Monday, 1 October 2018

Special Delivery Definitives 2018

The number of basic definitive stamps (that is, without any fluorescent variants) still to come this year is going down all the time.  We are now able to show the two Special Delivery stamps and hope to have these in stock soon.


These will be listed as 2985.8 and 2986.8 in our checklist.  Both were printed on 17/0718 and have blue phosphor with no yellow fluorescence.

Readers tell us that Royal Mail will distribute these as non-visible change in December for those who have these on standing orders.  Note that this is only because of the change of printer, not because the year date has changed.

10 comments:

  1. Philatelic Bureau have confirmed these stamps will be sent to customers who have Cylinder Panes on their standing order. No date given though.

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  2. I contacted Tallents House and was informed that the distribution to Non Visible Change customer's would be some time in December.

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  3. So after these NVC stamps have been circulated, what further issues can we expect to complete the Walsall printed Machins ? RM Signed For Standard, RM Signed For Large, and the 50p. Perhaps the delayed December issue date is to allow for this. Also is there any chance that Walsall will reprint the High Values £1.50, £2, £3, £5 ? I have heard that these are only available for philatelic use at Tallents House, and not in Post Offices.
    Also how about 1st and 2nd class standard from coils, could these ever be reprinted on SBP2 ?

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    1. The high values are available from Royal Mail's website (£5 - https://shop.royalmail.com/postage-and-packaging/50-x-pound-5-00-self-adhesive-stamp-sheet) not just for philatelic use.

      It's unlikely that Walsall will print these unless there is a shortage, the only ones having been reprinted since 2009 are the £2. Coils have not been printed since Royal Mail made the Machin and other images available on PPIs. (see https://blog.norphil.co.uk/2015/09/alice-in-wonderland-to-appear-on-direct.html)

      So the remaining stamps are the Signed For and the 50p, which may be reprinted although demand for the 50p is probably low and it was reprinted in 2017.

      Of more importance is whether the business sheets turn up - as most of the booklets have done - with the yellow fluorescence in the transparent security ink.

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  4. The printing date for the Special Delivery 'up to 100g' is the same as the 500g version which is 17/07/18. It is also printed in the blue colour and not black as all other counter sheets.

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    1. I hadn't noticed that Brian. Is the FSC logo and barcode in blue or black?

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    2. All the sheet marginal marking except the colour name which is printed in the silver are printed in the dark blue.

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  5. Many thanks for the information regarding the PPIs Ian. I now recall neatly cutting one from an envelope to display in my collection as an example. I have a standing order for NVCs, so it's just a case of being patient until they turn up.

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  6. I spoke to Tallents House a few days ago and although the gentleman was very helpful, had no information to hand about this issue. They were not shown on any cylinder lists. He promised to find out and send me an email. There was nothing in his lists or notices. So far no reply. Doug (Enfield)

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  7. I have received an Order Advice Note from Tallents House re. the Harry Potter Prestige Book 4/12/18. The order also adds NV Changes. The total amount is £49.13. I presume this is made up as follows: Harry Potter £31.00 [I have 2] Special Delivery 100g £6.50. 500g £7.30. Signed For Standard £1.77. Large £2.11. Postage 45p. total £49.13. So we now just wait for the Walsall printed 50p and the high values.

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