Officially issued 27 March 2013, 88p yellow Machin security definitive stamp from counter sheet printed by De La Rue. Not distributed to Post Offices until 5 April in presentation packs, and sheets distributed only in early May 2013.
In the winter of 2012/13 DLR moved their production from Dunstable to Gateshead. They were unable to have the presses ready in time to print these stamps so the work was transferred to Walsall for the first printing. De La Rue printings of some values were circulating by May (but not the 78p). Official first day covers also had DLR-printed stamps for all values.
This DLR printings has the year code MA13.
- Single & multiples
- Date block of 8 - 29/08/13
* Original right-hand side blocks from first printings are provided with no date or sheet number.