The Business Sheet definitives with security features, the issue of which was delayed from 17 February to an official 'first day of availability' date of 31 March have now been delivered to us.
Printing dates and serial numbers are as follows:
2nd class letter - 14/01/09 - lowest 0555748 highest 0555751
1st class letter - 12/12/08 - 0376826 -27
2nd class Large - 18/01/09 - 0035579 - 98
1st class Large - 19/01/09 - 0148758 - 784
Unlike previous issues the printer is not identified on the top panel (Walsall Security Print was previously printed below the barcode). The security slit indicates that these were printed by De La Rue, which clears up the final uncertainty over these.
All the LARGE sheets, 1st & 2nd, have the phosphor slightly inset from the right, some with most of the teeth clear of phosphor.
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