We only have this picture so far, and will provide a larger one when it is available. This sheet will be issued on 7 February 2013 and, as before, contains 20 x 1st class 'firework' stamps. The labels in columns 1 and 4 depict scenes of celebrations around the UK, and those in columns 2 and 3 show 5 different snakes. Designed by Hat-Trick, the sheet will be printed by Cartor in France.
A new Machin Faststamp will be available from Post & Go machines printed blue with one phosphor bar for 2nd Class. They will be issued on the first day of Stampex (20 February) and start to be rolled out to Post Office branches in March. This means that they will first be available from Hytech machines (v2) and only later from Wincor-Nixdorf machines. This is the pre-release mock-up; we don't know whether (like the Robin) there will be a year code on this stamp.
On the second day of Stampex, 21st February, Royal Mail will mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. But this is an excuse for six stamps depicting scenes from Pride and five other novels. The stamps are designed by Webb and Webb with new striking and atmospheric illustrations by Angela Barrett.
77p - Mansfield Park and Emma; £1.28 Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.
Finally, on the third day of Stampex, 22nd February, the first in a new series of pictorial Faststamps will be issued. In a series entitled 'Freshwater Life', the first set depicts Pond Life.
The species selected for each stamp issue comprise three common species that may be found widely in the UK, plus three rarer species, which are threatened with extinction in the UK but are being conserved.
Life in Ponds features the following common species –
Three-spined Stickleback, Emperor Dragonfly and Smooth Newt.
The threatened species are – Lesser Silver Water Beetle, Fairy Shrimp and Glutinous Snail.
These will be available from Hytech v2 machines at Stampex and should be available from all Post and Go branches from Wincor-Nixdorf machines on the same day.