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2.00 slate blue
Missing currency symbol

2.00 (15k) 2.00 var
NormalError

The error occurs once on the 'no dot' pane of 200 stamps (ie. 1 in 400 stamps).

Update (Aug 26/03):

A report in the August 18, 2003 Linn's Stamp News (a stamp publication in
the United States) quotes a spokesman for Royal Mail as saying "Royal Mail
and De La Rue are looking into the cause of the 'constant variety'.... I can confirm
that 35,000 sheets of 2 definitive stamps were printed. The stamps have not
been withdrawn from sale, and Royal Mail has no plans to do so because they
are valid for postage."

Update (Sep 3/03):

The report noted above was not the complete story - Royal Mail did withdraw the
missing sign stamps from sale on July 31st, one month after they were initially
released, as reported by Peter Jennings FRPSL, FRGS, in the September 2003
issue of Gibbons Stamp Monthly (a journal produced in Great Britain).

It will be interesting to know how many were recalled out of the original 35,000 sheets.


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Booklet pane numbers used courtesy the Modern British Philatelic Circle
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