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The basic worldwide rate also increased to 50p but this would be represented by the existing 50p stamp, and the worldwide 40g rate would be represented the existing universal worldwide NVI stamp.
Reason for issue
The Royal Mail's postage rates increased on 3 April. These new stamps were issued to cover the new postage rates.
The 37p stamp represents second class, second weight postage, and the colour changed from lime green to olive green. The European postage for airmail items up to 20g increased from 42p to 44p and the colour changed from dark turquoise to ultramarine. The 49p (rust) stamp represents the first class, second weight postage. The 72p (red) stamp represents 2nd weight airmail postage to the rest of the world.
The face value of the set was £2.02.
- Stamp Size 20mm x 24mm (Definitive Portrait)
- Printed by De La Rue
- Print Process Photogravure
- Number per sheet 200
- Perforations 15 x 14
- Gum PVA
Country Stamps As above, however Northern Ireland stamps are printed in lithography
Two Presentation Packs were issued, one for the four new definitive stamps and one for the eight new country stamps. First Day Covers were also available, five in total, one for the new Machin stamps and one for the two stamps from each country.
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