1979 GB - SGX944 (U217-E) 13p Olive-Grey (H) PCP MNH

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U217

Only known from Sheet. This is the original (experimantal) issue - see note below.

Stamp Detail

TagDescription
Issued:15.08.1979
Deegam:130.1.1
SG Spec:U217
Condition:MNH
Perf:15 x 14
Format:Sheet
Printer:Harrison
Process:Photogravure
Paper:PCP
Colour:Grey Green
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Notes:
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  • Under UV the gum on 1979 U217-E appears much "whiter" than the later 1980 U217 which is "dull" in comparison although they are both PVAD.
  • The 1979 issue - U217-E - is known as the PCP "experimental issue" as when it was tested by Royal Mail it was considered to be sub-standard but accepted by their quality assurance division.
  • When it was re-printed in 1980 - U217 - it was changed to PCP1 which apparently has a brief afterglow, whereas the original had none.
    To be honest I can find no "afterglow" difference in my tests.
  • It will be no surprise to note that SG doesn't even recognise the difference.

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This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 01 February, 2014.

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