15 May 2004
40p rate stamp - 20g airmail rate to Europe.
The 20gr letter rate for European countries increased from 38p to 40p on 1 April.
Although the new rate was served adequately by the 'E' rate stamps, Royal Mail decided to change the stamps from 'Non-Valued' to valued and the stamps issued only on 14 October 2003 were now replaced by 40p stamps in the same design.
Printed by De La Rue in gravure.
The Scottish Parliament miniature sheet was also printed by DLR in gravure, the differences are very slight: