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Bottom_fish_2006
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06 Aug 2011
06:49:42pm
There is a lot to know about GB stamps. A lot of GB stamps look a like but are very different in the Scott cat. also the cv.

Could you give me some info on GB Machins?

Thank you all for the info you have given me!!!

Jerry
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06 Aug 2011
07:08:59pm
re: Information on GB Machin stamps

Jerry - here is a very good website about GB Machins

http://www.adminware.ca/machin.htm

Liz

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Bottom_fish_2006
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06 Aug 2011
08:57:52pm
re: Information on GB Machin stamps

Thanks Carl, Liz!!

You gave me more info then I thought there was out there.

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Jerry
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07 Aug 2011
08:22:32am
re: Information on GB Machin stamps

Jerry, I didn't look at Liz's link, so this may be addressed there, but in case not, it's useful to note that Scott completely renumbered the Machins about 10 or 15 years ago. Initially the numbers were integrated into the full Scott listings for GB; more recently, they've been given their own prefix, MH, and numbered from 1 onward, ie, MH1 to infinitty. it was a very clever idea, outside the box, and I commend them for making this series self-contained.

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Drmicro68
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07 Aug 2011
12:30:46pm
re: Information on GB Machin stamps

The other source for information on Machins is the Deegam handbook by Douglas Myall, available here:
http://www.deegam.com/handbook.htm

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08 Aug 2011
09:25:30am

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I hated the change. I had just finished making my GB album with the regular numbers. Bummer!

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11 Aug 2011
06:35:11pm
re: Information on GB Machin stamps

That's a great question, Jerry. In fact there is an excellent website devoted to collectors of the Machin stamps and where just about any question can be answered by someone or you can be pointed in the right direction.
http://stamp-collector.co.uk/MachinForum/
(NOTE: Disclaimer, I am a co-moderator of this site and so it is possible that my evaluation of "Excellent" is less than objective. But it is fun anyway.)
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They are called "Machins" because the initial design was composed by Arnold Machin in the 1960s and was chosen in 1967 to replace the previous set of definitive stamps of Queen Elizabeth's reign. So the basic design has been used for about 44 years and likely will continue as long as she remains Queen.
Scott lists about 400 or so of the possible collectable color/value types. However with a little help from sites like Robin Harris' very nice website you can easily discover about 1,000 varieties of Machins without getting too technical.
And if you dig a little deeper and have a question feel free to visit our pages and ask away.
http://stamp-collector.co.uk/MachinForum/
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What makes the issue so intriguing is the fact that with a little more knowledge you can expand the collection of the Machin Series to well over 2,000, yes over 2,000 varieties, and sometimes a lifetime of philatelic adventure.
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The most informative handbook, as was noted above is "The Complete Deegam Machin Handbook" that has been written and maintained by Douglas Myall from his home in southern Great Britain. It was first published as a simple handbook but grew to a vast two volume encyclopedia of stamp knowledge. So Doug now produces it as a disc that is simple to load into your computer. As new stamps are issued in the series, or varieties are discovered, he updates the disc for a small fee and also provides a news bulletin every three or four months to all original owners of the disc program or the original handbook.
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(ANOTHER NOTE: If anyone is considering purchasing the hard copy, it is largely out dated by the disc version. There are some sellers on eBay who offer one of the old printings for £60 or £80 (Plus S&H), which converts to over $100.oo, whereas the disc can be had from the author for £39.95 including shipping, so think about it before you bid on the hardcover book.)
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If you stay at the very basic level Scott's or The Adminware site are sufficient, but to go beyond that the Complete Deegam Handbook is a treasure. The first volume contains a wealth of information about stamp production and the ways that we determine one Machin stamp from what to the average collector is an identical Machin stamp. The second volume lists every single known variety of Machin stamp and notes the differences. It also lists the numerous panes that have been produced by Royal Mail that contain one or more Machin Stamp so that it is possible to collect the panes themselves. There are also sections that catalog stamps from Hong Kong and the Channel islands or other nations that have used the "Machin Head" in their design.
I could go on for several pages about the Deegam Handbook because trying to delve beyond the surface of the stamps in the Machin series without it is like trying to find your way through a deep, dark coal mine with neither a map nor a flashlight.

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