News - Issues in [2002]

   

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NVI Postage Rates for 2002

NVI tariff rates remained unchanged during 2002 and were as follows :-

NVI Price Tariff Period
2nd
19p
26th Apr 1999 to 7th May 2003
1st
27p
27th Apr 2000 to 7th May 2003
'E ' NVI (Europe 20gms)
37p
2nd Jul 2001 to 7th May 2003

January 2002

A booklet with the theme 'Just So Stories' by Rudyard Kipling was issued on 15th January 2002 priced at £2.70. The booklet contained 10x1st special issue stamps. The booklet was produced by Walsall and printed in Gravure on self adhesive paper.

February 2002

A Prestige Booklet with the theme 'A Gracious Accession' was issued on 6th February 2002 and priced at £7.29. It was produced by Enschedé, with the Machin se-tenant pane (pane 1) being printed in gravure and containing 4xE NVI and 4x2nd NVI.

Pane 4 contained Wilding Decimal definitives with 4x1st NVI Green (the original 1½d design), 5x2nd NVI Carmine (the original 2½d design); one of the 2nd NVI stamps was separated from the main block and printed at a diagonal angle. The pane was printed in gravure on uncoated paper with a '50' watermark.

March 2002

Four presentation packs were issued 12th March 2002. These included :-

Price Content No. of stamps in Pack Pack No.
£5.45
Low Values
17
57
£11.85
High Values
4
43A
£1.85
Scotland
4
55
£1.85
Wales
4
56

May 2002

A self adhesive customised retail booklet was issued on 2nd May 2002 and priced at £1.62. The 6x1st NVI booklet contained 4x1st NVI Flame and 2x1st NVI Airliners Special Issue stamps. The booklet was produced by Questa and printed by gravure.


Two revised Business Sheets were issued on 9th May 2002. These were the result of changing the printer from Walsall to Enschedé, the printings were still gravure on Self Adhesive paper. Interestingly, on the bottom panel of 24 of these sheets the Enschedé company imprint appears while on the reverse of this the Warrant Number, Date and Sheet Serial Number has been printed.

Price Content Colour Printer Process Warrant
£19
100 x 2nd NVI
Bright Blue
Enschedé
Gravure
261
£27
100 x 1st NVI
Flame    
260

A self adhesive Customised Retail Booklet was issued on 21st May 2002 and priced at £1.62. The 6x1st NVI booklet contained 4x1st NVI Flame and 2x1st NVI World Cup Special Issue stamps. The booklet was produced by Walsall and printed by gravure.


June 2002

Royal Mail started to introduce a rebranding of its product range on 5th June 2002. This was the result of a review of how the Royal Mail's business catered to requirements being made under the Disability Discrimination Act. Changes included - cover colours tied to stamp colour; large text on the front cover indicating content, notches on the cover side to differentiate between 2nd class NVI (two notches) and 1st class NVI books (one notch). Additionally, these booklets had the matrix surrounding stamps stripped away during manufacture.

Price Content Cover Printer Process Notes
£1.62
6 x 1st NVI Gold
Gold
Questa
Gravure
No Strapline
 
£1.62
6 x 1st NVI Gold
Gold
Walsall
Gravure
No Strapline
35mm Imprint
£3.24
12 x 1st NVI Gold
Gold     No Strapline
35mm Imprint

Two Country Pictorial Definitives were issued on 5th June 2002. These were the result of the printer changing from Walsall to De La Rue.

Value Country Design Printer Method Notes
2nd NVI
Scotland
Saltire De La Rue High Wycombe Gravure Centre Band
1st NVI
  Lion Rampant     2 Band

July 2002

New postal tariff rates became effective on 4th July 2002 (2nd and 1st class rates did not change) and in respect of this the following four values were issued on the same day :-

Value Colour Printer Method Notes
37p
Dark grey
De La Rue High Wycombe Gravure 2 Band
42p
Sage
     
47p
Sea green
     
68p
Stone
     

An associated presentation pack (pack no 58) also accompanied this issue priced at £2.30.


New Country Pictorial Definitives were issued for the 68p value.

Value Country Design Printer Method Notes
68p
England
Tudor Rose De La Rue High Wycombe Gravure 2 Band
68p
N. Ireland
Parian China   Litho  
68p
Scotland
Tartan   Gravure  
68p
Wales
Feathers   Gravure  

An associated presentation pack (pack no 59) also accompanied this issue priced at £3.10.


Continuing the rebranding of its product range, 4th July 2002 saw the issue of a number of Booklets (these had the paper matrix surrounding the stamps removed) and Business Sheets including the following :-

Price Content Cover Printer Process  
£2.28
12x2nd
Bright blue Questa Gravure No Strapline

Also, three new rebranded booklets for Overseas Airmail Rates were introduced. These were self adhesive booklets with the paper matrix surrounding the stamps removed.

Price Content Cover Printer Process  
£2.22
6 x E NVI
Dark Blue
Walsall
Gravure
No Strapline
£2.52
6x42p
Sage
     
£4.08
6x68p
Stone
     

Enschedé produced rebranded Business Sheets. Again, these were printed on self adhesive paper, but unlike the booklets, they did not have the matrix surrounding the stamps removed.

Price Content Cover Printer Process  
£19
100 x 2nd NVI
Bright Blue
Enschedé
Gravure
No Strapline
£27
100x1st NVI Gold
Gold      

A further 6x1st self adhesive booklet was issued on 4th July 2002 (priced at £1.62) and printed by Questa. As all products were now using the new rebranded design its unclear why this booklet was issued since the covers used the old design - red covers with multiple facsimiles and the stamps were flame with the paper matrix surrounding the stamps intact.


September 2002

A self adhesive Customised Retail Booklet was issued on 10th September 2002 priced at £1.62. The 6x1st NVI Bridges of London booklet had the rebranded Gold cover and contained 4x1st NVI Gold and 2x1st NVI Tower Bridge Special Issue stamps. The booklet was produced by Questa and printed by gravure. The stamp matrix surrounding the stamps was stripped away during manufacture.


A Prestige Booklet with the theme Across the Universe was issued on 24th September 2002 and priced at £6.83. It was produced by Questa, with the Machin se-tenant pane (pane 3) being printed in gravure and containing and 4x1st NVI gold and 4xE NVI.

Pane 1 contained Country Pictorial definitives (4x1st England , 4x2nd England and 1st Scotland; all with full bleed) printed in Gravure.


October 2002

The 'E' NVI Northern Ireland Country Pictorial definitive was reissued on 15th October 2002. This was the result of the printer changing from Walsall to De La Rue.

Value Country Design (full bleed) Printer Method
'E' NVI N. Ireland Linen De La Rue High Wycombe Litho

November 2002

Two 'Z type' folded sheets (Booklets) were issued on 5th November 2002 containing Christmas stamps.
Price Content Printer Method
£4.56
24x2nd NVI Christmas De La Rue High Wycombe Gravure
£3.24
12x1st NVI Christmas    

Two new stamp rolls became available from Post Offices during late 2002. The rolls were produced by Enschedé and printed in gravure using conventional gum.

Source Format Content Barcode  
£95 Stamp Roll Vertical 500x2nd NVI
104010
Enschedé Imprint Leader
£135 Stamp Roll Vertical 500x1st NVI
104041
 

These rolls were originally scheduled for 15th October 2002 but were delayed - the official issue date was 21st January 2003.


December 2002

A Minisheet was issued on 5th December 2002 priced at £2.21. Entitled 'The Wilding definitive collection I' the minisheet contained decimal version of original Wilding designs and was printed on uncoated watermarked paper ('50' watermark) in gravure.

An associated presentation pack (pack no 59) also accompanied this issue priced at £2.60.



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