Sunday, 19 March 2017

Machin News March - April 2017

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50th Anniversary Special

It seems mad, crazy even to some, to have definitive stamps that have lasted this test of time is surely an innovation Arnold Machin could have never predicted.  50 years of one stamp design with a iconic image of a young Queen Elizabeth's head and shoulders, driving some collectors into a frenzy at times is something that no one could have predicted.

Much has been written on the subject of the design by many people so I will get down to the nitty gritty of today's Breaking News Report.

Time seems to fly so quickly, Larry and I have now been writing this blog for over ten years with near 1000 posts. Many thanks to all our readers for following us and allowing us to keep you entertained as such. Today on the Agenda, is a spacial report and some news of what we have all been waiting for.

What will (may) be issued in June to commemorate the 50 years of the Machin definitive anniversary. There has been a lot of speculation on this subject, but now I have some news (on good authority) straight from the horses mouth so to speak.

It seems that the event will be celebrated with new issues taking the form of miniature sheets, A prestige booklet, a retail booklet of 6 containing a special label. Last but not least will be a set of 1st class post & go stamp labels in several different colours . The Machin head on these labels is said to be minus the tiara.

Mini sheets

News is very patchy at time  but we do have a little insight.

Printed by Walsall in gravure" entitled The Machin Definitive 50 years A Design Icon". This sheet will be made up with 6 x 1st class values.

A second Mini Sheet A Golden Age

"The Machin Definative Golden Anniversary Celebration". Also printed by Walsall, this will contain seven different value Machins. I am informed the price will be £3.85 so what values these will be is a guess. At this price low values seems to be favorite.

Prestige Booklet

"The Machin Definitive 50th Anniversary"

This is presumed  to contain  five panes and interleaves. Printed by Walsall and Cartor in gravure and Litho. The price is said to be £15.14 and it is presumed that there is  a slight premium over face value.

Counter Retail Booklet

"The Machin definitive 50th Anniversary"

Again 6 x 1st class values incorporating a Anniversary Label. It is not known if this is a custom mixed retail booklet but it is assumed so.

The Post & Go labels are described above.

Happy Collecting.

Lots of new stamps to look forward to with lots of different codes and possibly a new description in the iridescent prints. More info will be available when we get it.

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