Published on March 11th, 2015 | by Sarah Jubb

Special Stamps Of The 2000s

We finally enter the 21st century in our latest special stamps article, moving on from the 1990s and into the new millennium. Arguably one of the most recalled aspects of this decade was that it saw multiple terrorist attacks carried out including at the World Trade Centre in 2001 which led to a decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

On a lighter note, the first decade of the new millennium saw the start of social networking with Facebook and Twitter both being invented whilst in terms of film and television, in 2009 Avatar became the first film to hit $2 billion in revenue and there was also the re-emergence of Doctor Who in its new format.

One of the crowning moments of English sport was the win over their long time rival Australia to become the Rugby World Champions in 2003. Royal Mail celebrated this event with a series of four stamps that each listed the final winning score, ‘Australia 17 – England 20’, ensuring the momentous win would be forever remembered. This year England takes centre stage for the World Cup in a different manner as the host of the 2015 Rugby World Cup!

Once more technological achievements were shown with a series of stamps that showcased some of the classic designs that have been produced in Britain. Included in this series were iconic designs, notably the Routemaster Bus, the Mini car and the London Underground map.

In our previous article from the 1980s we highlighted some of the more fantastical stamps that Royal Mail has produced. This was repeated in the 2000s when the Mythical Creatures series was released in 2009. A large range of beautiful, intriguing creatures were featured in this set including a fearsome fire breathing dragon and an ethereal unicorn.



Since they were first introduced, special stamps have a history of acknowledging and celebrating Britons of Distinction. As such in 2008, prominent women of distinction were honoured with a series of stamps depicting individuals who had fought hard throughout their lives to improve the standing of women in Britain in all aspects of life. These stamps included Eleanor Rathbone who campaigned for the Family Allowances Act and Claudia Jones who became a Civil Rights activist and was also one of the founders of the Notting Hill Carnival.

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