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 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 Walsall
23rd May Counter Sheet reprints - 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  
12th Sep Royal Mail Heritage Transport - Mail by Bike Post & Go    
13th Sep Great War 1918 Prestige Booklet £15.65  
  Great War 1918 Retail Booklet 6x1st  
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 :-

 
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
  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.
Cylinder Grid positions are arranged in four rows of two.

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'.



Re-prints of six counter sheets were issued on 23rd May 2018. These have been printed by Walsall (as was the case of the New Tariff Rates issued in March 2018) instead of De La Rue. 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 will be issued on 31st July 2018.


September 2018

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



The final part of the Great War commemoration series will be issued on 13th September 2018 and will include a Prestige Booklet and a Customer Retail Booklet.



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