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04 May 2015
04:56:11pm
What is the current postage value of 1st and 2nd rate stamps?

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khj
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04 May 2015
06:08:21pm
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63p and 54p

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04 May 2015
08:37:08pm
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Thanks.

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nigelc
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05 May 2015
06:52:37am
re: Great Britain postage question

Kim has given the current rates for 1st and 2nd class letters that are not classed as "large letters".

For some years we've had different rates for letters that are larger in more or more dimensions or weight than the following: Length: 24cm, Width: 16.5cm, Thickness: 0.5cm, Weight: 100g.

Post offices counters use a plastic guide to see if a letter fits through a slot matching the limits for width by thickness.

Large letters are also charged by weight with the first band (up to 100g) charged at 95p for 1st class and 74p for 2nd class.

Here's the current price list:

http://www.royalmail.com/sites/default/files/Royal-Mail-UK-and-international-parcel-and-letter-prices-30-March-2015.pdf

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khj
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05 May 2015
08:31:38am
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Yeah, the US does the same thing. You have to tack on extra postage for oversized/overweight letters. Also have to tack on extra postage letters that are too "stiff" (i.e., non-machineable) if they weigh 1 ounce or less.

I assume, as in the US, that the face value of the GB rate stamps is still the current base rate? (i.e., 1st class large letter is posted with the "1st" stamp plus 32p stamp, and not just a single 1st stamp?)

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khj
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05 May 2015
11:26:26am
re: Great Britain postage question

Ahh, OK.

Since I don't collect modern GB -- how are the 1st/2nd stamps for normal letters distinguished from the 1st/2nd stamps for large letters?

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Ningpo
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05 May 2015
01:54:53pm
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Images are not in proportion here but the 'Large' ones are larger than the regular 1st & 2nd class.

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khj
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05 May 2015
01:57:18pm
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Thank you!

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05 May 2015
03:13:39pm
re: Great Britain postage question

Looking at the top left scan you should be able to see the words "Diamond Jubilee" repeated across the stamp, apparently behind the Queen's image.
On certain issues the letter "O" of the word DIAMOND to the right of the Queen's head near the bun is replaced with a code letter, such as "T","S",or "T" to indicate the source of the stamp. Of course on this particular Jubilee issue in Diamond Blue the words are spelled right which indicates it came from a regular counter sheet.
The issue year is not indicated since the Jubilee Stamps were all printed in 2012, or at least as far as we know.

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06 Jul 2016
04:08:35am
re: Great Britain postage question

Yes Royal Mail have invented the letter gauge which also accounts for weight see link:in my view yet another angle on makin money.

http://www.lettersizeguide.co.uk/

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