Originally issued 14.10.03
- printed by De La Rue, this stamp was reprinted in 2006 with no yellow ink. Despite this it is not listed in Stanley Gibbons Concise catalogue which lists only
SG W99 - blue-green, greenish-yellow, silver and black.
The official explanation of this is as follows:
"The first example shown refers to a printing which took place at the De La Rue Byfleet site ( formerly House of Questa). In this print a ‘greenish-yellow’ (Gibbons colour reference) was used. When the stamp came for reprinting, De La Rue had relocated stamp printing to the Dunstable site. During the proofing it was felt that the image was too yellow and consequently the colour was replaced with a black. The standard print then became blue-green, silver and two blacks.
This was not available from Royal Mail's bureau and they didn't acknowledge the existence of a stamp which is noticeably different - at least when compared side-by-side. We have fortunately been able to obtain cylinder blocks, colour blocks and marginal date blocks. (These are not printed in modern sheets of 25 but in sheets of 200 so corner date blocks of 8 are not possible. We do have some blocks larger than are offered here: please ask if interested.)
This image shows 5 different versions of the 1st class stamps:
1. the original white border DLR
2. the no-yellow printing
3. the 1.3.06 stamp from the Welsh Assembly MS
4. the Enschede printing from the British Army PSB (currently out of stock)
5. the DLR printing from the Regionals Anniversary PSB.