Continuing with my theme of Stamp Collecting Ideas where I talk about ideas for collections that are relatively inexpensive to start with and yet interesting enough to keep you busy hunting for elusive stamps. I talk about Machins.
The Machin (pronounced MAY-chin) series of postage stamps is the main definitive stamp series in the United Kingdom, used since 5 June 1967. The Machin stamps consist simply of the sculpted profile of the Queen and a denomination, and are almost always in a single colour. Since their first issue in 1967, hundreds of different values have been released in many colours resulting in the largest definitive series ever produced.
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.
You could look to buying Machin in bulk (kiloware) and spend time in sorting them. The easiest way to get started with Machins is to sort them by value / colour and perforation. There are two basic perforations: Regular and Elliptical perforations.
There are over 400 different Machins that can be distinguished by denomination and perforation. You can print a basic Machin album and organize your collection easily. One of the best sites for knowing more about Machins is Great Britain Machins run by Robin Harris. You can download basic album for free from this site.