Friday 13 March 2009

Retail books of 1st class gold Machins

Originally scheduled for issue on 17 February, the booklets and business sheets were delayed, and Royal Mail philatelic announced that the "official first day of availability" would be 31 March, the same as the stamps for the new postage rates.

This overlooked the fact that the Design Classics retail book issued on 10 March would also have security features on the definitives, thus making that date the first day of issue of Walsall printings, of the 1st class at least.

It is now apparent that the 1st class books of 6 were available in some retail outlets as early as 9 March, as we have had two reports. There are no reports of the 2nd class or either Large stamp being available in booklets yet.

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