Machins (EP): Security Features: Set of 10


Machins (EP): Security Features: Set of 10 Stamp(s) Machins (EP): Security Features: Set of 10 Stamp(s)
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17th February 2009
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Royal Mail provided background information for this issue
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Reason and inspiration

Royal Mail is introducing a new generation of security features for most definitive stamps using the latest printing technology.
From Tuesday 17 February 2009 all 1st and 2nd class standard and large letter format definitives and values at 50p, £1, £1.50, £2, £3 and £5 will be produced as self-adhesive stamps with new security features including elliptical slits and an iridescent overprint.
These initiatives are part of the on-going development of security features for stamps since Sir Rowland Hill invented the adhesive postage stamps with the Penny Black in 1840.
The overprint repeats the words 'Royal Mail' in micro text in a wave-like pattern reminiscent of security features on banknotes.
The two adjacent die cut slits are elliptical and are designed to inhibit the removal of used stamps from the mail for re-use.
As these are new issue stamps, FDOI cancellations will be made available.

Mint Stamps - Technical Details:

Feature Type/Detail
Number of stamps 10
Design Bas relief Arnold Machin
Stamp format Standard: portrait
Large: landscape
Stamp size Standard: portrait
Large: landscape
Printer De La Rue Security Print sheet stamps, Business
Sheets and Rolls
Walsall Security Printers – Retail Books
Print process Gravure
Number per sheet 50 for stamp sheets
50 Large 1st & 2nd business sheets
100 Standard 1st & 2nd business sheets
Perforations Die-cut simulated perforations
Phosphor Bars
Gum Self adhesive – except stamp rolls
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