GB 1969 Machin Definitives Jan 1969

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  • Issue Date : 6th Jan 1969
  • Designed by : Arnold Machin
  • Printed by : Harrison & Sons Ltd
  • Print Process : Photogravure
  • Sheet Format: 240 (20 x 12)
  • Stamp Size: 21mm x 24mm
  • Perforations : 15 x 14
  • Phosphor: 4d. Centre Band. 8d. Two Bands
  • Withdrawn except Bureau: 25th November 1971
  • Invalidated: 1st March 1972


The original 4d Machin, printed in sepia, was problematic because its dark colour meant postmarks were difficult to spot. A decision was made (a-la Penny Black/Penny Red) to change it to red. This caused a clash with the existing 8d red, which was also changed.

Bright Vermilion
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Light Turquoise-blue
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First Day Cover[edit]

  • No Special Postmark was provided for this Colour Change