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tonyclayton wrote:I confess that I cannot see what colour is misaligned. :shock:
Tony,

:oops: :oops: :oops: You're absolutely right. I failed to include the image of the error sheet. Here it is! I don't think you'll have any difficulties seeing the misalignments now!

For those unfamiliar with the sheet; the perfs are printed, so it's an imperforate SS. The creases are part of the error, as can be seen by the "split" perfs in the 10c, the 30c, and by the starfish and the offset in the scientific name of the fish in the 30c. The gray is also wrong, causing the fuzzy images in the right side of the sheet (not so evident on the scan). The centering is so far off that it cut off the end of the top right seashell.

Thanks Tony.

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USSR, February, 1945

Scott # 971/MICHEL Nr. 948

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Left a stamp with the image of "conditional standard of issue". Right a stamp with "plate error" - white dot under "У" of "РУБ".
This "plate error" is described in "THE CATALOGUE OF POSTAGE STAMPS OF USSR 1918-1991 VOLUME II USSR 1941-1960" (under V. Lyapin's edition).

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Good evening everyone :)

I have a couple to share, the first one looks to have extra ink around the second I in Victoria, I guess it happens a lot in the 1800's and the second had a bad day all over the bottom of the stamp, the corner fault is a big one.
If you have any knowledge of this type of fault let me know.

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honza wrote:Ahoj there!

Here is another constant variety.

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It shows the broken leaves middle left on the 2c ICY stamp of St Kitts Nevis SG 149 V7. This variety also occurred on the 25c stamp of the same set and on various other ICY stamps from other colonies.

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Ahoj David!

I found this variety listed in my 1971 SG Elizabethan catalogue.

In the St Christopher Nevis Anguilla ICY set the broken leaves variety exists on the 25c value as well.

Also on the 25c value in the same set there is a broken Y in YEAR variety, but I don't have an example to scan.

These varieties also occured on the ICY sets of many of the other colonies.

Hope that helps,

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1970 Austria stamp with a plate flaw - broken "H"

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honza wrote:Ahoj David!

I found this variety listed in my 1971 SG Elizabethan catalogue.

In the St Christopher Nevis Anguilla ICY set the broken leaves variety exists on the 25c value as well.

Also on the 25c value in the same set there is a broken Y in YEAR variety, but I don't have an example to scan.

These varieties also occured on the ICY sets of many of the other colonies.

Hope that helps,

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Honza:

I just picked up the "broken leaves variety" in a mint pair of 60-cent from Mairitius. It's a horizontal pair with the stamp on the left showing the variety and the stamp on the right as normal. A good find!

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Ahoj David!

Congratulations!

Was it marked as a variety or did you spot it yourself?

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Honza:

It was marked as the variety.

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The flag on the tower flaw?

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1982 Australia Animals (definitives)
"Corroboree Frog" 3c

Double Printed Variety

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Australia 1964 - 65 Birds (definitives)
Golden Whistler 2/- "Broken Branch Flaw"

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Australia - 1964 - 65 Birds (definitives)

2/6d Scarlet Robin "Green Line Flaw"

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Australia 1965 Anniversary 50th Anniversary Death of Aviator Lawrence Hargrave
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SG 461 Spec.No. QCom 1c "Colon flaw".

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Years ago I actively collected one of the varieties associated with this stamp issue. Managed to acquire 4 of the 10 listed ones but haven't added any for 30+ years.
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Here are the Stanley Gibbons' Elizabethan catalogue (1973) listings for the above varieties:
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Scott# 147 On Cover

I have never been sure if the cover and the stamp belong together.
The stamp however, may have it's own story story to tell.

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Is that a Plate Flaw under the eye?

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Slight tear in the lower left on what would be otherwise a VF - EF example.


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1/2d vermillion block with flaw

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ScotsmanAbroad wrote:1/2d vermillion block with flaw
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Interesting! Just curious, did you pick up the block for this reason or did you discover it after the fact?

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Hello John, I don't collect flaws, I just bought the block as it was not too expensive and it sits well with the other QV block that I have.
The flaw was mentioned in the description though.

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Here is a postal stationery 'error'. This side is normal.

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However on the reverse, you can see the date insert '2' is upside down.

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I like the German inflation mob. Here there are many basket flaws, etc. and I am showing a few. Broken 'springs' interesting area as well as more minor, less catalog friendly repairs and flaws. Obvious breaks in the basket are not hard to see but the repairs listed in Michel are more tantalising variations of states of repair (NOT SHOWN HERE). I got the other variations from Web somewhere and have lost reference, so help needed. I believe some group in Berlin have listed these i.e. the PE 2 to PE 8 variations as shown in first figure (apologies for blurred left hand side). So, with a large bunch of cheap unused inflations you may well get most of these along with eye strain. The values do go up particularly for used and officials although I only have Michel pricing for HT and KT (repaired breaks in basket) and as I said I am not sure where the PE designations came from (help needed again here). Hope you like them as it is first interactive post.
I forgot to label the PE6 in photographs, 4th sprung broken left of centre circle and a spelling mistake 'spung' instead of sprung (nice term hey)? Last two show an HT with overprint shifted on 10 milliarden and also 2 faults on 4 million (HT and PE3).

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This Italian error is quite scarce, being on one stamp of the sheet of 200. I found it in a general Italian collection.
It is called the PESTE flaw, for obvious reasons.
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johnrcrow wrote:I like the German inflation mob. Here there are many basket flaws, etc. and I am showing a few. Broken 'springs' interesting area as well as more minor, less catalog friendly repairs and flaws. Obvious breaks in the basket are not hard to see but the repairs listed in Michel are more tantalising variations of states of repair (NOT SHOWN HERE). I got the other variations from Web somewhere and have lost reference, so help needed. I believe some group in Berlin have listed these i.e. the PE 2 to PE 8 variations as shown in first figure (apologies for blurred left hand side). So, with a large bunch of cheap unused inflations you may well get most of these along with eye strain. The values do go up particularly for used and officials although I only have Michel pricing for HT and KT (repaired breaks in basket) and as I said I am not sure where the PE designations came from (help needed again here). Hope you like them as it is first interactive post.
I forgot to label the PE6 in photographs, 4th sprung broken left of centre circle and a spelling mistake 'spung' instead of sprung (nice term hey)? Last two show an HT with overprint shifted on 10 milliarden and also 2 faults on 4 million (HT and PE3).
Somewhere I have a complete sheet of the 1 Millionen, so I must find it and locate the errors, if I don't get dizzy first!

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Can the basket plate flaws pictures and text in this thread be moved to 'German plate flaws' or can I repeat the reply there inserting text and pics again? Basically the info should be in German plate flaws.

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johnrcrow wrote:Can the basket plate flaws pictures and text in this thread be moved to 'German plate flaws' or can I repeat the reply there inserting text and pics again? Basically the info should be in German plate flaws.

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Here is one of my fest flaws...


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Does anyone know how much it is worth?

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As a S.A. collector, I would LOVE to have this stamp in my collection...I was born in Br. Guiana as well. I'm very envious.
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Year 1966 off-centered

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neilco wrote:Here is one of my fest flaws...


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Does anyone know how much it is worth?
My SG Part I for 1999 quotes £35 for inverted, and £8.50 for displaced by 5mm. However, the greyness of the overprints worry me.

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If this is a general thread where collectors show their favourite flaws, errors, misprints etc, then here are two of mine, both from Nicaragua. The first pair, sheets from 1937 shows a good example and then one with the bottom right stamp in the wrong color. We see dictator Anastasio Somoza, who was responsible for the murder of rebel leader Cesar Augusto Sandino. Interestingly, his son, and heir-dictator, in his turn was killed by the Sandinista revolutionairies after having been driven out 43 years later.

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The second one, from the same year and of the same basic design, but now showing a general T. Martinez, is slightly more spectacular. It has the soldier upright on the first sheet, but inverted on the second one.

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Both errors have relatively modest catalogue values. Would they have been from a Western European country, its colonies, the US, or one of the upcoming Asian countries for that matter, one might have to add two zeroes to those values, I guess. Indeed, a collector of one of the non-classical countries and areas may pick up rather rare and exquisite items for affordable amounts of money.
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Going through my Italian collection today, I found that one stamp had a major error that I had not previously been aware of! Fortunately my 'spares' collection still had an example of the normal stamp. It is not as if the error isn't glaringly obvious, but only when compared to a normal stamp.

This has turned a 65 eurocent stamp into a 65 euro stamp according to Sassone. It comes in position 33 in the sheet of 50. (I suspect 65 euro is over the top - an Italian dealer has it for sale for 15 euro).

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By the way, the error is on the left! Sassone 1967a

This issue has the odd error of one sheet being known printed with dark blue instead of violet. It must have been a trial print that was released into circulation. Consequently there is only one 'white patch' variety in the blue coloured type.

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... and even the Swiss cannot escape without your occasional error.
Here are a few of the more well-known ones, all documented in
the regular Zumstein catalogue.
I have put the regular stamp on the left, and the error on the right,
against a black background.

First the arguably most famous one: HFLVETIA instead of HELVETIA (Zum 164.2.01a, 1924). I have not been able to find a decent used example of this one, which is quite somewhat more expensive than a mint copy:

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Second, the missing pole, just above the front of the train (Zum 279.2.02, 1947):

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Next, the Shadow over Cuba (it could also be an indication of the pysical reality of the Bermuda triangle Zum 319.2.01b, 1954):

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And finally, from the airmail section, White Roof. The roof of the house on the right hand side is not colored (Zum Air 29.2.02, 1941):

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German hyperinflation period. Any thoughts on this? Is it genuine?
A broken middle zero of 800

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Not sure if this is the place to ask for examples of varieties I don't have but would like more info on - hopefully it is. Can anyone provide a scan / more details on the varieties of the Indian Dominion stamp SG304, the 'normal' of which I show below:

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Some details for those not familiar:

To commemorate the inaugural flight between India and the United Kingdom, the Indian Postal Authorities issued this stamp. Dated June 8, 1948, it depicts an Air India Lockheed L-749 Constellation aircraft. Watermark is Multistar.

I believe that there are at least 2 varieties not listed in SG: the 'extra porthole' and 'retouch to tail'. If someone could post scans of these it would be much appreciated.

Also, does anyone know if any of the stamps (normal or variety) of SG 304 exist in inverted watermark?

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Here's a block of 1901 Victoria 1/2d Bantams that I bought recently (SG 376), That includes SG 376a "VICTCRIA" flaw. It's located second row in from the right, fourth stamp up from the bottom. I love these little guys, and I chuckle every time I see one with an OS perforation.

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Some errors from France, a country that has not produced too many of them. The most interesting ones are from the pre-940 period.

The first error is on the very common 20 centimes Napoleon III from 1868 (Yvert 29B). The nickname ‘a la corne’ (‘with the horn’) is based on the white spot on the nose of the emperor:

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More spectacular – and considerably more expensive - is the error ‘a la pipe’ (‘with the pipe’), which has the spot in front of the mouth.

Second are some of the errors found on the famous Merson design. These are on the 2 Franc version (Yvert 145), but most of the other values have these types of errors. The top stamp is the regular design. The middle one has the green color clearly shifted. And the bottom one lacks the green color altogether:

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Finally, this is not a printing error, but an error in the original design (Yvert 341/2). The title of the major work of Descartes is given as ‘Discourse sur la methode’ , as shown on the top stamp (Yvert 341). However, it should have been ‘Discourse de la methode’. This was discovered after around five million copies of the stamp were printed and distributed. It was then decided that the same amount should be printed with the right title, thus making up for the mistake, and preventing the creation of a relative rarity:

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Here's one that I just discovered while working through an older QEII selection - Sierra Leone SG#212 (SC#197) 1½ Piassava Workers:

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with most likely some foreign matter on the plate or sheet to create a vertical break through the value tablet:

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Photobucket is going through one of its 'impossible' phases, as no images stored thereon are coming through, which rather spoils the idea of this thread.

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I'm seeing them all just fine. Perhaps a reboot of your browser or clearing the cache might help.

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Tony (and John),

I experience the same: quite regularly part of the photos
(including mine, which come from Photobucket) do not
appear, only a link is visible.
It must be something 'out there' rather than a local thing
on your own computer.

Maybe the moderators have a clue?

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It seems to happen to me only when I'm using my IPad.
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Now for some modern QE II errors from Great Britain.
Royal Mail, and their respective printing firms, seem to be
quite good in delivering print errors and other kinds of flaws.
Some people earn a nice extra buck with dealing in them ...
These are all registered in the Stanley Gibbons Concise catalogue (StG).

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landing (StG 698/9j):

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B. This error has the queen's portrait twice, an albino version overlapping the golden
one (StG 713 ab):

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C. The knight on the right's armour is not really shining (StG 705d):

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D. The people who were painting the three train wagons ran out of paint (StG 715d):

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E. And a rather recent, possibly the most well-known one, on a £2 Machin.
The error is on the left this time:

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... and our Belgian friends will not appreciate what happened
to their flag here, nor will the Greek (SG 794):

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ScotsmanAbroad wrote:1/2d vermillion block with flaw
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This flaw is not in my SG Specialised Volume 1, so I surmise that it is probably a transient flaw.

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USSR 1980 speedwalking Olympics semi-postal error - double impression.

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If someone collects such things, let me know and we can swap - I do not collect errors, just keep finding them!

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A nice mistake from Afghanistan, which I already showed on one of
the other treads, but that might be repeated here.
The two stamps on the top are the regular ones, the 25 red and
the 50p green, rather common ones at that.
But by mistake (?) someone at the printer's put a 25p in the frame for the 50p,
with the result that one example in the sheet has the wrong value/color.
This is shown in the block of 9 below:

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And another one from France. This one is from the series commemorating the 1924 Olympics in Paris, with values 10, 25, 30 and 50 centimes (Yvert nrs. 183-186). It has been observed that the central picture of the 25c is often shifted a little bit. However, quite a bit is added to the basic catalogue value if the center is very much out of sink (184b 'centre très déplacé'). This is the case for the right example below. The displacement is made visible by the white line under the text in the top middle, above the head of the female figure, and under the RF symbol on the right. To a lesser extent also at the bottom, where the figure has crossed the line on the right.

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Ahoj everyone!

Here is a Kenya, Uganda & Tanganyika 1941 provisional 70c on 1s in a fine used pair showing the Crescent Moon flaw SG 154a on the right-hand stamp.

It was apparently caused by a screw head in the surcharging forme.

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Hi everyone, I wonder if someone can tell me about this wonderful piece I had for a while and only just noticed :oops: . I have never seen a slash like that before, is it more then the $0.20 price I paid for it :?:

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to ToivoK (German 'errors').

The blotchiness of the overprints is very common in this inflation period. I have hundreds like those you show and very few are assessed as 'major' enough to warrant valuation above the normal price (if that means anything). There area few holes etc., catalogued and valued in Michel specialised.

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The bottom "0c2", the 2 is upside down. Any other suggestions would be great.
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