Delta Stamps Fact File No. 6
     

Machin Litho Printings
using the Digitally Remastered Head

 

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The First Machin Litho Printings

Litho printings were first introduced 1981 when Royal Mail looked for alternate suppliers and not be so reliant on Harrison and Sons. Clearly, the first attempts produced stamps that were poor reproductions when compared against there Harrison counterparts - the head tends to appear dull and 'washed out' and there is a lack of contrast between head and background. The following examples are an early printing and a later improved printing (both are the work of the House of Questa) :-

2p from 1981
using Harrison Head
single plate printings

2p from 1988
Rory Matthew's Head
two plate printings

Differences between Litho and Gravure printings.

Litho Gravure

Identifying Litho / Gravure printings (under magnification)

 
Litho
Gravure
Screen The screen dots are unprinted
- cell walls solid.
The screen dots are solid
- cell walls unprinted.
 
Frame Edge Outline of frame not pitted*. Outline of frame pitted by screen dots.
 
Value Tablet Outline of figures not pitted*; Outline of characters pitted by screen dots
 

*Some of the very early printings did in fact show pitting of the Frame/Value.
e.g 22p Blue Wales

 


Digitally Remastered Head for Litho

From the later part of the 1990's until 2007, the use of Litho was dropped in favour of Gravure. However, as Litho is best suited to short print runs and is cheaper is was inevitable that it would make a reappearance.

The first instance of the Litho digitally remastered head was the Enschedé printing of the 'Boots' type label in 1997 which used a coarse screen.

Enschedé ex 'Boots' Type Label

It was in late 2007 that Royal Mail announced future Machin panes produced for Prestige Stamp Books (PSB) would all be Litho printed.

The reappearance of Litho printings came in the Ian Fleming / James Bond Prestige Stamp Booklet in January 2008. The Machin panes contained 8x1st stamps using the digitally remastered head and printed with a very fine screen (600 dpi) giving an appearance very similar to prevailing gravure printings.

10p Litho 1995 10p Litho 2009
Rory Matthews Head Digitally remastered Head

Differences between 1986/1995 and 1997/2009 printings



Enschedé 'Boots Type' Label printed in Litho using Digitally Remastered Head

Enschedé Boots Type Label

Recent Prestige Booklet Panes printed in Litho using Digitally Remastered Head

James Bond
R.A.F Uniforms
Design Classics
Charles Darwin
Treasures of the Archive (Pane 4)
Royal Navy Uniforms
Classic Album Covers (Pane 1)
The Royal Society
Britain Alone
WWF
Aerial Post
Dr Who
Football Heroes
Merchant Navy
Classic Locos
Buckingham Palace
The Great War 1914
Inventive Britain
The Great War 1915
Battle of Waterloo
Star Wars
HM The Queen's 90th
Beatrix Potter
Windsor Castle

Minisheet printed in Litho using Digitally Remastered Head

Exhibition Souvenir 2010


Litho singles using Digitally Remastered Head summary (from 1997) :-

  Value Colour Source Printer Date
  1p Crimson Royal Navy Uniforms Prestige Cartor Sep 2009
  1p Crimson Football Heroes Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI3L
Cartor May 2013
  1p Crimson Inventive Britain Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI4L
Cartor Feb 2015
  1p Crimson Great War 1915 Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI5L
Cartor May 2015
  2p Deep Green Exhibition Souvenir M/S Cartor May 2010
  2p Deep Green Football Heroes Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI3L
Cartor May 2013
  2p Deep Green Classic Locos Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI3L
Enschedé Feb 2014
  2p Deep Green Inventive Britain Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI4L
Cartor Feb 2015
  2p Deep Green Windsor Castle Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI6L
Cartor Feb 2017
  5p Dark Red Brown Darwin Prestige De La Rue Feb 2009
  5p
Dull Red Brown Classics Albums Prestige
[5p has Error Font]
Cartor Jan 2010
  5p Dull Red Brown Exhibition Souvenir M/S Cartor May 2010
  5p Dull Red Brown Dr. Who Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI2L
Cartor Mar 2013
  5p Dull Red Brown Football Heroes Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI3L
Cartor May 2013
  5p Dull Brown Merchant Navy Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI3L
[Ellipse Perf. near top ]
Enschedé Sep 2013
  5p Dull Brown Classic Locos Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI3L
Enschedé Feb 2014
  5p Dull Red Brown Great War 1915 Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI5L
Cartor May 2015
  5p Dull Red Brown Beatrix Potter Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI6L
Cartor Jul 2016
  9p Orange Exhibition Souvenir M/S Cartor May 2010
  10p Dull Orange Darwin Prestige De La Rue Feb 2009
  10p Dull Orange Classics Albums Prestige Cartor Jan 2010
  10p Dull Orange Dr. Who Prestige
IridescentCodes
MPIL and MI2L
Cartor Mar 2013
  10p Dull Orange Football Heroes Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI3L
Cartor May 2013
  10p Dull Orange Buckingham Palace Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI4L
Enschedé Apr 2014
  10p Dull Orange Waterloo Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI5L
Cartor Jun 2015
  10p Dull Orange Beatrix Potter Prestige
Windsor Castle Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI6L
Cartor Jul 2016
  16p Pink Design Classics Prestige Cartor Jan 2009
  17p Olive Green Treasures of the Archive Prestige Cartor Aug 2009
  20p Bright Green Classics Albums Prestige Cartor Jan 2010
  20p Bright Green Dr. Who Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI2L
Cartor Mar 2013
  20p Bright Green Buckingham Palace Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI4L
Enschedé Apr 2014
  20p Brownish Black
Treasures of the Archive Prestige
20p is Double Head
Cartor Aug 2009
  22p Stone Treasures of the Archive Prestige Cartor Aug 2009
  48p Rhododendron Darwin Prestige De La Rue Feb 2009
  50p Grey Design Classics Prestige Cartor Jan 2009
  50p Slate Grey Merchant Navy Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI3L
[Ellipse Perf. near top ]
Enschedé Sep 2013
  50p Slate Grey Waterloo Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI5L
Cartor Jun 2015
  54p
Rust Design Classics Prestige
[54p has Error Font]
Cartor Jan 2010
  60p Emerald Exhibition Souvenir M/S Cartor May 2010
  62p Red Treasures of the Archive Prestige Cartor Aug 2009
  67p Rhododendron Exhibition Souvenir M/S Cartor May 2010
  76p
Pink
Aerial Post76p Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MIIL
Cartor Sep 2011
  81p Turq. Green Inventive Britain Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI4L
Cartor Feb 2015
  87p Orange Dr. Who Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI2L
Cartor Mar 2013
  88p Shocking Pink Exhibition Souvenir M/S Cartor May 2010
  90p Ultramarine Royal Navy Uniforms Prestige Cartor Sep 2009
  97p Mauve Exhibition Souvenir M/S Cartor May 2010
  97p Mauve Inventive Britain Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI4L
Cartor Feb 2015
  £1 Wood Brown Buckingham Palace Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI4L
Enschedé Apr 2014
  £1 Wood Brown Waterloo Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI5L
Cartor Jun 2015
  £1.05 Gooseberry Beatrix Potter Prestige
Windsor Castle Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI6L
Cartor Jul 2016
  £1.33 Orange Yellow Great War 1915 Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI5L
Cartor May 2015
  £1.46 Dark Turquoise Exhibition Souvenir M/S Cartor May 2010
  2nd NVI Bright Blue R.A.F Uniforms Prestige Walsall Sep 2008
  2nd NVI Bright Blue Star Wars Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI5L
Cartor Dec 2015
  1st NVI Flame 'Boots' type label Enschedé Apr 1997
  1st NVI Gold James Bond Prestige De La Rue Jan 2008
  1st NVI Gold R.A.F Uniforms Prestige Walsall Sep 2008
  1st NVI
Gold
Aerial Post Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MIIL
Cartor Sep 2011
  1st NVI Brownish Black Treasures of the Archive Prestige
1st NVI is Double Head
Cartor Aug 2009
  1st NVI RM Red Football Heroes Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MIIL
Cartor May 2013
  1st NVI RM Red Star Wars Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI5L
Cartor Dec 2015
  1st NVI RM Red HM The Queen's 90th Prestige
Iridescent Codes
MPIL and MI6L
Cartor Apr 2016
  1st NVI Amethyst HM The Queen's 90th Prestige
Iridescent Codes
OI6R
Cartor Apr 2016
   
     


Digitally Remastered Head Litho printings source summary (from 1997) :-

  Value Source Issued Printer
'Boots' type label
  1st NVI Flame     Apr 1997 Enschedé
James Bond Prestige Book
8x1st NVI Gold   Pane 1 Jan 2008 De La Rue
R.A.F Uniforms Prestige Book
  4x2nd NVI   Pane 4 Sep 2008 Walsall
  4x1st NVI Gold        
Design Classics Prestige Book
4x16p   Pane 1 Jan 2009 Cartor
  4x50p Grey        
Charles Darwin Prestige Book
2x5p Very dark   Pane 4 Feb 2009 De La Rue
  2x10p        
  2x48p        
  2x1st NVI Gold        
Treasures of the Archive Prestige
4x20p Double Head   Pane 1 Aug 2009 Cartor
  4x1st NVI Double Head        
  4x17p   Pane 4    
  2x22p        
  2x62p        
Royal Navy Uniforms Prestige Book
2x1p   Pane 3 Sep 2009 Cartor
  4x17p        
  2x90p        
Classic Album Covers Prestige Book
4x20p   Pane 1 Jan 2010 Cartor
  2x54p [Error Font]        
  2x62p        
  5x10p   Pane 4    
  2x22p        
  2x5p [Error Font]        
The Royal Society Prestige Book
4x54p [Error Font]   Pane 2 Feb 2010 Cartor
  4x22p        
2010 Exhibition Souvenir Minisheet
  1p, 2p, 5p, 9p
10p, 20p, 60p, 67p
88p, 97p, £1.46
Jeffery Matthews Colour Palette M/S May 2010 Cartor
Britain Alone Prestige Book
  4x5p   Pane 1 May 2010 Cartor
  2x60p        
  2x10p        
WWF Prestige Book
  3x5p   Pane 3 Mar 2011 Cartor
  3x10p        
  67p        
  97p        
Aerial Post Prestige Book
  2x1st NVI Gold 1st NVI has CodesMPIL and MIIL Pane 1 Sep 2011 Cartor
  4x5p 5p has NO Hidden Codes      
  2x76p 76p has Codes MPIL and MIIL      
Dr. Who Prestige Book
  5p 5p has Codes MPIL and MI2L Pane 5 Mar 2013 Cartor
  10p 10p has Codes MPIL and MI2L      
  20p 20p has Codes MPIL and MI2L      
  87p 87p has Codes MPIL and MI2L      
  4x1st NVI Tardis definitive sized Special Issue      
Football Heroes Prestige Book
  2x1p 1p has Codes MPIL and MI3L Pane 1 May 2013 Cartor
  2x1st NVI RM Red 1st has Codes MPIL and MI3L      
  4x1st NVI Country Pictorial definitives      
  2x2p 2p has Codes MPIL and MI3L Pane 4    
  2x5p 5p has Codes MPIL and MI3L      
  2x10p 10p has Codes MPIL and MI3L      
Merchant Navy Prestige Book
  4x5p 5p has Codes MPIL and MI3L
[Ellipse Perf. near top]
Pane 1 Sep 2013 Enschedé
  4x50p 50p has Codes MPIL and MI3L
[Ellipse Perf. near top]
     
Classic Locos Prestige Book
  2x2p 2p has Codes MPIL and MI3L Pane 1 Feb 2014 Enschedé
  2x5p 5p has Codes MPIL and MI3L      
  4x1st NVI Country Pictorial definitives      
Buckingham Palace Prestige Book
  2x10p 10p has Codes MPIL and MI4L Pane 3 Apr 2014 Enschedé
  2x20p 20p has Codes MPIL and MI4L      
  2x£1 £1 has Codes MPIL and MI4L      
The Great War 1914 Prestige Book
  £1 £1 has Codes MPIL and MI4L Pane 3 Apr 2014 Enschedé
  2x10p 10p has Codes MPIL and MI4L Pane 4    
  2x20p 20p has Codes MPIL and MI4L      
  4x1st NVI Country Pictorial definitives      
Inventive Britain Prestige Book
  2x1p 1p has Codes MPIL and MI4L Pane 1 Feb 2015 Cartor
  3x2p 2p has Codes MPIL and MI4L      
  81p Turq. Green 81p has Codes MPIL and MI4L
[use of incorrect colour]
     
  2x97p 97p has Codes MPIL and MI4L      
The Great War 1915 Prestige Book
  2x1p 1p has Codes MPIL and MI5L Pane 4 May 2015 Cartor
  2x5p 5p has Codes MPIL and MI5L      
  2x£1.33 £1.33 has Codes MPIL and MI5L      
  2x1st 1st NVI Poppy      
Battle of Waterloo Prestige Book
  2x5p 5p has Codes MPIL and MI5L Pane 4 Jun 2015 Cartor
  2x10p 10p has Codes MPIL and MI5L      
  2x50p 50p has Codes MPIL and MI5L      
  2x£1 £1 has Codes MPIL and MI5L      
Star Wars Prestige Book
  2x2nd NVI 2nd has Codes MPIL and MI5L Pane 4 Dec 2015 Cartor
  2x1st NVI 1st has Codes MPIL and MI5L      
  4x1st NVI Union Flag      
HM The Queen's 90th Prestige Book
  2x1st RM Red 1st has Codes MPIL and MI6L Pane 3 Apr 2016 Cartor
  2x1st Amethyst 1st has Code OI6R      
  4x1st NVI Country Pictorial      
Beatrix Potter Prestige Book
  3x5p 5p has Codes MPIL and MI6L Pane 4 Jul 2016 Cartor
  2x10p 10p has Codes MPIL and MI6L      
  3x£1.05 £1.05 has Codes MPIL and MI6L      
Windsor Castle Prestige Book
  2x2p 2p has Codes MPIL and MI6L Pane 3 Feb 2017 Cartor
  2x10p 10p has Codes MPIL and MI6L      
  £1.05 £1.05 has Codes MPIL and MI6L      
  3x1st RM Red 1st has Codes MPIL and MI6L      

 


 
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