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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

FRANCE-1936-2 Stamps with a surcharge for Refugee Relief-Illustrated


       Illustrated are 2 stamps issued in France in 1936 with a surcharge added for Refugee Relief.


Monday, April 25, 2016

St Helena-QEII-1965-1st Local Post Overprint Stamp Set-Illustrated

Illustrated are the stamps issued to commemorate the first local post of St Helena. Three of the stamps were issued previously in 1961. Then in 1965 the remainders of the 3d, 6d & 1/6d were issued with the overprint to create the new commemorative set.

Canada-1928-Air Mail Issue-Illustrated

The 1928 Air mail issue for Canada had a postal value of 6 Cents, olive brown in colour.
Illustrated here is a mint example with original gum. The S.G. catalogue number is

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Error Stamp : 1935 KGV Silver Jubilee 2d-Extra Flagpole Variety-joined with Normal-Illustrated

Illustrated below is the 2 Penny value from the 1935 Silver Jubilee of King George the 5th.The stamps were issued for all the colonies of the British Empire. The issue for Gibraltar consisted of  2 Pence, 3 Pence, 6 Pence and 1 Shilling values. Many of the issue had plate flaws an "extra flagpole" being one of them. In the upper of the two stamps to the right of the genuine flagpole can be seen a vertical mark that appears to jut from the next battlement of the castle. The mark is absent in the lower of the two stamps. Plate flaws are scarce and can increase the value of stamps. In this case by 4000% and is even scarcer when joined with a normal printing.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

India-Cochin-1938-44-6 Pies (red/brown)-"Official" (overprinted on face and reverse-with inverted "S")

Illustrated below is the 6 Pies (red/brown) of Maharaja Rama Varma 111. There are two varieties of printing of the value. Originally recess printed by Perkins Bacon from 1933-38 with an umbrella watermark. From 1938 the stamps were litho printed in Madras. This example is of the litho printing. Official stamps were overprinted with 11 varieties of  "On C G S" each showing more or less marked differences of lettering size/style etc. The example below is of the S.G. overprint 07. (with the sub-variety of inverted "S"). Other values of the stamp issues of this Maharaja are listed in Gibbons as having the official overprint on the face and reverse but not the 6 Pies value.


Friday, January 24, 2014

Malaya-1940's-A Page of Stamps from the Japanese Occupation of Malaya-Illustrated

Shown above are some of the stamps issued during the Japanese occupation of Malaya during the Second World War. The issues are a fairly complicated area with the many states of Malaya and the varieties of overprint used by the Japanese. Some overprints are in Japanese characters, others in English with the added variation of altered values, double overprints, colour varieties of overprint and inverted overprints. A specialist catalogue is necessary to really identify all of the stamp varieties.

The first stamp on the page is the 5 Cent stamp of Perak re-issued in 1942 with the "Dai Nippon" overprint and new value of 2 Cents.

Two of the more readily identifiable stamps are at the bottom of the page, the 1943 15 Cent (scarlet) "Ploughman" and the 1944 15 Cent (magenta) "Rebirth of Malaya"

In the middle of the page is a short set issued in 1943. The set was issued in ten values from 1 Cent to 70 Cents with the values from 1 to 30 Cents illustrated here. The legends are in Japanese with illustrations of Malayan scenes.

Also illustrated are the set of postage due stamps issued between 1943-45. The postage dues show some of the overprint varieties with one example of the 10 Cent and 15 Cent postage due overprinted in English and one example of the overprint in Japanese characters.

Below is a detail of some of the stamps