Monday, 5 December 2016
2017 Machins Whats In Store For Us?
The year 2017 is coming up fast, it is not so far off now. Everyone is wondering what Machins will be included in the stamp program. Royal Mail are being very secretive. In fact so mush so that the 2017 Stamp Calendar will not be published until the end of this month (December).
The Royal Mail website only informs us that a special issue set of 8 stamps (Ancient Britain) is due for release on 21/01/2017 so no Machins there.
Still under embargo 06/02/17 is the great secret of The 65th anniversary of the accession to the throne, I can not see a Machin included in this issue, but there again I could be wrong so I am not taking wagers on it.
Not a secret
Now this is where my usual pinch of salt comes in, On 15/02/17 there are plans a foot to issue a miniature sheet and a set of stamps depicting Windsor Castle. It is my guess that a Prestige Booklet will be introduced, but will it contain a Machin pane? No one is talking about the contents. This is another big secret, so I am not taking bets on this one either!
What I am taking bets on (odds 1 to 5 on) is we will see a mixed retail booklet for the above Windsor Castle issue 2 x 1st special issues and 4 x 1st class Machins code M17L / MCIL.
Every year the month of April is usually the month when we see tariff changes. Knowing Royal Mail (not one to miss an opportunity) we should have a tariff increase from them again. Expect something on the Machin front from counter sheets.
It is also possible that some of the business sheets and booklets may need a reprint by this time, so keep your eyes peeled for them too.
Looking for leaks and news is like asking the Masons do you really wear a pinny and do you have a special handshake? They just give you a blank look or say we have shares in Royal Mail, its a secret!