As is my wont, I was browsing eBay and came across (probably for the hundredth time this year!) yet another misdescribed 3d Blue George VI definitive.
Claimed to be Die 1a, the most expensive version naturally!
This is the stamp;
The description is:
Australia 1937 3d Die 1a (SG168b) Mint 140Pds
A mint example of the 3d die 1a, showing the separated TA and the break in chin line.
The stamp has rich color and hinged original gum. Fine. Gibbons £140.
Well, they seem to know what a Die 1a should
look like but, as Clint Eastwood might say, that 'aint it! The stamp is a Die 1.
This is an example of a Die 1a
In the next few posts we will explore the differences and how to properly identify Die 1, Die 1a, Die 2 (both papers) and Die 3.