The high-value Machin definitives have been reprinted using the (photo-)gravure process instead of intaglio/recess. Iridion ink will be used, as on the £1 stamp. Problems with printing the £5 in brown and iridion mean that the colour is changed to grey-blue. All stamps will have two phosphor bands, and be printed in sheets of 200. Illustrated below are sheet corners of the high value stamps showing DLR logo and cylinder number, with an enlargement of £2 and £3 stamps showing '£' sign missing from £2 stamp. This only occurs on a single stamp in the sheet - the one next to the cylinder number D1.
The 1st class gold definitive in ordinary gummed sheets will be reissued on the same date, printed by De La Rue. This is likely to be noticeably different to the similar stamp issued in 1997 which was printed by Walsall Security Print.
Images are from Stamp Preview, the Philatelic Bulletin and the Postmark Bulletin and are copyright 2003, Royal Mail.
Norvic Philatelics will service Post
Office first day covers for the High Value stamps, price £16.50
FDC for the 1st class gold (marginals will be used) - £2.25
There will be no Norvic Exclusive FDCs for ordinary definitive stamps.
Mint stamps: set of 4 high value £13.95
Special postmarks which were available on the day of this issue are shown below:
|Ref FD333 - Bureau 'Scottish Coat of Arms' postmark||Ref FD334 - Windsor 'English Coat of Arms' postmark||Ref E4680 - Windsor Castle, Royal Mail permanent handstamp||Ref E7748 - Bath Postal Museum, Postal History Brought to Life||Ref W8331 - Centenary of the Old Post Office Tintagel|
| Ref E8611
Great Britons, Blenheim, Woodstock, Oxon
| Ref E8612
| Ref E8610
Great Britons, Portsmouth Hampshire
| Ref M8600
Great Britons, Althorp, Northmapton
| Ref L8598
70th Anniversary of London Passenger Transport Board, London SW1
High Value Definitives, Stoke-on-Trent
Downe, Orpington, Kent
Updated 9 April 2008
|14 January Birds of Prey||21 January Flowers Greetings Stamps Smilers Sheet||4 February Occasions/Greetings stamps and Smilers sheet||25 February Medical Science - DNA & Genome||4 March Hello SA booklet & Wales 1st reprint|
|25 March Fun Fruit & Vegetables||27 March New definitives, SA airmail booklets of 40gr stamps||29 April Extreme Endeavours||6 May 34p definitives||20 May Wilding II miniature sheet|
|28 May Wales 2nd class, 1st class gold reprints||2 June - 50th Anniversary of the Coronation||17 June Prince William of Wales||1 July - High Value Definitive reprints||15 July British Journey - Scotland|
|29 July Cartoons Smilers Sheet||12 August Pub Signs - Europa||18 September Transports of Delight - toys||30 September Christmas Robin Smilers Sheet||7 October 250th Anniv. of British Museum|
|13 October Reprints of Country Stamps||4 November - Christmas: Ice Sculptures||18 December England World Cup - Rugby Winners||
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