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Great Britain Machin stamps

Updated on June 21, 2014

The Machin Head postage stamps - QEII Machin definitives stamps

Since 40 years, the Machin postage stamps have been the Royal Mail (Great Britain postal service) iconic figure.Thousands of Machin stamps issues and booklets were produced. The machin head postage stamps were named after Arnold Machin, the artist behind them. You have seen them around. I invite you to discover more about these stamps : best specialized websites, Machin catalogues and many beautiful postage stamps pictures.

Important books and catalogues / catalogs about Machin stamps

For the serious collectors

UK stamps collector?

If you prefer to buy catalogs from Amazon UK click HERE for a list of Machin catalogues available.

UK Machin Stamps Catalogs

QEII Specialised Definitives Stamp Catalogue
QEII Specialised Definitives Stamp Catalogue

QEII Specialized Definitives Stamp Catalogue (2nd Revised edition edition May 8, 2010). I am not a specialist, nor a machin collector. My father is. He has this amazing specialized catalogue, so I got to take a peek.

It makes Machin collecting look sexy. It is amazing. Comes in 2 volumes, full color, with thousands of pictures. It is probably one of the best on the market (short of Deegam I suppose). Warning...reading this book may get you addicted to Machin collecting. A total of 1250 pages!

Published by the Machin Collectors Club

Connoisseur Catalogue of Machin Stamps and Decimal Definitives
Connoisseur Catalogue of Machin Stamps and Decimal Definitives

Machins Made Intelligible. This is the 10th edition and most recent "on paper" version of this book. 498 pages.

The Complete Deegam MacHin Handbook, First edition 1993
The Complete Deegam MacHin Handbook, First edition 1993

The Deegam, or Machin bible or The Machin Encyclopaedia is certainly the most comprehensive book you can find. This is the first edition from 1993. It has 508 pages.

As a stamp collector I do prefer paper version to CD because I find it easier to work with. But the Deegam books are hard to find in recent editions so you might want to go with their more recent and up to date CD-Rom version available directly from Deegam Website. Plus with this CD you get free updates every 2-3 months.

A Timeless Classic: The Evolution of Machinâs Icon
A Timeless Classic: The Evolution of Machinâs Icon

A TIMELESS CLASSIC: The evolution of machin's icon

This book marks the 40th anniversary of the first stamp issued with the now classic image of Queen Elizabeth II created by Arnold Machin. The Machin Head as become an icon of Great Britain. It is one of the most reproduced design in the world (with well over 2 billions of stamps featured the now famous Queen Elizabeth II classic profile).

You can order this book directly from The Royal Mail

Some Machin Panes from my Collection

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Machin cover proofMachin booklet cover proofMachin booklet cover proof
Machin cover proof
Machin cover proof
Machin booklet cover proof
Machin booklet cover proof
Machin booklet cover proof
Machin booklet cover proof

Benham Profile on Print FDC

Machin stamps Profile on Print FDC
Machin stamps Profile on Print FDC

Sometimes I do buy random stuff I find attractive. These 3 FDC appealed to me recently. I especially like the White embossed Machin head.

From the Penny Black to Machin - The cost of spending a penny has gone up

A very nicely done overview of UK's postal rates.

A poll about UK postage stamps

What's the best looking Queen definitive

See results

Interesting pages and Machin stamps dealer

Here's a few link for those interested in starting a collection. Learn from the best and read the latest news from specialists.


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    • takkhisa profile image


      5 years ago

      I have been collecting stamp since a long time ago, I like it :)

    • kislanyk profile image


      6 years ago from Cyprus

      Some adorable stamps here. I used to be a collector in my teens, but then the 'hobby' sort of faded away.

    • JonEboy profile image


      6 years ago

      Timeless elegance with these stamps. It is clearly an iconic design but possibly the most discarded piece of art in the world? How many people just get an envelope with one of these machins on and throw the envelope away? I was wondering if they will issue a 77p machin so we can send letters surface mail with a single machin on?

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      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have some of these stamps but did not know much about them. Thanks for these info.

    • CruiseReady profile image


      7 years ago from East Central Florida

      You have to admire the slaccic, yet simple beauty of these machin stamps.

      (And the dancing kitty isn't half bad, either.)

    • dahlia369 profile image


      7 years ago

      There is something special about the stamps. They are like a miniature art pieces. I'm not a collector but always enjoy seeing all the beautiful stamps from around the world. Nicely done! :)

    • PositiveChristi1 profile image


      7 years ago

      I'm back to this wonderful Machin lens once again. This time to give it my Angel Blessing.

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      OldStones LM 

      7 years ago

      Oh no something else to collect. lol Very nice lens.

    • vauldine profile image


      7 years ago

      This is a phenomenal historic collection! Thanks for sharing

    • joanv334 profile image


      8 years ago

      Love the stamps, thanks for sharing!

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      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I have known about these stamps since they were issued. This lens has been blessed by a Squid Angel.

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      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      @religions7: The English invented stamps so they believed that they didn't need to mention the country, everyone else did.

    • PositiveChristi1 profile image


      8 years ago

      Machins are outside the area of my specialist philatelic interest, but I do find them fascinating.

      These stamps will probably eventually be as much studied as the line engraved issues, if they are not already.

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      8 years ago

      I have many of those stamps but i'm not a philatelists...might have something old and rare in my collection

    • religions7 profile image


      8 years ago

      I used to collect stamps for a while - British ones were always annoying: why on earth don't they mention the country? However having the queen on them did help :)

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      8 years ago

      Great lens. The machins are certainly amongst the world's most iconic stamps. It never ceases to amaze me just how many different varieties there are. You may be interested in a philatelic lens recently published that focuses on the football stamps of the world. cheers.

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      9 years ago

      These are so common in my collection, all most a pest(j/k)

      I do not know why some are so expensive to collectors, and other are not.

      I wish I knew the ones that are worth more than others since all mine are all from an old collection.

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      9 years ago

      Very interesting! Not been a stamp collector, I have overlooked these little stamps on the many occassions I've had to mail something out. But its so interesting to know their history. And I vote for Machin, they are certainly beautiful.

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      Edit Photos 

      9 years ago from Earth

      Haven't collected stamps in years and skip most lenses /web pages on the subject - but this was nicely done!

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      Susan Deppner 

      10 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I can understand why Queen Elizabeth wanted to stick with the original image. It's beautiful!

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      10 years ago

      Machins are some of the most difficult stamps due to their varieties, watermarking, phosphorus bands etc. Great job in building this lens!

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      11 years ago

      Wow! You certainly know (and love) your stamps. I collected commonwealth stamps as a kid, your lens has brought it all back. 5 Stars.

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      11 years ago

      Great lens. You really know a lot about Great Britain Machin Stamps! 5*

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      11 years ago

      Excellent lens! Gave you 5 stars and added you to my group!

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      11 years ago

      Very interesting topic. I'll look at stamps with a greater appreciation after reading this excellent lens.

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      11 years ago

      Nice Lens. The great variety of seemingly the same stamp makes for an interesting specialty. I focus on covers rather than just stamps. I like to think of it as showing the work that stamps do. You may be intersted in the dozen plus lens I've put together on Various stamp and cover related themes.

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      11 years ago

      Great lens on a great popular classic design, that has been seen by millions, but now more appreciated by your lens visitors! If you have the chance, please visit my ilovemusic lenses, featuring videos of great classical music.

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      11 years ago

      Thank you for this lens. I have often seen these beautiful designs -- now I understand a little of their background. If you have a moment, please visit and rate my blastfromthepast lenses.

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      11 years ago

      Great lens with wonderful information! I'm happy to add it to the Collector Clubs group!

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      11 years ago

      Nice lens! Sometimes I browse through old stamp collection books with my mother. Good to see the hobby is still alive. 5*s!

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      11 years ago

      Nice lens. I used to be a stamp collector but had to give it up due to time constraints. Reading your lens was like a walk down memory lane.


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