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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 current 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.



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
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


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
  5p Sheet  
MI7L
3 May 2017
  10p Sheet  
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  20p Sheet    
MI7L
3 May 2017
  £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
             
  2nd Business Sht 100x2nd
MBIL
MI7L
Jul 2017
  1st RM Red Business Sht 100x1st
MBIL
MI7L
Aug 2017
  1st Large Business Sht 50x1st Large
MBIL
MI7L
Apr 2017
             
  1st RM Red Booklet # 6x1st
MCIL
MI7L
15 Feb 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
  1st Large Booklet 4x1st Large
MFIL
MI7L
May 2017
             
  # These are printed with the 'ROYAL MAIL' wavyline text in substrate
  These are printed with the revised 'ROYAL MAIL' wavyline text in substrate

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
             


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
  5p    
MI7L
3 May 2017
  10p      
MI7L
3 May 2017
  £1.17    
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  £1.40      
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  £1.57      
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  £2.27      
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  £2.57      
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
             
  2nd Sheet  
MAIL
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  1st RM Red      
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  2nd Large      
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  1st SF Large      
MI7L
7 Apr 2017
  1st RMSF      
MI7L
5 Jul 2017
             
  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
  1st Large   50x1st Large
MBIL
MI7L
Apr 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
  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'

Post & Go - December 2015

The Machin head Post & Go labels with hidden year code MAI5 started to appear in December 2015. The colour of these is more of a yellowish brown colour whereas, the colour previously was more olive brown. Apparently, this was a deviation from the standard and subsequent printings will revert to the standard colour.

Machin Head MAI4
Machin Head MAI5

A reprint of the year code MAI4 version must have occurred as they can also be found in the yellowish brown shade.


Post & Go - November 2015

Royal Mail attended the 31st Asian International Stamp Exhibition in Hong Kong between 20th and 23rd November 2015. Two RM Series II Post & Go Machines were at the venue and Union Flag and Sea Travel - Hong Kong labels were vended with an overprint including 'Hong Kong November 2015'. In respect of the Sea Travel - Hong Kong label, these were from single design rolls. As only small quantities were required the base stock was digital printed by Walsall rather than in gravure - this was the first time this printing method had been employed by Royal Mail. The difference can be best seen by studying the wavyline 'ROYAL MAIL' text - the gravure print is much cleaner and crisper. Interestingly, the phosphor was printed in gravure over the complete pictorial portion on the label. Tallents House supplied version with code line beginning 'BNGB15'.

Gravure Post & Go Label
Digital Print Post & Go Label

Post & Go labels for the Christmas period went on sale on 16th November 2015. These took the theme 'Winter Fur and Feathers'. As last year, two different designs were for the second class rates (the Mountain Hare and Redwing) and another two different designs for the first class rates (the Red Fox and Red Squirrel). In the case of the two second class designs, the background wavyline text includes lines of 'ROYAL MAIL' and lines with '2nd CLASS' and this line contains the year code CLI5S.

2nd Class Winter Fur & Feathers
Europe rates Winter Fur & Feathers

Post & Go - October 2015

The Poppy design was re-issued on 19th October 2015 with year code MAI5 across the Post Office network of Post & Go machines. These were also available from RM Series II Post & Go machines at Enquiry Offices.

Post Office - NCR
Enquiry Office - RM Series II

Post & Go - September 2015

Autumn Stampex between 16th and 19th September 2015 had the now usual array of RM Series II Post & Go machines. The Machin design (no year code) had the overprint with the additional text 'Queen Elizabeth II Longest Reign'.


'Long to Reign Over Us' - 9th September 2015

To mark The Queen becoming the longest reigning monarch on the 9th September 2015 a number of products were issued to celebrate this event including 1st class Machin counter sheets, a minisheet and a retail booklet. The 1st class Machin stamps appear in a new colour namely 'Amethyst Purple' and as with the Diamond Jubilee issue of 2012 the value tablet is positioned lower. The iridescent overprint text carries the legend 'LONG TO REIGN OVER US' with a hidden year code 'OI5R' (this is just in front of the Queens neck; source codes are behind the Queens hair bun). The Rugby World Cup custom booklet, issued on 18th September 2015, has the Amethyst Purple Machin stamps also.

Long to Reign Over Us minisheet
Long to Reign Over Us Booklet pane
  Value Source Printer
Code
Year Code
Issue Date
  1st Sheet De La Rue
REIGN
OI5R
9th Sep 2015
       
REIGN
OI6R
Feb 2016
  @£4.93 Minisheet with
1st, 1st, 1st, £1.52, £1.52
RCM-FNMT
REIGM
OI5R
9th Sep 2015
  6x1st Booklet Walsall
REIGS
OI5R
9th Sep 2015
       
REIGS
OI6R
Mar 2016
             
  6x1st Rugby World Cup Booklet Walsall
REIGC
OI5R
18th Sep 15

Post & Go - August 2015

A RM Series II Post & Go machine was operational at the Steam GWR Museum in Swindon from 25th August 2015 - the Post & Go labels carry the identifying strap 'STEAM GWR'. Initially, the machine will vend the Machin and Union Flag designs.

  Design Variant Issue Date
'Steam GWR' overprint
  Machin with Europe and World 100g rates;
year code MAI3
25th Aug 2015
  Union Flag with Europe and World 100g rates;
no year code
25th Aug 2015

Singpex Stamp Exhibition was held in Singapore between 14th and 19th August 2015. Royal Mail attended with RM Series II Post & Go vending machines. The Machin and Union Flag Post & Go labels were vended with a special Singpex 2015 overprint. As with the PhilaKorea Exhibition last year, two versions were available, one at the exhibition in Singapore and the other from Tallents House (the Philatelic Bureau).

Singapore 2015 - World Stamp Expo
Image - ex Singapore versions
(the Tallents House printed labels used an office code B8GB15)
Machin - year code MAI3
Union Flag - no year code
  Location Design
Year Code
Office Code
  Singapore Machin
MAI3
B8SG15
    Flag
MAIL
B8SG15
  Tallents Hse, UK. Machin
MAIL
B8GB15
    Machin
MAI3
B8GB15
    Flag
MAIL
B8GB15

Post & Go - July 2015

A RM Series II Post & Go machine was operational at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport from 28th July 2015 - the Post & Go labels carry the identifying strap 'The RNSM'. Initially, the machine will vend the Machin and Union Flag designs.

  Design Variant Issue Date
'The RNSM' overprint
  Machin with Europe and World 100g rates;
year code MAI3
28th Jul 2015
  Union Flag with Europe and World 100g rates;
no year code
28th Jul 2015

Europhilex Horizon Label - May 2015

The new design of the Horizon label was introduced at Europhilex on the 13th May 2015. The label is the same size as the prevailing design as this is determined by the current type of printer. The design follows the Post & Go style with the main preprinted portion occupying the upper right. The security die cuts within the design area only exit in one short vertical column towards the right hand side (through the back of the Queens head and shoulder). The new design will be rolled out to the Post Office network later in the year.

These started to appear in the Post Office network during July 2015.


Europhilex Post & Go - May 2015

A number of Royal Mail Series II Post & Go machines were in operation at Europhilex 2015 held between 13th - 16th May 2015. These were vending Heraldic Beast and Union Flag designs both of which did not have a special exhibition overprint. In the case of the Machin design, however, these did have the addition of 'Europhilex London / Penny Black 175'.

  Design
Year Code
 
  Machin (olive brown)
MAIL
 
  Machin (olive brown)
MAI3
 


Essen Stamp Exhibition - May 2015

The Essen Stamp Exhibition was held in Essen , Germany between 7th and 9th May 2015. Royal Mail attended the show with RM Series II Post & Go vending machines which vended the Machin and Union Flag Post & Go labels with special 'Messe Essen 7-9 May 2015' overprints.

  Design
Year Code
 
  Machin (olive brown)
MAI3
'Messe Essen 7-9 May 2015' overprint
  Union Flag
MAIL
'Messe Essen 7-9 May 2015' overprint

The 175th Anniversary of the Penny Black Minisheet - May 2015

A minisheet was issued on 6th May 2015 to mark the 175th Anniversary of the Penny Black. These were printed in litho by Cartor. During the Europhilex exhibition held between 13th - 16th May 2015, a special numbered exhibition version was available at the show.

175th Anniversary of the Penny Black minisheet
175th Anniversary of the Penny Black 'Europhilex' overprint minisheet


The BPMA - Penny Black 175 (6th May 2015) Post & Go labels

The BPMA will be marking the 175th Anniversary of the Penny Black issue. As well as a small exhibition, the RM Series II Post & Go machine at the museum will be vending a special overprint between the 6th May 2015 and 7th August 2015. The overprint will be applied to the Machin design only (second and first class NVI rates) and includes 'The BPMA - Penny Black 175' text beside a Maltese Cross graphic.

with year code MAI3
with year code MAI3


Post & Go Labels - April 2015

The Fleet Air Arm Museum in Yeovilton became the latest site to have a static RM Series II Post & Go machine. This was operational from the 14th April 2015 - the Post & Go labels carry the identifying strap 'The FAAM'.

Machin 'The FAAM ' (MAI3)
Union Flag 'The FAAM'
  Series Designs
Year Code
Reported
  Machin Machin (olive brown)
MAI3
14 Apr 2015
  Flag Union Flag
MAIL
14 Apr 2015


Post & Go Machines - Europe 100g and Worldwide 100g / Designs.

New Tariff Rates came into effect on 30th March 2015. In the case of Post & Go, the Europe 60g and Worldwide 60g rates were dropped and replaced by Europe 100g and Worldwide 100g rates. The following have been reported (Wincor machines have now been withdrawn) :-

Europe 100g (year code MAI3)
Working Sail - Worldwide 100g
  Series Designs
Machine
Year Code
Reported
  Definitives Machin
NCR
MAIL
Apr 2015
  Definitives Machin
NCR
MAI3
30/03/15
  Definitives Machin
RM Series II
MAI3
30/03/15
  Definitives Machin
NCR
MAI4
30/03/15
  Definitives Union Flag
NCR
MAIL
Apr 2015
  Definitives Union Flag
RM Series II
MAIL
13/05/15
           
  Birds IV Seabirds
NCR
MAIL
?
  Christmas Robins
NCR
MAI3
?
  British Flowers Spring Blooms
NCR
MAI4
30/03/15
  British Flowers Symbolic Flowers
NCR
MAI4
Apr 2015
  British Flowers Winter Greenery
NCR
MAI4
Apr 2015
  Remembrance Poppy
NCR
MAI4
30/03/15
           
  2015 Issues Working Sail
NCR
MAI5
30/03/15
  2015 Issues Heraldic Beasts
NCR
MAI5
13/05/15
  2015 Issues Heraldic Beasts
RM Series II
MAI5
13/05/15
           

A new Open Value group was also introduced for International Services - this covers the Large Letter category and has a code 'A' and text Lg Letter.


Secondary Hidden Iridescent Code - Year 2015 identifier

Gravure - Self Adhesive Issues

  Value Source Format  
Year Code
 
  1p Sheet  
MAIL
MI5L
Mar 2015
  2p    
MAIL
MI5L
Apr 2015
  5p    
MAIL
MI5L
Apr 2015
  10p    
MAIL
MI5L
Jun 2015
  20p    
MAIL
MI5L
Apr 2015
  £1    
MAIL
MI5L
Mar 2015
  £1.33    
MAIL
MI5L
26/01/15 *1
  £1.52    
MAIL
MI5L
15/01/15 *1
  £2.25    
MAIL
MI5L
14/01/15 *1
  £2.45    
MAIL
MI5L
16/01/15 *1
  £3.15    
MAIL
MI5L
19/01/15 *1
  £3.30    
MAIL
MI5L
19/01/15 *1
             
  2nd Sheet  
MAIL
MI5L
Mar 2015
  1st Red    
MAIL
MI5L
Apr 2015
  1st Amethyst Purple    
REIGN
OI5R
9th Sep 2015
  2nd Large    
MAIL
MI5L
Apr 2015
  1st Large    
MAIL
MI5L
Apr 2015
  1st RMSF    
MAIL
MI5L
Mar 2015
  1st Large RMSF    
MAIL
MI5L
Mar 2015
  SD 100g    
MAIL
MI5L
Apr 2015
  2nd Business Sheet 100x2nd
MBIL
MI5L
Mar 2015
  1st Red Business Sheet 100x1st
MBIL
MI5L
Apr 2015
  2nd Large Business Sheet 50x2nd Large
MBIL
MAI5
Apr 2015
  1st Large Business Sheet 50x1st Large
MBIL
MAI5
May 2015
             
  2nd Booklet 12x2nd
MTIL
MI5L
Apr 2015
  1st Red Booklet 4x1st, 2x1st
MCIL
MI5L
6 Jan 2015
  1st Red Booklet 6x1st
MSIL
MI5L
Jun 2015
  1st Red Booklet 12x1st
MTIL
MI5L
May ?/Aug 2015
  1st Amethyst Purple Booklet 6x1st
REIGS
OI5R
9 Sep 2015
  1st Amethyst Purple Booklet 4x1st, 2x1st
REIGC
OI5R
18 Sep 2015
  2nd Large Booklet 4x2nd L
MFIL
MAI5
Sep 2015
  1st Large Booklet 4x1st L
MFIL
MAI5
Mar 2015
             
  2nd Coils  
MRIL
MI5L
Nov 2015
used only
             
  *1 : Date of printing

Gravure/Litho - Normal Gum Issues

  Value Source Format  
Year Code
 
Gravure
  1st Amethyst Purple Minisheet  
REIGM
OI5R
Long to Reign
Litho
  1p PSB Mixed
MPIL
MI5L
Great War 1915
  5p PSB Mixed
MPIL
MI5L
Great War 1915
  10p PSB Mixed
MPIL
MI5L
Waterloo
  50p PSB Mixed
MPIL
MI5L
Waterloo
  £1 PSB Mixed
MPIL
MI5L
Waterloo
  £1.33 PSB Mixed
MPIL
MI5L
Great War 1915


Inventive Britain Prestige Stamp Booklet (February 2015)

The 81p value from the Machin pane in the Inventive Britain prestige stamp booklet has been printed in an incorrect colour, It should be the prevailing colour of 'holly green', however, it uses the sea green / turquoise green colour (used previously on 20p, 47p, 64p, 81p (1st April 2008) and 68p values).

Inventive Britain - Machin Pane
81p ex Inventive Britain Pane
81p Standard Colour ex sheet


Spring Stamp (February 2015) Post & Go labels

Spring Stampex was held between 18th and 21st February 2015. The RM Series II Post & Go machines at the show were vending Working Sail, Machin and Union Flag labels (Guernsey Post and Jersey Post labels were available also). Originally, the Machin labels were to include a 'Stampex' overprint strap, however, this was changed so that only the Union Flag labels carried the 'Spring Stampex February 2015' overprint. The Machin labels were found both without year code and year code MAI3.

Union Flag - Spring Stampex February 2015
No year code
from RM Series II machines


The BPMA - Anthony Trollope Birth Bicentenary (February 2015) Post & Go labels

The BPMA will be marking the birth bicentenary of Anthony Trollope - the pillar box pioneer and novelist. In this conjunction, the RM Series II Post & Go machine at the museum will be vending a special overprint between the 18th February 2015 and 30th April 2015. The overprint will be applied to the Machin design only (second and first class NVI rates) and includes 'The BPMA - Trollope 200' text beside a pillar box graphic.

with year code MAI2
with year code MAI3


Post & Go Labels from Bradford North and Crewe - February 2015

Two RM Series II machines were in operation at Crewe and Bradford North Enquiry Offices from December 2014. On 9th February 2014 these machines were replaced by two 'new' machines which are to be trialled for a six month period. These are still the basic RM Series II machine but include a Barcode reader. Additionally, software options allow customers to pay Postage Due and Customs Duty charges. Of note, the Post & Go labels carried Crewe or Bradford N(orth) strap lines below the tariff rate (this was removed with the tariff rate change on 30th March 2015). Additionally, the bottom code line has the first block starting with the letter 'C' and the second block starting with the letter 'M'.

Label ex 'Crewe' machine (MAI3)
Normal RM Series II Label
  Series Designs
Office
Year Code
Reported
  Machin Machin (bright blue)
Crewe
MAI2
9 Feb 2015
    Machin (olive brown)  
MAI3
9 Feb 2015
       
 
 
    Machin (bright blue)
Bradford N
MAI2
9 Feb 2015
    Machin (olive brown)  
MAI3
9 Feb 2015


Post & Go Labels - January 2015

The Royal Marines Museum in Southsea became the third site to have a static RM Series II Post & Go machine. This was operational from the 13th January 2015 - the Post & Go labels carry the identifying strap 'The RMM'.

Machin 'The RMM ' (MAI3)
Union Flag 'The RMM'
  Series Designs
Year Code
Reported
  Machin Machin (olive brown)
MAIL
13 Jan 2015
    Machin (olive brown)
MAI3
Jan 2015
  Flag Union Flag
MAIL
13 Jan 2015
         


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