Machin News - Issues in [2020]

   

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2020 Summary

Date Issue Source Value Printer
21st Jan 50p and 1st RMSF Walsall Printings
both with year code MI9L
Sheets   Walsall
21st Jan Video Games Retail Booklet 6x1st Walsall
11th Feb Visions of the Universe Prestige Booklet £16.10 Cartor
10th Mar London 2020 Retail Booklet 6x1st Walsall
17th Mar James Bond Retail Booklet 6x1st Walsall
17th Mar James Bond Prestige Booklet £16.99 Cartor
17th Mar Seven new Tariff Rates 1.42, 1.63, 1.68,
2.42, 2.97, 3.66 and 3.82.
Sheets   Walsall
17th Mar Two new Country Tariff Rates 1.42 and 1.63. Sheets   Cartor
6th Apr Declaration of Arbroath Minisheet £4.46 Cartor
6th May 180th Anniv. of 1d Black Issue Sheetlet £19 Cartor
8th May End of Second World War Prestige Booklet £19.80 Cartor
28th May Coronation Street Retail Booklet 6x1st Walsall
9th Jul Music Giants - Queen Retail Booklet 6x1st Walsall
9th Jul Music Giants - Queen Prestige Booklet £19.10 Cartor
18th Aug Sherlock Retail Booklet 6x1st Walsall
3rd Nov Christmas      


2020 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.


Royal Mail announced on 21st February 2020 new tariff rates with the second class rate rising 4p from 61p to 65p and the first class rate by 6p - from 70p to 76p. The changes came into effect on 23rd March 2020.



January 2020

The Walsall printings of the Machin 50p and 1st RMSF NVI with the year code 'MI9L' were officially issued on 21st January 2020. The 1st RMSF NVI had been found in Post Offices last year (October 2019).


The first special issue of the year had the theme 'Video Games' and was issued on 21st January 2020. A Minisheet and Custom Retail Booklet accompanied the issue, both of which feature the video game - Tomb Raider. The two 1st class NVI special issue stamps from the booklet have 'Tomb Raider 1996' and 'Tomb Raider 2013' designs (both ex Minisheet). The 4x1st class NVI Royal Mail Red stamps have the iridescent codes of 'MCIL' and 'M20L'.



February 2020

Visions of the Universe special stamps were issued on 11th February 2020. A Prestige Stamp Booklet was associated with this special issue and was priced at £16.10. The booklet contained two Machin panes - pane 2 containing 2x5p, 2x10p and 4x1st NVI Country Pictorial stamps and pane 4 containing 2x1p, 4x2p and 2x£1.35. The Machin stamps have the iridescent codes of 'MPIL' and 'M19L'.

Visions of the Universe - pane 2
Visions of the Universe - pane 4

March 2020

A 6x1st NVI Custom Retail booklet was issued on 10th March 2020 promoting the London 2020 Stamp Exhibition to be held in May 2020. The special issue definitive sized stamps include 2x1st NVI 1d Black, 2x1st NVI 2d Blue and 2x1st 1d Red designs.


A set of Special Issue stamps will be issued on 17th March 2020 featuring James Bond Films. Associated products include a Retail and Prestige Stamp Booklet. The Retail Booklet contains two 1st class NVI special issue stamps - 'Bell Jet Pack' and 'Aston Martin DB5'. The 4x1st class NVI Royal Mail Red stamps have the iridescent codes of 'MCIL' and 'M20L'.

The Prestige Stamp Booklet is priced at £16.99. The Machin pane (pane 4) contains 2x2p, 2x2nd NVI and also Pictorial Flag stamps -2x2nd NVI Scottish Saltire and 2x1st NVI Union Flags. The Machin stamps have the iridescent codes of 'MPIL' and 'M19L'.


Seven new Machin stamps were issued on 17th March 2020 in respect of the Tariff Rate change on 23rd March 2020. These were the following values - all Self Adhesive :-

 
Value
Colour
Source
Year
Printer
 
£1.42
Garnet Red
Counter Sheet
M20L
Walsall
 
£1.63
Sunset Red
 
M20L
 
£1.68
Tarragon Green
 
M20L
 
 
£2.42
Purple Heather
 
M20L
 
£2.97
Rose Pink
 
M20L
 
 
£3.66
Harvest Gold
 
M20L
 
 
£3.82
Holly Green
 
M20L
 

 


Also, on the same day, £1.42 and £1.63 values were issued for the Country Pictorial designs replacing the prevailing £1.35 and £1.55 values. These are normal PVA gummed stamps :-

  Value Country Design
Source
Printer
Description
  £1.42 England Oak Tree
Counter Sheet
Cartor
New value
  £1.63   Tudor Rose      
  £1.42 N. Ireland Linen      
  £1.63   Parian China      
  £1.42 Scotland Thistle      
  £1.63   Tartan      
  £1.42 Wales Daffodil
 
  £1.63   Feathers      



The tariff rates changed on 23rd March 2020 - second class rose from 61p to 65p and first class rose from 70p to 76p. NVI rates include :-

Rate Old Price Prices from 23rd March 2020
Second class
61p
65p
First class
70p
76p
Large Second class
83p
88p
Large First class
£1.06
£1.15
Europe (20 gms) World (10 gms)
£1.35
£1.42
Europe (100 gms)
£1.60
£1.68
Worldwide (20 gms)
£1.55
£1.63
Worldwide (100 gms)
£2.30
£2.42
Royal Mail Signed For First
£1.90
£2.06
Royal Mail Signed For Large
£2.26
£2.45
Special Delivery (to 100g)
£6.60
£6.70
Special Delivery (to 500g)
£7.40
£7.50
Post & Go Collectors Strips : Second Class rose from 1.44 to 1.53 and First Class rose from 8.56 to 9.06.

To view the new Royal Mail Price card (23rd March 2020) - Click Royal Mail 2020 Price List here.

April 2020

A minisheet to commemorate the 700th Anniversary of Declaration of Arbroath was issued on 6th April 2020. The minisheet was printed by Cartor and contains the prevailing Scottish Country Pictorials - 2nd NVI, 1st NVI, £1.42 and £1.63. The minisheet was on normal PVA gummed paper and priced at £4.46.


May 2020

A Sheetlet of 25 (5x5) to commemorate the 180th Anniversary of the 1d Black was issued on 6th May 2020. The Sheetlet was comprised of 25x1st NVI definitive sized 1d Black designs (as issued in the London 2020 booklet in March) and was priced at £19. The Sheetlet was on normal gummed paper and was printed by Cartor.




A set of stamps to commemorate the End of the Second World War were issued on 8th May 2020. Associated with this issue there was a Prestige Booklet priced at £19.80. The Machin pane (pane 2) contained 4x5p, 2x50p and 2x£1.63 and have the iridescent codes of 'MPIL' and 'M20L'.




A set of stamps celebrating 60 years of the television soap Coronation Street was issued on 28th May 2020. Associated with this issue there was a Custom Retail Booklet of 6x1st. This contained two 1st class NVI special issue stamps - 'Vera' and 'Ken'. The 4x1st class NVI Royal Mail Red stamps had the iridescent codes of 'MCIL' and 'M20L'.


July 2020

The fourth in the series Music Giants features the group 'Queen' and was issued on 9th July 2020. Associated products include a Retail and Prestige Stamp Booklet. The Retail Booklet contains two 1st class NVI special issue stamps exhibiting album covers - 'Queen II' and 'A Night at the Opera'. The 4x1st class NVI Royal Mail Red stamps have the iridescent codes of 'MCIL' and 'M20L'.

The Prestige Stamp Booklet was priced at £19.10. The Machin pane (pane 4) contains 4x1p Machin and 4x1st NVI definitive sized special issue 'Queen' stamps. The Machin stamps have the iridescent codes of 'MPIL' and 'M20L'.


August 2020

A set of special issue stamps featuring the TV series Sherlock (Holmes) was issued on 18th August 2020. As well as the counter sheet stamps a minisheet was available containing four different designs. Also issued, a custom retail booklet containing two 1st class NVI special issue stamps showing silhouettes of characters from the 'Red-Headed League' and 'Adventure of the Speckled Band' (both from the minisheet). The 4x1st class NVI Royal Mail Red stamps have the iridescent codes of 'MCIL' and 'M20L'.


September 2020

Royal Mail increased a number of International Tariff Rates as of 1st September 2020. These were :-

Rate
Old Price
Price from 1st Sept.
Europe 10g
£1.42
£1.45
Europe 20g
£1.42
£1.45
Europe 100g
£1.68
£1.70
     
Worldwide (Zone 1 & 3) 10g
£1.42
£1.45
Worldwide (Zone 1 & 3) 20g
£1.63
£1.70
Worldwide (Zone 1 & 3) 100g
£2.42
£2.50
     
Worldwide (Zone 2) 10g
£1.42
£1.45
Worldwide (Zone 2) 20g
£1.63
£1.70
Worldwide (Zone 2) 100g
£2.42
£2.55

To view the latest Royal Mail Price card (1st Sep 2020) - Click Royal Mail Sep 2020 Price List here.

As this was an unscheduled change, new Machins and Country Pictorials were not produced for the new rates. Special Issues starting with the Rupert Bear issue of 3rd September 2020 used the new rates as appropriate (£1.45 and £1.70).

Post & Go machines were updated to cater for the new Tariff Rates. A by product of this was that the 'Collectors Set' of six had three Value changes made. These were :-

 
Old Rate
New Rate
 
Europe / up to 100g
Euro 100g / World 20g
 
Worldwide / up to 20g
World 100g / Zone 1-3
 
Worldwide / up to 100g
World 100g / Zone 2
Post & Go Collectors Strips : First Class rose from 9.06 to 10.11.
Old Rates - Year Code R17YAL
New Rates - Year Code R19YAL


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