Here are clearer images of the two panes to be issued in the Treasures of the Archives PB on 18th August. You will notice no indication of perforations or ellipses on these pictures, but of course you can expect them to be added on the real thing.
Pane 1: show the 4 x 1st class and four 20p double headed Definitives, bearing the image of Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria from the 150th anniversary of the Penny Black stamps.
Notice the Penny Black portrait of Queen Victoria in the background.
Pane 4: shows 4 x 17p Machin Definitives, two 22p Machins and two 62p Machins set around around a GPO logo label. The images top (left) show 2 x reproductions of the proposed 1937 coronation issue for King Edward VIII. The background reproduces the design of this head.
What are your views on all these old designs being resurrected by Royal Mail?
Below is a picture of the pane from 16th Feb 1999 Special by Design PB, Issued on 15th February 2000, This was issued 10 years after we put this issue to bed last time round. For your information this pane was printed by Walsall Security in gravure OFNP(C)/PVAl paper.
A few months ago I showed you other printings of this design (see them here)
One issue we failed to mention
On 31st March, a presentation pack was issued containing the five Machin Post & Go stamps that first appeared in October 2008. However, these have the denominations preprinted in gravure by Walsall.
The pack which does not appear to have a pack number was priced at £2.75. Each Post & Go stamp carries the Office Identifier for the Galleries Post Office in Bristol which is 020511 - this being the first office to use the machines. These Post & Go stamps that are completely printed in gravure can be identified by having the fixed code 0205111 - 08445. These are to classed as new specialised Machins
The third Design Classics themed retail booklet will be issued in August 2009. The booklet will contain 4x1st NVI gold and 2x1st NVI Concorde special issue stamps. And now a fourth Design Classics themed retail booklet will be issued in September2009. The booklet will contain 4x1st NVI gold and 2x1st NVI Mary Quant special issue stamps.
The most asked question in 2009
Please, can I have a raise? All my pocket money seems to go to Royal Mail these days.