Friday, 5 August 2016

Post and Go update - 2nd class reprinted again, and Olympic Games Flag update.

In May this year I had reports that a reprint of the 2nd class Post and Go stamps had appeared with a 2015 year code (reported as MA15).  I didn't have a picture and overlooked reporting it on the blog with so much else going on at the time.

But already a further reprint has appeared in Norwich's SSKs.  These have the new 2nd CLASS in the security printing, and the 2016 year code CL16S rather than MA16 - well done to the finder for spotting that change!   And well done to Royal Mail Production for keeping us on our toes.  Here's an example of a blank label, click on it to see the coding which is left of centre, 4 large rows down.


And here is the MA15 printing which I omitted to show in May with the previous security printing:



A reminder that the Union Flag stamp should be in and Royal Mail enquiry offices from 1 August and in Post Office branches from 10 August (not 3rd as originally intended or 11th as amended) to coincide with the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.   But don't be surprised if they are still not there on the new date, as nobody in PO Ltd seem to know anything.  See an update to the original report here.

6 comments:

  1. Ian: I have been to 3 major central London P&Go offices and nobody knows anything about the forthcoming deployment of the Union Flag!!
    Doug (Enfield)

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    1. Doug, I suspect they won't know about them until they get them, possibly next Monday or Tuesday.

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  2. Might be difficult to spot the year code if the new printing is ever issued with an overprint.

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    1. It should not be too difficult as the background printing has a new design not used on previous 2nd class issues.

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    2. When it comes to 2017 there may be a problem with the positioning of the year code if it stays where it is. I can see some of the black printing may obscure the digits, making it difficult to distinguish between 2016 and later years.

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  3. Is this a portent for future changes to 1st and 2nd Class stamps? Given the recent 'padlock' rebranding?

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