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.
The base of the thistle is nearer the bottom margin and the top of the thistle nearer the top margin on the Walsall printing. The right-hand leaf of the thistle is closer to the right margin on the DLR printing, while the left side is almost exactly the same.