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Here are some items from the news this month- happy reading!

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‘Anarchist philatelist’ on the attack
Reported at https://www.telegraph.co.uk

Angus McDonagh, 64, says he has duped Royal Mail with over a hundred of his designs on letters posted all over the world.

Many feature his own face in the Queen's traditional side profile complete with a comic eye patch or weird hat.

At Christmas he has created some of himself with a white Santa beard while others have used family photos.

Mr McDonagh, an architect who calls himself an 'anarchist philatelist', began his personal freepost system three years ago in protest at bland stamp design.

He objected to what he felt was a decline in the design and detail of official Royal Mail stamps and the demise of posted letters because of email.

Mr McDonagh said: "When I started I wanted them to be deliberately silly, so I had a fake moustache or beard or eye patch, that was very obviously drawn on very crudely.

"I just kept going and it has become more and more farcical. It's gone undetected for so long now it is just silly.

Angus has created 50 individual stamp designs and printed them on his home computer and stuck them to envelopes with glue.

All stamps have a fake value of 50c - his own invented currency - and are franked with a location mark by Angus before he posts them.

He makes special edition stamps, but instead of commemorating real life events they celebrate his own fantasy occasions such as 'Upside Down Day'.

He has successfully sent over 100 letters to France, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada and Italy - as well as all over the UK - and only one has ever been detected as a counterfeit.

Angus, of Bridgwater, Somerset, claims he never meant to evade payment and has even tried to send Royal Mail a number of cheques for the total costs, but they were all returned.

The Royal Mail has confirmed they are investigating.

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A marriage not made in heaven?
Reported at https://www.governmentnews.com.au

A proposal to use Australia Post’s retail footprint to deliver shopfront services for welfare agency Centrelink has drawn immediate fire from Australian public service unions.

The Community and Public Sector Union has warned that although a “one-stop shop where you can sort out your mum’s pension entitlements and pick-up your eBay parcels sounds good in theory” such a move could have privacy implications and potentially create “massive queues.”

The union’s concerns follow reports that Treasurer Joe Hockey’s office has confirmed it will look at the idea under its forthcoming National Commission of Audit.

If adopted, the proposal to merge frontline operations would effectively end the prospect of privatising Australia Post’s retail and mail businesses in favour of using its massive network of shopfronts for greater government use. The Post Office already accepts passport applications.

The proposed amalgamation would represent the biggest consolidation of frontline government services attempted in Australia.

However a key issue that any consolidation would have to deal with is the differing needs of postal and welfare clients, with Centrelink customers often presenting with necessarily more complex needs than bill payments or the lodgement of forms.

The union claims many Human Services customers required “specialised and sensitive support and assistance which would be hard to deliver in an Australia Post environment.”

Centrelink’s staff deal with verbal abuse as well as property damage. People carrying “weapons of some description” is also increasing as a trend, Centrelink officials have reported.

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Picking the wrong bird…..
Reported at https://www.themalaymailonline.com

Filipino photographer, Romy Ocon, who stumbled upon ‪Pos Malaysia’s promotional poster on the soon-to-be-released stamps, was further horrified to find that the bird picture he said bore an uncanny resemblance to one he had snapped, to be wrongly labelled, adding insult to injury over the intellectual property theft.‬

“It seems somebody has stolen one of my photos of a Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach), then used it erroneously as a photo of a White-fronted Falconet in a stamp issued by Malaysia!” he had written in a post on Digital Review Photography (DP Review)’s online forum, pointing out that both birds had “very different” appearances.

The poster has been since been taken offline.

Claiming that the image of a white-chested bird in the “Visit Malaysia Year 2014” stamp series was virtually identical to his own work, Ocon provided a link which compared a cropped image of the bird in the Pos Malaysia poster against his “original” photograph.

“Many features and detail are identical, much like fingerprints,” he said in emailed remarks to The Malay Mail Online, with the comparison showing the two bird images allegedly sharing the same blemish at the upper beak, same wing details and identical tail details.

A video analysis titled “Stolen Long-tailed Shrike / White-fronted Falconet photo evidence” was posted by a user in the same DP Review forum, said Ocon.

In the same online complaint posted by Ocon, he had also said that the image of the bird was given the wrong label in the stamp collection.

Malaysian bird expert Andrew Sebastian told The Malay Mail Online that the image of the bird in the stamp collection did not match the White-fronted Falconet label given.
“Unfortunately, somebody used the wrong photo. The photo is of the Long-tailed Shrike which is a resident bird in Malaysia, much bigger in size than the falconet and it’s shared with a lot of countries,” Andrew, a spokesman for Malaysian Nature Society (MNS).

The Long-tailed Shrike - which can be found in areas such as Iran right through the Indian subcontinent to South-East Asia, including Malaysia and the Philippines - is around 25 cm in size, Andrew said.

On the other hand, he said the White-fronted Falconet is a bird endemic or unique to Borneo, with the species being “found only in Sabah” and rare appearances being recorded in the extreme east areas of Sarawak.

The poster featured six images of different birds with a stamp value of 60 cents each, with the collection being framed by drawings of hornbills and topped off with the “Visit Malaysia 2014” logo and the country’s tourism tagline “Truly Asia”.

While saying that it was good to feature local birds in the stamp collection, Andrew said that the error should be corrected quickly, noting that many tourists visit Malaysia to watch the birds here, especially those that are unique to the country.

“I sincerely hope this matter is rectified immediately so people can enjoy and study our birds,” he said.

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Film buffs rebuffed
Reported at https://www.indianexpress.com

India Post has been accused of selling stamps to mark the centenary celebrations of the Indian cinema, with only philatelists in mind. Film lovers and common people feel left out from the sale, as authorities have made sale of a set of 50 stamps mandatory. Despite demand, stamps are not available for sale individually.

The release is a set of six miniature sheets as a tribute to the centenary of Indian Cinema, the stamps hit local philately bureaus recently.

"I wanted to buy around half-a-dozen stamps of Prithviraj Kapoor, but the postal department authorities refused to sell them individually," said aggrieved Sunita Malik.

Postal authorities said for the process of sale philatelic stamps on Indian cinema, like other philately stamps, preference would be given to professional philatelists. "We have more than 1,000 registered philatelists with us.

We would first cater to them, keeping with our tradition," an official said.

Movie aficionados have demanded that postal authorities give common people priority over philatelists.

"It is bizarre that postal authorities are not selling philately stamps individually. The condition is definitely going to prove a dampener for several film lovers. It, in fact, defeats the purpose with which these stamps were released. These would not reach the masses," said Priya Phadnis, a film lover.

Senior post-master with Pune head post office, H J Kakade, said he was 'neck deep' in issues 'more important than sale of philately stamps'.

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Royal Mail privatisation pricing predictions
Reported at https://www.telegraph.co.uk

Privatised Royal Mail must not be allowed to abuse its monopoly position and increase stamp prices, rather than cut its own costs of running the business, the postal consumer watchdog has warned.

Consumer Futures, the statutory consumer watchdog for postal services, told MPs that it was worried Royal Mail can impose price increases on consumers, without saving money in its own organisation.

Under changes last year, only the price of second class stamps are capped. Royal Mail is able to increase the value of first class stamps to what ever level it likes.

In evidence to the Business, Innovation and Skills committee, Consumer Futures said: Consumers should not have to face reduced prices or reduced standards as a result of corporate failure.”

First class stamp prices were unregulated last May, when first class stamps for an average letter jumped from 46p to 60p. Second class stamps increased to 50p.

In evidence to the same committee, Royal Mail hinted that more increases were likely, by stressing that Royal Mail’s “average price” for an inland letter was 55p, against a European average of 57p.

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‘Just move’ stamps come to a halt
Reported at https://www.washingtontimes.com

A new US issue aimed at promoting kid’s activities has been put on hold by USPS following health authority concerns about depictions of supposedly unsafe activities.

The "Just Move!" stamp series which were inspired by First Lady Michelle Obama’s "Let’s Move!" health initiative that was initially aimed at supporting and promoting healthy lifestyle and physical activity among children.

Stamps depict children performing a cannonball, skateboarding and a headstand without kneepads and helmets. Such pictures are believed to have bad influence on children who would like to perform any of the depicted activity, and cause serious injuries.

Other questionable stamps included a batter without a batting helmet, a girl balancing on a slippery rock, and a soccer player without kneepads or shin pads.

Linn’s source said that the series is set to be destroyed but the USPS has denied this.

"The stamps are on hold with the printer and we have not made a decision at this point, right now, with respect to how we are going to move forward," the USPS spokesman said, noting that some of the illustrations on the stamps depict activities that some might not consider safe — like doing "a cannonball into a swimming pool."

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A sneak peek a Canada 2014
Reported at www2.macleans.ca

Famous performers, noted female athletes and Canadian tragedies are among the new illustrations set to adorn Canadian postage stamps in 2014.

To coincide with the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, a series of stamps will be issued in February commemorating notable Canadian athletes.

Several country music stars will be featured on a new series of stamps to be issued in July _ Tommy Hunter, k.d. lang, Renee Martel, Hank Snow and Shania Twain.

Another stamp will highlight the Komagata Maru, a Japanese steamship carrying 376 people from India which was refused landing rights in Vancouver in May 1914.

Another stamp will mark the 100th anniversary of Canada’s worst peacetime maritime tragedy, also in May 1914. Just over 1,000 people died when the RMS Empress of Ireland sank in the St. Lawrence River, near Rimouski, Que., after colliding with a Norwegian vessel.

Other new stamps will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Ontario Museum, the 75th anniversary of the National Film Board, the return of the CFL to Ottawa and the UNESCO World Heritage Site series.

Canada Post’s Black History series will add two stamps in 2014 to recognize two neighbourhoods with significant links to black history _ Africville in Halifax and Hogan’s Alley in Vancouver.

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Dutch auction for rare Commonwealth stamp
Reported at https://www.businesswire.com

In late October, the most expensive stamp ever auctioned in the Netherlands came under the hammer.
The postage stamp has a catalogue value of about £120,000 and had a face value of £100 when printed.

The 1925 Kenya-Uganda stamp features a portrait of King George V, the colonial ruler of East Africa in the period. The stamp is special because only a few were printed and there are only four unfranked, mint examples in museums and private collections. The face value of the stamp is also unusual: £100 was a fortune at the time.

The stamp was offered for auction by the heirs of the Dutch stamp collector Aat de Peijper and is part of his remarkable stamp collection. The mounting pages comprising the collection would cover a small tennis court (165 m2).

Aat de Peijper, the Dutch industrialist, had a collection of tens of thousands of stamps, mainly from the former British colonies and including stamps from the Dutch overseas territories – Curaçao, Suriname and Dutch Indonesia. The collection includes stamps from various territories during the reign of Great Britain's King George V including Ireland, Jamaica, Malaysia, Fuji, the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Grenada, India, Ceylon, Burma, Honduras, Guyana and East Africa. Seven 1925 Kenya-Uganda stamps were auctioned from this series, the most expensive with a face value of £100 - an iconic, numbered stamp.

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Good news from Israel
Reported at https://www.opb.org

In Israel, the price of sending mail overseas has dropped recently.

A US expat living in Israel recently queried that she could not get the correct combination of stamps to add up to the 6.20 NIS (6 New Israeli Shekels, 20 agorot, or $1.74) it costs to mail a letter or postcard from Israel to the U.S.

On enquiring at the Post Office she discovered some shocking news, even in this land that’s seen so much it sometimes seem there is little left to startle. The price of postage had gone down.

The clerk claimed it now cost a mere 5.70 NIS ($1.60) to mail a regular letter or postcard to folks back home. A further query to the Israeli Postal Company resulted in the following email:

Dear Emily Harris,

Thank you for your enquiry about the postage rate to USA.

Overseas postage rates for mail up to 2 kg were reduced by 7.5% on 1 July 2013. The price reduction was due to the change in foreign exchange rates.

The current rate for postage a letter up to 100 g to USA is NIS 5.70.

I hope this answers your question.

Later, the Postal Company clarified that it reviews the price of international postage annually with an eye to foreign currency exchange rates. A spokesperson said the cost to mail a letter overseas from Israel has gone both up and down in the past.

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Football and stamps: Brazil
Reported at https://www.fifa.com

FIFA is pleased to announce the continuation of its global philatelic programme for the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil. FIFA’s current programme is a legacy of the FIFA Centennial Philatelic Programme, which was created in 2004 to celebrate FIFA’s 100-year anniversary. The programme has since continued with great success under the title of the “Official Commemorative Philatelic Programme” for both the 2006 and the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ and is being rolled out once more for next year’s event in Brazil.

“The philatelic programme offers postal administrators all over the world a great opportunity to play their part in the celebration of world football’s greatest event.

The 2014 World Cup is eagerly anticipated, with the FIFA World Cup returning to Brazil for the first time since 1950. In doing so, the event will take place in a nation which is often depicted as the spiritual home of football, a country where football is an intrinsic part of the national identity.

The philatelic programme is already up and running in the host country of the FIFA World Cup™, where Brazil’s national post service, Correios, recently launched two special edition stamps to honour the hosting of the FIFA Confederations Cup which took place in six Brazilian Host Cities in June of this year. Further special edition commemorative stamps will be launched in the build-up to 2014, including stamps featuring FIFA’s registered brand assets such as Host City Posters, the Official Emblem of the event and the popular Official Mascot, Fuleco.

FIFA has appointed the company Bolaffi, experts in philately, for the development, promotion and distribution of the Official Commemorative Philatelic Programme of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ on a global basis. Bolaffi will provide its great expertise and experience and strive to bring the worlds of philately and football fans together as part of the build-up to the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

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Football and stamps: UK
Reported at https://www.dailymail.co.uk

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has been banned from wearing specially made boots with the words 'The stamp collector' stitched on them in the recent North-east derby for fear of further inciting Sunderland fans.

Steven Taylor’s plans to step out at the Stadium of Light in footwear embroidered with the words ‘stamp collector’ have been given the boot by manager Alan Pardew.

The Newcastle defender riled Sunderland fans last season by claiming he ‘would rather collect stamps’ than play for United’s North East adversaries.

Sunderland had the last laugh with a 3-0 victory on Tyneside in April, but Taylor had hoped to stoke the rivalry with the specially-designed football boots.

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Thank you Margo for compiling the news - very interesting reading
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MargoZ wrote:Dutch auction for rare Commonwealth stamp
Reported at https://www.businesswire.com

In late October, the most expensive stamp ever auctioned in the Netherlands came under the hammer.
The postage stamp has a catalogue value of about £120,000 and had a face value of £100 when printed.

The 1925 Kenya-Uganda stamp features a portrait of King George V, the colonial ruler of East Africa in the period. The stamp is special because only a few were printed and there are only four unfranked, mint examples in museums and private collections. The face value of the stamp is also unusual: £100 was a fortune at the time.

The stamp was offered for auction by the heirs of the Dutch stamp collector Aat de Peijper and is part of his remarkable stamp collection. The mounting pages comprising the collection would cover a small tennis court (165 m2).

Aat de Peijper, the Dutch industrialist, had a collection of tens of thousands of stamps, mainly from the former British colonies and including stamps from the Dutch overseas territories – Curaçao, Suriname and Dutch Indonesia. The collection includes stamps from various territories during the reign of Great Britain's King George V including Ireland, Jamaica, Malaysia, Fuji, the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Grenada, India, Ceylon, Burma, Honduras, Guyana and East Africa. Seven 1925 Kenya-Uganda stamps were auctioned from this series, the most expensive with a face value of £100 - an iconic, numbered stamp.

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It's actually a revenue rather than a postage stamp.

Also, I think that more than four mint copies exist?
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MargoZ,

Love the piece on UK's anarchist philatelist. :mrgreen:
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HalfpennyYellow wrote:
MargoZ wrote:Dutch auction for rare Commonwealth stamp
Reported at https://www.businesswire.com

In late October, the most expensive stamp ever auctioned in the Netherlands came under the hammer.
The postage stamp has a catalogue value of about £120,000 and had a face value of £100 when printed.

The 1925 Kenya-Uganda stamp features a portrait of King George V, the colonial ruler of East Africa in the period. The stamp is special because only a few were printed and there are only four unfranked, mint examples in museums and private collections. The face value of the stamp is also unusual: £100 was a fortune at the time.

The stamp was offered for auction by the heirs of the Dutch stamp collector Aat de Peijper and is part of his remarkable stamp collection. The mounting pages comprising the collection would cover a small tennis court (165 m2).

Aat de Peijper, the Dutch industrialist, had a collection of tens of thousands of stamps, mainly from the former British colonies and including stamps from the Dutch overseas territories – Curaçao, Suriname and Dutch Indonesia. The collection includes stamps from various territories during the reign of Great Britain's King George V including Ireland, Jamaica, Malaysia, Fuji, the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Grenada, India, Ceylon, Burma, Honduras, Guyana and East Africa. Seven 1925 Kenya-Uganda stamps were auctioned from this series, the most expensive with a face value of £100 - an iconic, numbered stamp.

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It's actually a revenue rather than a postage stamp. Also, I think that more than four mint copies exist?
This report came from a press release from the auction house
De Nederlandsche Postzegel- en Muntenveiling BV

You will see Reuters have a similar report with the same text:
https://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/25/npv-idUSnBw255497a+100+BSW20131025

I usually check a number of sources to be as accurate as possible but if the actual auction house gets it wrong it is a bit tricky :-) Possibly it lost something in translation?

Anyway to update the report- the item fetched € 208,000

Here is the De Nederlandsche Postzegel- en Muntenveiling BV description from their catalogue:

KENYA AND UGANDA, S.G.105, £100 RED AND BLACK, UNUSED NEVER HINGED WITH FULL ORIGINAL GUM, WITH LOWER-RIGHT CORNER SHEET MARGIN WITH PLATE NUMBER 1, EXTREMELY FRESH, WELL CENTERED SUPERB EXAMPLE. ABSOLUTELY ONE OF THE GREATEST RARITIES OF THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH ONLY A VIEW EXAMPLES KNOWN!! SIGNED A. DIENA(on sheetmargin) [S. Gibbons 110000,-]
(Their upper case not mine 8) )

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Ohhh I love this one. :mrgreen:


Great articles Margo, thanks for sharing.
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Dutch auction for rare Commonwealth stamp
Reported at https://www.businesswire.com

In late October, the most expensive stamp ever auctioned in the Netherlands came under the hammer.

The postage stamp has a catalogue value of about £120,000 and had a face value of £100 when printed.

The 1925 Kenya-Uganda stamp features a portrait of King George V, the colonial ruler of East Africa in the period. The stamp is special because only a few were printed and there are only four unfranked, mint examples in museums and private collections. The face value of the stamp is also unusual: £100 was a fortune at the time.

The stamp was offered for auction by the heirs of the Dutch stamp collector Aat de Peijper and is part of his remarkable stamp collection. The mounting pages comprising the collection would cover a small tennis court (165 m2).

Aat de Peijper, the Dutch industrialist, had a collection of tens of thousands of stamps, mainly from the former British colonies and including stamps from the Dutch overseas territories – Curaçao, Suriname and Dutch Indonesia. The collection includes stamps from various territories during the reign of Great Britain's King George V including Ireland, Jamaica, Malaysia, Fuji, the Falkland Islands, Cyprus, Grenada, India, Ceylon, Burma, Honduras, Guyana and East Africa. Seven 1925 Kenya-Uganda stamps were auctioned from this series, the most expensive with a face value of £100 - an iconic, numbered stamp.

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Out of interest do any Dutch members recall what this £100 sold for - a stamp I love to look at!
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Out of interest do any Dutch members recall what this £100 sold for - a stamp I love to look at!
The stamp was sold to an anonymous buyer for €170.000,-
With commission and costs the total was €208.000,- (AU$301,380 / GB£178,152 on October 31st)
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A bit more about the Kenya Uganda stamp courtesy of the National Postal Museum.

https://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/queen's/G06.4.1-large.html

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These 4 are from the Queen's collection ..... the only known block of 4, and possibly the source of the confusion on the number of the this stamp remaining.

100 pounds Kenya and Uganda (Scott #41F, SG #105 ), unused block of 4 with plate number 1 at lower right, unused

Block of four of a Colonial high-value stamp, Kenya and Uganda, 1925. For many years, British and Colonial authorities considered postage just another tax.

The high values of many stamp series were used for revenue purposes rather than postage, and were often printed in very small quantities.

This is believed to be the only surviving block of four of the Kenya and Uganda 100 pounds value, which was mainly used for liquor and game hunting licenses.
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It's actually a revenue rather than a postage stamp.
No, these were fully valid for both Postage AND Revenue, as was the case for many Commonwealth countries.

Strips of 3 of all values were sent to all UPU members o/p "SPECIMEN" and those are quite affordable and available, as many reached the collector market.

This is THE highest face value stamp ever issued by Australia or any of the states here .. by a MILE.

Kellow's "Stamps Of Victoria" states only 80 copies were produced. SG 291 £750. I sold this to a member here.

If it was cancelled 6 weeks later, it was in Australia Commonwealth territory!
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It's actually a revenue rather than a postage stamp.
No, these were fully valid for both Postage AND Revenue, as was the case for many Commonwealth countries.

Strips of 3 of all values were sent to all UPU members o/p "SPECIMEN" and those are quite affordable and available, as many reached the collector market.

This is THE highest face value stamp ever issued by Australia or any of the states here .. by a MILE.

Kellow's "Stamps Of Victoria" states only 80 copies were produced. SG 291 £750. I sold this to a member here.

If it was cancelled 6 weeks later, it was in Australia Commonwealth territory!
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It's actually a revenue rather than a postage stamp.
No, these were fully valid for both Postage AND Revenue, as was the case for many Commonwealth countries.
So the NZ Arms high values up to £1000 can also be considered as postage stamps?

The KUT £100 and some of the other higher values of this set were technically valid for postal use, however I doubt any were actually used postally. The set was intended to serve both postal and fiscal needs, and instead of using a different design inscribed REVENUE for the high values, they continued using the same designs for the high values.

In other cases such as Ceylon, the King George VI definitive actually continued up to 1000r, but since the higher values intended for fiscal use were actually inscribed REVENUE, they are not considered as postage stamps (although the 10r was valid for postage too). This should apply here too.

That said, I agree that is still a beautiful and rare stamp. :)
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The Empress of Ireland disaster is a famous event in Canadian history. Not as big as the Titanic (to which Canada is closely connected of course). The Komagata Maru is not so well known, but was an example of stupid bureaucratic mucking-about and discrimination.
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The Empress of Ireland disaster is a famous event in Canadian history.
I must confess I'd never heard of it before now.

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