Sunday, 29 March 2015

Machin Security Stamps coming thick and fast in 2015!

Three new 2105 Machin printings have been reported this week, and we can show two of them here.

The 2nd class business sheet was printed on 26/01/05 - my sheet number is 0372383.  (Norvic number 2911B.5 now available in our webshop but no top panels available.)




The 1st Large retail book of 4 has also been found, coded MA15 as is normal for Large stamps.  The cylinder numbers on these are hidden by the front cover, so careful examination of packs is required to extract cylinder booklets.  (Norvic number 2937.5, a few now available in our webshop: we hope to have more supplies and whole booklets.)


Somebody remarked to me this week that some of the M15L codes on other stamps have been unclear, the '5' looking like a '3' in many cases.  I think it depends on the angle you look at, and the magnification used.  Here are two pictures of the same stamp, with the light at different angles:


The other new stamp which has been reported to us is the 2p green counter sheet.  Pictures will be here as soon as we get them. Apologies, this was a misunderstanding; what was mentioned was a new late 2014 / M14L printing of the 2p.


6 comments:

  1. I have to disagree with you on the above. The first stamp is a clear 15 no doubts. The bottom stamp is a true 13. A clear 3. Am I missing the point here somewhere?

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    1. So as to make it absolutely clear, I'll change the wording to

      "Here are two pictures of the SAME stamp, with the light at different angles:"

      I use a Maplin microscope; I didn't move the scope or the position of the stamp, I simply placed a penny to the right of that stamp which affected the way the light was reflected. It is the SAME stamp.

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  2. I thought it was just me, I found the same with some of the MA13 Large letter books, looking like MA15.

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  3. My local office has now got the 1st Large letter books with a printing date of 20/05/15

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    1. Thanks - just to clarify, that's the packing date. For the 1st x 12 booklets packs with a packing date on the wrapper as late as April 2015 (and maybe later) contain 2014 books.

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    2. oops, forgot to put that they were MA15

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