Machin News - Issues in [2017]


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2017 Summary

Date Issue Source Value Printer
6th Feb 65th Anniv. of Accession of HM The Queen Sheet £5 Walsall
15th Feb Windsor Castle Prestige Booklet £14.58 Cartor
15th Feb Windsor Castle Retail Booklet 6x1st Walsall
15th Feb Royal Mail Heritage - Mail by Rail Post & Go   Walsall
14th Mar Music Giants II - David Bowie Retail Booklet 6x1st Walsall
21st Mar Five new tariff rates. - £1.17, £1.40, £1.57,
£2.27 and £2.55 for the Machin
Sheet   De La Rue
21st Mar £1.17 and £1.40 Country Pictorials Sheet   Cartor
5th Jun 50 Years of a Design Icon Minisheet £3.90 Walsall
5th Jun Golden Anniversary of Machin Minisheet £3.85 Walsall
5th Jun The Machin 50th Anniversary Prestige Booklet £15.14 Walsall /
5th Jun The Machin 50th Anniversary Retail Booklet 6x1st  
5th Jun Anniversary of Machin 1967 - 2017 Post & Go    
31st Jul Great War 1917 Prestige Booklet    
13th Sep Royal Mail Heritage - Mail by Air Post & Go    
13th Sep Opening of The Postal Museum
~postponed from 20th March.
Stamp Sheet    


2017 General Notes

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) codes are allocated on a company by company basis. The four current printers hold the following FSC codes :-

FSC Code
De La Rue

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 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'. 12x2nd and 12x1st Booklets were found in February 2017 - again with the year code 'MI6L'. Counter Sheet printings started to appear in April 2017 with the year code 'MI7L'.

The ‘ROYAL MAIL’ text printed on the substrate (carrier paper) is made up of the following four repeating lines.

While Royal Mail may have thought they were getting ahead of the curve in creating a more secure self adhesive paper, it seems the forgers have risen to the challenge. Forged 12x1st Booklets have now been found with the year code 'MI6L' and including 'ROYAL MAIL' text on the substrate. Clearly, the forgers believe money can still be made by defrauding Royal Mail.

The 'hidden year' code in the background wavyline text on Postal & Go labels will be moved to a position so that its not obscured by the overprint Tariff Rate / Special Event text.

February 2017

A large format £5 Machin was issued on the 6th February 2017 in respect of the 65th Anniversary of the Accession of HM The Queen. The stamp is the same size as the High Values first issued in 1977 with the new versions colour called Sapphire Blue and 2 phosphor bands. Walsall printed the stamps and they have an iridescent overprint '65th Anniversary of Accession', the year code is 'ACCEI7ION' and this occurs above the central cross of the Queens diadem, They come on normal gummed paper and have no ellipse perforations. The counter sheet size is 10 (5x2) coming from a primary sheet of eight counter sheets - 8 grid positions. The counter sheet does not have a printing date, however, does exhibit the issue date 06 Feb 2017. The sheet Barcode is 143750 and Stock Code is P500SAPP. This stamp is only available from Tallents House and a small number of selective Post Office.

The first Prestige Stamp Booklet of the year was issued on 15th February 2017 in association with the Windsor Castle Special Issue. The booklet was priced at £14.58 and was produced by Cartor. The Machin pane on normal gummed paper contains 2x2p, 2x10p, £1.05 and 3x1st NVI with hidden codes ('MPIL' and 'MI6L').

Also, a Windsor Castle Custom Retail Booklet was issued and featured two special issue stamps from the Windsor Castle minisheet. The 4x1st Machin is in the deeper shade of Royal Mail Red and has hidden codes ('MCIL' and 'MI7L'). The 'ROYAL MAIL' wavyline text substrate is in the original style i.e upright only.

The first of the Pictorial Post & Go labels for 2017 were issued on 15th February 2017. These take the theme Royal Mail Heritage - Mail by Rail. The six designs are Travelling Post Office (TPO) bag exchange, Post Office (London) Railway, Night Mail, TPO loading, TPO sorting and TPO on the move. The labels have the year code 'MAI7' (this still takes the old position as per previous pictorial labels).

Spring Stampex was held between 15th and 18th February 2017. Two exhibition overprints were available on the Post & Go Machin design vended on RM Series II machines.

Machin Anniversary 1967-2017
65th Anniversary of the Queen's Accession
Post & Go Design
Machin Anniversary 1967-2017
Machin Anniversary 1967-2017
65th Anniversary of the Queen's Accession
65th Anniversary of the Queen's Accession

March 2017

A custom retail booklet was issued on 14th March 2017 to accompany the Music Giants II special issue featuring the artist David Bowie. The 4x1st Machin is in the deeper shade of Royal Mail Red and has hidden codes ('MCIL' and 'MI7L'). The 'ROYAL MAIL' wavyline text substrate is in the original style i.e upright only.

Five new Machin values were issued on 21st March 2017 to cover the new tariff rates coming into effect on the 27th March 2017.

  Value Colour
Year Code
  £1.17 Sunrise Red
Counter Sheet
De La Rue
New value
  £1.40 Dark Pine Green        
  £1.57 Tarragon Green        
  £2.27 Harvest Gold        
  £2.55 Garnet Red        
  All these values use the old type of self adhesive substrate - NOT incorporating the 'ROYAL MAIL' text.

Also, £1.17 and £1.40 values were issued for the Country Pictorial designs replacing the prevailing £1.05 and £1.33 values.

  Value Country Design
  £1.17 England Oak Tree
Counter Sheet
New value
  £1.40   Tudor Rose      
  £1.17 N. Ireland Linen      
  £1.40   Parian China      
  £1.17 Scotland Thistle      
  £1.40   Tartan      
  £1.17 Wales Daffodil
  £1.40   Feathers      
  The values now have a value tablet using the 'Machin' typeface. This will be extended to the 2nd and 1st NVI values in due course.

The tariff rates changed on 27th March 2017 - second class rose from 55p to 56p and first class rose from 64p to 65p.

Rate Current Price Prices from 27th March 2017
Second class
First class
Large Second class
Large First class
Europe (20 gms) World (10 gms)
Europe (100 gms)
Worldwide (20 gms)
Worldwide (100 gms)
Royal Mail Signed For First
Royal Mail Signed For Large
Special Delivery (to 100g)
No change
Special Delivery (to 500g)
No change
Post & Go Collectors Strips : Second Class rose from £1.30 to £1.32 and First Class rose from £7.75 to £8.04.

June 2017

June 5th is the anniversary of the Machin definitive series. The first three values were issued on 5th June 1967 consisting of the 4d Sepia, 1/- and 1/9. Royal Mail will be issuing a number of products to mark this anniversary including Minisheets, Prestige Booklet and Post & Go labels.

A Minisheet - entitled 'The Machin Definitive 50 Years of a Design Icon'. Contains 6x1st Special Issue designs. The minisheet is produced by Walsall and printed in Gravure using normal gummed paper and will be priced at £3.90.

A Minisheet - entitled 'The Machin Definitive Golden Anniversary Celebration'. Contains seven different Machin designs - 5p Pale Violet, 20p Double head, 1st Landscape (1993), 1st Millennium, 1st PIP Gold (2006), 1st RM Red and £1 Gold foil based on the £1 Recess (1969). The minisheet is produced by Walsall and printed in Gravure using normal gummed paper and will be priced at £3.85.

A Prestige Booklet - entitled 'The Machin Definitive 50th Anniversary'. The booklet is produced by Cartor and will be priced at £15.14. The booklet will contain five panes - four printed in Gravure (Walsall) and one printed in Litho (Cartor).

  • Pane 3 - Machin stamps in Gravure.
    • 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, 2nd NVI and £1 Ruby.

  • Pane 4 - Machin stamps in Gravure.
    • 3x20p Double Head, 1st RM Red, 1st Millennium, 1st PIP Gold (2006),
      1st Gold and 1st RM Red (deeper shade).

  • Pane 5 - Machin stamps in Litho.
    • 4x£1 Gold foil based on the £1 Recess (1969).

A Retail Booklet - 6x1st RM Red with 'The Machin Definitive 50th Anniversary' Label.

Post & Go labels - for the first class service. These labels use the Machin Wreathed Head and will be available in six different colours.

July 2017

A Prestige Booklet will be issued on 31st July 2017 as part of the Great War series.

September 2017

The third Pictorial Post & Go labels set for 2017 will be issued on 13th September 2017. These will take the theme Royal Mail Heritage - Mail by Air.


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