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New Machin definitive & Country stamps - 31 March 2009

Postage rate changes which take effect from 6 April - mostly over 10% - will require several new stamps. The basic inland rates will rise, 1st from 36p to 39p & 2nd class from 27p to 30p. There will be no 39p or 30p stamps as these rates are satisfied by the existing 1st class gold and 2nd class blue. The 'balancing' 9p in orange continues in use.  

new Machin definitive stamps issued or reissued 31 March 2009
new ountry definitive stamps issued or reissued 31 March 2009
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The basic rates for Large Letters increase from 52p to 61p (1st class) and from 42p to 47p (2nd class). A new 17p olive-green stamp will be used for the 2nd class difference between basic letters and Large Letters (47p-30p). A new 22p stone coloured stamp will be used for the 1st class difference (61p-39p). The Recorded Delivery fee increases to 75p.

International rates also rise at this time:

Basic Europe rate 20gr and postcards: +6p to 56p - use existing 56p sage green stamp from 2008, (earlier 'E' rate stamps still valid). New country stamps.

Basic Worldwide rate  10gr and postcards: +6p to 62p - new stamp 62p red.

Worldwide 20gr rate:  +9p to 90p, new 90p ultramarine and country stamps.

Worldwide 40gr rate: 1.35 up by 13p. This should also be satisfied by the airmail NVI, sold in books of 4 (5.40 per book).

The Surface mail 20gr rate is increased from 48p to 54p, this will should be served by the 54p issued in 2007.

New Country Stamps valued 56p and 90p will also be issued for England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales in existing designs.

Technical information

All the new Machin definitive and country stamps will be printed by De La Rue in gravure, in sheets of 200. These stamps will not have the same security features as were applied to other stamps in February this year.

Special postmarks available on the day of issue will be shown here. (These images are not to scale)

   First Day pictorial Postmarks for Tallents House, Windsor, London, Belfast, Edinburgh, Cardiff.
Ref FD933 - official pictorial FDI Tallents House postmark; Ref FD934 - official pictorial FDI Windsor postmark;
Ref FD935 - official pictorial FDI London postmark; Ref FD938 - official pictorial FDI Belfast postmark;
Ref FD936 - official pictorial FDI Edinburgh postmark;  Ref FD937 - official pictorial FDI Cardiff postmark
   First day non-pictorial postmarks for Windsor, London, Belfast, Cardiff and Edinburgh.
Ref FD934NP - official non-pictorial FDI Windsor postmark;  Ref FD935NP - official non-pictorial FDI London postmark;  
Ref FD936NP - official non-pictorial FDI Edniburgh postmark;  Ref FD937NP - official non-pictorial FDI Cardiff postmark; 
Ref FD938NP - official non-pictorial FDI Belfast postmark .
Belfast cds postmark. Cardiff cds postmark. Edinburgh cds postmark. Glasgow 2 cds postmark. Glasgow 10 cds postmark.
Ref S6039 - Belfast operational cds postmark Ref W6038 - Cardiff operational cds postmark Ref S6040 - Edinburgh operational cds postmark Ref S6041 - Glasgow 2 operational cds postmark Ref S6042 - Glasgow 10 operational cds postmark
Cardiff postmark. Edinburgh postmark. Belfast permanent postmark. Windsor Castle postmark. Additionally, any postmarks available on this date may also be applied to FDCs
- see Permanent postmarks and Other one-day postmarks
Ref W5097 - Cardiff permanent handstamp. Ref S4653 - Edinburgh permanent handstamp. Ref S4641 - Belfast permanent handstamp. Ref E4680 - Windsor Castle, Royal Mail permanent handstamp

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This page updated 17 March 2009

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