2010 GB - SGY1783 (UG118) 54p (C) Classic Albums PB DX48 MNH


UG118 TYPE III 54p from Pane DP411 of Classic Album Cover Prestige Book (DX48).

Water Activated Gum from Cartor printed in Lithography

My Ref: 2010.054.01


Never Hinged Mint

Issued: 07th January 2010.

Note: For some reason Cartor elected to use the "Garamond" Font for the numeral 54 - this is the first time this has been used.

Quote from Stamp Magazine

Rogue typeface creates new Machin varieties
The wrong typeface was used for the numerals on the 5p and 54p definitives in January's Classic Album Covers prestige stamp book, due to a production error. Only the numerals 4 and 5 are obviously affected. The "4" has an open rather than a closed shape, and the "5" has more fluid angles than normal. The 10p, 20p, 22p and 62p stamps in the book appear to have the correct typeface, although a minuscule difference is suspected in its weighting. The font used for Machins is supposed to be one designed by Jeffery Matthews in 1983. It is thought the rogue font is one of the Garamond family. Machin catalogue publisher Douglas Myall said:
'All printers contracted to Royal Mail are supplied with the Machin head and values in digital form. For some as yet unknown reason, the printer, Cartor, used numerals from a typeface from the Garamond family in error. It seems that all the other numerals are from the correct Matthews font, although the zero on the 10p and 20p appears thicker than hitherto.'
An investigation will be underway into how the mistake happened, and why it was not picked up on proofs of the panes.
Machin specialist and Stamp Magazine contributor Don Staddon says: 'Two new stamps have been created, sufficient for them to be given catalogue status.' This prestige book marks the first appearance of the 5p, 10p, 20p, 54p and 62p printed in lithography.

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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 18 January, 2010.

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