Regional Postage Stamps of Great Britain - Decimal Issues

Decimal Issues

On 7 July 1971 the previous Wilding based designs for the Isle of Man, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were replaced with designs similar to the standard British Machin portrait definitives. Each stamp had a reduced size portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Arnold Machin with a national emblem in the top left corner, the latter designed by Jeffery Matthews. The emblems used were :

  • Isle of Man: The triskelion;
  • Northern Ireland: The "Red Hand" in a star beneath a crown;
  • Scotland: The lion rampant;
  • Wales: The Welsh dragon.

The colours of the Machin regionals were the same as those of the main Machin issues. There are a few exceptions, for example the 4½p regionals are a darker blue. Not all the values and colours of the main issue appear in the regionals, but as these designs remained in use in the other regions for the rest of the 20th century, a large number of values were issued.

The Isle of Man became postally autonomous on 5 July 1973 and only four Machin values were therefore ever issued for this region:

  • 2½p bright magenta
  • 3p ultramarine
  • 5p reddish violet
  • 7½p chestnut

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