Machin News - Issues in [2021]


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2021 Summary

Date Issue Source Value Printer
1st Jan Tariff Rate changes Post & Go   Walsall
14th Jan National Parks Retail Booklet 6x1st Walsall
16th Feb Only Fools and Horses PSB £21.70 Cartor
  Only Fools and Horses Retail Booklet 6x1st Walsall
23rd Mar Machin 2nd Class NVI with QR code Business Sheet 50x2nd Walsall
29th Mar Queen Retail Booklet II Retail Booklet 6x1st Walsall
21st Apr Queen's 95th Birthday Coin Cover £19.99  
28th May Music Giants V - Paul McCartney PSB £20.25 Cartor
  Music Giants V - Paul McCartney Retail Booklet 6x1st Walsall

2021 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 2021

New Tariff Rates came into effect on 1st January 2021. The 2nd class rate rose from 65p to 66p, while the 1st class rate rose from 76p to 85p. Some of the other NVI rate changes include :-

Rate Old Price Prices from 1st Jan 2021
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 rises from 1.53 to 1.62 and First Class from 10.11 to 13.84.

To view the Royal Mail Price card effective from 1st Jan 2021 - Click Royal Mail Jan 2021 Price List here

New Machin and Country Pictorial values were issued on the 23rd December 2020 to cover these Tariff rate changes - Click Link to latest Machin denominations here to view.

The Post & Go Collectors strip of six now has the NVI Tariff Rates - 1st. 1st Large, Euro 100g / World 20g, Worldwide 100g, Europe Large 100g and Worldwide Large 100g.

The four higher NVI values from the Collectors Strip of Six

The first special issue for 2021 took the theme - National Parks and was issued on 14th January 2021. A Custom Retail Booklet accompanied this issue and was printed in gravure by Walsall on self adhesive paper. The Booklet of 6x1st contained two 1st class NVI special issue stamps - 'Peak District' and 'Snowdonia' while the 4x1st class NVI Royal Mail Red stamps had the iridescent codes of 'MCIL' and 'M21L'.

February 2021

A set featuring the television programme - Only Fools and Horses was issued on 16th February 2021. Associated with this issue were Custom Retail and Prestige Booklets. The Custom Retail Booklet was printed in gravure by Walsall on self adhesive paper and the 6x1st were two 1st class NVI special issue stamps - 'Del Boy' and 'Rodney' with 4x1st class NVI Royal Mail Red stamps having the iridescent codes of 'MCIL' and 'M21L'.

The Prestige Stamp Booklet will be priced at 21.70 - yes, Booklets now costing over £20 ! The Machin pane (pane 2) contains 3x20p, 2x2nd NVI and 3x1st NVI Machin definitives all with the iridescent codes of 'MPIL' and 'M20L'.

March 2021

New Machin 50x2nd Class NVI with QR Codes in Business Sheets .

A new version of the 2nd Class NVI (66p) stamp was issued on 23rd March 2021. The stamp itself is larger than the standard definitive size and attached along side it, on the right, is a QR code.

Standard 2nd NVI and new 2nd NVI with QR Code

This issue will form part of a trial for new technology. The base stamp is printed in gravure and has the iridescent codes of 'MBIL' and 'M21L'. The QR code is digitally printed as a separate process and it provides a datastring that includes a unique identifier for each stamp.

Initially, the stamps will be available in self adhesive Business Sheets of 50 in the following format :-

Top Panel 2x2nd NVI

Four Panels of 12x2nd NVI (3 rows of 4)

The Barcode for the Business Sheet is 152943 and a whole sheet will be priced at 33.

Business Sheet 50x2nd NVI with QR Codes - top panel

A new 6x1st NVI Retail Booklet was issued on 29th March 2021. The stamps are Special Issue definitive size and feature the pop group Queen band members.

April 2021

A Limited Edition Coin Cover will be issued on 21st April 2021 in respect of the Queen's 95th Birthday. The cover has a brilliant uncirculated £5 coin along with a pane of eight stamps (similar to a Machin pane from a Prestige Booklet) and will be priced at £19.99. The pane is made up of the following with a central '95' label :-

Value   Colour/Design
4x1st Machin Royal Mail Red
1st England Lion & Shield
1st N. Ireland Patchwork Fields
1st Scotland Lion Rampant
1st Wales Dragon

The pane itself has a face value of 6.80, but at this stage its unclear whether these will be available to be purchased separately.

May 2021

The fifth in the series Music Giants will be issued on 28th May 2021. The featured artist will be Paul McCartney and accompanying the Special Issue stamps will be Custom Retail and Prestige Booklets. The Custom Retail Booklet was printed in gravure by Walsall on self adhesive paper. The 6x1st stamps will be two 1st class NVI special issue stamps - 'McCartney' and 'McCartney II' album covers with 4x1st class NVI Royal Mail Red stamps having the iridescent codes of 'MCIL' and 'M21L'.

The Prestige Booklet will be priced at £20.25, with the Machin pane (pane 4) containing 2x2p, 2x10p, 2x50p and 2x1st NVI.


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