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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.



June - Sep 2021 Diary
Update to : 2nd Oct 2021
Date
Entry
Code
Year
Sep 1st Counter sheet prt date 02/02/21; SBP2i reported
MAIL
M21L
       
17 Sep New Issue - DC Collection    
  ~ PSB £21.20; three normal PVA gummed panes and two Self Adhesive    
  ~~ Pane 5 Machin 3x20p, 3x2nd NVI and 2x1st NVI
MPIL
M21L
  ~ Retail Bkt 4x1st+2x1st special issue - Batman and Robin; both SBP2 and SBP2i
MCIL
M21L
  ~ Retail Bkt 4x1st+2x1st special issue - Wonder Woman; both SBP2 and SBP2i
MCIL
M21L
       
Aug 2p Counter sheet prt date 15/03/21; SBP2i reported
MAIL
M21L
13 Aug 50x2nd Large Business sheet; SBP2i reported
MBIL
M21L
       
12 Aug New Issue - Industrial Revolutions    
  ~ PSB £18.03; four normal PVA gummed panes    
  ~ Pane 4 Machin 2x5p (dark shade), 3x10p, 2x20p and £1.70
MPIL
M21L
       
5 Aug 1st Large counter sheet prt date 19/02/21; SBP2 reported
MAIL
M21L
       
23 July New reports    
  ~2p Counter sheet prt date 15/03/21; SBP2
MAIL
M21L
  ~50x2nd Large Business sheet - date 05/01/21; SBP2
MBIL
M21L
  ~4x2nd Large Booklet; SBP2i
MFIL
M21L
       
22 July New Issue Wild Coast Special Issue Custom Retail booklet    
  ~4x1st+2x1st special issue - Orca and Grey Seal; SBP2i
MCIL
M21L
       
12 July New counter sheet printings    
  ~£1.70 prt date 22/03/21; SBP2i
MAIL
M21L
  ~£4.20 prt date 23/03/21; SBP2i
MAIL
M21L
       
12 July 6x1st Padlock Booklet; SBP2i reported
MSIL
M21L
       
6 July 4x1st Large Booklet; SBP2i reported
MFIL
M21L
5 July 100x2nd Business Sheet reported - 25/02/21; SBP2i
MBIL
M21L
       
5 July New counter sheet printings    
  ~£1 prt date 22/03/21; SBP2i
MAIL
M21L
  ~£2.55 prt date 23/03/21; SBP2i
MAIL
M21L
       
4 July 2nd counter sheet reported - prt date 03/02/21; SBP2
MAIL
M21L
       
1 July New Issue Dennis Special Issue Custom Retail booklet    
  ~4x1st+2x1st special issue - Dennis & Gnasher; SBP2i and SBP2
MCIL
M21L
       
25 June New counter sheet printings    
  ~1p prt date 15/03/21; SBP2i
MAIL
M21L
  ~5p prt date 16/03/21; SBP2
MAIL
M21L
  ~10p prt date 16/03/21; SBP2i
MAIL
M21L
  ~20p prt date 16/03/21; SBP2i
MAIL
M21L
  ~£3.25 prt date 23/03/21; SBP2
MAIL
M21L
       
14 Jun 20p counter sheet prt date 16/12/20; SBP2i reported
MAIL
M20L
14 Jun 1st Large counter sheet prt date 19/02/21; SBP2i reported
MAIL
M21L
       
11 Jun 2nd Large counter sheet prt date 19/02/21; SBP2 reported
MAIL
M21L
       



Counter Sheets with Barcode appearing twice in the right hand margin - July 2021

The latest printings of the 2p, £1, £1.70, £2.55 and £4,20 counter sheet values have the Barcode in two positions on the right hand side margin of the sheet - by row 1 and row 5.



Counter Sheets with Barcode appearing twice in the right hand margin - June 2021

New printings of the 1p, 5p, 10p, 20p and £3.25 became available late June 2021, all with a printing date of March 2021. The Counter Sheets now exhibit the Barcode twice in the right hand margin - by row 1 and row 5. Previously, the Barcode only appeared by row 1. Similarly, the 2nd Large and 1st Large (19/02/21 printing) now have the two Barcodes on the front of the sheets also (they continue to appear on the back as well) but these occur by rows 2 and 7 respectively.

£4.20 - Date 01/10/20
£3.25 - Date 23/03/21


2nd Class NVI with QR Code in Business Sheets of 50 - 23rd March 2021

A new version of the 2nd Class NVI (66p) stamp was issued on 23rd March 2021. The stamp itself is larger than the standard definitive size and attached along side it, on the right, is a QR code.

Standard 2nd NVI and new 2nd NVI with QR Code

This issue will form part of a trial for new technology. The base stamp is printed in gravure and has the iridescent codes of 'MBIL' and 'M21L' and centre phosphor band. The QR code is digitally printed as a separate process and it provides a datastring that includes a unique identifier for each stamp. Initially, the stamps will be available in self adhesive Business Sheets of 50 priced at £33.

The format of the new Business sheet is :-

Top Panel 2x2nd NVI and Four Panels of 12x2nd NVI (3 rows of 4).


Business Sheet 50x2nd NVI with QR Codes - top panel

The datastring is obtained by scanning the QR Code on an individual stamp; an example would be :-

JGB S1123101703104423301 00066 021120 01

Within the datastring - the digits in blue are a unique stamp identifying number; the digits in green are the stamp value and digits in red are the date.



1st NVI Wales Country Pictorial - 12th January 2021

A new printing of the 1st NVI Wales Country Pictorial with the print date 10/08/20 has been issued. The plate numbers are C4 and the grid box of four has no shaded portions - thus all four positions are for this Wales value. Again, the value tablet uses the original typeface (as did Plate C3). When new plates were made for the 2nd NVI (print date 16/04/20) they used the revised typeface (see June 2020 entry below).




Secondary Hidden Iridescent Code - Year 2021 - January 2021

Gravure - Self Adhesive Issues

  Value Source Format  
Year Code
 
  1p Sheet x25
MAIL
M21L
25 Jun 2021
  2p Sheet    
M21L
Jul 2021
  5p Sheet    
M21L
25 Jun 2021
  10p Sheet    
M21L
25 Jun 2021
  20p Sheet    
M21L
25 Jun 2021
  £1 Sheet    
M21L
5 Jul 2021
  £1.70 Sheet  
M21L
23 Dec 2020
  £2.55 Sheet    
M21L
5 Jul 2021
  £3.25 Sheet    
M21L
23 Dec 2020
  £4.20 Sheet    
M21L
23 Dec 2020
             
  2nd Sheet    
M21L
Jul 2021
  1st Sheet    
M21L
Sep 2021
  2nd Large Sheet    
M21L
Jun 2021
  1st Large Sheet    
M21L
Jun 2021
             
  2nd Business Sheet 100x2nd
MBIL
M21L
Jun 2021
  2nd QR Code Business Sheet 50x2nd QR
MBIL
M21L
23 Mar 2021
  1st RM Red Business Sheet 100x1st
MBIL
M21L
Mar 2021
  2nd Large Business Sheet 50x2nd Large
MBIL
M21L
Jul 2021
  1st Large Business Sheet 50x1st Large
MBIL
M21L
May 2021
             
  1st RM Red Booklet 4x1st; 2x1st
MCIL
M21L
14 Jan 2021
  1st RM Red Booklet 6x1st
MSIL
M21L
Jul 21
  2nd Booklet 12x2nd
MTIL
M21L
Apr 21
  1st RM Red Booklet 12x1st
MTIL
M21L
Mar 2021
  2nd Large Booklet 4x2nd Large
MFIL
M21L
Jul 2021
  1st Large Booklet 4x1st Large
MFIL
M21L
Jul 2021
             
  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
  2p PSB Mixed
MPIL
M21L
28 May 2021
  5p    
MPIL
M21L
12 Aug 2021
  10p    
MPIL
M21L
28 May 2021
  20p    
MPIL
M21L
12 Aug 2021
  50p    
MPIL
M21L
28 May 2021
  £1.70    
MPIL
M21L
12 Aug 2021
             
  2nd    
MPIL
M21L
17 Sep 2021
  1st    
MPIL
M21L
28 May 2021
       
 



New Tariff Rates - 1st January 2021

New Tariff Rates came into effect on 1st January 2021. For a second time within six months changes have been made to the Post & Go Collectors Strips of six, increasing the price by £4.78 (£9.06 to £10.11 in Sep 2020 and then £10,11 to £13.84 in Jan 2021). The four higher NVI rates have changed :-

Old Rate
New Rate
Euro 20g / World 10g
Euro 100g / World 20g
Euro 100g / World 20g
Worldwide up to 100g
World 100g / Zone 1-3
Europe Large 100g
World 100g / Zone 2
Worldwide Large 100g
Old Rates - Year Code R19YAL
New Rates - Year Code R17YAL
Post & Go Collectors Strips : First Class rose from £10.11 to £13.84.



New Tariff Rate Issue - 23rd December 2020

In respect of new Tariff Rates coming into effect from 1st January 2021, three new Machin values were added to the range on 23rd December 2020. These were the £1.70, £3.25 and £4.20 values.

Additionally, the £2.55 value was reprinted to meet the Worldwide 100g rate and again printed in Garnet Red. Originally, these were printed by De La Rue in 2017 and were produced on two different types of backing paper namely - without the 'ROYAL MAIL' and with 'ROYAL MAIL' underprint (SBP2).Both had the iridescent year code M17L.

Interestingly, all four values have a Date of Printing of 01/10/20 but the iridescent year codes are not all the same. The £2.55 value has a code M20L while the other three values have the code M21L. Its worth bearing in mind the 'Date of Printing' is produced by a Gravure cylinder and so if just one date cylinder had made been for these values its possible the £2,55 was printed on a different day and in doing this, a different iridescent cylinder was used.

 
Value
Colour
Source
Year
Date of
Printing
Printer
 
£1.70
Marine Turquoise
Counter Sheet
M21L
01/10/20
Walsall
 
£2.55
Garnet Red
 
M20L
01/10/20
 
 
£3.25
Aqua Green
 
M21L
01/10/20
 
£4.20
Plum Purple
 
M21L
01/10/20
 

Also, on the same day, four Country Pictorials were issued - these were the £1.70 value and were printed by Cartor on normal gummed paper.

England £1.70
N. Ireland £1.70
Scotland £1.70
Wales £1.70

Value Country Grid Positions Printer
£1.70 England all grid 8 positions Cartor
       
£1.70 Scotland four grid position (first two columns)  
  N. Ireland two grid position (third column)  
  Wales two grid position (fourth column)  


Post & Go Collectors Sets - 1st September 2020

The 1st September 2020 saw a number of Tariff Rate changes for International Postage rates. New Machin or Country Pictorial stamps were NOT produced in respect of these changes, however, the Post & Go Collectors sets of six had three changes to the set. The cost of a set rose from £9.06 to £10.11.

Old Rate
New Rate
Europe / up to 100g
Euro 100g / World 20g
Worldwide / up to 20g
World 100g / Zone 1-3
Worldwide / up to 100g
World 100g / Zone 2
Old Rates - Year Code R17YAL
New Rates - Year Code R19YAL
Post & Go Collectors Strips : First Class rose from £9.06 to £10.11.


Country Pictorial Reprints - July 2020

A further two Country Pictorials were reprinted in June 2020 and issued in July. The were the English 2nd NVI Three Lions and English 1st NVI Lion & Shield designs. Again, both have the revised value tablet. Judging from the printing date (25/06/20) and plate grid positions they were printed from the same primary sheet. The Plate numbers are 'C2'.

England - 1st Lion & Shield
England - 2nd Three Lions
Left Pane
Right Pane


Country Pictorial Reprints - June 2020

Two of the Country Pictorials were reprinted in April 2020 and issued in June. The were the Scottish 2nd NVI Saltire and Welsh 2nd NVI Leek designs. Again, both have the revised value tablet. Judging from the printing date (16/04/20) and plate grid positions they were printed from the same primary sheet. The Plate numbers are 'C1'.

Scotland - 2nd Saltire
Wales - 2nd Leek


Secondary Hidden Iridescent Code - Year 2020 - Jan to Dec 2020

Gravure - Self Adhesive Issues

  Value Source Format  
Year Code
 
  1p Sheet x25
MAIL
M20L
7 Sep 2020
  2p Sheet  
M20L
Jun 2020
  5p Sheet    
M20L
Aug 2020
  10p Sheet    
M20L
6 Jul 20
  20p Sheet    
M20L
Jun 2020
  £1.42 Sheet  
M20L
17 Mar 2020
  £1.63 Sheet    
M20L
17 Mar 2020
  £1.68 Sheet    
M20L
17 Mar 2020
  £2.42 Sheet    
M20L
17 Mar 2020
  £2.97 Sheet    
M20L
17 Mar 2020
  £3.66 Sheet    
M20L
17 Mar 2020
  £3.82 Sheet    
M20L
17 Mar 2020
             
  2nd Sheet x50
MAIL
M20L
15 Jun 20
  1st Sheet    
M20L
15 Jun 20
  2nd Large Sheet    
M20L
30 Jun 20
  1st Large Sheet    
M20L
15 Jun 20
  1st RMSF Sheet    
M20L
18 Sep 20
  1st L RMSF Sheet    
M20L
1 May 2020
  SD 100g Sheet x25  
M20L
18 Sep 20
  SD 500g Sheet    
M20L
1 May 2020
             
  2nd Business Sht 100x2nd
MBIL
M20L
May 2020
  1st RM Red Business Sht 100x1st
MBIL
M20L
Jul 2020
  2nd Large Business Sht 50x2nd L
MBIL
M20L
Nov 2020
  1st Large Business Sht 50x1st L
MBIL
M20L
Oct 2020
             
  1st RM Red Booklet 4x1st; 2x1st
MCIL
M20L
21 Jan 2020
  1st RM Red Booklet 6x1st
MSIL
M20L
Oct 2020
  2nd Booklet 12x2nd
MTIL
M20L
Jul 2020
  1st RM Red Booklet 12x1st
MTIL
M20L
Jul 2020
  2nd Large Booklet 4x2nd Large
MFIL
M20L
Sep 2020
  1st Large Booklet 4x1st Large
MFIL
M20L
Aug 2020
             
  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
M20L
9 Jul 2020
  2p    
MPIL
M20L
13 Nov 2020
  5p    
MPIL
M20L
8 May 2020
  20p    
MPIL
M20L
16 Feb 2021
  50p    
MPIL
M20L
8 May 2020
  £1.63    
MPIL
M20L
8 May 2020
             
  2nd    
MPIL
M20L
13 Nov 2020
  1st    
MPIL
M20L
16 Feb 2021
       
 



Counter Sheets of 50 NVI (1st, 2nd Large and 1st Large) by Walsall - Sep 2019

The large NVI counter sheets of 50 sheets (1st, 2nd Large and 1st Large) have appeared with a new method of folding. The two panes of 25 are now folded between the panes so that the stamps face each other. On the reverse of the carrier paper a Barcode is printed - once on both panes of 25. The 1st, 2nd Large and 1st Large have been seen and all have the same printing date of 18/04/19 - the 2nd NVI will presumably appear in due course.



£2, £3 and £5 Reprints by Walsall - Sep 2019

The £3 and £5 have been reprinted and were available at Autumn Stampex 2019. These now come in sheets of 25 and are printed by Walsall and obviously now come with the year code MI9L. The £2 has also been reprinted and again comes from Walsall with the year code MI9L and its believed they may have been available before 11th Sep 2019 (previously, De La Rue printed the £2 value in sheets of 25 with the year code MAI3).



Wales Pictorial 1st NVI Reprint from Plate C3 - June 2019

The Wales Pictorial 1st NVI has been reprinted and was issued on 17th June 2019. Interestingly, this reprint has reverted back to using the Original typeface for the value tablet. The Plate Numbers are C3 and the Print Date was 30/01/19.

Reprint pl C3
Print Date 30/01/19
Original Typeface
First Printing pl C1
Print Date 26/12/17
'Machin' Style Typeface


Secondary Hidden Iridescent Code - Year 2019 - March 2019

Gravure - Self Adhesive Issues

  Value Source Format  
Year Code
 
  1p Sheet x25
MAIL
MI9L
May 2019
  2p Sheet    
MI9L
July 2019
  5p Sheet    
MI9L
July 2019
  10p Sheet    
MI9L
May 2019
  20p Sheet  
MI9L
Mar 2019
  50p Sheet    
MI9L
21 Jan 2020
  £1 Sheet    
MI9L
17 Jun 2019
  £1.35 Sheet  
MI9L
19 Mar 2019
  £1.55 Sheet    
MI9L
23 Apr 2019
  £1.60 Sheet  
MI9L
19 Mar 2019
  £2 Sheet    
MI9L
11 Sep 2019
  £2.30 Sheet  
MI9L
19 Mar 2019
  £2.80 Sheet  
MI9L
19 Mar 2019
  £3 Sheet    
MI9L
11 Sep 2019
  £3.45 Sheet  
MI9L
19 Mar 2019
  £3.60 Sheet  
MI9L
19 Mar 2019
  £5 Sheet    
MI9L
11 Sep 2019
             
  2nd Sheet x50  
MI9L
23 Apr 2019
  2nd Large Sheet x50  
MI9L
23 Apr 2019
  1st Sheet x50  
MI9L
23 Apr 2019
  1st Large Sheet x50  
MI9L
23 Apr 2019
  1st RMSF Sheet x50  
MI9L
Oct 19
  SD 100g Sheet x25  
MI9L
May 2019
             
  2nd Business Sht 100x2nd
MBIL
MI9L
May 2019
  1st RM Red Business Sht 100x1st
MBIL
MI9L
June 2019
  2nd Large Business Sht 50x2nd L
MBIL
MI9L
May 2019
  1st Large Business Sht 50x1st L
MBIL
MI9L
July 2019
             
  1st RM Red Booklet 4x1st; 2x1st
MCIL
MI9L
14 Mar 2019
  1st RM Red Booklet 6x1st
MSIL
MI9L
Aug 2019
  2nd Booklet 12x2nd
MTIL
MI9L
Jul 2019
  1st RM Red Booklet 12x1st
MTIL
MI9L
Jul 2019
  2nd Large Booklet 4x2nd L
MFIL
MI9L
June 2019
  1st Large Booklet 4x1st L
MFIL
MI9L
July 2019
             
  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
MI9L
11 Feb 2020
  2p    
MPIL
MI9L
24 May 2019
  5p    
MPIL
MI9L
26 Nov 2019
  10p    
MPIL
MI9L
11 Feb 2020
  50p    
MPIL
MI9L
24 May 2019
  £1.17    
MPIL
MI9L
26 Nov 2019
  £1.35    
MPIL
MI9L
11 Feb 2020
  2nd    
MPIL
MI9L
26 Nov 2019



Another SBP1 Booklet printing - January 2019

The 12x2nd Booklet has now surfaced with the original 'ROYAL MAIL' text in the substrate backing paper (SBP1) for the hidden codes MTIL and MI8L. The wavyline 'ROYAL MAIL' text is upright.



Machin Post & Go Labels - December 2018

The First Class version of the Machin Post & Go Label has now appeared with the Year Code 17. The code format has changed from 'MAI6' of the previous year to 'RI7YAL' which has been used for Special Issue versions for sometime. The code can be found in line with the Queens nose in a central position and so depending upon the overprint it may well be obscured.

Machin Post & Go Label with Year Code 'RI7YAL''
below the 'de' of the word 'wide'


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 previously).

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


Scotland Country Pictorial Reprints - November 2018

Reprints of the Scotland Country Pictorial 2nd and 1st class NVI stamps were issued on 6th November 2018. Both have 4xPlate C2 numbers and the printing date was 27/08/18 and use the new 'Machin' style typeface (introduced on 20th March 2018 for the 2nd and 1st values).

2nd Scotland Plate C2
Grid positions - right column
1st Scotland Plate C2
Grid positions - left column


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
  1p    
MPIL*
MI8L
14 Mar 2019
  2p    
MPIL*
MI8L
20 Mar 2018
  5p    
MPIL*
MI8L
20 Mar 2018
  5p    
MPIL
MI8L
13 Feb 2019
  10p    
MPIL
MI8L
13 Feb 2019
  20p    
MPIL
MI8L
4 Dec 2018
  20p    
MPIL*
MI8L
14 Mar 2019
  50p    
MPIL
MI8L
4 Dec 2018
  £1.17    
MPIL*
MI8L
20 Mar 2018
  £1.25    
MPIL
MI8L
4 Dec 2018
  £1.25    
MPIL*
MI8L
14 Mar 2019
  £1.45    
MPIL*
MI8L
14 Mar 2019
  £1.55    
MPIL
MI8L
13 Feb 2019
             
  1st PSB Mixed
MPIL
MI8L
13 Sep 2018
  * The 'P' on these is very weak or missing; They came from the RAF and Marvel Booklets


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
             



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