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 Cartor
20th Mar Royal Air Force Centenary - Hurricane/Lightning Retail Booklet 6x1st Walsall
20th Mar Four new Tariff Rates £1.25, £1.45, £1.55
and £2.65. The £2.25 will be reprinted.
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 Walsall
23rd May Counter Sheets by Walsall - 10p, 20p, £1,
2nd, 1st and 1st Large
Sheets   Walsall
26th Jun Dad's Army Retail Booklet 6x1st Walsall
31st Jul Hampton Court Palace Retail Booklet 6x1st Walsall
12th Sep Counter Sheets by Walsall - 1p, 5p and 2nd Large. Sheets   Walsall
12th Sep Royal Mail Heritage Transport - Mail by Bike Post & Go   Walsall
13th Sep Great War 1918 Prestige Booklet £15.65 Cartor
  Great War 1918 Retail Booklet 6x1st Walsall
16th Oct Harry Potter Retail Booklet 6x1st Walsall
1st Nov Christmas 2018 Booklets 12x2nd,
12x1st
 
4th Dec Counter Sheets by Walsall - 1st RMSF, 1st Large RMSF
SD 100g and SD 500g
Sheets   Walsall
4th Dec Harry Potter Prestige Booklet £15.50  

 



2018 General Notes

Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is a paper industry body that aims to show a companies paper comes from a sustainable source. Companies that have signed up to the scheme are allocated a FSC code. The four main Royal Mail stamp printers hold the following FSC codes :-

 
Company
FSC Code
 
Cartor
C100572
 
De La Rue
C020244
 
Enschedé
C017480
 
Walsall
C023216

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.


In December 2015 it was announced that De La Rue would be relocating their Security Print operations (the division that printed Postage Stamps) to Malta. It would seem that this move has now been completed. Its unclear whether this influenced Royal Mail when it came to assigning the Definitives Counter Sheet contracts but De La Rue have now lost this business. Consequently, International Security Printers (ISP) picked up this contract from the start of 2018. As Definitive Counter Sheets are currently gravure printed, ISP's Walsall subsidiary will now print these Postage Stamps.


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 on 11th 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.

£1.25
£1.45
£1.55
£2.65
 
Value
Colour
Source
Year
Printer
 
£1.25
Holly Green
Counter Sheet
MI8L
Walsall
 
£1.45
Dove Grey
 
MI8L
 
£1.55
Marine Turquoise
 
MI8L
 
£2.25*
Plum Purple
 
MI8L
 
 
£2.65
Purple Heather
 
MI8L
 

Cylinder Grid positions are arranged in four rows of two.

*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
Source
Printer
Description
  £1.25 England Oak Tree
Counter Sheet
Cartor
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
56p
58p
First class
65p
67p
Large Second class
76p
79p
Large First class
98p
£1.01
Europe (20 gms) World (10 gms)
£1.17
£1.25
Europe (100 gms)
£1.57
£1.55
Worldwide (20 gms)
£1.40
£1.45
Worldwide (100 gms)
£2.27
£2.25
Royal Mail Signed For First
£1.75
£1.77
Royal Mail Signed For Large
£2.08
£2.11
Special Delivery (to 100g)
£6.45
£6.50
Special Delivery (to 500g)
£7.25
£7.30
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 was issued on 11th May 2018. This contained two special issue Red Arrow stamps. The 4x1st Machin stamps have the hidden codes 'MCIL' and 'MI8L'.



Walsall printings of six counter sheets were issued on 23rd May 2018. The values include 10p, 20p, £1, 2nd, 1st and 1st Large. Sheet laydowns for the 2nd and 1st NVI values are new.

 
Value
Colour
Sheet Size
Cyl. Grid
Year
Printer
 
10p
Light Tan
25
4x2
MI8L
Walsall
 
20p
Light Green
25
4x2
MI8L
 
£1
Wood Brown
25
4x2
MI8L
             
 
2nd
Bright Blue
50
2x4
MI8L
 
 
1st
Royal Mail Red
50
2x4
MI8L
 
 
1st Large
Royal Mail Red
50
2x2
MI8L
 

The Cylinder Grid positions for the 2nd and 1st NVI values are in two rows of four.


June 2018

In association with the Dad's Army special issue issued on 26th June 2018, a Custom Retail Booklet was issued also. The 4x1st Machin stamps have the hidden codes 'MCIL' and 'MI8L'. The special issue stamps in the booklet feature Captain Mainwaring and Lance Corporal Jones.


July 2018

A Custom Retail Booklet in association with the Hampton Court Palace special issue was issued on 31st July 2018. The 4x1st Machin stamps have the hidden codes 'MCIL' and 'MI8L'. The special issue stamps in the booklet feature the Great Hall and the Kings Great Bedchamber.


September 2018

Walsall printings of three counter sheets were issued on 12th September 2018 (the 2p value was originally intended to be included with these three values, however, they were available in Post Offices since June 2018).

 
Value
Colour
Sheet Size
Cyl. Grid
Year
Printer
 
1p
Maroon
25
4x2
MI8L
Walsall
 
5p
Ash Pink
25
4x2
MI8L
             
 
2nd Large
Bright Blue
50
2x2
MI8L


Royal Mail Heritage Transport - Mail by Bike Post & Go labels were issued on 12th September 2018. The six Bike designs featured are - Pentacycle 1882, Motorcycle 1902, Tricycle 1920, Bicycle 1949, Motorcycle 1965 and Quad Bike 2002. The year code was RI8YAL.


The final part of the Great War commemoration series was issued on 13th September 2018 and included a Prestige Booklet priced at £15.65 (pane 4 contains 4xRoyal Mail Red Machin and 4xPoppy stamps).

For this last Great War commemoration issue a Customer Retail Booklet was available also. The 4x1st Machin stamps have the hidden codes 'MCIL' and 'MI8L', the two special issue stamps feature poppies, one by F. Strickland and the other by Z and B Baran.



October 2018

A special 'Harry Potter' issue was issued on 16th October 2018. Amongst the plethora of products there was a Custom Retail Booklet and PSB (the PSB will not be issued on 16th Oct. but later - on 4th December 2018). The 4x1st Machin stamps have the hidden codes 'MCIL' and 'MI8L', the two special issue stamps feature Hermoine Grainger and Harry Potter.

NOTE : These 'Harry Potter' booklets exist with the revised wavyline ' ROYAL MAIL' substrate (SBP2) illustrated above. Additionally, they also have been found with the original wavyline ' ROYAL MAIL' substrate (SBP1) shown below. These occur with the text inverted.



The Post & Go Remembrance Poppy was on sale again from 23rd October 2018. Its reported that a reprint has been made with the year code RI8YAL, however, some offices may still have stock from previous years.


November 2018

Two Christmas Retail Booklets were issued on 1st November 2018. These booklets contained 12x2nd NVI (£6.96) or 12x1st NVI (£8.04) self adhesive Christmas stamps respectively.

Value Stamp Design Printer Method
12x2nd NVI Posting Letter Walsall Gravure
12x1st NVI Emptying Post Box    

Two of the Christmas booklets issued last year (12x2nd NVI 6xMadonna & Child and 6xSnowmen; 12x1st NVI 6xMadonna & Child and 6xSanta Claus) may be made available again should stocks of the above run out.



The November 2018 Philatelic Bulletin reports Winter Greenery Post & Go labels will be on sale again from 8th November 2018. Its reported that reprints has been made with the year code RI8YAL for the first class, however, some offices may still have stock from previous years.


December 2018

Walsall printings of the remaining four counter sheets are to be 'officially' issued on 4th December 2018. These are for the 1st RMSF, 1st Large RMSF, SD 100g and SD 500g values. However, the SD 500g turned up in Post Offices in late September 2018 and the SD 100g value was found in early October 2018).



A Harry Potter associated Prestige Booklet will be issued on 4th December 2018. The booklet will be priced at £15.50 and the Machin pane (pane 3) will contain 2x1p, 2x2p, 2x50p and 2x£1.25.

 

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