are all self-adhesive with the majority being ‘Stamps on a Roll’ (SOAR) type with values printed at the time of purchase.

The Wild Flower definitive series consists of 27 different wild flowers on over 50 stamps released in several phases over 6 years; each gummed and self-adhesive stamp (SA), booklet, coil and FDC will be shown in chronological order of release.

Could you tell me if any dealers in Ireland have stocks of these stamps or the UK as have searched the net and can only find dealers with short sets or none at all?
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1c Bloody Crane's-bill and €10 Spring Gentian
Each release will include the Stanley Gibbons (SG) and Hibernian (HB) catalogue numbers, technical information and promotional material from An Post.

In addition to the stamps, supporting photographs and information on habitat for each wild flower will be reproduced from the excellent online resource at irishwildflowers.ie with kind permission of site owner Jenny Seawright.
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Magpie wrote:Could you tell me if any dealers in Ireland have stocks of these stamps or the UK as have searched the net and can only find dealers with short sets or none at all?
See this thread:
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05 December 2008 – Phase 6

The sixth phase of releases saw a single booklet and FDC issued in December 2008 with subsequent releases in 2009.

SB146/HB156 €5.50 Self-adhesive containing 10 x 'N' (55c) Yellow horned-poppy SG1699d/D320
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SB146/HB156 €5.50 Self-adhesive booklet
SA Booklet Stamp SG1699d/D320

Dimensions: 20mm x 24mm

Perforations: P 14x14¼
Note: SG states P 14

Printing: Lithography by Ashton-Potter (USA) with phosphor frame on chalk-surface paper


A First Day Cover with special Dublin cancel was issued with the self-adhesive booklet stamp. The FDC was also designed by Susan Sex and depicts a coastal scene typical of the habitat of the stamps issued.
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Phase 6 Self-adhesive Booklet Stamp FDC 05 December 2008
Included with the FDC was an information card that includes technical details of the stamps on the reverse (not shown).
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The 'N' rate self-adhesive stamp, the flower and habitat.
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August 2009 Self-adhesive Booklet

SB151/HB161 €8.20 Self-adhesive containing 10 x 82c Sea aster SG1699e/D322 and 10 self-adhesive Airmail labels. This booklet was issued 07 August 2009.
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November 2009 Self-adhesive Booklet

SB152/HB164 €5.50 Self-adhesive containing 10 x 55c Large-flowered butterwort SG1699d/D321.
This booklet was issued 06 November 2009.
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SA Booklet Stamps SG1699e/D322 and SG1699d/D321

Dimensions: 20mm x 24mm

Perforations: P 14x14¼
Note: SG states P 14

Printing: Lithography by Ashton-Potter (USA) with phosphor frame on chalk-surface paper



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Just bought a used part set of some 28 values for $10 on Trademe (NZ's Ebay) and I am still missing some, this has got to be one of the most complex definitive sets put out by anyone.

I do like it though and just put this here, to give the thread a bump. We need to ensure Irish stamps remain fresh in peoples minds, especially coming up to St Patricks Day.
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Thanks for the bump Princestamps :D

Good to hear you've added some to your collection, show us a scan as I've only shown MNH to date although I was planning on showing a full used set to close out on the thread.

Hopefully this thread will help with identification of what's missing, shout if I can help and also fill some of the gaps for you.

Next up is the Wild Flower 'Stamp on a Roll' (SOAR) issues; only four designs but a multitude of codes, values and type used in their brief appearance....I'm part way through writing the supporting text but these 'print at counter' issues are a study in their own right.
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06 May 2010 - 'Stamp on a Roll' (SOAR)

On 06 May An Post issued and trialled four new self-adhesive SOAR stamps; 55c Mountain avens SG2004/DM5, 55c Spring gentian SG2005/DM6, 55c Bloody crane's-bill SG2006/DM7 and 55c Common knapweed SG2007/DM8.
These issues are known as Type I.

The Philatelic Bureau issued Type II 2004b/07b 22 July 2006 and FDC covers bearing these issues show same date.

Type I always have 'missing dot over i of Eire'.
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The four Type II SOAR stamps issued 22 July 2010
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The SOAR stamps were available in three versions:

(i) Pre-printed by digital offset with no variable data; date code 10203 (the first two digits indicate the year, the final three digits show the day), control and operation number 02501000001 and stamp number 1 to 4.
These stamps were only available from the Philatelic Bureau.

(ii) Pre-printed by digital offset (design, country and stamp number only), thermal printing (Epson) of variable information: face value, date and control and operation number. Stamps were provided in rolls of 600, stamp number range of 1-600.
Stamps could also be printed with text to denote the postal service used: Standard Post; Express Post; Express Post With Signature; Registered Post; Courier Post & Priority Parcel. Most are found without this text.
These stamps were available from Post Offices; face value and other variable data was printed at the counter.

(iii) Pre-printed by digital offset (design & country), thermal printing of variable information: face value, date (see note below) and machine number. No stamp number was applied.
A different date code was used; i.e. C203 where 'C' is year 2010 and '203' is the 203rd day of the year.
These stamps were only available from Wincor Nixdorf Postal Kiosks.

Examples of types (ii) and (iii)
Note: later SOAR designs shown but details are identical
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Types (ii) and (iii)
An FDC and information card (not shown) was issued with the four Philatelic Bureau stamps (type i).

SOAR Stamps SG2004/DM5, SG2005/DM6, SG2006/DM7 and SG2007/DM8

Design: Susan Sex & Zinc Design Consultants
Dimensions: 56mm x 25mm
Perforations: P 11¼
Note: SG states P 11
Printing: HP Indigo high resolution digital print
Printer: Label Art Ltd.


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Here it is, as you can see, the postmarks don't take to well to the white paper. Incredibly they have even soaked the self adhesives.

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Anything in the purple boxes is mint and it was already in my collection, one stamp, a gummed 78 cents, is not shown as it is burnt on one corner. I bought the set mostly for the decent cancels on the 2€ and 5€ and the stamps are fairly clean on the back.

I also notice I have no 1 cent and 10€, but its good to get most of the others used. Some like the 55 cents N small and the others I haven't seen yet. The 12 cents has a pen cancel (I was told this when I bought them).

Of the mint, the 82c pair are from an international booklet, both 48 are from coils from a white paper and black mark. 75c mint has Priority Aerphost stickers on back, so probably a booklet single too. All my other mint stamps are gummed and date from a collection of 2007/08 I bought in 2010.

So let me know what you think of this marriage of ink and paper. Its good to have the low values and the 90 and 95 cents properly used too, 95 cents must be an obscure rate. It was just good to get these stamps to add to my definitive collection.

The only sets I am missing now are some of the Euro currency Birds set (I now have a complete set of 1997 Birds). And the 41p from the 1990 set.
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Seems a decent bunch, the €5 is definitely the star of the lot and about as good as you get.

I acquired several lots and now have around 10,000 and unsurprisingly most are the 48c and 55c but most were present including many pairs and mixed usage.

Of the low face make-up values the 1c, 2c and 12c were the scarcest especially with anything other than a machine cancel obliterating them or the cursed biro cancel. Finding clean €5 and €10 examples was a challenge; most were used on parcels although the €5 turns up on national rate registered letters.

The 95c isn't tough to find as it was for the National 'large envelope' rate...I've about 200 sitting in front of me!!

Another challenge was finding fine used gummed booklet stamps with each imperf edge variation...!!
And talking of challenges....the SOAR issues in my last post; some still evade me in every variant.

Drop me a PM with what you're missing (I can't help with 1c, 2c & 12c) and also from the dual currency and Euro denomination Birds, I don't have quite as many but should be able to fill a gap or three.
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TheRoyalCounty wrote:22 July 2010 - 'Stamp on a Roll' (SOAR)
I was remiss in not adding details of the phosphor tagging on all SOAR stamps; three vertical bands as shown below.
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SOAR phosphor tagging, approximate size and position
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Have done, as you can see only missing a couple. Its amazing you have 20,000 stamps, the most I have of any definitive is about 600 of the 1d Map (1940 -1968) and a similar number of the 2d map and at least 50 each of most of the pre 1990 definitive stamps low values.
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And just a tip that will double your page views on these threads as I outlined to Princestamps last week -
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Princestamps wrote:Thanks for the support guys, I notice 47 more views since my last update. I now know its time to keep it going. I will warn you the next few posts are pretty insubstantial as we enter the worst period of inflation and new issues are kept to a bare 1 or 2 stamps. The next 2 posts in particular are real briefies.

5 June 1978 - ½d Yellow Green, no watermark

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Replaced: 1971 ½p Yellow Green with watermarked
Replaced by: Not replaced, there was no more ½p stamps after this or in subsequent definitive issues. This stamp was pretty much not used after 1980, but remained on sale like most lower values of this set until 1983.
Great detail. :)

Her's a tip to add to the page views. :mrgreen:

We have Google, BING and Yahoo bots GLUED to this site 24/7 as all can see.

They are bots and index only WHAT is posted, and cannot "see" photos.

They have absolutely no clue the images are of Irish stamps and do not index them thus.

The words Ireland/Eire appear absolutely nowhere on this page as you can see.


Greengo was amazed at how indexing the images with relevant and expanded text bumped up his Train thread views. :mrgreen:

Redundant as it seems it you list all future like this, all the IMAGES will be indexed by google etc. And silly as it seems the word STAMPS needs to appear in every case to appease the Google Bot Gods!

i.e. next to all images use the words Ireland/Eire postage stamps

Ireland/Eire postage stamps - 5 June 1978 - ½d Yellow Green, no watermark

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Global Administrator wrote:Superb detail in these scans!
Thanks Glen - I'm mightily impressed with my little €50 HP Photosmart 'all-in-one' printer/copier/scanner; the stamps are scanned at 1200dpi and then cropped; a little slow during the scanning process but the results speak for themselves.

Great tip re: adding Ireland/Eire to the pages and including a 'caption' is something I was mindful of during this thread but omitted this obvious piece of information :roll:

That all said; I'm often searching for images online of this series - plenty out there but these pages are nearly always at the top or close to the top in the search result.

I've been sorting through a batch of covers & postcards featuring these lovely definitive stamps recently acquired from a helpful member, I'll be adding to the thread once I've finalised which to use and some suitable wording.
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