4. Enschedé Definitives

Introduction

The first definitive printed by Jon Enschedé was in 1979 (8p Rosine) and after that the 18p Bright Green in 1991. However these were oddities to make-up deficiencies of the contracted Printers at the time. They helped Royal Mail out in similar circumstances in 2005 by printing the 35p Lime Green when DLR were unable to fulfil the contract.

However - it is the period that they were actually contracted to produce stamps for the Royal Mail on a regular basis that this article concentrates on - the years between 1993 and 1996.

The sequence of stamps that they produced in those few years could form the basis of a specialised collection in their own right. To that end I have produced a chart of the different variations involved in the production which is included below.

Variations

The primary variety within these stamps is the type of security fluor used to identify the postal rate. These are known as YELLOW and BLUE fluor (and there are variations on that main theme as well - but maybe later). Within these two main fluor colours there are major considerations to take into account.

YELLOW FLUOR

  • Difference in the Fluor type
    • C - Bright Yellow - AY
    • C2- Dull Yellow - AY2
    • C3- Grey-Yellow - AY3
    • Novaglo
  • Difference in the Varnish addition
    • Unvarnished
    • 4mm
    • 2mm
  • Perf type
    • RE2 (2 holes in margin)
    • RE (1 hole in margin)
  • Combinations of the above

BLUE FLUOR

  • Difference in the Paper/Gum type
The listing below does not include some of the more esoteric Deegam® entries. This list has been created entirely from the SG Specialised Catalogue.
Generally speaking there are "No Dot" and "Dot" versions of each cylinder number to collect except where indicated.

A ready-made PDF version of a detailed listing can be purchased from the Enschedé Machin Definitive Specialised Album. This will enable you to display your singles as an album. Alternatively you could print off this one-page guide to use as a checklist.

Enschedé Cylinder Block Listing



VALUE

YELLOW FLUOR BLUE FLUOR
Example
Yellow
Unvar Perf RE2 4mm Varnish RE2 2mm Varnish RE2 2mm Varnish RE 2mm Varnish Novaglo Blue Back RE White Back RE
Example
Blue

1p

1p-y U68 U68b U68c U69 U69A 1p-b
Cyl 1 Cyl 1 Cyl 1 Cyl 1 Cyl 1
Cyl 2

2p

2p-y U85A U85B U85C 2p-b
Cyl 1 Cyl 1 Cyl 1

4p

4p-y U132B U132Bb U132C U132Dx 4p-b
Cyl 1 Cyl 1 Cyl 1 Cyl 1

5p

5p-y U140B U140Bb U140Bbx U140C U140D 5p-b
Cyl 1 Cyl 1 Cyl 1 Cyl 1 Cyl 1

6p

6p-y U147A U147Ab U147Abx U147B 6p-b
Cyl 1 Cyl 1 Cyl 1 Cyl 1

10p

10p-y U195 U195b U195c U195A U195B 10p-b
Cyl 1 Cyl 1 Cyl 1 Cyl 1 Cyl 1

20p

20p-y U270 U270b U271 20p-b
Cyl 1 Cyl 1 Cyl 1

25p

U292 U293 25p-b
Cyl 1 Cyl 1

29p

29p-y U314 U314b U314c U315 29p-b
Cyl 1 Cyl 1
Cyl 2
Cyl 2 Cyl 2

30p

30p-y U317 U317b U317c U318 U319 30p-b
Cyl 1 Cyl 1 Cyl 1 Cyl 1 Cyl 1

31p

U323A 314p-b
Cyl 1

35p

35p-y U338 U338b U338c U340 35p-b
Cyl 1 Cyl 1 Cyl 1 Cyl 2

36p

36p-y U342 U342b U342c
Cyl 1 Cyl 1 Cyl 1

37p

U346 37p-b
Cyl 1

38p

38p-y U354 U354b U354bx 354c U355 38p-b
Cyl 1 Cyl 2 Cyl 2 Cyl 2 Cyl 3

39p

U361 39p-b
Cyl 1

41p

41p-y U368 U368b U370 41p-b
Cyl 1 Cyl 1 Cyl 1

43p

U375 U376 43p-b
Cyl 1 Cyl 1

50p

50p-y U400 U400b U401 U402 50p-b
Cyl 1 Cyl 1
Cyl 2
Cyl 2 Cyl 1
Cyl 2

63p

U420 63p-b
Cyl 1

£1.00

U450 U451 £1-b
Cyl 1 Cyl 1
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