14 October 2003
1st class England stamp
The previous design was replaced with the white-border version for operational reasons including the reading off phosphor bands by sorting machines.
Printed by De La Rue in gravure.
The second image shows 4 types of 1st class stamp, from a single-pass scan showing the comparison.
1. Original DLR (this stamp)
2. Shade of the above - date of printing unknown.
3. DLR printing from Celebrating England MS - 23.4.2007
4. Enschede printing from British Army PSB - 20.9.07