The full set of Commonwealth Games stamps is now shown on our website, following Royal Mail's decision to put them and all products on their website shop before the embargo date.
the set of 6 is a retail booklet containing 4 x 1st class Machin
definitives and 2 x 1st class Swimming stamps. As usual the Machins are
coded MCIL M14L and the booklet is printed by Walsall Security
Printers. We are used to minor colour-registration problems on
Walsall's booklets and from the examples of this booklet we have seen,
they seem to have escaped this fate, although without seeing a booklet
with cylinder numbers we don't know whether the almost mono-chrome
special stamps are printed in 4-colour process or a reduced range of
Here is the booklet itself:
However, in this booklet we have found
misplaced phosphor and iridescent ink printing to make up for the often
ugly mis-registered special stamps.
Booklets have been
found with significant shifts of the phosphor both upwards and
downwards, and with a significant shift of the iridescent layer
downwards. As these images show:
Downward shift of
phosphor. The top of the phosphor is in the Queen's head. In more
extreme examples the phosphor on the upper definitives is shifted down
onto the lower ones.
Upward shift of phosphor. The phosphor on the lower definitives is lapping onto the upper ones
In some examples the iridescent security printing is well down from the top of the design:
While stocks last these are available at our webshop, but will not be shipped until 22 July because of the issue date coinciding with holidays.
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