Norvic Philatelics - Great Britain definitive stamps and special postmarks

High-Value definitive stamp reprints - 1 July 2003

The high-value Machin definitives have been reprinted using the (photo-)gravure process instead of intaglio/recess. Iridion ink will be used, as on the 1 stamp. Problems with printing the 5 in brown and iridion mean that the colour is changed to grey-blue. All stamps will have two phosphor bands, and be printed in sheets of 200. Illustrated below are sheet corners of the high value stamps showing DLR logo and cylinder number, with an enlargement of 2 and 3 stamps showing '' sign missing from 2 stamp. This only occurs on a single stamp in the sheet - the one next to the cylinder number D1.

sheet corner of new De La Rue printed high value stamps showing DLR logo and 
cylinder number enlargement of 2 and 3 stamps showing ''  sign missing from 2 stamp

The 1st class gold definitive in ordinary gummed sheets will be reissued on the same date, printed by De La Rue. This is likely to be noticeably different to the similar stamp issued in 1997 which was printed by Walsall Security Print.

Images are from Stamp Preview, the Philatelic Bulletin and the Postmark Bulletin and are copyright 2003, Royal Mail.

First Day Covers

Norvic Philatelics will service Post Office first day covers for the High Value stamps, price 16.50
FDC for the 1st class gold (marginals will be used) - 2.25
There will be no Norvic Exclusive FDCs for ordinary definitive stamps.

Mint stamps: set of 4 high value 13.95 

Special postmarks which were available on the day of this issue are shown below:

Scottish PO Arms English PO Arms Windsor Castle mailcoach postbox
Ref FD333 - Bureau 'Scottish Coat of Arms' postmark Ref FD334 - 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
text statue text text London Bus and Underground Train
Ref E8611
Great Britons, Blenheim, Woodstock, Oxon
Ref E8612
Ref E8610
Great Britons, Portsmouth Hampshire
Ref M8600
Great Britons, Althorp, Northmapton
Ref L8598
70th Anniversary of London Passenger Transport Board, London SW1
piles of coin and banknotes <<<<<<<<
Ref M8621
High Value Definitives, Stoke-on-Trent
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Ref L8617
Downe, Orpington, Kent

Updated 9 April 2008

2004 - 2005
2003 stamp issues
2006 - 2007
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

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