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
June Counter Sheet changes Counter Sheets   Walsall
1st Jul Dennis & Gnasher Retail Booklet 6x1st Walsall
22nd Jul Wild Coasts 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 :-

 
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.



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
65p
66p
First class
76p
85p
Large Second class
88p
96p
Large First class
£1.15
£1.29
Europe (20 gms) World (10 gms)
£1.45
£1.70
Europe (100 gms)
£1.70
£1.70
Worldwide (20 gms)
£1.70
£1.70
Worldwide (100 gms)
£2.50
£2.55
Royal Mail Signed For First
£2.06
£2.25
Royal Mail Signed For Large
£2.45
£2.69
Special Delivery (to 100g)
£6.70
£6.85
Special Delivery (to 500g)
£7.50
£7.65
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' and centre phosphor band. 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

To facilitate the printing of this new style of stamp, Walsall in Wolverhampton part of International Security Printers (ISP) has installed a new printing system. This is a Digital Hybrid system having components by A.B Graphics (die cutting and sheeting module), Domino (four colour Domino N617i UV inkjet digital print) and Lake Image Systems (automatic image inspection system).

ISP Digital Hybrid Print System


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
Process
Code
Year
4x1st Machin Royal Mail Red
Gravure
MAIL
M21L
1st England Lion & Shield
Litho
n/a
n/a
1st N. Ireland Patchwork Fields
Litho
n/a
n/a
1st Scotland Lion Rampant
Litho
n/a
n/a
1st Wales Dragon
Litho
n/a
n/a

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 was issued on 28th May 2021. The featured artist being Paul McCartney and accompanying the Special Issue stamps were Custom Retail and Prestige Booklets. The Custom Retail Booklet was printed in gravure by Walsall on self adhesive paper. The 6x1st stamps were 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 was priced at £20.25, with the Machin pane (pane 4) containing 2x2p, 2x10p, 2x50p and 2x1st NVI definitives all with the iridescent codes of 'MPIL' and 'M21L'.


June 2021

New printings of the 1p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 3.25 became available late June 2021 all with a printing date of March 2021. The Counter Sheets now exhibit the Barcode twice in the right hand margin - by row 1 and row 5. Previously, the Barcode only appeared by row 1.

£4.20 - Date 01/10/20
£3.25 - Date 23/03/21
Value Colour
Code
Year
Printing Date
1p Maroon
MAIL
M21L
15/03/21
5p Ask Pink
 
 
16/03/21
10p Light Tan
 
 
16/03/21
20p Bright Green
 
 
16/03/21
£3.25 Aqua Green
 
 
23/03/21

July 2021

A new Special Issue was put on sale on 1st July 2021. The theme was the Dennis the Menace cartoon from the Beano comic. Accompanying the issue was a Custom Retail booklet printed in gravure by Walsall on self adhesive paper. The 6x1st stamps were two 1st class NVI special issue stamps - 'Dennis' and 'Gnasher' with 4x1st class NVI Royal Mail Red stamps having the iridescent codes of 'MCIL' and 'M21L'.



Wild Coasts Special Issue went on sale on 22nd July 2021. Accompanying the issue was a Custom Retail booklet printed in gravure by Walsall on self adhesive paper. The 6x1st stamps were two 1st class NVI special issue stamps - 'Orca' and 'Grey Seal' with 4x1st class NVI Royal Mail Red stamps having the iridescent codes of 'MCIL' and 'M21L'.

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