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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 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

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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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