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5 June 2017 50th Anniversary of Machin Definitive Stamps
Among the many stamps included in this commemoration are four definitives with iridescent security printing, on Royal Mail first day cover with Oakhill, Stoke-on-Trent postmark.
1st class red coded M17L and MPIL and MMIL, and 1st class deep scarlet MSIL, and the £1 ruby (magenta) M17L MPIL.
2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the issue of new Queen Elizabeth II definitives featuring Arnold Machin's iconic bas-relief sculpture which replaced the Wilding definitives. Arnold Machin's 1967 portrait of Queen Elizabeth II (sometimes referred to as the Machin head) has been reproduced over 200 billion times.