Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Royal Mail stamps: the World War I presentation pack faux-pas

Update on the 2016 World War I Presentation Pack error.

Just for the record, although many people will know the reason for the reprint by now, here are the wrong and corrected versions of the presentation pack carrier card for the miniature sheet.  The original wrongly identifies the well-known Post Office Rifles VC recipient as Albert Knight instead of Alfred Knight (as shown in the 2006 Victoria X Prestige Book!)



UPDATE
It's been pointed out to me that the barcode on the miniature sheet carrier has also been changed for the reprint.  The original barcode (which is retained on the carrier for the set) is 5-01472-142050, but that on the reprint is 5-01472-143040.   There are few places where the barcode is actually scan at  point-of-sale, although the Post and Go machines at Stampex are used thus.  An interesting experiment would be to scan the old barcode on one of these machines in September!


4 comments:

  1. I think it's called proof reading!!!. They've had my 30 odd pounds since June so not happy. I believe there are some of the original sets out there, as some Post Office's still sold them.

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    1. "I believe there are some of the original sets out there"

      Very definitely - they didn't recall them from dealers, so I have one.

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  2. Just for the record, my presentation pack standing order of the Great War stamps arrived this week on the same day as the Landscape Gardens issue.

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    1. I think they chose 16th as the date for distribution of the reprint to coincide with the next issue, just as the 2nd Queens' birthday retail booklet coincided with Beatrix Potter.

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