Thursday 16 May 2024

ALL values of Datamatrix Machins to be withdrawn 1 June 2024 - last chance to buy.

Machin and country definitives without datamatrix codes were withdrawn from sale on 28 May 2022, the new Queen Elizabeth datamatrix definitives having been issued on 1 February and 4 April 2022.

Now these new stamps, and all associated products, will be withdrawn from sale by Royal Mail on 1 June 2024 - some have already sold out, including the NVI presentation pack.

These business sheets will be withdrawn along with counter sheets and booklets.

Make-up values 1p - £5 including £3 which was not replaced.


The full list of products being withdrawn or already sold out is

What does this mean? Well if you prefer the Queen's portrait to the King's you need to buy now!  

But it could also mean that the Swapout will at last be providing new stamps instead of Machins. Only time will tell.  

On the other hand, if they are withdrawn from sale but still valid for use.... I guess we will still get them when we send in our old stamps.


  1. Interesting that they've done this, the 1st large Business Sheet for KC3 hasn't even been issued yet!
    Also will these mean that Charles stamps will now be used for swapouts I wonder?

    1. Looks like the end of country definitives then.

    2. One of two things would have to happen: either new versions with the King's head on would be printed, or they would stop issuing them altogether. The first is less likely given normally low usage. The second is politically unlikely.

  2. It will be interesting to see what happens at POs and retail outlets - will they continue to offer Machins until their stocks are exhausted, or will they offer KCIII from 1 June? At my local supermarket they supplied me with KCIII a couple of months ago, but earlier this week I was given a QEII book - which suggests that supplies are issued randomly to individual stores.

  3. RW
    I am also wondering if the small Post offices like mine in the Village will still have the Queen Values? As when i asked last week they have enough sheets to last for years to come plus a large number of QE Horizon Labels, also I have tried a number of local Supermarkets and all have the QE Booklets.
    The only place I have found is the Crown office in Paignton who have KC3 Stamps and also the King Head on the Horizon Labels. Robert

  4. I don't really understand the reasoning behind this, what's wrong with just using up the old QEII stamps by keep selling them if they are still valid for postage?


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