welcome ...

I began collecting machins as a student at McGill U in Montreal, QC ... business, and other interests intervened at times; but after absence, comes renewal ... rediscovering machins thru Robin Harris's fine project "GB Machins" rekindled my passion for collecting - and so the quest continues today.

 collectors can join the facebook group linked ... more information is posted.
  • reports for 1st and 2nd class machins are being compiled - year/letter code.  A12, T12 ...
  • some very skillful forgeries are reviewed ...

  • I trade machins  - see offers/ needs
  • 1997 Harrison cyl B14 needed - green flour
  • 12.5p and 25p lots needed for current studies


St Albans forgeries ... imperf

compare genuine on R to forgery on L ...

LWUV images below ...  both are MFP - missing phosphor bands
flourescence as seen - imperf


1st gold forgery - new head type

a genuine machin on L - new head forgery on R
note : pronounced bump on necklace, value setting, outlined head

the die or frame size is larger



1st flame forgery booklet ...

I acquired this diecut forgery in HOLLAND.  it may source to the Mcanea m12 forgery booklet.   
the evidence was destroyed - except 1 sheet sent to Royal Mail "black museum"  ...  I am seeking images.

readers should verify diecut singles postmarked 2001 +

2001,  Questa and Walsall issued m12 booklets ...  both are known missing phosphor.


2017 is 50th anniversary of machin design

Arnold Machin, designer

QE2 portrait design ... view his artworks ; and finally his obituary
    as philatelists we always appreciate the fine works of stamp designers, past and present... the intaglio 1999-2000 high values were his last design issues ... both these and the Slania gravure series of 2003 are discontinued from production ... electronic labels are used today for registered or heavy parcel mails as a rule ...

    this title certainly appeals to the machin enthusiast ... reissued in 2002, it offers an in depth outlook on Arnold Machin's life and work ... ISBN : 1872914233 ... 

    Czeslaw Slania, designer

    From StampTrader.ca

    the high values machins (2003.7.1-2004.4.1) were gravures designed by Czeslaw Slania ... scarcity of these issues due to withdrawal by RoyalPost : designed for parcel usage, PO labels now replace all high values

    articles devoted to his work ...
    from the UK - a bionote ; from Artdaily ; and finally obituary

      Iriodin and simulation ...

      the iriodin registration shows in the top margin
      as pearlescent white layer

      on the turkish forgeries shown - no iriodin ink is used
      rather, a darker ink layer than the value plate

      both positive and negative screens are shown 


      A9 gold forgeries ...

      the most difficult group of gold forgeries are A9 delarue types
      the sheet matrix is 25 , however forgers have offered as booklets of 12

      I have found 3 overlay types to date...
      compare genuine R to forgery L

      T2 china - centreband glazed


      £1 counter sheet forgery ... 461-39

      • this forgery shows wrong code MTIL ... (norphil blog)  
      • scan shows halo head - common with 2nd 12TF, 1st 14TF...
      • the iriodin layer is shared with the recent birmingham red reported by Gerard Small in MBPC 45-6  note : oblique Y under bust in forgeries - value shadowed
      • matrix known ... 25u sheet as genuine, wrong codes


      OBA is now being added - reaction to LWUV as genuine

      OBA is discussed in GS article

      14T birmingham red forgery

      this forgery was introduced by Gerard Small in 456-313 Bookmark Journal MBPC

      note the slanted Y , key identifier

      12T Mount Pleasant blue forgery ...

        same iriodin layer used in birmingham red forgery...  reported in MBPC Bookmark Journal 45-4   



      A3B flour-phosphor ... dull and bright phosphors

      Douglas Myall in DGR118 has offered new classification for dull phosphors that are appearing on several values : 1p 2p 5p 10p 20p 1£ 1st and 2nd values

      Q. printers are varying, the sequencing cylinder?
      I have tried to rationalize dull and bright phosphors

      (as PUI , phosphor under ink)

      IUP ,   Iriodin® under phosphor

      my survey of values has revealed a spectrum of flour-phosphors :
      very brite / brite A2B / dull A3B / very dull / none MFP


      2nd R9 coil ...

      the most striking feature is doubled ovals ...

      other  anomolies : pointed perfs , font errors and missing CB,


      2009, some early security forgeries appeared based on 2008 genuine issues.



      handling machin kiloware ... reviewed

      1. SAP "self-adhesive" security machins must be extracted from bundles or kiloware lots ...   only heptane will remove them successfully from paper.   neither water immersion nor philatelic hinge and gum removers have proven effective with 2009+ security cut machins... … from the machin forum this removal solution. I include a chemical analysis ... a.k.a. rubber cement thinner. ... used by commercial artists - no paper wrinkles on album pages  note: works on polymer envelopes also ...
      2. removal from paper : methodology

        1. removal : the adhesives can be successfully removed from paper using heptane* ... depending on the quantity of objects, this process will take 5mins to 1 hour or more... so setup as follows.... a basin of size is filled with heptane, and the stamps are saturated. after 5 mins, start removal from paper - and place face down on a glass sheet. wait 5 mins for excess heptane to evaporate , soon the stamps will become tacky ...
        2. replacement of adhesives : the glue will adhere to clear acetate but not vinyl sheets. as stock pages, I use binder photo album pages... the boards are covered by acetate sheets on 2 sides... within, I place a prepared 5x8 printed grid formed with StampCat9 reports. this acts a guide for placement of objects. the benefit, is the inserts can be varied - black sheet for scanning. the grid margins allow for inspection notes... I group by value and phosphor type ...
        3. alternately, I have used stockcard covers (clear acetate). this allows reconstruction of the various booklets as the matrices are sourced (T12, S6...) adhesives peel from acetate easily. album samples can be placed within stamp mounts, or first on cut-to-size clear acetate sheeting. stamp hinges do not adhere to vinyl, or acetate ...  rubber cement is universal ...
        • buy the 500ml can

      3. Water-activated machins : separate no-cancel machins on piece first from the kiloware ... though scarce, these can be separated from paper using UHU PRINZ hinge remover solution, applied to reverse side ... the stamps can soon be lifted from paper and placed within a "magic drying book" with vinyl and blotter pages... this method preserves gum and full phosphor

      1. the remaining used state machins can be separated best in a running water bath, with a overfllow topscreen ... the outflow eliminates transfer of soluable gum ( pvc or self-adhesive) and possible phosphor transfer to other machins ... place to dry in a "magic drying book" .... then, sort by face-value, prior to phosphor examination ..
      2.  there has been some question aired about loss of phosphor level and transfer of glue and phosphor to other machins during paper separation ....most used state stocks in dealer or collector hands have gone thru some water-immersion process ... some of these may demonstrate stronger or weaker phosphor reaction under inspection... but relative to modern printing methods, variations occur in phosphor application or absence thereof ... so classification of variant machins requires a list of all known possibilities as well as judgemental analysis of state of a machin's phosphor level ... even unused machins go thru this inspection ...
      3. on average only 3-5 % of all postally used machins are collectable ... heavy cancel examples ... these I discard as uncollectable ... don't waste your time ... build a quality collection !


      the Mt Pleasant forgery ... reviewed

      this is current royal mail red  M14L forgery.  
      I have had queries from collectors, who are puzzled by what they see ...

      LWUV : flour purple /w white bands
      cameo speckled

      since  my 9/15/15 post, 2 new vars have been uncovered in the MBPC journal 45-5
      var2 - fishscale head - manchester red
      var3 - head lettering multiplied, diadem irregular , brite blue flour bands

      white head, 14 offset, spot on cheek

      the forgers are now producing varied printings of same codes