In response to customer demand at Pos Office branches, Royal Mail will
issue a 2nd class Machin Faststamp on 20 February 2013 at Spring
Stampex. Because the 2nd class stamp will only be sold with two
values, it can only be dispensed from Hytech v2 machines, and not from
the Wincor-Nixdorf Post and Go machines currently in 146 branches.
The Hytech machines have two rolls of Faststamps and no Post and Go
labels (for instant use) and new machines will be installed in branches
from March. No programme has yet been announced. As this is
a response to customer demand, it seems likely that the first machines
will be issued in branches with several existing machines such as
Birmingham (10) and Nottingham (8). Being different to existing
machines we can expect some teething problems, so if you do see the new
machines in a PO branch, try it out and let us know what you find!
As before, these will also be sold from the Philatelic Bureau
at Tallents House in a special pack. The pack will contain two
values as shown. There will also be an official Royal Mail first
day cover with both values, unlike the pictorial Faststamps for which
the FDC has 6 designs but all 1st class.
The publicity pictures shown above have a year code MA12 in the background to the left of the Queen's eye. The coding at the foot of the stamps show that they were printed in Great Britain February 2013 (2GB13), but those in the pack are expected to be printed in The Netherlands and so have code NL13. At Stampex we expect that machines A1 - A4 will be operating, two for the public and two back-office machines.
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Post & Go terminals allow customers to weigh their letters and packets,
pay for and print postage labels and stamps without the need to visit the
counter. The first Post & Go machine was trialled in The Galleries Post
Office® in Bristol in 2008. Wincor-Nixdorf machines in Post Office
branches dispense a maximum of 5 stamps per strip; those from Hytech
machines dispense a maximum of 6 labels per strip.
The labels will be used in Post & Go machines at Post Offices around
the country, and will be rolled out across the network from March 2013.
The mint stamp is be available from Royal Mail's Tallents House Bureau and philatelic outlets in a pack
|Ref FD1304TH - Official Edinburgh
first day of issue postmark
|Ref FD1304PL Official London N1
First Day of Issue Postmark.
|Ref FD1304NP Non-pictorial London
|Ref L12794 Stampex official
first day postmark.
The non-pictorial Stampex postmark will also be available (L12793)
This page updated 12 February 2013
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