Friday, September 16, 2011
Illustrated below are two of the values in the 1904 Cape of Good Hope Edward the 7th definitives,the Halfpenny (green) and 1 Penny (carmine). The set consisted of nine values, Halfpenny (green), 1 Penny (carmine), 2 Penny (brown), 3 Penny (magenta), 4 penny (olive-green), Sixpence (bright mauve), 1 Shilling (yellow-ochre) and 5 Shilling (brown-orange). They are unusual in that the set is only known in used condition.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Below is an example of the State of New South Wales issue of 1888-89 8 Pence Lyrebird. Part of set commemorating the centenary of the state (See 1 Shilling issue, post this blog) This example has an official perforation of New South Wales. I have placed black card under the stamp on illustration 2 to make the perforation clearer.
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Illustrated below are two of the values from the Australian issue commemorating the death of John Macarther famous in Australia for introducing the Merino sheep to the country, introducing wool as one of the major agricultural exports of Australia in the following two centuries. The set consisted of a 2 Penny (carmine-red), 3 Penny (blue) and 9 Pence (bright violet). The 2 Penny and 9 Pence are illustrated here. The 2 Penny issue has two varieties (both illustrated here) a lighter and darker version with the darker version more highly valued than the lighter. The difference can be seen in the mountain behind the sheep, the original version with lights and darks the second version almost uniformly shaded.
Below is the 1934 issue commemorating the Centenary of Victoria, an Australian State. The set had three values the 2 Penny (orange-vermilion), 3 Penny (blue) and the 1 Shilling (black). The design was of an Australian aboringinal looking across the Murray River toward the City of Melbourne. Some varieties of perforation exixt in this set. Originally perforated 10 and a half, this was altered to 11 and a half in August of 1934 due to difficulty in seperating the stamps. The 11 and a half perforations are valued slightly higher than the earlier perforation.
Illustrated below are two of the values issued for the Canadian Ottowa Conference of 1932. The set consisted of three values, a 3 Cent (scarlet), 5 Cent (blue) and 13 Cent (green). The 2 and 3 Cent values bore the portrait of King George the 5th and the Duke of Windsor (Edward the 8th) when still Prince of Wales. The 13 Cent value was illustrated with an allegory of the British Empire, the figure of Britannia seated between two world globes with the countries of the Empire marked in deeper green.
Below are examples of the Canadian Queen Victoria definitves of 1898-1902. The portrait was the same as that used in the earlier1897-98 issue with some differences in the stamp design. Where values were in letters within the oval around the Queen's portrait, in the later printing a value tablet was added at the lower corners of the stamp while retaining the value in letters in the oval. Some of the stamps in the set were printed in different years between '98 and '02 and there is some variety in dies and colours. The 2 Cent was printed in 4 colour varieties including the rose carmine of the 3 Cent value illustrated, the 2 Cent value in 1899 the 3 Cent value in 1898
Below are some examples Queen Victoria definitives from Canada. The stamps were printed in Ottowa and Montreal and show a variety of shades and paper types. Printed between the 1870's and 1890's with some values of the same design printed in different colours. Some of the shades are illustrated in the 3 Cent value shown below.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Illustrated below are the 1 Cent value and the 2 Cent value of the 1908 Canadian stamp set commemorating the Tercentenary of Quebec. The set consisted of a Half Cent (sepia), 1 Cent (blue-green), 2 Cent (carmine), 5 Cent (indigo), 7 Cent (olive-green), 10 Cent (violet), 15 Cent (brown-orange), and 20 Cent (dull-brown). The British monarch of the time was Edward the 7th, the 2 Cent value bears his portrait with that of his wife Mary.
Illustrated below is the 1935 Silver Jubilee stamp set of George the 5th. The set consists of a 2 Penny (scarlet), 3 Penny (blue) and 2 Shilling (bright violet). The 3 Penny (blue) and 2 Shilling (bright violet) issues are more highly valued postally used in very fine condition. The King is shown riding the horse "Anzac".
Illustrated below are two examples of the 1871 "Ceres Head" designs(Ceres was the Roman Goddess of plant growth) of the earliest French postage issues. Originally issued in the mid 19th Century. Then re-issued in 1871 during the Franco-Prussian War. The examples show early dot and post office number cancellations used in France at the time.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Illustrated below are two varieties of the 1920 "Victory" stamp.The design shows "Peace" and a Lion part of a set issued for the end of World War 1. The set consisted of a Halfpenny (green), 1 Penny (carmine-red + bright carmine-illustrated below), 1 Penny/Halfpenny (brown-orange), 3 pence (chocolate), Sixpence (violet) and 1 Shilling (orange-red).
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Illustrated is the Die 2 version of the 1896 New Zealand Queen Victoria issue Sixpenny (brown). the design was issued from 1882-1900 and multiple varieties exist. Die 1 was thought be unsatisfactory in some respects, the hair at the top of the head being badly defined. In 1891 advertisments were applied to the back of the issue, the ndiscontinued in 1893. Some colour and paper variations also exist.
Illustrated below are two of the first postage stamps issued in Ethiopia. A set of seven stamps were designed by the French engraver Louis-Eugene Mouchon. Four bore the portrait of Menelik the 2nd, the ruler of Ethiopia at the time, three bore the heraldic "Lion of Judah" emblem of the Ethiopian state since ancient times. Delivered to Ethiopia in 1893 the stamps were issued in 1895. The two examples below are of the portrait of Menelik.