Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Dunstable Dates And Cylinder numbers




Machins and information on the move to Dunstable.


By March 2005 after a long delay due to several problems, De La Rue had moved all plant from Byfleet and operations began on the ATN press at the new Dunstable plant. It has been said that "the first printings were the same ( indistinguishable) as those printed at the Byfleet plant" so early printings, unless you collect date blocks will have been catalogued under Byfleet listings.

Later printings, however are different in the fact that a duller flour incorporated into the paper, and they have a glossier appearance, it has also been reported that the last printing known on the brighter papers was 18/04/05. This being the £1.50 value.RMS Paper known as (Royal Mail Standard ) or (Specification). This is the paper currently used at Dunstable for all printings , this is also known in certain circles as ATN (c) Paper.This has a cream PVA gum (previous gum had a blue tint) and is dull in appearance, it is said that it was developed and designed by order of The Royal Mail to get near to that of HS2 used previously by Harrison's at the High Wycome plant.

The fist value on the new specification paper came to light ( 2p ) from a printing dated 22nd April 05. It is intended that all printings will be on this type of paper in the future.
Below is a basic list of Dunstable printings know to date. Some dates my be missing or overlooked. If you have any information or updates please email to my self or Larry (thanks in advance).

These are in order of value / colour of stamp, Cyl and Phos numbers and the date printed. All have a cream gum printed on RMS paper with no fluorescence in the surface coating.

1p Crimson D1 D1
20/05/05 - 22/07/05 - 23/07/05 - 09/01/06 - 10/01/06 - 20/01/07 - 21/01/07 - 21/03/07- 23/05/07

D2 D1 - 17/03/06 - 18/03/06 - 04/10/06 - 05/10/06 - 20/01/07 - 21 /01/07 - 21/03/07 - 23/05/07 - 27/02/08 - 28/02/08

2p Deep Green D1 D1
22/04/05 - 29/09/05 - 10/11/05 - 11/11/05 - 10/01/06
D2 D1 - 16/03/06 - 06/07/06 - 02/11/06 - 20/01/07 - 29/03/07 - 30/03/07 - 03/08/08

D2 D2 06 - 16/03/09

5p Claret D1 D1
23/05/05 - 23/07/05 - 09/11/05 - 12/01/06 - 17/03/06 -
D2 D1 - 23/08/06 - 24/08/06 - 03/011/06 - 16/03/07 - 19/03/07
D2 D2 - 17/04/07 - 04/03/08

9p Orange D1 D1
20/07/05 - 10/01/08 - 11/01/08 - 19/03/08

10p Deep Orange D1 D1
31/05/05 - 01/06/05 - 09/11/05
D2 D1 - 23/03/06 - 24/03/06 - 03/11/06 - 04/11/06 - 16/01/07 - 17/01/07 - 14/03/07 - 02/04/07 - 04/03/08 - 05/03/08 - 06/11/08

12p Turquoise D1 D1
27/04/07

14p Salmon Pink D1 D1
26/04/06 - 27/04/06 - 06/11/06 - 26/03/07

15p Shocking Pink D1 D1
08/01/08 - 19/03/08

16p Bright Pink D1 D1
05/01/07 - 02/04/07

17p Olive Green D1D1
23/01/09 - 24/01/09

20p Bright Green D1 D1
11/03/08

D3 D3
01/06/05

D4 D1
24/03/06 - 03/10/06 - 04/10/06 - 04/04/07 - 06/09/07 - 07/09/07 - 29/01/08 - 07/03/08 - 11/03/08

22p Stone D1 D1
22/01/09 - 23/01/09

35p Lime Green (centre band) D1 D1
24/07/05

37p Olive Green D2 D1
30/01/06 - 31/01/06 -30/03/06 - 31/03/06

42p Sage Green D1 D1
20/07/05

44p Ultramarine D1 D1
31/01/06 - 30/03/06 - 31/03/06 - 06/11/06 - 07/11/06

46p Old Gold D1 D1
06 06/05 - 04/01/07 - 12/09/07

47p Sea Green D1 D1
24/07/05 - 11/11/05 - 12/01/06

48p Rhododendron D1 D1
11/01/07 - 12/01/07

D1 D2 - 08/05/07

49p Rust D1 D1
01/02/06 - 0-3/04/06

50p Sand D1 D1
25/05/05 - 20/07/05 - 07/11/05 - 08/11/05 - 10/01/06 - 11/01/06

D2 D1 - 15/03 /06 - 07/07/06 - 05/10/06

50p Light Grey D2 D1
09/01/07 - 03/04/07 - 04/04/07 - 23/05/07 - 24/05/07 - 05/03/08 - 06/03/08

54p Rust D1 D1
08/01/07 - 09/01/07 - 03/04/07 - 04/04/07 - 13/09/07 - 22/01/09 - 2201/09 - 29/01/09

56p Lime Green D1 D1
18/03/08 - 20/11/09

60p Emerald 1D1D
21/01/10 - 22/0 1/10

62p Red D1 D1
24/01/09

67p Rhododendron D1D1
22/01/10 - 23/01 10

72p Red D1 D1
02/02/06

78p Emerald D1 D1
10/01/07 - 14/09/07

81p Sea Green D1 D1
09/01/08 - 10/01/08 - 18/03/08

88p Shocking Pink D1D1
23/01/10 - 25/01/10

90p Ultramarine D1 D1
25/01/09 - 25/01/10




£1.00 Bluish Violet D1 D1 D1

01/07/05 - 08/11/05/- 11/01/06 -

D2 D2 D1 22/03/ 06 - 23/03/06 - 10 /07 06 - 07 /11/06 - 08 /11/06 - 22/01/07 - 23/01/07 - 15 /03/07

£1.00 Ruby D1 D1
30/01/07 - 31/01/07 - 21/03/07 - 14/05/07 - 22/03/07 - 17/09/07 - 14/09/07 - 18/03/08

£1.46 Dark Turquoise D1D1

26/01/10

2nd Class Blue D3 D1
27/03/07 - 28/03/07

2nd class PiP Blue D1 D1
28/04/06 - 15/09/06 - 15/01/07 - 16/01/07

2nd class Large Blue ( 2 bands) D1 D1
15/05/06 - 16/05/06 - 06/09/06 - 07/09/06 - 12/09/06 - 11/11/06 - 05/12/06 - 13/03/07 - 27/02/08

1st Class Gold D1 D1 *
20/04/04 - 10/11/05 - 18/08/05 - 10/11/05 - 21/03/06 - 23/03/06

* Also known on this paper from previous printings at Byfleet - 02/04/03 - 20/05/03 - 18/09/03 - 25/03/04 - 20/04/04

D2 D1
29/03/07

1st class PiP Gold D1 D1
02/05/06 - 15/09/06 - 16/09/06 - 21 01/07 - 22/01/07

1st PiP Gold Large D1 D1
11/05/06 - 12/05/06 - 07/09/06 - 08/09/06 - 12/09/06 - 31/10/06 - 01/11/06 - 04/12/06 - 05/12/06 - 08/03/07 - 09/03/07 - 12/03/07 - 16/04/07 - 20/09/07 - 21/09/07 - 12/11/07 - 25/02/08 - 26 /02/08 -

Notes* Conventional Sheets PiP Printed by De La Rue issue date 01/08/06 Large 2nd class PVA cyl DI pD1. Unusually this has two bands, it is said " It is an aid so it can be used as first class if used on a standard letter or to make up with conventional values to the value for a 1st class large letter."

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