New GB Post & Go Stamps to Feature Cattle Breeds at Stampex
These Cattle pictorial Post & Go Stamps will be issued on September 28th 2012. They will be available from the Royal Mail stand at Stampex plus all Post & Go terminals located in about 150 locations (mainly Post Offices) across the UK. The cattle Post & Go pictorials feature illustrations by wildlife artist Robert Gillmor who also illustrated the other two British Farm Animals issues featuring sheep and pig breeds.
GB Post & Go Stamps featuring Cattle Breeds issued Sep 28 2012
Although plain designs featuring Arnold Machin's effigy of the Queen had already been issued, pictorial Post & Go stamps were introduced by Royal Mail in 2010 with the first of four issues featuring birds. Six stamp designs are dispensed from self-service machines and have the postal service required overprinted on each stamp at the time and point of sale. Commemorative Post and Go issues began in the Autumn of 2011 with the Arnold Machin Birth Centenary issue and Diamond Jubilee Post & Go stamps issued in February 2012 but, to date, the commemorative issues have used the Machin design with the commemorative wording added as part of the overprinting process.
Many collectors have shown considerable interest in Post & Go stamps due to the varieties they can identify and collect as traceable location codes reveal the exact place of issue and software bugs or upgrades have also produced interesting font varieties too. It seems some British philatelists see these varieties posing a similar challenge to the plate numbers, watermark varieties and perf variations characterising stamps of the past.
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