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Spain - Postal Cover from Reading, United Kingdom (2014) Horizon Label & Dual Cancellations
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06-May-2014 12:50:39 AM
06-May-2014 01:11:21 AM
GENERAL INFORMATION
Country
United Kingdom
Type
Postal Cover
Class
Definitive / Regular Issues
Face Value
1.47 Pound Sterling
Postmark
29/04/2014
Postmark Town
Swindon Mail Centre
Gum
Self-Adhesive
IN COLLECTION CONDITION
Preliminary
Normal
Condition
Used With Postmark - Very Fine
Spain - Postal Cover from Reading, United Kingdom (2014) Horizon Label & Dual Cancellations
Processed at point of origin on 29 April 2014
Received on 05 May 2014

An interesting sample of "double-cancellation". It is a known fact that a mail that uses Golden Horizon Label is considered "cancelled and correct fee collected" and the no longer require any other form of cancellation.

However, this interesting piece was second-cancelled by machine with PROSTATE CANCER UK, which the postmark itself was different that 2013's PROSTATE CANCER UK. The font and side-switching are very noticeable.

GOLDEN HORIZON LABEL

NEW POSTMARK
 
Royal Mail supports
PROSTATE
CANCER UK

Delivering first class
care for  men
Royal Mail
Swindon
Mail Centre
29-04-2014
44004244

New font, side switched and processed time removed.

PREVIOUS POSTMARK SAMPLE
 
Royal Mail
South East Anglia
Mail Centre
21.01.14
08:15 pm
44004244
Royal Mail supports
PROSTATE
CANCER UK

Delivering first class
care for  men

UK GOLDEN HORIZON LABEL (A - AIRMAIL WITHIN EUROPE)
 
Horizon Label is stamp/label that are oversized Machins measuring 59 x 64.5 mm and printed in pale ‘gold’ with full bleed (no white frame around design). It was introduced in June 2009.
 
The Queen’s Head was produced using a wavy line ROYAL MAIL pattern printed in micro text pale ‘gold’.
 
The complete label was overprinted with a repeating iridescent wavy line ROYAL MAIL pattern for the background while the head itself had a different pattern.
 
These labels were not printed with phosphor lines and they are self-adhesive paper.
 
Produced by De La Rue and printed in photogravure. Original version has simulated perforation while the revised has ‘straight edged’ and rounded corners. The revised versions were introduced on 23 August 2010 to address problem with operational difficulties by clerk when feeding the second label after the first one has been removed.
 
The printing for different services are produced at the point of sale using ink jet printer and in black.
 
Observations

 
    A
    Royal Mail.h
POSTAGE  PAID   UK.4
29/04/14  £1.47       RG4
102939          3-3631130
 
Service Indicator / Tariff Code : A (Airmail Within Europe)
RM code : h
UK code : 4
VAT rate : Exempt rated VAT
 
Post Office : RG4 - Reading (Berkshire)

Two set of numbers at the bottom are Post Office Branch Identifier on the left and on the right, the transaction number. Transaction number is also recognised as 'Session' printed on receipt upon payment. 

Royal Mail Accounting Codes - September 2011

The Horizon software was changed in late September 2011 to classify the VAT rating of posted items. As a consequence the Machin Horizon labels were printed with two codes indicating the accounting classification and can be found at the end of the lines as follows :
 
Line on Label Indicator Type
Royal Mail Accounting Code
POSTAGE PAID UK VAT rating code
 
Accounting codes' are solely for easy identification of the VAT rate or product combination for each label, where a subsequent refund has to be made, ensuring any VAT is accounted for correctly.
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