9 May 2013
A Royal Mail stamp issue marked the 150th anniversary of the founding of The Football Association as well as 140 years of The Scottish Football Association included a set of 11 stamps, miniature sheet, retail booklet and prestige stamp booklet.
This is the 1st class Northern Ireland Country Definitive stamp from the prestige book pane 1.
This stamp has previously been printed in litho by De La Rue and Enschede, and in gravure by De La Rue. Self-adhesive versions have been issued in several generic Smilers sheets.
As this is not the first time it has been issued as a stand-alone stamp we are doubtful that it will get full catalogue numbering but will be included as SG NI95, but this is the first printing by Cartor. As always, there are slight differences. The new stamp (on the right), as well as being yellower than the earlier one, has no microprinted date in the figure of value: