According to the US weekly, Linn's Stamp News, a retail booklet containing two fish from June's 'Sustainable Fish' set and 4 x 1st class Machins will be issued in August.
Update 18 June: The book is printed as usual by International Security Printers (Walsall) in gravure. The stamp on the left is the (threatened) Common Skate, and that on the right shows (sustainable) Cornish Sardines. The 1st class red Machin definitives are expected to be coded MCIL M14L. The 'first day of availability' from Tallents House will be 18 August: I would suggest that this is unlikely to be in regular post office branches on that date but will probably be distributed against subsequent orders for 6 x 1st booklets. Royal Mail stock code is UB376.
UPDATE 25 JULY
Special postmarks have been announced for this booklet:
13161 is from the Midland Special Handstamp Centre (SHC), Birmingham
13169 from the Scotland amd NI SHC, Tallents House, Edinburgh
13171 from the Wales and West SHC, Cardiff
The set to be issued on 5 June consists (as is so often the case) 10 x 1st class, and although the issue title is 'Sustainable Fish' in fact 5 are 'under threat' and 5 'sustainable'.
Issued in two sheets, the Sustainable (row 1) are Herring, Red Gurnard, Dab, Pouting, and Cornish Sardine. The Threatened (row 2) are Common Skate, Spiny Dogfish, Wolffish, Sturgeon and Conger Eel.
Amazing that the Herring is now sustainable when reduced numbers (by over-fishing) in the North Sea contributed to so many job-losses from Aberdeen to Lowestoft!
More details and special postmarks will be on our website later this week.
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