Christmas Robin Faststamp - 1st class from Hytech machine
Royal Mail were asked to provide a Christmas Faststamp for Post and Go Machines. Rather than issue a Post and Go variety of the Christmas stamps or issue a completely new Post and Go design they decided to reintroduce the Robin Post & Go stamp from Birds 1 originally issued in 2010.
These were available in selected machines from early November 2012. This represents a new collecting opportunity - 5 consecutive bird stamps of the same design. And although multiple values are available even TWO* x 1st would be sufficient to show that they came from the new printing. NOTE: As this is a reissue of a stamp that was in Birds 1, it is not available from Royal Mail's bureau, only from the machines.
The above was written on our blog in October
: only after that did we realise that the year code MA12 was incorporated into the background lettering as on Machin definitives.
In a new venture for Post Office and Royal Mail, a totally new type of Post Office opened in mid-November in the very busy Camden Market, London NW1. This new branch is called Camden Christmas Post Shop. The shop included the first outing of the brand new Royal Mail Hytech Next-Generation machines No. A3′ and A4′. This is a single 1st class Robin stamp from the Camden Christmas shop coded ANGB12 A3 or A4
- SG FS51a - type III