Tuesday 9 August 2022

New discovery from Scotland - 2019 printing of 2nd class country stamp.

As many readers know Royal Mail send to dealers, at irregular intervals, a list of new printings of sheet definitives which allows us to identify new printings, and in the past, new year codes which we were never told about.

A correspondent in Scotland recently bought a whole sheet of the old pre-datamatrix stamps to keep with the new ones.  To his surprise it has a printing date which I had not prevously recorded.  And it was not on the lists we got from Royal Mail; indeed by 2021 they recorded only 2017, 2018 and 2020.

Here's the picture he sent:

2nd class Scotland stamps, printing date 24/06/19.

Sheet of 2nd class Scotland stamps, printing date 24/06/19.

Back in July 2020 I was comparing printings:

The first Cartor printing with the new font was 27/12/2017, cylinder C1.
The second printing was 27/08/2018, from cylinder C2.
The third printing is 16/04/2020, back to cylinder C1  (Column 1 in a grid of 2x2.)

So the April 2020 printing was not the third after all!

Does anybody else have or have a a record of this date?  Where were those stamps bought?

We look forward to hearing from you.

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