Introduction to this site (Machins):|
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The first Machin stamps (pronounced MAY-chin)
were issued June 5, 1967. Since then, dozens and dozens of different
values have been released and many colour changes have occurred to provide the stamp collector
with the largest definitive series ever produced (and still going strong!).
[Machins are named after Arnold Machin, a sculptor who designed the portrait of the Queen
used on these Great Britain stamps. Machin passed away March 9, 1999 at the age of 87.]
I have been collecting and studying Machins (with my father) for about 20 years. We
accumulate used Machins by purchasing mixtures, by the pound (kilogram).
The subsequent soaking and initial sorting by regionals/value/colour/elliptical perfs is
done by my father.
We now have access to nearly 250,000 used Machins, however, they all look the same! What is PCP,
ACP, OCP, APS, Kampf? The various catalogues do a great job of listing every variety and
describing the terms, but I didn't have a suitable reference collection.
In late April 1999, while surfing the web, I came upon a specialist Machin dealer (Hampstead
Castle) who listed, and had for sale, virtually every Machin variety. After a few timely
e-mails, I ordered a "starter" set of over 625 different Machins - this would be my reference
collection - now it was time to study our hoard and separate them into the thousands of
The pages found on this site reflect my personal studies of this fascinating series of stamps.
They are not meant to be a complete listing of every Machin variety ever produced. I will leave
that up to the many specialized catalogues that have been published (such as the largest and
best catalogue - The Complete Deegam Machin Handbook).
I do not pretend to be an expert on Machins - quite the opposite, I am still very much
a novice. I use these lists to sort and organize our supply of Machins and have posted them
on the web to show you how I have studied them. For more complete listings and background
information, please study the many Machin publications that are available.
A significant update was done to the site in July 2001 - an improved menu bar down the left side
of the screen (instead of hidden at the bottom of each page) and navigation buttons at the top
right corner of each listing page make it easier to move through the site. In addition, new
Postal Rates and Perforation Change listing pages were added.
By the way, they say imitation is the best form of flattery. Be cautious of another 'Machin' website
that has stolen pictures and detailed images from this site, without permission (and continues
to use them despite my requests to ask them to stop). If it wasn't a 'for-profit' site I probably
wouldn't care - but when you consider the hundreds of hours that have gone into developing this
site then you would understand.
Update (Dec 9/02): I've found a second dealer site that has taken a significant number of images
from my site without asking. Now, I know the internet is a 'free-for-all' for some, but you
would think, out of common courtesy, that someone (particular a dealer) would first ask
permission to use the pictures? I guess I am just a bit naive about this.
Update (Mar 27/04): A third site has been found that has taken many images from my site - again, without asking. I repeat, I have no problem with my images being used ... if permission is asked ahead of time (wouldn't you agree?).
There are many reasons why there are so many different Machins to collect: different printers
have been involved; Machins have been issued in sheet, coil, and booklet form (each can be
identified by close observation); various phosphor tagging has been used; different papers
and gum have been employed.
The simplified to specialized listings that appear here are aimed at the collector
of single Machins.
You will find a virtually complete list of all major varieties, including regionals,
denomination, colour, value size, perf changes, printing method, elliptical perfs, new design,
phosphor bands, paper, anniversary, etc.
You will not find: gum varieties, illustrations and complete booklet and coil varieties,
certain phosphor band varieties, errors (such as missing phosphor and imperforates), perfins,
and anything else I don't understand (maybe down the road).
Any prices shown here are an estimated price in Canadian dollars for mint specimens
- use them as a guide to relative scarcity only. Certain specimens,
particularly those available only from booklets, are actually very difficult to find
If you are interested in buying Machin stamps, check out the links to other
Machin sites or contact
Hampstead Castle directly (I have had great service from them) [ I am not
selling Machin stamps].
A further note about this site:|
Machin collecting can be fun and stimulating! As I prepared these lists I began to better
understand some of the "complexities" of the issues. The organization of the lists actually
simplified the sorting of some of the varieties.
Use these listings to study and sort single specimens
any prices that are shown are an estimated Canadian$ for single specimens - I use them as a guide
to relatively scarcity only (I do not sell Machins - check the links page for
I have included the following varieties in these lists:
value and colour changes Regionals
new EME image
paper (OCP, FCP, PCP, etc.)
printing method (photogravure, lithography, etc.)
booklet phosphor types
source (sheet, coil, booklet)
value types and settings
booklet panes (in progress)
Not included in these lists:
two types of elliptical perfs
direction of printing
phosphor tag shifts
"extra perforation pin" variety
For even more detailed information on Machins, including all varieties, I refer you
to the The Complete Deegam Machin Handbook.