"We periodically revise the colours of the Definitives due to
operational changes and technological changes in print, although we have
not done this for many years. In the current colour palette certain
colours produced similar readings when scanned in our Mail Processing
Centres and some colours also caused difficulties in reading the phosphor
The 50p will change to slate-grey, and the £1 to wood-brown (very
reminiscent of the engraved £5 brown). Low value (1p-20p) stamps
will have the iridescent security overprint added. The 2nd class
values remain unchanged. The remaining stamps in the range will have
new colours introduced at the next tariff change. At this stage the
security overprint shows a year code of M12L/MA12 - we can expect
M13L/MA13 later in the year.
It's not clear whether this includes the little-used £1.50 - £5 which have not needed a reprint since issue in 2009 (but for which stocks may be low) nor the dark-blue colour-branded Special Delivery pair, but we do believe that the Recorded Signed For stamps will change colour, despite being coloured to match the RSF stationery. We thought the colour was designed to match the original 'flame' of the 1st class with the addition of the yellow stripe, but it seems that this is too close to the new Red colour.
The 1st class stamps will be available in counter sheets, business sheets and booklets, and the small stamp will also be available in self-adhesive coils of 10,000. Following a review of use of 500 and 1000 stamp coils neither will be produced.
On the same day Royal Mail will put on sale the England and Wales 1st
& 2nd class country definitives printed by Cartor in
lithography. Although the new Scotland
printings were issued with a specific day of issue and first day
facilities, the England and Wales versions have been available at some
Post Office branches since early autumn. This is a convenient time
for Royal Mail to send them to collectors. There will be no first
day facilities and no first day postmarks. Full details and pictures
showing the new versions compared with the originals is on
Scans of the actual stamps
1st class & 1st class Large stamps are printed in sheets of 50
with two panes. Cylinder D1 has been used.
Printing dates seen
19/09/12 1st red, and
24/09/12 1st class Large
The 50p and £1 stamps are in sheets of 25, with 12 grid positions for each.
Cylinder numbers are D1 x3.
Printing dates are 18/09/12 for both values.
The low value stamps are printed in sheets of 25 as before, but all are on separate 12-position cylinders rather than mixing 3 values on one cylinder as before.
Cylinder D2 has been used for the colour, but D1 for the iridescent overprint and for the phosphor.
This sheet of 20p stamps shows the 12 grid positions at lower left, indicating that there are 12 sheets of 25 per cylinder.
Printing dates seen:
All these stamps have the M12L year code.
Special postmarks available on the day of issue will be shown
here. Sadly only 1 has been announced before the
date of issue. We expect more to appear in the next Postmark
Bulletin, FDCs will be delayed as a result.
|Ref FD1031TH -
Official Tallents House Edinburgh postmark
|Ref FD1031PL - Official Windsor postmark
|Ref FD1031NP - Official Windsor postmark
(wrong image supplied)
|Ref M12778 Windsor View, Birmingham
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This page updated 19 December 2012
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