🇬🇧 Royal Mail -
29 August 2023 - New definitives featuring King Charles III, variants without security slits produced in coils (originally and very helpfully reported by Norvic Stamps Blog). The 2 first day covers sold by Royal Mail were distributed with the low value and high value definitives released on 29 August 2023 but it emerged that the stamps used on the covers were lacking the security slits which were present on the stamps as sold at post office counters. Having now received examples of these first day covers I illustrate the stamps as used on the first day covers for comparison with the counter-sold stamps (note that shade differences in the illustrations are due to the reproduction rather than the stamps themselves). These are significant differences and examples of the first day covers are a necessary part of any modern Great Britain collection. These fdc varieties of the stamps are not officially available in an unused condition. Rating:- *****.