With new postal rates pending Royal Mail kept it quiet (and us in the dark) for a long time as to what the actual new rates and colours would be. In actual fact why was it was such a big secret? No one seems to know. They were actually printed in early February, long, long before the official announcement.
Now after what seems to be a lifetime, we know that three new Machin definitive stamps with values of 87p, £1.28 and £1.90 will now be issued 25th April 2012.
We heard rightly from Douglas Mayall that the colours will be Orange for the 87p value, Emerald Green for the £1.28p value and Rhododendron for the £1.90p.
News of a fourth value (previously announced in some quarters) was described as a 50p Rust, this seems to have been canceled. It is not included in the new Machin Presentation pack, which Ian shows on his blog this week.
It could be this 50p Rust may be issued later in the year when stocks of the current 50p Grey are exhausted. Your guess is as good as mine. If we hear of anything more you can be sure that we will let you know.
Still no news of the elusive £1.10 and £1.65 counter sheets that were indeed printed with M12L at the same time as the 76p.
Douglas informed us that the £1.10p were sent to many post offices in January and the £1.65p has been supplied to Tallents House, so perhaps they will show their faces soon. Keep em peeled and let us know if you hear anything or come in contact with any.
Some late news: Ian reports a new find of the 1st class gold from booklets of 12 with M12L code.