Norvic Philatelics - Great Britain stamps.

New Machin 34p definitive stamp - 6 May 2003

After much discussion and wrangling with the Post Office Regulator, Royal Mail was permitted to increase inland and European postage rates. The inland 1st class rate increased from 27p to 28p; the 2nd class rate from 19p to 20p; the price of the basic European rate ('E') stamp increased from 37p to 38p.

There were no new 28p, 20p or E stamps, but a new 34p stamp was needed for the 60gr-100gr 2nd class rate. A 42p stamp already existed for the similar 1st class rate. The new stamp is printed in gravure by De La Rue.

The existing 20p, 33p & 41p stamps - all with two phosphor bands - were withdrawn from general sale on 7 May.

new 34p definitive stamp

Images are from The Philatelic Bulletin and Postmark Bulletin and are copyright 2003, Royal Mail.

First Day Covers

Norvic Philatelics serviced only Post Office first day covers for these stamps, with single 34p stamp for 1.60
Postmarks available on the day of this issue:
Scottish PO Arms English PO Arms Windsor Castle mailcoach postbox
Ref FD331 - Bureau 'Scottish Coat of Arms' postmark REf FD332 - Windsor 'English Coat of Arms' postmark Ref E4680 - Windsor Castle, Royal Mail permanent handstamp Ref E7748 - Bath Postal Museum, Postal History Brought to Life Ref W8331 - Centenary of the Old Post Office Tintagel

Updated 3 May 2003 [17.1.05]

2003 stamp issues
14 January Birds of Prey 21 January Flowers Greetings Stamps Smilers Sheet 4 February Occasions/Greetings stamps and Smilers sheet 25 February Medical Science - DNA & Genome 4 March Hello SA booklet & Wales 1st reprint
25 March Fun Fruit & Vegetables 27 March New definitives, SA airmail booklets of 40gr stamps 29 April Extreme Endeavours 6 May - 34p definitives 20 May Wilding II miniature sheet
28 May Wales 2nd class, 1st class gold reprints 2 June - 50th Anniversary of the Coronation 17 June Prince William of Wales 1 July High Value Definitive reprints 15 July British Journey - Scotland
29 July Cartoons Smilers Sheet 12 August Pub Signs - Europa 18 September Transports of Delight - toys 30 September Christmas Robin Smilers Sheet 7 October 250th Anniv. of British Museum
13 October Reprints of Country Stamps 4 November Christmas: Ice Sculptures 18 December England World Cup - Rugby Winners