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I posted a picture of the imperf Ceylon which I have above so we are on to the clean cut perfs wmk star. One of my favourite countries to collect.

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Some close ups

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This one cost a few quid but there is one being offered now on Ebay for nearly 3 times what I paid

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Rough perfs at the top, no wmk is the middle row and the last 3 rows are Crown CC. Note the gap on the bottom line where Bottle Green will go when I get one. There is a separate thread regarding that elusive stamp

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Two shades of the 8d yellow brown wmk star. Neither one very expensive. A favourite stamp

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These are the two types of wmk Crown CC/cc. Lovely colours and a few shades in most values

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More to come but I need a break. TBC

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Here are some overprints. I never pay a lot of money for overprinted stamps just in case. I think they are all genuine but you never know

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Some more overprints. You will see there are 3 which are inverted. I am pretty sure the seller said they were not genuine but just how you tell, I don't claim to know

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The full pages of the two scans above

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Here's a close up of the high values. A pretty uncommon stamp. Both have small issues but pretty decent copies nevertheless

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Here are the late QV and early Edward VII. The Edward VII and GV are nice stamps so I have extended the collection to cover them

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Finally 3 pictures of GV high values. The eagle eyed will notice something unusual about them. But what is it?

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Looks like I'll have to find another country for tomorrow. Plenty to choose from. To be continued.

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Yep there are some really scary fake overprints about that look perfect, no way i'd be able to tell the difference.

I like that 1/9 green ( is it a SG36 )

by the way i'm enjoying the stamps you're uploading......keep them coming.

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Columbo office had a good day for sales, just before noon on July 6th, 1916, if those three postmarks are anything to go by.

(You sell none for ages, then two big ones "in the same transaction" :D)

Quite a grouping.

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The postmarks on the GV high values are fakes. I am sure someone told me the were by Jeffryes (aka Jeffreys). He was a master forger and did a very good Ceylon 1/- 9d green. The giveaway is that the "O" in CEYLON is evenly spaced between the L and the N whereas on the genuine article it's close to the L. Too good! He also did a pretty good Sydney View.

...and yes the 1/9d is SG36.

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Well i never knew that about the O been closer to the L in the ceylon 1/9 green !!! :shock:

now i've gotta go and check on mine !!!!!!

you learn something every day.

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Thank you. I really enjoyed your post.

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I have been trying to remember the order in which I began to collect the non-uk countries. Unfortunately my memory aint what it used to be. I can remember Alan Clarke's diving header in the 1972 FA Cup final as if it was yesterday, but the order of countries fails me. However I am sure that NSW was one of the first.

I remember buying quite a large collection to get me going. It seems harder these days to get really good collections. This one was good. It had quite a few of these

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Not quite as many as are shown here, but enough to kindle some interest. My buying strategy is to try to get the 1d's for less than £100 and the 2d's for less than £50. With the odd exception I have managed to do that.

Here are some close ups. I do not guarantee that the 1d's are right. I struggle at times

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The bottom right below is gooseberry red and an exception to my financial rule, but only just. It came with a certificate.

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The left hand one of below also broke my spending cap, again only just. A nice early one with a few clouds.

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Some 2d's

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…..and some 3d's

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The bottom right stamp is the one fake I have bought. It seems so obvious when I look at it now, but it didn't then. I have 3 shirts to iron whilst watching the golf but if I get time later I will post some more NSW. TBC.

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4 shirts and a piece of lemon cheesecake later, some laureates

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and some more laureates

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Laureates and imperf diadems

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Laureates and perforated diadems. I do like diadems. The orange at the bottom was a good buy at £20. Sellers on Ebay seem to be asking about £350.

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Perf 12.5/13 diadems. Not many gaps

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Next weekend I will finish NSW and then we'll go somewhere else, probably quite some distance away. To be continued.

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Wilko mouth-watering, please keep posting fantastic.

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Wow an amazing collection - thank you for sharing.

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Thanks for sharing your collection Wilko, really enjoyed looking this and look forward to more!!

Lundy :D

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As it turns out I haven't taken many more pictures of my NSW. In fact the one below is as far as I got

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So, where do we go next? Do I take some more pictures of NSW in the morning or do we go to any of the following countries? Once I began to collect Br Commmonwealth I was soon collecting a number of countries at the same time so it doesn't really matter which order I take them in

However these were one of the very first countries

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Br Guiana was not far behind

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Falklands

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Hong Kong

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Malta

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St Vincent

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Trinidad

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The above are just a few tasters. Which would you like to see more of? Audience participation will determine where we go next.

To be continued??

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If we can only pick from above then St Vincent

If the choice is from anywhere.............Zululand, natal, transvaal

really though it don't matter too much anywhere is good.
i'm liking this thread.

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Well done ebay.

Here's St Vincent then. Firstly a couple of pictures of the early SG no's. There are a couple of gaps where the very high CV SG 8 and 10 would go. I could have filled those gaps perhaps but they are not the most exciting of stamps so I haven't bothered.

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With the odd exception the stamps of St V are reasonably priced and the range is extensive so I would certainly recommend for the novice collector. Some of the green shades area little hard to pick but that's a good learning process.

There are some more sexy ones though

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The 4d overprint was hidden in amongst a fairly large lot I bought for no more than £50 which was what the rest of the lot was worth. At a Cat val of £800 in 2006 it was a nice bonus despite a small tear at the top.

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The 5 shilling REVENUE overprint I picked up for about £60. It was a substitute for the real deal. I saw another REVENUE overprint not long ago priced at considerably more. It was the first time I'd seen another one. It seems my punt was worthwhile.

I don't have any more St V pictures as things stand so that's your lot for now.

I have some Natal and some Transvaal but NO Zululand. I had to rush upstairs and grab my catalogue. A very small range ignoring the overprints, but pretty looking stamps. I've missed out!

To be continued.

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The last few St Vincent. Nothing particularly special in these. The green 6d stamp SG44 is the difficult one

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I saw one of the 5/-'s below on cover not long ago. It would have been mine but for the fact someone outbid me.

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St Lucia was a country I was collecting at the same time as St Vincent. The range is a lot smaller but the stamps are pretty and generally reasonably priced

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Still the odd gap

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Doing this exercise has caused me to re-evaluate some of what I have. Here are the 5d Crown CC wmks I have for Ceylon. The top row I think are the large CC and the bottom row the smaller cc.

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Here are the reverse sides. I find the watermarks much harder to identify than the pictures in my Gibbons would suggest. The first wmk is supposed to be a couple of mm taller but they are often not central.

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I noticed that some of the wmks are reversed, which is not uncommon. It is the top right stamp which has baffled me. It looks like large CC. Would you agree? In my SG the shades are grey-olive and yellow-olive which is what the others on the top row are. The other one is more like bottle green. Here's a closer view with it's mate

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..and on its own

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The small cc shades are yellow-olive, olive-green and bronze-green. Here it is with the stamp I think is bronze-green. Perhaps I am wrong about the wmk and shade and IT is bronze green?? I don't think so. Any views anyone?

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To be continued

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ebay asked about Natal. This is my modest Natal collection. I avoided the very early stuff

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I have a few Postage overprints but still plenty of gaps

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The later QV

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Edward VII. The high vals are mostly fiscally used

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Attractive stamps IMO. Arnold Machin hold your head in shame

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To be continued

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A few Transvaal to end the week. Pretty stamps though the range is small

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Finally Orange River Colony. The Edward VII is a very pretty set IMO.

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All rather unexciting this weekend. I have not decided where to go next and whether it will be east or west. Probably east.

To be continued

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Quite a collection !!

There doesn't seem to be to many threads with members showing their older stamps. which is a shame.

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I have gone East, to my favourite Australian state, Victoria. Here's a taster

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Now I don't claim that they are all correctly identified. The 3d's I find most difficult and I must admit that I have not put in the effort I should have to try to get them right.

For anyone collecting half lengths I would certainly recommend one of these

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Lots of pictures which are helpful in identifying stamps and just an enjoyable read too

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To be continued.

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A few close ups. Firstly SG3

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Not sold as such, but I am pretty sure these are SG4(a). The clarity of the printing is quite distinctive particularly on the left hand stamp

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These I think are SG5

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...and these I'm sure are SG6

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Probably SG12

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I must have made these SG14 due to the white veils

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Two nice examples. The left hand one is a nice shade

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Plenty more to follow. To be continued

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I was checking some stamps with a UV lamp last night and realised that the letter "F" which I had marked against some of my Edward VII was intended to denote that they fluoresce under UV light. I decided to take a picture. These are SG295 Royal Purple. They glow orange under UV light

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The odd thing is that quite often the stamps that fluoresce are not the ones you would imagine. They can look identical to their neighbour but glow orange under UV light. The SG315 2/6 also glows orange though I failed to capture it in a picture.

Back to Victoria. The only pair I have, SG29

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Queens on throne and woodblocks

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Some Emblems at the bottom

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..and some rouletted stamps. The wmk star roulettes are not high catalogue value but they are scarce IMO. Hence the gaps

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Not certain to be genuine

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Nor these

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I had thought I might finish Victoria this weekend but I have loads more so it will go into next weekend. To be continued.

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More emblems

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Beaded ovals

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Here's the 6d. Not a bad example of a scarce stamp

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Close up

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..and a nice CDS

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Spot the fake

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Laureates next. To be continued.

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Some nice bright coloured beaded ovals there.

I'm saying the 6 pence imperf is the fake.
keep em coming, looking forward to the Laureates :)

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Laureates then. A pretty stamp. I love the different shades. Single lined numerals

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These are V over Crown wmk

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I found this one in a large lot which cost me just over £50. Happy days

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The bottom 3 lines are p12 V over Crown. Look at all the gaps!

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I'd forgotten I had this one

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P12.5 V over Crown and then the double lined numeral emergency printings

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1867,1870 and 1871 issues. There's a stamp in the wrong place.

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To be continued.

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Must get Victoria finished before I hop back to the West. Nothing exciting here

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Saunders wmk and emergency printings on rows 2 and 3

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1882-4

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1884 Stamp statutes

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Stamp duties p13 and a rather pleasing fragment

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ditto

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Nearly forgot this

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P12.5

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1885-95

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Stamp duty opts then 1886 issue

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1891 and 1896

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1897 and 1899

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1899 and 1901

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One last one, which I picked up for about £40

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So, that's most of my Victoria. Neither the best nor worst collection ever. My favourite Australian state....just. So where do we go next? To be continued.

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I will start this week with these. I know of at least one member who will be interested

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Closer

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I began to collect Barbados fairly early in my British Commonwealth venture. The stamps are somewhat crude in design but I like them. The range is neither very narrow nor very large and the stamps are generally fairly easy to identify. There are a few expensive stamps but as a whole they are not prohibitively expensive. Here are a couple of more pricey ones

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...and here are a couple I wish I hadn't bought. Never trust a Belgian ! (joke). I look at them now and think why did I not see?

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How do you spot fakes? The answer is that you look at hundreds and thousands of the genuine article and without even knowing why, you begin to realise which the fakes are. These are not fakes, I hope. Pin perfs. Some sellers have curious ideas about what pin perfs are. These are correct I'm sure

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Plenty more to come. To be continued.

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Some early imperfs

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The shades of these are quite similar and not always easy to pick but I think I've got them right

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More perforated issues

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The 5 shillings is one of my favourites

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SG59 is one of the scarcer ones. A nice looking stamp

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Nice bright colours on the later issues

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Here's a scarce one. Unsevered pair of SG86. Shame about the corner

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One last picture of Barbados. Just a few I have accumulated when buying others

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The early Trinidad stamps are much like those of Barbados. I have avoided the Provisional issues printed in the colony to a large extent as there appear to be some dangerous fakes about

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Row 2 are imperfs and 3 and 4 pin perfs

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More Pin perfs. Still a few gaps to fill but not a priority

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Last of the pin perfs and the bottom row is the 1860 clean cut perfs. All stamps so far have no watermark

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Rough perfs on the top row, a few fakes on row 2 and then the thick papers on rows 3 and 4.

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The first watermarked issues. Nice and bright

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More of the same

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I don't think i've ever seen a Unsevered pair sg86 before.

Even with that corner the other side is perfect
very nice stamp.

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Just a couple to finish off Trinidad before a bit of reader participation again

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Here's the choice for next weekend, west, east or in between

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You decide. To be continued

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How about Gibraltar?

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Looks like it will be Gibraltar then. Though I don't actively collect surface printed any more I put in a cheeky low bid on this pair the other day and got it for £8.10, rather less than my bid!

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Nice Cork cancel on Spray watermarked paper. Worth a picture I thought. TBC

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Hi, just wondering so far you've uploaded some fantastic stamps do you also collect revenue/telegraphs ect from this period ?

If so be great to see them.

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I have some early QV fiscal stamps, nothing special as far as I'm aware, but no telegraphs. I'll see what I can do. There's a hell of a lot more to come!!

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Gibraltar was requested so Gib it is. The last one I would have chosen! I have only 4 pictures taken at present which I will post below. I will have to take some more tomorrow and I will probably try to combine with the other Mediterranean islands, Malta (much more interesting) and Cyprus (less so for me).

Starting with the older stuff

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I could have completed the top row with the 1/- quite recently. A couple of decent ones came up on Ebay for about £50 but I passed up the chance. I have moved on. Next picture

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The odd gap as you can see. Next a leap ahead to the Edward VII. I do like the long stamps. Hang your head in shame Mr Machin

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Next the George V. Again the odd gap and some nice long stamps

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That's all for now. TBC.

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So i take it you're not a fan of the Gibraltar stamps :)

I'm with you on the KGV & Ed Vll long type stamps they look great !

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ebay wrote:So i take it you're not a fan of the Gibraltar stamps :)

I'm with you on the KGV & Ed Vll long type stamps they look great !
I didn't say I don't like them but everything is relative.

Here's a taster of what's to come later today after I've been out to risk my life

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TBC......…...I hope.

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The halfpenny yellow is one of the most beautiful but baffling stamps. Beautiful for obvious reasons, scale and sophistication and yet simplicity personified. Baffling in that there is a huge array of shades, some may say too many. There are certainly enough that the average ebay seller has little clue.

I have not bought mine by reference to catalogue numbers. I have just bought nice looking reasonably priced stamps and when I had gathered enough I was able to work out what they probably are. Here's my accumulation in closer detail

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I said in an earlier post that doing this thread has caused me to review what I have and Malta has been a case in point. Here's why

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I had this down as bright orange-yellow. The gaps I have are SG's 2, 9 and 17. I have a search set up for SG9 golden yellow aniline. I have seen a few but they have not been cheap and I have not always been convinced so I have steered clear. Anyway I looked at the reverse of SG12

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It's the middle stamp. The reverse has a slightly yellow hue. So I have just checked it under UV light and it glows orange unlike any of the rest so I am sure it must be SG9, a less common stamp. Of course I now have to find an SG12, no hurry.

Here are some more close ups

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I once saw one on a cover. They were apparently for local use only. I was tempted but it was a bit scruffy and unimpressive so I let it pass. It made a pretty good price but not a fortune. I haven't seen another since. Wish I'd bought it.

However, I wonder whether the same stamp in green is even more lovely

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Not the nicest example but a classic. To be continued

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Fairly early start today as I have an important palm tree to collect. The rest of Malta

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Closer, nothing special

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Now having extolled the virtues of the halfpenny as a design classic, is this not the absolute pinnacle of stamp design?

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Close to perfection IMO. Some later stuff now

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That's more or less it for Malta. To be continued

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I am going to do a quick canter through Cyprus, a country I have not invested much time on, as I am planning to do something which I hope you will find interesting last thing today. I was going to do it a lot later but with people holed up and nothing to do I will bring it forward. It will ultimately require significant reader participation. Ooh the suspense.....but first Cyprus

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That's the QV, now the Edward VII

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...and finally my extensive George V selection

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To be continued

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So, here we go. Reader participation required. Here are 6 covers in my album each bearing a 1d lilac

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One of them is very special. Everyone who views this post has to guess which, though you are not obliged to give any reason. When you have all had a guess, the next stage will be to reveal the answer and then, assuming nobody has got it already, you can guess why. I will only be able to answer yes or no. Here they are in close up.

No 1
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No 2
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No 3
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No 4
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No 5
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No 6
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Good guessing. TBC.

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I'm saying #1

i'm no good with postmarks and i'm not counting if one is a 14 dot my eyes wont cope.

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I've has 20 or 30 views since I last checked and not a single guess. What am I to make of it? Maybe I was asking too much to expect people to spend a few seconds of their time picking a number from 1 to 6 ??? Ebay, thank you for your guess. The cover you selected has the only 14 dot stamp on it. Could that be the reason? If I say that the secret cover cost me over £300, that may answer that question. Could it still be cover 1, however? If not 1 then which one? In the words of Delia Smith "Come on!" you lot.

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I'm also going to guess at No1 but suggest it's the earliest known date (EKD) I believe it was issued in July '81.

Loving your travels through your collection.

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Don't really know.... but in the spirit of things ....

#4 has that curious shade I associate with POGS.
(Printed on gummed side)?

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ViccyVFU wrote:Don't really know.... but in the spirit of things ....

#4 has that curious shade I associate with POGS.
(Printed on gummed side)?
In the spirit of things I thank you and Goof for having a go. That's 2 votes for No 1 and 1 for no 4. I will not reveal the answer until a few more have had a guess...…..not too difficult...………..well apparently it is.

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My guess is number two squared circle cancel stands out from the others

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amfhf1 wrote:My guess is number two squared circle cancel stands out from the others
An expensive cancel! Thankyou for your guess. The invitation remains open to others!

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Over 100 further views and yet only 4 guesses, 3 from England and 1 from Canada.
None form Australia. Maybe the concept of numbers 1 to 6 is a bit complicated for our Southern hemisphere friends?? Come on Aussies , come on.

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