This month's surprise new stamps are the 1st & 2nd Machin definitives with security features from rolls or coils.
As with the Business Sheets and booklet stamps these have security codes, in this case 'R' - MRIL, as shown in the picture:
But if you're a collector with a Bureau standing order for 'visible changes', you won't get these despite there being a quite obviously visible change, because this is not a philatelic product. The rolls are available only from Royal Mail Direct in Edinburgh (ie the room next to the Tallents House bureau), and exist only as rolls of 10,000. So if you have the price of a small car - £6,900 - you can buy 10,000 of each. The rolls have sequence numbers every 10th stamp, so the way to collect will probably be in strips of 3/5/10/11.
Here's a picture of the coils including the bar-codes. (All pics courtesy of AW.)
EDIT: These are not on philatelic release. They were discovered on a mailshot from a financial institution, and only by the addressee spotting the new code. Therefore there are NO first day covers.
We will, however, have some strips with and without serial numbers, and single stamps will also be available. We'll be writing to regular customers about these in the next couple of days, and welcome enquiries from other collectors.
We now have these together with all the other security definitives in our online shop. If the combination you want isn't there, please email from the site and we will do our best to supply you.
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