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Printers Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Codes

Now that the practice of having a Company Imprint has been discontinued from Business Sheets, Booklets, etc, the FSC code can be used to determine the printer as these are allocated on a company by company basis and all products now carry these codes. The four main Royal Mail stamp printers have the following FSC codes :-

 
Company
FSC Code
 
Cartor
C100572
 
De La Rue
C020244
 
Enschedé
C017480
 
Walsall
C023216

As an example, the Diamond Jubilee 100x1st Business Sheets were printed by both De La Rue and Walsall with the top panels carrying the two different FSC codes (De La Rue : C020244, Walsall : C023216 respectively).

International Security Printers is a group name that includes Cartor and Walsall. Thus, when this is quoted by Royal Mail, the FSC code needs to be referred to in order to determine the printer in the group that actually printed the product.


 

Walsall Counter Sheets - December 2018

Three more Walsall counter sheets were officially issued on 4th December 2018 (the SD 100g and SD 500g had already been found at Post Offices).

1st Large RMSF
SD 100g
Values
Grid Positions
Sheet size
Printer
1st Large RMSF
Two rows of 2
50
Walsall
       
SD 100g
Four rows of 2
25
Walsall
SD 500g
Four rows of 2
25
Walsall


Reappearance of SBP1 - October 2018

In January 2016 a new self adhesive paper substrate was introduced having a repeating wavyline 'ROYAL MAIL' text appearing on the backing paper (under the stamps). This was given a code 'SBP1'. Subsequently, a modified version superseded this - two lines of upright repeating wavyline 'ROYAL MAIL' text followed by two lines of inverted repeating wavyline 'ROYAL MAIL' text and was coded SBP2. In early October (late September) 2018 the 6x1st booklets with Padlock covers were found with the original SBP1 paper substrate (hidden codes MSIL and MI8L). These had already been issued in the year with the SBP2 substrate. Now, the Harry Potter custom retail booklet has been found to exist on both SBP1 and SBP2 substrates (hidden codes MCIL and MI8L).

Harry Potter booklet with SBP1 (inverted)


Walsall printings - May 2018

Further Walsall printings were issued on 23rd May 2018. These included the NVI 1st and 1st Large values. Both came in counter sheets of 50 (as with the previous De La Rue printings) but the primary sheet laydowns were different from the Walsall denominated values which came in sheets of 25 and so there is a different set of Grid Box Positions.

1st NVI
1st Large NVI
Values
Grid Positions
Sheet size
Printer
2nd or 1st NVI
Two rows of 4
50
Walsall
 
2nd Large or 1st Large NVI
Two rows of 2
50
Walsall



Secondary Hidden Iridescent Code - Year 2018 - March 2018

Gravure - Self Adhesive Issues

Walsall £2.25 from Counter Sheets of 25

Walsall took over the Counter Sheet printing contract from the start of 2018 so all year code MI8L counter sheet printings were produced by Walsall. The first Walsall printings for the year were the new tariff values issued on 20th March 2018. These and subsequent sheets do not exhibit a sheet serial number and the 'printing date' is pre-printed using a gravure cylinder.

  Value Source Format  
Year Code
 
  1p Sheet  
MAIL
MI8L
12 Sep 2018
  2p Sheet  
MI8L
Jun 2018
  5p Sheet    
MI8L
12 Sep 2018
  10p Sheet  
MI8L
23 May 2018
  20p Sheet    
MI8L
23 May 2018
  £1 Sheet    
MI8L
23 May 2018
  £1.25 Sheet  
MI8L
20 Mar 2018
  £1.45 Sheet    
MI8L
20 Mar 2018
  £1.55 Sheet    
MI8L
20 Mar 2018
  £2.25 Sheet  
MI8L
20 Mar 2018
  £2.65 Sheet  
MI8L
20 Mar 2018
             
  2nd Sheet    
MI8L
23 May 2018
  1st RM Red Sheet    
MI8L
23 May 2018
  2nd Large Sheet    
MI8L
12 Sep 2018
  1st Large Sheet    
MI8L
23 May 2018
             
  1st L RMSF Sheet    
MI8L
4 Dec 2018
  SD 100g Sheet    
MI8L
Oct 2018
  SD 500g Sheet    
MI8L
Sep 2018
             
  2nd Business Sht 100x2nd
MBIL
MI8L
Apr 2018
  1st RM Red Business Sht 100x1st
MBIL
MI8L
Jun 2018
  2nd Large Business Sht 50x2nd Large
MBIL
MI8L
Oct 2018
  1st Large Business Sht 50x1st Large
MBIL
MI8L
Jun 2018
             
  1st RM Red Booklet 4x1st; 2x1st
MCIL
MI8L
20 Mar 2018
    Booklet # 4x1st; 2x1st
MCIL
MI8L
16 Oct 2018
    Booklet 6x1st
MSIL
MI8L
May 2018
    Booklet # 6x1st
MSIL
MI8L
Oct 2018
  2nd Booklet 12x2nd
MTIL
MI8L
May 2018
  1st RM Red Booklet 12x1st
MTIL
MI8L
Jun 2018
  2nd Large Booklet 4x2nd Large
MFIL
MI8L
May 2018
  1st Large Booklet 4x1st Large
MFIL
MI8L
Apr 2018
             
  Sheet printings with the year code MI8L were all printed by Walsall.
#
These are printed with the 'ROYAL MAIL' wavyline text in substrate (SBP1)
These are printed with the revised 'ROYAL MAIL' wavyline text in substrate (SBP2). Click Link to information on SA Paper Types here for illustrations and listings of the latest known variants.

Litho - Normal Gum Issues

  Value Source Format  
Year Code
 
Litho
  1p PSB Mixed
MPIL
MI8L
4 Dec 2018
  2p    
MPIL
MI8L
20 Mar 2018
  5p    
MPIL
MI8L
20 Mar 2018
  20p    
MPIL
MI8L
4 Dec 2018
  50p    
MPIL
MI8L
4 Dec 2018
  £1.17    
MPIL
MI8L
20 Mar 2018
  £1.25    
MPIL
MI8L
4 Dec 2018
             
  1st PSB Mixed
MPIL
MI8L
13 Sep 2018


Post & Go Game of Thrones - January 2018

Two Post & Go labels were issued on 23rd January 2018 with the Game of Thrones theme, one for the second class rates and one for the first class rates. These both used the now standardised Year Code forms of - CLI8S for the Second Class rate and RI8YAL for the First Class rate.

Second Class - Year Code CLI8S


Post & Go Winter Greenery - November 2017

For Christmas 2017 the Winter Greenery Post & Go labels (first issued in November 2014) were re-issued on 13th November 2017. Both the Second Class and First Class Designs were re-prints and have new Year Codes - CLI7S for the Second Class rate and RI7YAL for the First Class rate.

Second Class - Year Code CLI7S
First Class - Year Code RI7YAL


Post & Go Remembrance Poppy - October 2017

The Remembrance Poppy for 2017 was re-issued on 24th October 2017. The format of the hidden year code was changed to RI7YAL (as used for the Royal Mail Heritage - Mail by Air issue).



Post & Go Royal Mail Heritage - Mail by Air - September 2017

The latest Post & Go Labels taking the theme Royal Mail Heritage - Mail by Air were issued on 13th September 2017. The designs include First UK Aerial Mail 1911, Military Mail 1919, International Airmail 1933, Domestic Airmail 1934, Flying Boat Airmail 1937 and Datapost 1980. The format of the hidden year code has changed to RI7YAL for this issue - this is positioned just left of the pictorial image and about half way down.



The Postal Museum Official Opening - July 2017

The new Postal Museum opened to the public on 28th July 2017. Its located at 15-20 Phoenix Place, London WC1X 0DA, this is just along the road from its previous temporary home. To mark this event a new overprint was introduced. This was 'Official Opening 2017' for the 2nd Class NVI and 1st Class NVI on Wreathed Head Machin designs (1st NVI tariff rate only). The other three reels, Post Office (London) Railway, Mail Coach and Union Flag were vended for all six tariff rates with the overprint being 'Official Opening'. Note : The Official Opening day of the New Museum was 28th July 2017, however, the Post & Go machine in the foyer was made available on the 25th July vending the special 'Official Opening' overprint

2nd Class NVI
1st Class NVI on Wreathed Head Machin


'ROYAL MAIL' text in the Self Adhesive paper substrate - April 2017

With the introduction of the revised (upright / inverted) 'ROYAL MAIL' text in the Self Adhesive paper substrate we have the possibility that printings can yield a new variant depending upon how the paper was reeled. This has now happened with the counter sheet £1.17 value. The second printing in March 2017 (printing date 03/03/17, this was the first printing with the new substrate) was issued with the paper direction that was different from the Walsall 100x2nd Business Sheets (see section 'Revised ROYAL MAIL Self Adhesive Substrate - January 2017' below). Subsequently, a third printing occurred in April 2017 (printing date 07/04/17). This has a different paper direction - which is in fact the same as the first Walsall 100x2nd Business Sheets.

£1.17 - printing date 03/03/17
£1.17- printing date 07/04/17
The four lines appear as :-
large
ROYAL MAIL
upr
small
ROYAL MAIL
upr
large
ROYAL MAIL
inv
small
ROYAL MAIL
inv
small
ROYAL MAIL
upr
large
ROYAL MAIL
upr
small
ROYAL MAIL
inv
large
ROYAL MAIL
inv

This paper substrate has a reference code 'SBP2' and 'SBP2i' for the inverted version. For simplification, if the two lines of upright text are considered, we have L(arge) text followed by s(mall) text for the upright substrate - SBP2 and s(mall) text followed by L(arge) text for the inverted substrate - SBP2i. Click Link to information on SA Paper Types here for a listing of the latest known variants.


Country Pictorials - 21st March 2017

Two new value Pictorials for each of the four Country Designs were issued on 21st March 2017. These use the same two designs as used previously. The value tablet typeface has been changed to that used by the Machin definitives. Over time, the 2nd and 1st NVI values will also be printed using the revised typeface.

£1.17 England - Oak Tree
£1.40 England - Tudor Rose
For each Country, the two values were printed on the same primary sheet


Secondary Hidden Iridescent Code - Year 2017 - February 2017

Gravure - Self Adhesive Issues

  Value Source Format  
Year Code
 
  1p Sheet  
MAIL
MI7L
31 May 2017
  2p Sheet    
MI7L
31 May 2017
  2p Sheet    
MI7L
7 Dec 2017
  5p Sheet  
MI7L
3 May 2017
  10p Sheet  
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  10p Sheet    
MI7L
7 Dec 2017
  20p Sheet    
MI7L
3 May 2017
  50p Sheet    
MI7L
Jan 2018
  £1.17 Sheet  
MI7L
21 Mar 2017
  £1.17 Sheet    
MI7L
prt 03/03/17
  £1.40 Sheet    
MI7L
21 Mar 2017
  £1.40 Sheet    
MI7L
prt 07/03/17
  £1.57 Sheet    
MI7L
21 Mar 2017
  £1.57 Sheet    
MI7L
prt 07/03/17
  £2.27 Sheet    
MI7L
21 Mar 2017
  £2.27 Sheet    
MI7L
prt 10/03/17
  £2.55 Sheet    
MI7L
21 Mar 2017
  £2.55 Sheet    
MI7L
prt 08/03/17
  Note: The five new values issued on the 21 Mar 2017 were printed in Jan 2017 on the 'old' self adhesive substrate (no wavyline 'ROYAL MAIL' text). A subsequent reprint in early Mar 2017 was made using the new self adhesive substrate with wavyline 'ROYAL MAIL' text (these were issued on 7 Apr 2017).
  2nd Sheet  
MAIL
MI7L
1 Feb 2017
  2nd Sheet  
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  1st RM Red Sheet    
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  2nd Large Sheet    
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  1st Large Sheet    
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  1st RMSF Sheet    
MI7L
5 Jul 2017
  1st SF Large Sheet    
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  SD 100g Sheet    
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  SD 100g Sheet    
MI7L
15 Feb 2018
             
  2nd Business Sht 100x2nd
MBIL
MI7L
Jul 2017
  1st RM Red Business Sht 100x1st
MBIL
MI7L
Aug 2017
  2nd Large Business Sht 50x2nd Large
MBIL
MI7L
Late Aug 2017
  1st Large Business Sht 50x1st Large
MBIL
MI7L
Apr 2017
             
  1st RM Red Booklet # 4x1st; 2x1st
MCIL
MI7L
15 Feb 2017
  1st RM Red Booklet 4x1st; 2x1st
MCIL
MI7L
12 Oct 2017
  1st RM Red Booklet # 6x1st
MSIL
MI7L
5 Jun 2017
    Booklet 6x1st
MSIL
MI7L
Jun 2017
  2nd Booklet 12x2nd
MTIL
MI7L
Jun 2017
  1st RM Red Booklet 12x1st
MTIL
MI7L
Apr 2017
  2nd Large Booklet 4x2nd Large
MFIL
MI7L
Aug 2017
  1st Large Booklet 4x1st Large
MFIL
MI7L
May 2017
             
  # These are printed with the 'ROYAL MAIL' wavyline text in substrate (SBP1)
  These are printed with the revised 'ROYAL MAIL' wavyline text in substrate (SBP2)

Gravure/Litho - Normal Gum Issues

  Value Source Format  
Year Code
 
Gravure
  £5 Sheet 10(5x2)
ACCEI7ION
6 Feb 2017
             
  £1 PSB Mixed
MPIL
MI7L
5 Jun 2017
  1st RM Red PSB Mixed
MPIL
MI7L
5 Jun 2017
             
  1st RM Red Minisheet Mixed
MMIL
MI7L
5 Jun 2017
             
Litho
  5p PSB Mixed
MPIL
MI7L
23 Jan 2018
  20p PSB Mixed
MPIL
MI7L
23 Jan 2018
  £1.17 PSB Mixed
MPIL
MI7L
23 Jan 2018
  £1.40 PSB Mixed
MPIL
MI7L
14 Dec 2017
  2nd PSB Mixed
MPIL
MI7L
14 Dec 2017
  1st RM Red PSB Mixed
MPIL
MI7L
14 Dec 2017
             


Revised 'ROYAL MAIL' Self Adhesive Substrate - January 2017

The self adhesive substrate with the 'ROYAL MAIL' wavyline text under the stamps (on the carrier paper), has been issued in a new form. Alternating pairs of lines of the text are now in either upright or inverted orientation. Apparently, this has been done to aid in the production process. It first appeared in late January 2017 and has been found on the 2nd class Business sheets of 100 dated 15/12/16 - the stamps have the year code 'MI6L'. Booklets and Counter Sheets will follow in due course (Don Staddon reports in March 2017 Stamp Magazine that the 1st Class counter sheet version has been printed - date 09/12/16 and year code 'MI6L').

The ‘ROYAL MAIL’ text printed on the substrate (carrier paper) is made up of the following four repeating lines.

  Value Source Format  
Year Code
 
  1p Sheet  
MAIL
MI7L
31 May 2017
  2p      
MI7L
7 Dec 2017
  5p    
MI7L
3 May 2017
  10p      
MI7L
7 Dec 2017
  20p      
MI7L
3 May 2017
  50p      
MI7L
Jan 2018
  £1.17    
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  £1.40      
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  £1.57      
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  £2.27      
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  £2.55      
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
             
  2nd Sheet  
MAIL
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  1st RM Red      
MI6L
Oct 2017
  1st RM Red      
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  2nd Large      
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  1st Large      
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  1st RMSF      
MI7L
5 Jul 2017
  SD 100g      
MI7L
15 Feb 2018
             
  2nd Business Sheet 100x2nd
MBIL
MI6L
Jan 2017
      100x2nd
MBIL
MI7L
Jul 2017
  1st RM Red   100x1st
MBIL
MI6L
Mar 2017
      100x1st
MBIL
MI7L
Aug 2017
  2nd Large   50x2nd Large
MBIL
MI7L
Late Aug 2017
  1st Large   50x1st Large
MBIL
MI7L
Apr 2017
             
  1st RM Red Booklet 6x1st; 2x1st
MCIL
MI7L
12 Oct 2017
  1st RM Red Booklet 6x1st
MSIL
MI6L
Apr 2017
      6x1st
MSIL
MI7L
Jun 2017
  2nd   12x2nd
MTIL
MI6L
Feb 2017
      12x2nd
MTIL
MI7L
Jun 2017
  1st RM Red   12x1st
MTIL
MI6L
Feb 2017
      12x1st
MTIL
MI7L
Apr 2017
  2nd Large   4x2nd Large
MFIL
MI7L
Aug 2017
  1st Large   4x1st Large
MFIL
MI7L
May 2017
             


Post & Go - October 2016

The Post & Go 'Remembrance' Poppy label was reintroduced on 24th October 2016. Post Offices, in the main, seem to have new stock with the Year Code MAI6. However, in a number of instances, Royal Mail Series II machines seem to be using old stock with the Year Code MAI5.

Poppy MAI6 (ex NCR)
Poppy The Postal Museum MAI5


Booklet and Business Sheets Changes - 20th October 2016

Changes to Booklet and Business Sheet covers in conjunction with a change in Royal Mail corporate livery were issued on 20th October 2016. The change involves the use of a new typeface family called 'Chevin'. The 1st Class NVI colour Royal Mail Red has been reformulated and now appears in a noticably darker shade (this applies to both covers and stamps).



Post & Go - September 2016

An upgrade to the Post Office Post & Go NCR Machine network is being rolled in the course of the coming months. Machines will be installed with a third printer that will vend a new style of Open Value label (similar to the present large Horizon Labels). These new larger labels have a hidden date code MAI6 which occurs just behind the band of the Queens diadem. They don't carry phosphor bands and don't have die cut perforations. These new style of Open Value labels are vended for items over 100g. The first five offices to start providing these new labels came on-line on 20th September 2016.

2nd Class Large Letter
1st Class Large Letter
Year Code MAI6

The Postal Museum Post & Go RM Series II machine has a new overprint running between 14th September and 11th November 2016. The additional text is 'King Edward VIII 1936' with an odd crude Logo (80th anniversary of the issue of the King Edward VIII 1d). The overprint applies to both second and first class Machin labels.


Autumn Stampex (14th - 17th September 2016) had Post & Go RM Series II machines vending the Poppy Label with 'The Battle of the Somme' and Tank Logo overprint.

The Battle of the Somme - year code MAI5

Post & Go - Machin Second Class Label - August 2016

The Post & Go Machin label in Bright Blue (Cyan) has been printed for the year 2016. The wavyline text has been changed so that the large lines of text that were the repeating 'ROYAL MAIL' strap are now '2nd CLASS' (this was first used for the Winter Fur and Feathers issue in 2015). The hidden year code is now in the form CL16S and is located in a central position opposite the Queens eyeline.


Country Pictorials - from counter sheets August 2016

New printings of the 2nd Class NVI England and 1st Class NVI Scotland definitives were made on 19/05/16. The Scotland design now uses only four plates - the Queens Head and Value Tablet is now a grey colour (these were silver previously).

England 2nd NVI
Scotland 1st NVI

Horizon Labels - 2016

The new design of Horizon label was issued late in 2015. These were in a yellowish brown colour similar to the Post & Go labels with the hidden code MAI5. Apparently, the printers had used an incorrect Pantone colour for these and the 2016 printings have reverted back to the spec colour of olive brown.

Horizon Label - upper portion
Yellowish Brown 2015
Olive Brown 2016

Scotland Pictorial - 2nd NVI from counter sheets May 2016

A new printing of the 2nd Class NVI Scottish Saltire Flag design has appeared. This was from a new Plate layout which provides a grid box with four positions. A printing date of 23/02/16 has been recorded for this new combination. Interestingly, only four ink colours have been used so that the Head and Value Tablet now appears grey (previously these had been printed with an additional silver plate).


Prestige Booklet - HM The Queen's 90th Birthday 21st April 2016

A Special Limited Edition of the Prestige Booklet was available priced at £59.99. This had a Silver and Gold cover and each booklet was numbered (only 1926 were produced). Pane 3 had the central label produced in gold foil.

Standard Premium Prestige Booklet
Special Limited Edition Prestige Booklet

Post & Go - The Postal Museum 17th February 2016

Royal Mail Heritage Transport Post & Go labels were issued on 17th February 2016 for The Postal Museum Post & Go machine. The six designs depict a Post Boy (on horseback) 1640's, Mail Coach 1790's, Falmouth Packet Ship 1920’s, Travelling Post Office 1890’s, Airmail 1930's and Royal Mail Minivan 1970's. In a change, the usual six tariff rates were not available just one value - the '1st class to 100g'.

Heritage Transport Post & Go Label

On the same day a software modification was made that affected the Machin design labels. This was the left justification of the Museum Logo (originally, the Logo was indented).

Original Logo position - indented
Revised Logo position - left justified

Post & Go - February 2016

Royal Mail Heritage Transport were issued on 17th February 2016 for Post & Go machines. The six designs depict a Post Boy (on horseback) 1640's, Mail Coach 1790's, Falmouth Packet Ship 1920’s, Travelling Post Office 1890’s, Airmail 1930's and Royal Mail Minivan 1970's. The year code is MAI6. Additionally, the Travelling Post Office 1890's - Locomotive design was produced by Walsall in Digitally Printed single design rolls (as the Sea Travel - Hong Kong design last year). Again, the phosphor was printed in gravure over the complete pictorial portion on the label.

Gravure Post & Go Label
Digital Print Post & Go Label

Spring Stampex was held between 17th and 20th February 2016. An exhibition overprint was available on the Post & Go Machin design vended on RM Series II machines. The additional text included '500 Years of Royal Mail'. These occurred with hidden year codes MAIL and MAI3.



Secondary Hidden Iridescent Code - Year 2016 - February 2016

Gravure - Self Adhesive Issues

  Value Source Format  
Year Code
 
  1p Sheet  
MAIL
MI6L
May 2016
  2p    
MAIL
MI6L
Feb 2016
  5p    
MAIL
MI6L
Jul 2016
  10p    
MAIL
MI6L
Feb 2016
  20p    
MAIL
MI6L
May 2016
  £1    
MAIL
MI6L
Apr 2016
  £1.05    
MAIL
MI6L
22 Mar 2016
  £1.33    
MAIL
MI6L
Feb 2016
  £2.25    
MAIL
MI6L
Dec 2016
             
  2nd Sheet  
MAIL
MI6L
14 Sep 2016
  1st Amethyst Purple    
REIGN
OI6R
Feb 2016
  1st RM Red    
MAIL
MI6L
Aug 2016
  2nd Large    
MAIL
MI6L
Feb 2016
  1st Large    
MAIL
MI6L
Apr 2016
  1st RMSF    
MAIL
MI6L
10 Oct 2016
  1st Large RMSF    
MAIL
MI6L
Apr 2016
  SD 100g    
MAIL
MI6L
10 Oct 2016
  SD 500g    
MAIL
MI6L
Apr 2016
             
  2nd Business Sheets # 100x2nd
MBIL
MI6L
Mar 2016
  1st RM Red Business Sheets # 100x1st
MBIL
MI6L
Apr 2016
  2nd L Business Sheets # 50x2nd L
MBIL
MI6L
Apr 2016
  1st L Business Sheets # 50x1st L
MBIL
MI6L
Jul 2016
             
  1st Amethyst Purple Booklet # 6x1st
REIGS
OI6R
Mar 2016
  1st RM Red Booklet # 6x1st
MSIL
MI6L
28 Jul 2016
  1st RM Red Booklet # 4x1st, 2x1st
MCIL
MI6L
20 Oct 2016
  1st Amethyst Purple Booklet # 4x1st, 2x1st
REIGC
OI6R
21 Apr 2016
  2nd Booklet # 12x2nd
MTIL
MI6L
30 Mar 2016
  1st RM Red Booklet # 12x1st
MTIL
MI6L
Mar 2016
  2nd L Booklet # 4x2nd Large
MFIL
MI6L
Jul 2016
  1st L Booklet # 4x1st Large
MFIL
MI6L
May 2016
             
  # These are printed with the new 'ROYAL MAIL' wavyline text in substrate

Gravure/Litho - Normal Gum Issues

  Value Source Format  
Year Code
 
Gravure
             
Litho
  2p PSB Mixed
MPIL
MI6L
Windsor Castle
  5p PSB Mixed
MPIL
MI6L
Beatrix Potter
  10p PSB Mixed
MPIL
MI6L
Beatrix Potter
  £1.05 PSB Mixed
MPIL
MI6L
Beatrix Potter
  1st RM Red PSB Mixed
MPIL
MI6L
HM The Queen's 90th
  1st Amethyst Purple PSB Mixed
REIGP
OI6R
HM The Queen's 90th


Change of name for the BPMA - 1st February 2016

From the 1st February 2016 the British Postal Museum and Archive (BPMA) became 'The Postal Museum' as part of the build up to the opening of the new Museum in 2017. The Post and Go Machine labels were modified from that date to include the new name and the introduction of the Museums new logo. The designs are the Machin (with small logo), Union Flag and Heraldic Beast - Lion (large logo).

The Postal Museum
2nd Class Machin with year code MAI2
Machin with year code MAI3
Union Flag with NO year code
Heraldic Beast with year code MAI5


New Paper Substrate with 'ROYAL MAIL' wavy line text - January 2016

The use of a new self adhesive substrate with additional security feature started to appear in January 2016. This takes the form of the 'ROYAL MAIL' wavy line text under the stamps - on the carrier paper. Initially, this was found on second class NVI Business Sheets ( 'MBIL' and 'MI5L'), however, the feature will be extended across the product range as new printings are produced. Counter sheets will not have this feature until mid 2016.

New Self Adhesive Substrate with 'ROYAL MAIL' on carrier paper
  Value Source Format  
Year Code
 
  2nd Business Sheet 100x2nd
MBIL
MI5L
Jan 2016
       
MBIL
MI6L
Mar 2016
  1st RM Red Business Sheet 100x1st
MBIL
MI5L
Feb 2016
       
MBIL
MI6L
Apr 2016
  2nd L Business Sheet 50x2nd L
MBIL
MI6L
Apr 2016
  1st L Business Sheet 50x1st L
MBIL
MAI5
May 2016
       
MBIL
MI6L
Jul 2016
             
  2nd Booklet 12x2nd
MTIL
MI5L
6th Feb 2016
       
MTIL
MI6L
30 Mar 2016
  1st Amethyst Purple Booklet 6x1st
REIGS
OI5R
Feb 2016
       
REIGS
OI6R
Mar 2016
  1st RM Red Booklet 6x1st
MSIL
MI6L
28 Jul 2016
  1st Amethyst Purple Booklet 4x1st, 2x1st
REIGC
OI6R
21 Apr 2016
  1st RM Red Booklet 12x1st
MTIL
MI5L
Feb 2016
       
MTIL
MI6L
Mar 2016
  2nd Large Booklet 4x2nd L
MFIL
MI6L
Jul 2016
  1st Large Booklet 4x1st L
MFIL
MAI5
6th Feb 2016
       
MFIL
MI6L
May 2016
             

Large User Rolls - January 2016

Used versions of the 2nd NVI with the codes 'MRIL' and 'MI5L' started to appear in November 2015. These came from Large User Rolls of 10,000 used by bulk mailers. Mint versions came available in January 2016 and come on a pale greyish carrier with the reverse side numbered every tenth stamp.

2nd NVI ex 10,000 rolls with codes 'MRIL' and 'MI5L'


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