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5 June 2017 50th Anniversary of the Machin Definitive2017 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.
The easiest way to obtain all the stamps issued as part of this commemoration is to buy the PSB. Depending on your degree of specialisation the book contains between 10 and 22 new stamps, the only duplication being the 2 x 20p double-headed stamps, and the 4 x £1 gold. We realise that if you buy the book to break up you may not want the duplicates, especially if you are not in the UK and cannot use the extra £1 stamps for postage. For this reason we are offering the book with only one £1 stamp at a reduced price, as this saves us a lot of time in breaking the book up into individual stamps. Use the option'Reduced book'
We have pictured all the stamp panes here, but you can see all the non-stamp pages, containing a wealth of information about Machins, on our blog
.Panes 1 & 2
each contain three of the stamps from the Design Icon miniature sheet:
January 1966: One of the many preliminary sketches by Arnold Machin based on the Penny Black 1st Class
February 1966: Preparatory work by Machin using a photograph of his coin mould 1st Class April / May 1966: One of many essays with the Coinage head surrounded by country symbols 1st Class
October 1966: Essay of the Coinage head cropped and simplified, with only the denomination 1st Class
August 1966: Photograph by John Hedgecoe with The Queen wearing the Diadem 1st Class
October 1966: Essay of the first plaster cast of the Diadem head, without corsage.Pane 3
contains 8 definitive stamps around a central label. These are 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p - plus 2nd class and £1 ruby. The £1 stamp has iridescent security printing MPIL M17LPane 4
also has eight stamps around a central label. The range of stamps approximates to those included in the Golden Anniversary ms. From the top left: 1st class black (1989), 20p black double-head (1990), 1st class orange (1990), 1st class gold (2002), 1st class Millennium (2000), 1st class PIP (2006), another 20p black double-head, 1st class red (2013 - not deep scarlet) coded M17L MPIL. Pane 5
contains 4 x £1 gold foil embossed as on the Golden Anniversary miniature sheet.These will not be despatched earlier than 19 June - please see home page for details.