Friday, 26 January 2018
Three New Machins
Again (sorry) we do not have a great deal of new issue news to report. What we do have you may already know of, but just in case you are not quite up to date here is what we have.
Ian Billings has informed his readers via his blog that he now has some stock of the elusive 1st class value coded M16L from counter sheets. He always said "they would appear at some time".
The Game of Thrones Prestige Booklet has given us three Machins. On the mixed pane of eight + label you will be able to acquire 5p, 20p and £1.17p values. All these carry the M17L / MPIL security codes so are they new stamps? The £1.17p is, not sure if I can call the other two NEW as we have these with a 2017 code. Another minor observation regarding the £1.17p value this is the first time to date that this will have appeared with PVAL gum.
I have heard a whisper that the February issue depicting Votes for women will give us a 2018 mixed custom booklet with 1st class Machin M18L / MCIL code. This is not set in stone so I will update the blog when I know more. We may have a second prestige booklet for the Votes For Women issue too, but I think this is speculation rather than fact. I personally think this will come with the RAF centenary in March.
I can now confirm that the RAF issue on the 20/03/2018 will have a 6 x 1st mixed custom booklet released with the issue. The 2 x special stamps will be one of each of the Hurricane MK 1 and Lightning F6 stamps. We will not see a mixed booklet with Votes For Women. The 1st class Machins in the RAF booklet will have M18L/MCIL codes.
March is also the month when we have the usual annual tariff increase.
New values with counter sheet issues?? Anyone have ideas what these will be? I look forward to your speculations and observations.