5 April 2005
42p stamp - 20g airmail rate to Europe.
These were supposed to be printed by De La Rue as usual but as De La Rue were moving to new printing works at Dunstable, they were unable to print the initial supplies of the 35p Machin and 42p country stamps.
This is printed by Walsall Security Printers.
(Note in Stanley Gibbons' GB Concise
catalogue the Scotland and Wales 42p stamps are shown printed by both Walsall and De La Rue, but for England the catalogue shows DLR only; this is incorrect.)