Royal Mail have now released a preview of the new Machin Definitives & Country Stamps - issue date 31 March 2009. these are for the postage rate changes which take effect from 6 April 2009.
If you look closely you will notice that the perforations show three holes below the ellipse, this also occurred with the preview for the rate rise last year. The actual stamps, last year, when released were however perforated correctly with two complete holes below the ellipse. Expect the same this March.
It is also noticeable on this preview that no security slits are evident, as we all know these were introduced on certain stamps in February this year.
We were informed in advance by certain people that this issue would not be of the self adhesive variety and would have conventional PVAl gum.