Since Great Britain hotsed the 2012 Olympics and overnight produced stamps for each British Gold Medal Winner, there have been a number of surprising 'errors' and possible misprints, reported here.
regular readers will remember, the stamps were issued in miniature
sheets of 6, printed on an A4 sheet of 4x MS, (and these were printed in
press sheets of 4x A4).
So this came as a bit of a surprise today:
(To show the perforations as they did not show well)
On eBay from seller 4chonts this is a roll of 1000 miniature sheets, each of 6 stamps, which are listed at £3,200 or 53p each compared with the 60p original price and current 63p value.
The stamp shown was the 10th in the series and one of the 6 issued on 5 August 2012.
I suspect this is a roll that would have been printed for machine application to Royal Mail first day covers. Such coils are common, for self-adhesive definitives (which are printed in one multi-value coil, with sideways printing rather than N-S), and commemoratives including post and go issues.
Royal Mail do not publicise this sort of printing and the stamps are not available to collectors or dealers (with one exception) but the system is well known.
However, there was never any evidence that the Gold Medal stamps were produced in this way as well as by the 6 regional printers contracted to achieve rush-digitally-printed overnight delivery to Post Offices for sale the next day.
So many questions !
Was this done for each medal, and for the paralympics?
Were these coils supplied to Handstamp Centres, which normally carry small stocks of stamps in order to replace damaged or wrongly cancelled FDCs/cards?
How many printers were involved? Was it any of the 6, or a different printer entirely?
Where has this one been for the last three years?
Are there any other gold medal coils ? !
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