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Monday, October 15, 2012

Australia-New South Wales-1854-59-A Sixpence Imperforate Postage Stamp-Illustrated

Shown below is the 6 Pence stamp issued for New South Wales between 1854 and 1859. The stamp was part of a set with values from 5 Pence to 1 Shilling. The 6 Pence value is known in eight varieties, with both minor and major colour varieties. Issued in deep slate, greenish grey, slate-green, bluish grey, fawn, grey, olive-grey and grey-brown. Of the different varieties fawn is the most highly valued. The stamp illustrated below is the grey variety. The watermarks for the set were a double-lined numeral consistent with the value of the stamp, i.e. the 6 Pence was watermarked with a double-lined "6" the 5 Pence "5" etc. The watermark is illustrated below the stamp face illustration.


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