19 September 2013 Merchant Navy Prestige Stamp Book
A Royal Mail stamp issue marked the heritage of the UKs trading fleet of ships with a stamp issue devoted to the Merchant Navy.
The issue included a set of 6 stamps, miniature sheet, retail booklet and prestige stamp booklet.
This is the 5p brown stamp from the prestige book pane 4, coded M13L MPIL
, which is on conventional gummed paper so there are no security cuts. SG U3012g
Unlike the earlier PSB for the Football Association (stock item 4005P.3
) this was printed by Joh Enschede and the shade and other details are quite different: the most striking difference is that the perforator was inverted and the elliptical perforations are near the top of the long sides: