We now know that four new Machin values will be issued on 20th March for the tariff rise on the 26th March 2018.
New rates 2nd class 58p, the old rate being 56p. 1st class 67p, the old rate being 65p. Large 2nd class 79p, the old rate 76p large 1st class £1.01p, the old rate being 98p.
The new issues (values are) : £1.25 Holly Green, £145 Dove Grey, £1.55, Marine Turquoise, and £2.65 Purple Heather. It is understood that the £2.25 Plum value first issued in 2015 will be re-issued also.
It has also been confirmed that these will be printed by ISP Walsall. Does this indicate that all future sheet printing will also be printed by ISP Walsall?
It is thought in many circles that the £2.25 may not be a new printing (as yet) but may come from a previous De La Rue printing. IE: old stock. New stock should be reprinted by Walsall with a 2018 code when the old stock has been used up.
New values will be issued for the Country Pictorial designs. These will be £1.25 and £1.45 they will replace the existing £1.17 and £1.45 values.
Regarding the Country stamps it is understood that the value tablet will alter and revert to the same typeface as the Machin definitives. The first and second class country stamps will also be reprinted using the new typeface.