News - Issues in [2004]

   

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March 2004

A Prestige Booklet with the theme 'Letters by Night' was issued on 16th March 2004 and priced at £7.44. It was produced by De La Rue Byfleet, with the Machin se-tenant pane (pane 4) being printed in gravure and containing 4x37p and 4x1st NVI Gold.


Pane 1 contained Country Pictorial definitives - 3x68p England Rose and 3x2nd NVI Scotland Saltire, these were printed in gravure also.


A self adhesive Customised Retail Booklet was issued on 16th March 2004. The 6x1st NVI booklet contained 4x1st NVI Gold and 2x1st NVI British Journey Northern Ireland Special Issue stamps. The booklet was produced by De La Rue Byfleet and printed by gravure.

 

April 2004

New Rate and make-up values were issued on 1st April 2006 in respect of the price increase (the 20p was a reprint).

Value Colour Printer Method Notes
7p
Shocking Pink
De La Rue Byfleet Gravure 2 Band
35p*
Sepia
De La Rue Byfleet Gravure 2 Band
39p*
Light Grey
De La Rue Byfleet Gravure 2 Band
40p*
Turquoise Blue
De La Rue Byfleet Gravure 2 Band
43p*
Emerald Green
De La Rue Byfleet Gravure 2 Band
  Note * The initial printings of the 20p, 35p, 39p, 40p and 43p were in single pane format. They were re-printed as double pane format in fairly quick succession. It was reported the reason for the single pane printings was due to paper supply problems.

Printing Date Value Colour Cyl Notes
Single pane
11/02/04
35p
Sepia
D1 ph D1
 
11/02/04
43p
Emerald Green
D1 ph D1
 
12/02/04
20p
Bright Green
D2 ph D1
 
12/02/04
39p
Light Grey
D1 ph D1
 
12/02/04
40p
Turquoise Blue
D1 ph D1
 
Double pane
02/03/04
20p
Bright Green
D3 ph D3
 
02/03/04
43p
Emerald Green
D2 ph D2
 
03/03/04
40p
Turquoise Blue
D2 ph D2
 
03/03/04
35p
Sepia
D2 ph D2
 
04/03/04
35p
Sepia
D2 ph D2
 
04/03/04
39p
Light Grey
D2 ph D2
 

An associated presentation pack (pack no 67) also accompanied this issue priced at £2.70.


The price increase became effective from 1st April 2004.

Rate Old Price New Price
Second class
20p
21p
First class
28p
No Change
E (Europe 20gms)
38p
40p
Europe
53p
57p
Worldwide Postcard
42p
43p
Worldwide
£1.12
No Change

A new Airmail Retail Booklet was issued on 1st April 2004. The booklet contains 4xPostcard rate stamps and 4 airmail labels. The booklets were produced by Walsall and printed in gravure.

Price Content Printer Method
£1.72
4 x Postcard NVI
Walsall
Gravure

Single stamps were available from the bureau. These had been prepared specially with the 'die cut' cutting through the carrier paper. Additionally, the carrier paper had no printing on the reverse (what would have been the cover side).


A self adhesive Customised Retail Booklet was issued on 13th April 2004 priced at £1.68. The 6x1st NVI booklet contained 4x1st NVI Gold and 2x1st NVI Ocean Liners Special Issue stamps. The booklet was produced by De La Rue Byfleet and printed by gravure.

May 2004

New 40p Country Pictorial definitive stamps were issued on 11th May 2004 (these used the same designs as the prevailing 'E' design).

Value Country Design Printer Method
40p England Oak tree De La Rue Byfleet Gravure
40p Northern Ireland Linen   Litho
40p Scotland Thistle   Gravure
40p Wales Daffodil   Gravure

An associated presentation pack (pack no 68) also accompanied this issue priced at £1.95.


A Prestige Booklet with the theme 'Glory of the Garden' was issued on 25th May 2004 and priced at £7.23. It was produced by Enschedé, with the Machin se-tenant pane (pane 1) being printed in gravure and containing 4x1st NVI Gold, 2x42p and 2x47p.


June 2004

Two Business Sheets were reissued on 15th June 2004. These had 'The Real Network' strapline removed from the top panel. The two Business Sheets were produced by Walsall and printed by gravure.

100x2nd NVI - with 'The Real Network' strapline removed
Price Content Printer Method
£21
100 x 2nd NVI
Walsall
Gravure
£28
100 x 1st NVI
   

Re-issued on 15th June 2004 also, were the following self adhesive booklets with 'The Real Network' strapline removed. They were produced by Walsall and printed in gravure.

Price Content Printer Process
£2.52 Booklet 12x2nd NVI
Walsall
Gravure
£2.28 Booklet 4xEurope NVI    
£4.48 Booklet 4xWorldwide NVI    

Two further Retail Booklets were re-issued on 15th June 2004. Again, these had 'The Real Network' strapline removed, however, the back covers had been revised - the printers imprint was reduced in size to 29mm (this had been 35mm for the original booklets when issued 5 June 2002).

Price Content Printer Process
£1.68
6 x 1st NVI
Walsall
Gravure
£3.36
12 x 1st NVI
   

A 6x1st NVI Retail Booklet with a 'London 2012' label was issued on 15th June 2004priced at £1.68. The booklet was produced by Walsall and printed in gravure on self adhesive paper.


A self adhesive Customised Retail Booklet was issued on 15th June 2004 priced at £1.68. The 6x1st NVI booklet contained 4x1st NVI Gold and 2x1st NVI British Journey Wales Special Issue stamps. The booklet was produced by De La Rue Byfleet and printed by gravure.


October 2004

A minisheet was issued on 5th October 2004 in respect of 'The Scottish Parliament' opening. The minisheet was priced at £1.59.

Value Country Design Printer Method
40p Scotland Thistle De La Rue Byfleet Gravure
1st NVI   Lion Rampant    
2nd NVI   Saltire    
1st NVI   Lion Rampant    
40p   Thistle    

November 2004

Two 'Z type' folded sheets (Booklets) were issued on 2nd November 2004 containing Christmas stamps.

Price Content Printer Method
£5.04 24x2nd NVI Christmas
De La Rue Byfleet
Gravure
£3.36 12x1st NVI Christmas    

On 30th November 2004 a vertical 1000x1st NVI stamp roll was issued with the Leaders having a Barcode of 104058. The rolls were produced by De La Rue Byfleet and printed in gravure with conventional gum.

Source Format Content Barcode  
£280 Stamp Roll Vertical 1000x1st NVI
104058
De La Rue Imprint Leader

 

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