Machin News - Issues in [2018]


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2018 Summary

Date Issue Source Value Printer
23rd Jan Game of Thrones Post & Go   Walsall
  Game of Thrones Prestige Booklet £13.95 Cartor
  Game of Thrones Retail Booklet 6x1st Walsall
14th Feb Royal Mail Heritage Transport - Mail by Sea Post & Go    
20th Mar Royal Air Force Centenary Prestige Booklet £18.69  
20th Mar Royal Air Force Centenary - Hurricane/Lightning Retail Booklet 6x1st  
20th Mar Four new Tariff Rates £1.25, £1.45, £1.55
and £2.65. The £2.25 will be reissued.
Sheets   Walsall
20th Mar Two new Country Tariff Rates £1.25, £1.45.
Also the 2nd and 1st with typeface change.
Sheets   Cartor
11th May Royal Air Force Centenary - Red Arrows Retail Booklet 6x1st  
12th Sep Royal Mail Heritage Transport - Mail by Bike Post & Go    
13th Sep Great War 1918 Prestige Booklet    
16th Oct TBA Prestige Booklet    


2018 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.

January 2018

The Game of Thrones Special Issue was issued on 23rd January 2018. Associated with this were a range of products including a Prestige Booklet, Retail Booklet and Post & Go Labels. The Prestige Booklet was priced at £13.95 and the Machin pane (Pane 4) contained 2x5p, 20p, £1.17 (hidden codes: MPIL; MI7L ) and also 2x2nd Northern Ireland Pictorial Definitives and 2x1st Game of Thrones.

The Retail Booklet contained 6x1st definitive sized Game of Thrones special issue. A Game of Thrones Post & Go label for the second class rates and one for the first class rates was issued also (two different labels).

February 2018

Continuing the Post & Go Royal Mail Heritage Transport theme, six Mail by Sea labels were issued on 14th February 2018. The designs included the Packet Antelope 1780, SS Great Western 1838, SS Britannia 1887, RMS Olympic 1911, RMS Queen Mary 1936 and RMS St. Helena 1990. The year code was RI8YAL.

March 2018

The Royal Air Force celebrates its Centenary and a Special Issue was on sale from 20th March 2018 with a Special Issue stamps, Prestige Stamp Booklet and Retail Booklet. The Prestige Booklet cost £18.69 and the Machin pane contained 3x2p, 3x5p and 2x£1.17. The hidden codes are 'MPIL' and 'MI8L' (The 'P' in the code MPIL is missing or very feint).

The RAF Custom Retail Booklet contained Hurricane and Lightning special issue stamps. The 4x1st Machin stamps have the hidden codes 'MCIL' and 'MI8L'.

A second RAF Custom Retail Booklet will be issued in May 2018 featuring the Red Arrows.

Four new Machin stamps were issued on 20th March 2018 in respect of the Tariff Rate change on 26th March 2018.

Holly Green
Counter Sheet
Dove Grey
Marine Turquoise
Plum Purple
Purple Heather
  The £2.25 Plum Purple (first issued in 2015) will come back into service. Issues of these may come from old stock (De La Rue printings) before reprinted stock appears.

Also, £1.25 and £1.45 values were issued for the Country Pictorial designs replacing the prevailing £1.17 and £1.40 values.

  Value Country Design
  £1.25 England Oak Tree
Counter Sheet
New value
  £1.45   Tudor Rose      
  £1.25 N. Ireland Linen      
  £1.45   Parian China      
  £1.25 Scotland Thistle      
  £1.45   Tartan      
  £1.25 Wales Daffodil
  £1.45   Feathers      
  The values have a value tablet using the 'Machin' typeface. Also, the existing 2nd and 1st NVI values have been reprinted using the 'Machin' value tablet typeface.

The tariff rates changed on 26th March 2018 - second class rose from 56p to 58p and first class rose from 65p to 67p. NVI rates include :-

Rate Old Price Prices from 26th March 2018
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)
Special Delivery (to 500g)
Post & Go Collectors Strips : Second Class rose from 1.32 to 1.37 and First Class rose from 8.04 to 8.18.

May 2018

A second RAF Custom Retail Booklet will be issued on 11th May 2018. This will contain two special issue Red Arrow stamps.

September 2018

Royal Mail Heritage Transport - Mail by Bike Post & Go labels will be issued on 12th September 2018.

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