Sunday, 25 March 2018

Red Arrows Custom Booklet

When we reviewed the RAF customised booklet I mentioned a second booklet was in the pipeline. I now have some more details.

The second customised booklet for RAF Centenary will be issued on 11th May 2018. The booklet will contain 4 x 1st class Machin definitives with the same codes (M18L / MCIL) as the previous RAF booklet of six. Unless they are of a different shade they will not be new stamps as such. The 2 x 1st class special issues, are reprints of the RAF Red Arrows Flypast and RAF Red Arrows Swan stamps.

Customised booklets of six are some of my favourites. They are a little collection in their own right. They are also very popular with a lot of collectors.

A little bit of trivia for you. The Red arrows booklet mentioned above is the 59th booklet in this series. The first (Submarines) was issued on 20 April 2001. This was followed by Punch and Judy 4th September 2001. A third booklet Flags and Ensigns was then released on 22nd October 2001. Seventeen years ! My doesn't time fly?

These three booklets mentioned above (in particular) are still very much sought after and still sell for a nice premium over face. Long may the series continue.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Update New Walsall £2.25 Value

It is now official.

The new £2.25 value will be a new issue and it is printed by ISP Walsall. The only printing date seen so far is 15/01 18. If you collect all cylinder blocks it looks as if there will be eight cylinder grid positrons.

Thursday, 1 March 2018

New Tarrifs 26th March

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.