Postage stamps depicting the Queen's head will be incinerated after the handover. There will be a grace period, during which people with the stamps will be able to exchange them for transitional issues to be introduced early next year. But after the handover, stamps featuring the Queen's head will be useless. 'Between now and into next year, we are planning for consumption . . . we hope that time will eat up the stamps with the Queen's head. We expect the stock to decrease,' said Patrick Lin Sui-ming, manager of stamp procurement at the Hong Kong Post Office. 'The rest will have to be disposed of and incinerated.' Most of the 16 transitional stamps will feature parts of Hong Kong's coastline from North Point to Western while a few will depict the territory's night life. Postmaster-General Robert Footman said the designs of stamps commemorating the handover were still being discussed.