19 September 2013
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 50p light grey stamp from the prestige book pane 4, coded M13L MPIL
, which is on conventional gummed paper so there are no security cuts.
This is the first time this value has appeared gummed with a M13L code. Like the se-tenant 5p the most striking thing about this is that the perforator was inverted and the elliptical perforations are near the top of the long sides. Football and Merchant Navy 5p values shown: