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2000 "FOR VALOUR" $1 Victoria Cross PNC Retail $300, for $A179:
The absolute key to any PNC collection. The ONLY way to source the
Victoria Cross design $1 coin is by tearing open one of these. Coin
dealers rip up 100s a year, and toss the stamps into the kiloware box.
All collectors of face different Australia coins HAVE to have this one.
In 10 years’ time a complete PNC such as this will be many times the
cost of a coin as the PNCS will be near extinct - the conservative
McDonald retail of the loose coin alone is $295 - the PNC is listed at
QANTAS FFC South Africa/Cocos 1952, 22 diff AAMC $980 - just $A250!: 8 x direct SYD-JNB-SYD - Eustis 1307/08 - $35 each. 14 x intermediate destination covers in a huge array of combos - likely EVERY possible one actually - Eustis 1308A/08 $50 each. Even one cover with an IMPRINT block of the 1d Princess - way underpaid for airmail to Africa and attracted a manuscript UNDERPAID and also an ancient handstamp denoting same. Probably unique for this flight. Bought well - so out they go at about 10 BUCKS A COVER! Indeed for an American buyer this group is only EIGHT bucks apiece! Good overall condition for 67 years old. MASSES of folks collect Cocos Island from the first stamp set in 1963, and therefore Forerunner covers like these are a PERFECT fit to those collections, so these will sell fast. HEAPS of photos here - tinyurl.com/QantasRSA $A250 (Stock 435CF)
QUEENSLAND 1860 1d Queen Victoria SG #1: The very first stamp from Queensland. Imperf with 3 huge margins. Large Star watermark with a thin under old fashioned hinge remain. A rare stamp, and most offered on ebay etc are perforated stamps with margins snipped off close to design by the spiv sellers, and offered as “4 close margins” and the Bunnies lap them up sadly. Printed by Perkins Bacon & Co in London. Bright and attractive looking with light cancel. SG #1 £800 = $A1,600 – about 15% of Cat! $A250 (Stock 937WB)
Australia MUH Decimal stamp collection from 1966 in Seven Seas Hingeless Album Retail $650, for just $A200! Pages here 1966 to 1989, all in a Green Seven Seas binder. Retail of EMPTY pages and binders alone is $A230! As you can see on link below PLUS heaps of pix - tinyurl.com/OzDecColl Not 100% complete, but very largely so, and most sets are here inc key and expensive and high cat earlies like 1970 Cook Mini sheets AND Anpex, 1968 Soil Medical Gutter pair, 1971 Xmas set 7, AND the Block 7, 1972 Beef and Olympic, and 72 Xmas and 1973 Nat Dav, and all the similar expensive early commems. The FACE is $140 and that includes just 98c face for the 1971 Xmas set and Block - those 2 are retail alone $100 etc! Retail of the STAMPS is over $400, and album and binder is $230 so we have $650 retail for just $200! Only a few pages shown on link above, to give you a quick overview. Condition looked pretty good on a quick look when taking these pix. Bought from Estate today and allowed $150 so out it goes FAST to sell FAST at $A200! For a US buyer we are talking just over $US140 for the whole collection. $A200 (Stock 857BG)
GB MUH Commemorative blocks coll 1966 to 1986 - just the Decimals era alone have a face of £134 = $A260! Face value is £134=$A260 alone from the 1971 Decimal currency era onwards - and heaps of blocks before that, in the old currency as a FREE bonus! Some with Plate numbers, and marginal markings, and ''Traffic Lights'' etc. HEAPS of extra pix here - tinyurl.com/GBcommems - In a green "Lighthouse" stockbook - retail $40 when new. Catalogue and retail will be several times this. Odd minor blemish here and there as always this era, but a DARN cheap lot, offered at WAY under face of just the Decimals alone! $A200 (Stock 570SP)
Australia 1913 scarce FIRST Watermark, 2/- Roo on parcel fragment: A truly RARE survivor! Our first ever 2/- stamp. SG 12 - I sell VFU copies for $A200 off piece. This usage was unrecorded and unpriced in ACSC until that find by me that I sold for $2,500, so this one is a BARGAIN! On cross hatched security parcel wrapping paper. Total face here is 4/2d being a heavy interstate parcel rate, and why on earth TWO x 2/- were not used is anyone’s guess. ACSC Cat $4,000 for just the 2/- on parcel fragment. Even a single 1/- is Cat as $1,250 a single on parcel fragment! Neat cds “SYDNEY 3 SE : 13”. Clean and flat, and attractive tri-colour franking, way over a Century old now, and totally UNIQUE - and bought well, so out it goes for just - $A500 (Stock 792LE)
|Green Lighthouse slip-cased album of GB Prestige "exploded" Stamp Booklets 1984-1991: SG value £394 = $A750. Each huge booklet is here as 1 "exploded" and 1 complete. In a green deep grained "leather" album, and matching grained slipcase. The Album is Retail $80 alone EMPTY! Superb presentation and appearance, as you can see, in a classy and heavy German album. HEAPS of photos of them here - tinyurl.com/PrestigeGB - $A250 (Stock 832RP)|
Australia 1d Red King George V Head - the legendary
"Rusted" or "Pre-Substituted" Clichés: The
super scarce major plate variety, and ACSC supports the long held belief
this was caused when rats chewed at the steel plates coated in grease
fat, when in storage during WWI, and the exposed steel plate portions
then corroded slightly. The both positions possible from the adjoining
stamps 34 and 35 of Plate 4. Clean fine used in the usual same dark
semi aniline scarlet shade, both showing the chewed plate rusting
result nicely, and tally exactly with large images of flaws on page 4/68
on current ACSC! Or see the blow up nearby from Arthur Gray’s mint
block that sold for $85,000. Printer noticed the plate damage very fast
and replaced both units with the “Substituted Clichés” (Have the
pair of those too, ACSC $300 for $A125 the pair, Stock 459AP)
Both these rare Rusties have clear dated cds - most Rusted Clichés have the machine roller cancels that look pretty ugly. Centering on stamp 35 as good as I have seen. Stamp 35 has a “Hobart 19 JUNE : 1917 Tasmania” cds - 4 months later than the LRD noted in ACSC. I sold Arthur Gray a used pair 10 years back, as one was cancelled Feb 1917, (Lot 101 mossgreen Gray Sale, est. $4,000) and ACSC then recorded January 1917 as last date recorded on these. You have 4 months later here! Very few of these known, so later dates being recorded are inevitable, even now. Both clean and flat and fresh, and totally free of hinges and gook and gunk. Good perfs. Almost never seen these days offered together, at any price. Usual retail $750 each used. Bought well to sell FAST. ACSC 71(2)J and 71(2)K - cat $A1,500 average used and not LRD date! SG 21ca, £900=$A1,700. $A875 (Stock 459AL)
Superb TOKELAU ISLANDS FDC Coll 1990s. Retail $460! SG Pioneer cover album Tokelau 1992 to 1999 x 42, SG value for stamps only £216 - $A475 Superb clean looking lot from Estate. This 1990s era is IMPOSSIBLE to source. 1970s/80s are about but NOT these guys. SG Cat back in 2010 was £216 - $A400 as used stamps - on FDC will be double that as they probably only sold 20 of each issue! SG is doubtless higher today than that too. Removable little sticker on each page outer, showing the then SG value of used of cover. HEAPS more pix here - tinyurl.com/TokFDC All in a black Stanley Gibbons "Pioneer" FDC album - retail $60 alone. So stamps off FDC, and album are $460, but my price is just $A175 (Stock 938MG)
Papua New Guinea 1994
Rare ‘Emergency Overprints’:
Papua New Guinea 1994 "Emergency Overprints" stamp sets 11 or 20: I have always had the largest stock of these overprints in the world. Buy DIRECT from the original "source"! Thousands of collectors NEED this set to complete their collections, as all album pages on the planet have spaces for them. Only 45,000 sets were ever printed, NONE were ever sold by the agents, the Papua New Guinea Bureau, or even Australia Post. Nearly all were used up on genuine commercial mail. Not discovered by the stamp world until months after all the key values were all used up on mail! I first reported their existence to the stamp world. "Set of 11" - SG # 730/740. Michel # 714 -724. Scott # 860/871. ASC Cat $A420, for the basic set 11 alone.
Definitive sets like the 1967 Anguilla overprints set 16 are already cat at £25,000 mint in Stanley Gibbons - and Anguilla has NOTHING like even 1% of the global collector following of PNG - think about it! This PNG set has a LONG way to go yet - that seems very clear. For very detailed and comprehensive background on this issue, with all numbers printed etc - see my special page on these issues: www.tinyurl.com/1994PNG WEB SPECIAL - set of 11 (ASC Cat $420!) for just $A200 (Stock 928XG) or Fine Used set 11 for $A140 (Stock 928XH) Complete Set 20 as illustrated for $A300 (Stock 928XL) or the Set of 20 Fine Used for just $A180 (Stock 928XP)
Finally - all the 1994 "Emergency" sets I sell are of course guaranteed 100% genuine. You may ask for my Photo Certificate Of Genuineness on my security watermarked colour letterhead for this set of 11 or 20, mint or used, dated and signed, illustrating in full colour the exact set I mail you. If required, this CERTIFICATE costs you an extra $A70 (Stock 928ZW) on top of price of the stamps, largely to cover the considerable time and messing around of individually preparing each one, typing, and scanning etc.This is substantially cheaper than sending it to the R.P.S. in London etc, which takes half a year to get back, and also incurs substantial Registered airmail cost to you - in both directions. And quite frankly, the RPSL would not have a clue about these issues. 'Too Modern, Old Chap' they would sniff! Years down the track when the set sells for a multiple of what it does now, such a certificate Guaranteeing these came from original PNG sources in 1994/5 will add FAR more than $A70 to the extra price you obtain when selling. (Stock 928ZW)
This month's Special - I have ONE set of MUH blocks 4 of the rare set 11, discounted from $A1,250 to $A995 (Around $US750!) – Stock 928ZK
Australia 1957 7d Flying Doctor with spectacular *GUM OFFSET*: THE most spectacular print offset in the history of Australian stamps. Gum Offsets occur in recess/intaglio printed stamps, where a sheet with ink not dried already, has another sheet placed on top of it, in the printed stack. So the gum side of the top sheet gets an ink transfer - in mirror reverse - from the lower sheet. Oddly very few are known on any issues from here, as the rapid drying stamp ink the printers use prevents this. ACSC notes that just one sheet or part sheet was found, and reported in July 1959. Indeed this error appears so infrequently, only a part sheet being found is likely. I have never owned one before. (Stamp was on sale until May 31, 1960, and was the heavily used 3d airmail fee + 4d airmail domestic letter rate, and 62 million were sold.) ACSC 337c, $750. Some copies of this, from the one error sheet/part sheet exhibit far less heavy an offset than others, and I’ve seen copies far less pronounced than this one in major QE2 sales. This is absolutely as strong and heavy as these get. Lovely centred, deep offset, in superb fresh MUH “UK fresh condition” Ex the famous UK Tom Pierron/Richard Monteiro British Commonwealth Errors/Missing Colours collection. $A600 (Stock 834BG)
Solomon Islands 1991 **UNISSUED** stamp - fully SG and Scott noted - Cat $500, for just *$A80* each MUH!: 1991 Health Campaign, 65¢ UNISSUED value, depicting “Less Healthier Food” at left. A set of 5 stamps were printed by Walsall Security Printers in the UK, on the usual CA sideways watermarked paper. On arrival of stock in the Solomons, it was decided not to issue this 65¢ value, as it was noted the more correct English term was of course - “Less Healthy Food”. In error however, a small number of sheets were delivered to some remote Post Offices, and they were certainly used on commercial mail, and several clearly dated used in period pieces and stamps are recorded, from charity kiloware. Full story here - tinyurl.com/Glen4-19 Used singles have fetched up to $760 each at auction. I have 4 of them on piece, plus another Dolphin stamp, all with a clear “LATA - March 12 - 1992” cds, dated part envelope to North America - see pic above. This unique used multiple is just $A500 = $US350 (Stock 362C) The last 2 loose singles Auctioned by Status Auctions got $670 and $760 each they confirm - see tinyurl.com/SolsError Scott 693a, listed at $US350 = $A500 a mint single. I was sold a block 6 fresh MUH, and I can sell a MUH margin Block 4, Scott cat $US1,400 (= $A2,000), for just $A320 (Stock 362JA) or a MUH single as pictured above, Scott Cat $A500, is just ~$US70 or: $A100 (Stock 362JB)
Australia Pre-Decimal Postal Stationery Cat $655, for just $A175: Mostly KGVI and QE2 pre-decimal, but a few later of minor account to fill out his book. Owner had ASC cat noted from 12 years back, which is what you see. After midnight here at Easter, and too lazy to look them up in the new ACSC catalogue. All mint, many key pieces looked clean and fresh when taking photos, but some looked aged - all in a weird old 1950s era glassine stock album. Mostly different but a few he had duplicates of - sometimes of quite scarce pieces. There are things marked $10 or $15 cat, that I have not seen for 10 years and they are SCARCE, so at $175 the lot a deal for someone! Aust letter cards, postcards, registered letters, pre-printed stamped envelopes etc. Not all pictured here by all means here - tinyurl.com/PostStat - $A175 (Stock 489RE)
Christmas Island 1996 $4.50 Stamp Booklet - only 190 existed globally: The first SG listed Christmas Island booklets are SG #SB1 Cat £160 ($A320), and I still have a few of these mint in stock with panes 10 x 45c Fish stamps, for $A150 each for anyone missing those. (Sel Pfeffer Booklet Cat BK 1, $400.) Only a few left now and when they are gone no-one else on the planet seems to have stock! Just $A150 a booklet - only a couple left now, and then totally sold out. Good luck finding ANY other stock. More info here - tinyurl.com/XmasIsBklt $A150 (Stock 682EH)
Cape Of Good Hope 4d Dark Blue “HOPE” Triangle stamp, 1853 SG 2, Deeply Blued paper, SG £275=$A550, for just $A115: Clean and fresh, and GUARANTEED free of the usual tears, thins, creases, foxing and repairs etc. Near full margins - barely touching lower left. Deeply blued reverse as can be seen with nice Ivory Head effect albino impression of “HOPE”. Terrific Estate buy this week (with a bunch of superb WA imperfs!) at just 20% of SG Catalogue, to sell fast! Remember the mostly seen white paper later print of this design 4d - SG 6, is cat a QUARTER of this, and is pretty common. This one is NOT. A first issue global classic, printed by Perkins Bacon in London. Superb crisp recess printed, and razor sharp plate impression, and bright colour. GREAT shape for 166 years old! YET at what the current PO Australia Post year book costs - crazy! SG #2, £275=$A550. An attractive all-time stamp classic, in fault free shape, with lovely crisp light cancel. $A115 (Stock 954BR)
GB 1994 to 2000 fresh MUH coll Retail $600 for just $275! The face value £150 = $A300 - to clear for just $A275: A VERY elusive era, and MANY collections are missing these sets. Lots of GB "1st" rated Booklets, that are of course "FOREVER" stamps. Retail for this era is about double face = $A600. A STACK more photos here - tinyurl.com/GB94-2000 Where do you EVER seen these in one run?? Bought cheap in an Estate, so out it goes at just - $A275 (Stock 125VS)
France AIRMAILS collection, 1930-1987 SG Cat $800, for just $A195! Pretty lot bought from Estate this week, mostly used, some modern are MUH. Many scarce and high cat items are superb. SG Cat as you can see is £400 = $A800 - so Estate lot bought well - out they go at QUARTER GIBBONS. Many more pix here - tinyurl.com/FrenchAir - where will you EVER see these offered in one run? $A195 (Stock 714BX)
GB 1902 5/- KEVII Spectacular fresh bright MLH for just $A350: Deep Bright Carmine. Superb fresh MLH. Been in UK near all its life, so no usual towing and rust spots we see from here. Superb perfs, centering, and deep incredibly rich colour as you can readily see. SG 264 £450 = $A900. A premium looking stamp for ANY album. From a superb album of GB I am breaking down. From 1840 1d Blacks (in every Plate!) 2 sets “1d Plates’’ to 225 etc. Strong M+U line engraved, often in superb shape. QV and KEVII to £1 and KGV to both £1. Let me know what WANTS you have - all going out CHEAP! Top grade, for near a THIRD of Cat - $A350 (Stock 382BR)
New Zealand - Both KGV and KGVI reign, 1935 £4½ "Arms" Super Hi-Val, for UNDER 5% of SG Cat!: SG Cat £2,500 for just $A225!: Clean and fresh Used, with no thins or faults or repairs or embossing. A stamp missing from nearly all KGV and KGVI collections, worldwide - issued in 1935 it was on sale during KGV reign as well, and is in printed SG “KGVI” albums. SG F167, Deep Olive Grey, cat £2,500 = $A5,000 for just $A225 - UNDER 5% of SG! Has usual neat audit puncture, and a neat and attractive black dated cds. The audit copies of these usually also have ugly pen or crayon cancels, and heavy and ugly embossing “crimps” in addition. This thankfully has neither! Sold here for well under 5% of the Gibbons cat for postal used. Cat £2,500 for just - $A225 (Stock 367AZ)
Sierra Leone 1933 £1 Slavery/Wilberforce Top Value of set, SG Cat $1,700 – just $A400: One of the BIGGIES from the entire KGV reign in the Commonwealth and VERY seldom offered. Top value £1 Violet and Orange, of this popular steel engraved set, depicting a Ship and Lighthouse in Freetown Harbour. Clean used ex Estate, with no hinges or gook and gunk, with a Registered cancel off a parcel. Very light crease not visible at all facially, (consistent with parcel use) and mentioned for strict accuracy, but price certainly adjusted accordingly. SG 180, £850 = $1,700 - well under QUARTER Gibbons! - $A400 (Stock 624LE)
Complete Set Australia Post Year Albums 1983-2003 -
$1,000 *UNDER* Retail
special. All TWENTY ONE albums. The FACE value of the stamps inside
is $842.27. You are paying WAY UNDER
UNDER ACTUAL FACE! ALL are
100% valid for global postage if you ever need to use them. You are
basically buying $100 bills for less than $100! I just bought TWENTY
sets of 21, off a guy who bought them for an “investment”, so have
slashed over $1000 off my usual selling price, to see them clear FAST.
German "Lighthouse" Deluxe 64 page stockbooks, Crocodile skin covers,
35% under retail - $A65!:
GOLD corner stockbooks. CLASSY! For the collector who wants the VERY
best for their stamps. "OVER 35% OFF RETAIL" As you can see on link
below, Australian recommended retail is $A95 each. My bulk buy price is
over 35% UNDER! Offered these in past years and was stampeded with
orders. Made another huge bulk buy, so here we go AGAIN! Rich,
attractively deep grained Crocodile skin style cover, in the 3 colours,
with 24 carat GOLD plated corners for long life. The top of the range,
"DELUXE" - from the very top maker. The very classiest stockbooks I've
ever sold or handled. Expensive Padded covers, DOUBLE glassine
interleaving, quality double linen hinging for very long life, and in
rich, sumptuous, very realistic looking Crocodile skin covers as per
many photos HERE -
tinyurl.com/CrocSbks CLEAR strips, not glassine, so you can SEE
your stamps - not the cheap cloudy glassine strips as used on many lower
cost books, that obscure the stamp designs. TWICE as thick as most
stockbooks sold. Popular BLACK pages, so all your stamps look superb.
6 Books is 384 pages.
1916 2/- Brown Third Watermark attractive MUH original gum: The 2/- Browns being issued in middle of WWI, well over a century back are not encountered MUH very often. The 2/- Maroon - YES, far easier, but these are really hard. Guaranteed by me as MUH original gum and with far better than usual perfs and centering as these often had the really “fluffy/woolly” perfs due to perf heads not being replaced on schedule. Flat and most attractive with original as printed “sheen”. I’d suggest this was the very first print - the colour and clean cut perfs are near identical to the short lived Second Watermark. Issued on this slight watermark change with no fanfare, in the midst of WWI when most stamp collectors - being men, were overseas fighting, hence no FDC’s exist. ACSC 37b $3,000. A top example, at HALF cat as bought well from Estate - $A1,500 (Stock 894HA)
ITALY 1889 King Umberto 45¢ Dull Green MLH, Cat £2,500 for tiny 5% of SG Cat!: Bought cheap, and have several other Mint Italy from this era also cheap if you have gaps. MLH with guaranteed ORIGINAL gum, and the usual centering for this era. Deep rich original colour, a bargain at a tiny % of SG. SG #40 £2,500=$A5,000. Decent shape for 130 years old, and bought cheap, to sell cheap. Just $US175 as I type this: $A250 (Stock 634EK)
1929 Roo £2 Roo Small Multiple Wmk, with lightest cds cancel & major “WEEPING KANGAROO” Flaw!: Striking looker for these. Clean and fresh, free of all hinges, gunk and toning, or any creases etc, that be-devil this top value parcel post stamp from 90 years ago. Deep vivid original colours as you can see, and fantastic perfs and centering. About TEN times harder to find than the £2 CofA, despite the near identical absurd current retail. Exactly HALF as many were printed of this £2 watermark than the 1913 £2 FIRST - Retail of that is $6,000 FU! ANYTHING in half decent grade of this watermark, with NO error, is well over $A1,000 from major dealers this year. Lovely light corner postal cancel - near unheard of for heavy parcel use during the Great Depression. SG 114, £750=$A1,500 with NO error, and very clearly shows the MAJOR and short-lived error of this issue - ACSC 58(V)VL $A2,250 - “Weeping Kangaroo”. I’ve seen real heavy cancel grubby roughies, with NO plate varieties, get $500-$600 in today’s strong market! About as good a copy of this elusive stamp, as you will see offered anywhere, AND with the major plate variety, at $1,000 UNDER the Cat for average used: $A1,250 (Stock 827KW)
NSW 1897 2½d Queen Victoria Golden Jubilee superb DIE PROOF for just $A250!: A superbly struck Die Proof in the finished Die 1 state, on thin surfaced card, with lovely strong “bite” of the Die impression, that can be readily seen on the reverse. Die proofs of the following AUSTRALIA issues from 1913 are $10,000 each - go figger. Clean and attractive as you can see, in the rich deep Prussian Blue colour of issue. $A250 (Stock 592JA) Also have the 1d NSW Shield of same series, Die Proof, in a lighter blue in similar large size, and similar wide margins, with hinge remain, also just $A250 (Stock 592JB) and buy them both TOGETHER and keep them as a set, and save $100 or 20%, the PAIR for just $A400 (Stock 592JC)
STOP PRESS - NEW Editions of Brusden White *ACSC* KGVI and QE2 Pre-Decimal in COLOUR: Just printed mid-April. Being in Sydney I will as usual have stock FIRST of any dealer. In Full colour for the first time, and in the new large A4/Quarto type size for the first time too. Lots more data, and superb Dr Geoff Kellow research, and the KGVI includes all the BCOF issues of course. All Proofs and essays and trials, and errors and imprints, and plate numbers, and the usual vat amount of ACSC data found NOWHERE else. These new editions supersede and update the previous 2015 editions, and are in full colour for the first time, and in the new large A4 format, means tons more info is in each book. The listings have been fully revised, with some additions and corrections, and with additional illustrations.
Two on-cover prices are now provided for every stamp - for solo usage and for other uses of each stamp. With prices that will gob-smack you! The relevant Postage Due issues have also been included in each volume - a HUGE plus. QE2 includes Australian Antarctic Territory and Cocos (Keeling) Islands issues. For most buyers, purchasing both together add zero extra post cost over a single copy - so get yours NOW. As I have typed a million times - “Knowledge Is Power” and using these just ONCE, can easily pay for themselves. A solo use on cover of a very common stamp, now Cat $500, will in fact pay for these TWO times over! King George VI is 232 x A4 pages. $A120 (Stock 892JA) and Queen Elizabeth 2 is 276 large A4 pages, price $A125 (Stock 892JB) Or buy the both TOGETHER and pay $15 less at just: $A230 (Stock 892JC)
Tasmania 1855 2d Dark Green Imperf - striking looking example: Clean and fresh, and no ugly hinge remains or toning etc. The first Star Watermark printing. Three massive margins - part of adjoining stamp at left. And just into along top margon. Unusually light barred numeral “60” of Hobart, and part of the wonderful Hobart Paid diamond in Vermillion at lower left. Deep rich original colour, and sharp proof like impression. SG 15, £550 = $A1,100. No faults or defects, and $800 under SG catalogue price! $A300 (Stock 793JL)
Victoria the UNIQUE 6d Q.Vic perf 11 variety, and PERFORATED “OS”: 1912 Crown/A Mixed Perfs 6d Emerald, compound of comb perfs 12.2 x 12.4, and single line perf 11. Exceptional centring for these, a couple of slightly irregular perfs as always this era, very light part-strike of huge Parcels Branch cancel of Melbourne. Believed to be unique as an Official perfin stamp. Ceremuga Photo Certificate (2010) states "extremely rare perf variety, and the only example perf OS known to me. Genuine in all respects, with contemporary Perf OS ". (The ACSC records only three examples recorded, none of which is perf 'OS' - this one is UNIQUE! All have the line perf 11 down RH side, as we do here.) Being first issued in 1912 with this emergency use of the perf 11 machine, this is an AUSTRALIAN stamp, as Federation was 1901. ACSC #V101var (SG 451 var), cat $2,500+ = £1250+ for the 3 non-OS. This one will easily be double or treble ($A10,000+) when ACSC updates Vic listings. Can you show me any UNIQUE stamp from Australia, priced at less than $2,000?! A unique “OS” Roo perfin would be $50,000+. $A1,750 (Stock 837JC)
Australia 1932 5/- Sydney Harbour Bridge Choice *COMMERCIAL* used : 100 times more elusive than the corner CTO copies, which were given away in the Specimen packs for 15 years. Gibbons current “Part 1” Catalogue now has a note noting this very important distinction - ‘postally used are worth much more” . The ACSC of course prices postal used at much more than CTO - ACSC $500 - 80% higher than CTO. These were printed essentially on coarse blotting paper, and they thin and crease and scuff readily from the heavy parcel use. And the thick huge oval rubber Melbourne Parcel Office cancels mostly found are often HORRIFIC! Clean and flat and fresh, totally fresh or hinges and gook, with neat upright Melbourne LATE FEE cds. About as nice as you’ll see offered anywhere for POSTAL used on a HEAVY parcel, with good perfs and centering as you can see. $A400 (Stock 672JW)
Roo 1919 Third Watermark £2 Black and Rose Used - $4,250 *UNDER* retail! The VERY hardest Australian stamp to find in attractive used. Missing from 99.9% of collections. Even harder used than the mega rare 1913 £2, which thankfully had a lot of CTO copies done. SG #45, Black and Rose. Quite attractive fresh and clean used, with a neat Registered Melbourne cancel of 1921, with unusually decent perfs for these, and appearance. I sold a fairly nice one last month for $4,500. Nearly ALL this watermark had "fluffy" and ugly perfs, often not punched out at all – not so on this guy. This one has a very tiny professional repair, that I did not even notice when I bought the collection (and allowed $3,000 for it!) otherwise would be in the $4,500+ league retail. As you can see also has the “White flaw in Gulf Of Carpentaria” error, ACSC 56(D)g $A5,500. SG 45 £3,250 = $A6,000 with no variety. A FU copy (lot 661, no variety) sold for $A6,000 at the Arthur Gray Auction in New York way back in 2007. Buy this one for a $4,250 discount over that price, due to the very minor repair! $A1,750 (Stock 473AJ)
GB 1840 “Penny Black” 4 margin VFU Scarce Plate *THREE*: Clean and fresh. Free of the toning and creasing etc, that often be-devils this issue. "The World's First Stamp" Even 2 or 3 margin, common plate number real roughies these days, can cost you half this, as many 1000's are sold to China each year by SG and others, in a large consumer marketing drive, and prices are up. This is Lettered "O. K." with a FAR superior cancel strike than 95% of what I see. Has a MAGNIFICENT light crisp complete vermillion Red Maltese Cross cancel as you will agree - so much nicer than a usual heavy BLACK MX! Every collector wants a "Penny Black" on the frontispiece page of their album, no matter what country they collect. If your initials are “O. K.” - even better! Scarce plate 3 (SG price 50% higher than most) as confirmed by stampboards plating experts. (The OK and PK both have same strange K on Plate 3) SG minimum £500 = $A1,000. Clean 4 margin example, totally free of the usual aging and gook and gunk - now 179 years old. HUGE eye-appeal, as you can see. Only $US280 as I type. $A395 (Stock 847AZ)
|1946 First Qantas Airmail, UK-Aust after WW2 with THREE Pilot signatures! A gem condition 6d UK airletter. (This same design airletter sold for $31,000 this month - the amazing story on that is here - tinyurl.com/Glen4-19 ) Addressed to the Doyen of this era, Ernie Crome, who presented it to my Qantas Captain. From a HUGE collection of Oz related air covers (especially Qantas) and Qantas Vignettes 1920s-1960s, I bought from estate of that Captain - who flew many of the flights. Get onto to me with WANTS! One of few typed versions of this Air Letter - far scarcer than overprinted ones. These were done by Ernie Crome. Stated by owner only 30 done, and after 75 years most are lost, or in ratty shape. Clear London dispatch cancels of April 6, 1946, with signatures of the 3 Qantas Captains from Karachi - H. J. Mills, R. O. Mant and K. G. Jackson. This one is in STUPENDOUS shape! As if created last year, not 1944. AAMC 1039b, $150 - 11 years ago for UNSIGNED typed Aeros. Show me a BETTER one anywhere! $A150 (Stock 792GQ|
Australia 1951 3d Scarlet KGVI, complete Booklet Pane
sheet of 144 - $1 each!
ACSC 251c as 24 panes or 8 x Vertical strips of 3 panes ACSC 251ca, that
are highly sought. Cat $360+ - only a small part of it in photo
here above - Just $A150. 1951 3d Scarlet KGVI, complete booklet pane
sheet of 144. These sheets were printed, and the usual stamp booklets
were just about to be assembled, when the UPU demanded a colour change
to 3d GREEN for this value, which were hastily printed and issued July
9, 1951. So 3d Red booklets were NEVER issued. Rarely seen in a
COMPLETE sheet thus. Now 68 years old, and still just $A150
- way under HALF the ACSC price! Well centred, and stores easily on a
#1 Hagner, or stockbook page, as it folds perfectly vertically as shown
here. Around a DOLLAR apiece. All with the UNIQUE "Gutter Pairs" all
through it. The ONLY sheet ever sold like this in our history - PO had
them for sale if you specifically asked, but few did.
Your number one source for USED Kangaroo Stamps
I have had for 40 years probably the largest stock of used Australia KGV heads and Kangaroos in the world. From poor to superb. Many collectors find it really tough to sort and source these by watermark and Dies accurately. In the early 1980's I ran dozens of full page ads in the 2 local magazines listing EVERY key Australian stamp in 5 different grades from "Spacefiller" to "Superb". Even the 1913 £2 Roo. Not one dealer has done that kind of ad - before or since.
My grading is precise, my stock enormous, and I have assisted many THOUSANDS of collectors complete their sets of these difficult issues. From budget conscious pensioners filling 5 albums for their grandchildren, where space-fillers of scarcer values will suffice perfectly, to multi-millionaires who want and buy the BEST - from cars and houses .... to their stamps! You may not be able to afford to LIVE as well as Hugh Morgan or Sir Ron Brierley does, or drive a Bentley like they do, but your used Roos can look JUST as nice!
If you want a complete set of "Melbourne Dec 3, 1913" half circle gloss black cancels on 1st watermark - I can supply them. If you want the full gum corner CTO from Specimen packs I can help. (All these are now listed in the ACSC as CTO and priced accordingly.) If you want just lovely postally Superb Used like those in the photo nearby - I have always been the #1 choice to buy from. I have 1000's just like them. Read my recent stamp column about WHY you should collect USED stamps in this country - tinyurl.com/RoosVFU
Unlike mint, used stamps do not tone or rust nearly as fast - and are readily ‘cleaned’ if they do! And unlike mint - no-one goes about regumming used Kangaroos! And when it comes to filling gaps in high value Roos, opting for USED, even lovely copies, will cost you a FRACTION of what mint hinged will. So it is VERY possible to fully complete your used Roo collection. Mint will cost you $30,000 - $40,000. USED are a tiny fraction of that, as you can see below.
I purchased Private Treaty from Harmers Of Sydney in 1980, the massive H .F. McNess accumulation of used "OS" perfins. He was obsessed with accumulating these issues, and had books full. I still have much of this stock. This was at a time when perf "OS" were poorly regarded by collectors and dealers alike. Not me. I still have multiple copies of items most dealers have never seen or handled genuine examples of, like - 4d Lemon Yellow, ½d and 1/4d Small Multi perf 14, KGV No Wmk pair, Roo 2½d and 4d Yellow 1st Wmks etc.
I was the person who got the £2 Small Multi perf 'OS' listed into the ACSC after 75 years, by proving beyond doubt 2 genuine copies did exist. One of which I bought from a war-time assembled collection. (The used Arthur Gray copy then sold for $A40,000.) These OS perfins (especially First Wmk) are usually HORRIBLE looking stamps.
The stamp printer directed that badly centered sheets of stamps too poorly produced for sale be put aside and perforated 'OS' for these “nuisance” officials. That makes CHOICE copies about one in a 100 of the higher 1913 values above 3d. And do note - all perf “OS” sold by ME are genuine from the massive H.F. McNess hoard I bought. Do not TOUCH 90% of what you see on eBay. Read the ENDLESS eBay fake exposes here tinyurl.com/EbayOSFake
1/- Victoria Centenary stamp and 9d Macarthur Ram stamps on tidy 1934 Registered cover to UK! Never seen these 2 used together as franking in 40 years of dealing - near all franking for this common 1/9d Registered Airmail rate to UK, were 9d and 1/- CofA Roos in 1934, or far more often, the 1/6d Hermes issued for this exact air route, and a 3d KGV or current commem for the Reg'd fee. Both these were the CURRENT high value commems (1/- Vic is the far scarcer perf 11½) - indeed the 9d Macarthur Ram was issued only a week before this letter was mailed. Both tied by a neat "Registered Perth’’ cds, with same clear Dec 7 backstamp, and a crisp UK arrival "Registered Stockwells - 24 DE 34’’ - the day before Xmas! 9d Ram is ACSC Cat $400 on cover, and Vic Cent is $350. Attractive 4 colour cover, and in good shape for 85 years old, especially as it travelled 10,000 miles, via literally SIXTEEN transit stops to UK! This link - tinyurl.com/1934DH shows the EXACT plane this cover travelled to Europe on - tiny De Haviland DH61, fuselages VH-UJC and VH-ULG - would YOU fly over the near uninhabited Middle East, or the Alps, in THESE single engine things?! Image DH61 VH-UJC was soon sold to Carpenter Airlines in New Guinea, and crashed and was destroyed only months later. Bought very well, so out it goes at just - $A165 (Stock 492KQ)
Australia 1944 WW2 Qantas “KANGAROO XMAS” Airletter to UK - SUPERB. Cat $800: Have never owned this rarest of all Wartime Aerograms. Qantas overprinted the centred of 100 x standard 7d KGVI Aerograms with the huge “Xmas Kangaroo Air Mail services” logo as you can see. Over the ensuing 75 years, most of those have been lost, or got ratty or foxed etc. This one is PRISTINE. AAMC, 992e - $800 (2008) and ACSC, A2d $800. From a HUGE collection of Oz related air covers (especially Qantas) and Qantas Vignettes 1920s-1960s, I bought from estate of a Qantas Captain - who flew on many of the flights. Get onto to me with WANTS! I saw a grotty one of these invoiced at $500 - this one is PRISTINE - for the same figure - the best on the planet. Just ~$US355 or - $A500 (Stock 926GQ)
NSW 1894 1/- QV, DLR Telegram Form, o/p “SPECIMEN” $A185: The very scarce 1/- black Queen Victoria value, showing the 1876 De La Rue design type. Retail elsewhere $470 on this exact same form! These NSW Telegraph/Telegram forms were issued in February 1894, 121 years back. 1/- was for inland messages. The messages could not exceed ten words for the pre-paid 1/-. Lovely item to display for the collector - fits superbly on a #1 Hagner Sheet, or album or stockbook page, and looks very attractive, as you can see. These were UPU distributed folded horizontally, to all the recipient UPU countries. These are on very fragile thin paper. I’ve seen these in the past where foxing is very bad, due to the cheap acidic paper used, and indeed some were separated in 2 pieces, and this one is VERY clean and intact, I am pleased to say: $A185 (Stock 815LX)
Germany 1950 “DEBRIA” Exhibition Miniature Sheet, Superb Used:
One of the scarcest East
German Miniature Sheets, and VERY seldom offered here - especially
used. Clean and fresh and bright, with no hinges or foxing or creasing
etc - as nice as you will see. This big Exhibition was held in Leipzig
soon after the end of WW2, and EAST German citizens at this time had a
lot more on their minds, than buying
KGVI Coronation, large 2R.70 Booklet - SG Cat £1,300 ($A2,600) for just
rare beast, and only a very few exist - globally. Even the famous Dr
William Mayo Booklet collection, the world’s finest, never possessed
this one. Bill had it on his short ‘Major Want’ list for 20
years, and told me he had never even seen a booklet cover, or roughie,
offered anywhere! Only 1000 printed in June 1937, as per note on lower
left front cover “1000 - 6/37”. 9¢
the airmail rate for UK and Commonwealth Countries according for postage
rates inside cover, (local mail was 6¢)
but that was increased to 10c within months of this book being issued,
and new booklets SB17 and SB18 were printed soon after this, as there
was no need for these green 9c stamps, and near all the 2R.70 booklets
were destroyed according to Mayo, hence the huge SG price. Imprint on
outer back cover - “Printed at the Ceylon Government Press, Columbo.”
GB 1862 Spray Watermark, 9d Bistre-Brown, very fresh
sound unused - $10,000 *UNDER* SG Cat!
= $A11,500 - priced to sell fast at under 9% of SG. Corner Lettered “T.L”.
Missing for near all GB mint collections globally. Had acquired
several old heavy paper hinges on back, over 157 years, and very many
ownerships. Those often hide thins, and repaired tears, or creases etc,
but my hunch was it was sound and original, and a quick soak confirmed
that - sound as a bell. Emblems Watermark which shows facially on RH
margin as you can see and are not thins of course, (indeed may even be
INVERTED - not 100% certain!) and clean and fresh and flat, and free of
those ugly hinges and gook and gunk. 105% Guaranteed as sound unused -
get a Cert if you wish. Almost nothing in Mint GB has gum from 157
Cocos Island 1991 *Emergency Provisional Overprints* Complete Set: Fresh MUH set of 7 of the regular size stamps, SG 234/239, and that includes the very rare 1991 Coconut "OFFICIAL - PAID MAINLAND" which as always, is CTO with full gum - and was never sold Mint without the corner cancel. A cover with 3 copies, just sold for $A4,800. (SG #01) - see tinyurl.com/Glen4-19 – Cocos prices have gone quite INSANE at auction in March 2019 - click the link! ASC 140a/148a, cat. $A350 just the 7 small stamps. This includes both types of overprint grid bars on 10¢ Shell, as per cat listings - one is VERY scarce. One of the priciest and most sought “Shell” stamp sets of the post war era - globally. The 2017 ASC Catalogue Retail is $350 a set 7. I also have the scarce and huge, December 1990 size $5 on 65¢ Aeroplane, Emergency overprint MUH, ASC 186a, cat $A110, for $A70 (Stock 107CR) So, the basic set of 7, ASC Cat $350 is from me $A275 (Stock 107CQ) or all EIGHT overprint stamps as per photo above, including the scarce and huge $5 Aeroplane, for a $A25 discount - all 8 for: $A320 (Stock 107CT)
Gilbert & Ellice Islands 1912/24 £1 KGV absolutely *SUPERB* used:
rarest used KGV high value from the entire Pacific. Only a few genuine
used are recorded of this mega high value from this tiny island group.
Incredible condition ex Germany - fresh and bright and fresh, fresh of
hinges and gook and gunk, and “unrubbed”, and DEEP vibrant
unwashed colour. These stamps fade badly if immersed in water for more
than a few seconds. Used are cat much higher than mint, so most “used”
on the market have dodgy and incorrect corner cancels, added to
“improve” toned mint copes.
GB 1840 “Penny Black” 4 Margin - Rare Plate 10 - No Faults - $A495: Clean and fresh. Free of the toning and creasing etc, that often be-devils this issue. "The World's First Stamp" Even 2 or 3 margin common plate number real roughies these days can cost you $A150, as many 1000's are sold to China each year by Gibbons and others, in a large consumer marketing drive, and prices are up. If your initials are “S.D.” - even better! This 1d Black is 100% Guaranteed as the scarcer Plate 10 – accurately plated and verified by the Stampboards experts here - tinyurl.com/Plate10 Confirmed by the well-developed Stage 2 "O-Flaw", position of corner letter "S", weak frame line at top NW corner, and slight downward extension of frame line bottom right. SG £800=$A1,600 for normal copies. Clean and fresh 4 margin example, with two black Maltese Cross cancels. Portion of left hand stamp frameline also here, as you can see. Absolutely NO usual faults or repairs, or hinge remains, to hide thins and tears and defects etc - GUARANTEED – and only ~$US350 as I type this: $A495 (Stock 682CK)
Australia Post Annual "Year Books" Black
LEATHER "Executive" Edition complete - Book #1, to 2000 -
*$A700 UNDER retail*!
ONE set only
at this price
Leather (Executive) books are VERY classy. All have been
black genuine Leather covered, with
brass corners, since the first issue in 1986, so they are a
fully matched classy Black leather
set, in matching slipcases.
are thickly padded and deeply gold inscribed on front and spine.
Each book has a matching gold embossed heavy slipcase ….. see
the main photo above - the 3 slipcases are standing at back.
These keep dust and moisture OUT of your stamp albums and are
ESSENTIAL in this climate.
Australia 1932 5/- Bridge well centred very fresh *Regummed* MUH:
Came from Denmark recently - owner had formed his collection there, and
this was on a Gaertner Auction lot card for 800 Euro plus fees. It is
very attractive superb centered *MUH* but in my view, it has been
professionally regummed. 95% of collectors would not have a clue it
was. Only as I have handled 100s of genuines, do you get a ‘feel’ for
these. Gum FAR fresher than we usually see out here, which is very
often deep molasses brown, and ‘crazed’. Great perfs and centering for
these “Terrors”. Remember they were printed on what was essentially
coarse weave blotting paper, like Scott Towels, and single line
perforated with very blunt pins, at the absolute height of the Great
Depression. MOST I see are truly, pretty rough grade, with terrible
part punched out “fluffy” perfs, and are also poorly centered.
Australia 1915 Second Watermark Roo, VFU:
priciest 5/- watermark by a long way. Clean fresh copy, with really
excellent perfs and centering for these absolute TERRORS. With very
attractive light cds cancel as you can see, and not the usual huge
rubber thick lettered “Killers” used on near all parcel mail. SG
30. These, as we all know, usually have ugly “fluffy/woolly” perfs
barely punched out, and with centering all over the place. This Second
Watermark (Emergency war-time use on KGV watermark paper) was only on
sale for a short time during WWI, before the 3rd watermark 5/- was
issued. I have ALL used Roos in stock, in 5 Grades,
Superb to Spacefiller - contact me with your WANTS.
Only one printing of 679,920 were ever issued. Issued in the middle of WWI, as Germans were sinking merchant ships bringing the correct Roo watermark paper from the UK. Deep rich, unfaded, GLOWING Chrome Yellow colour. Hard to improve on looking example for used, trust me. Clean and flat and very fresh, with no hinges, or gook or gunk on back, to hide faults. Of the 5 x different 5/- Roos this is the ONLY one where no CTO copies are available for VFU collectors. I’ve seen similar looking copies to this get way over $800 lately. ACSC Cat 43b, $675 for average used. Only around $US430 as I type. Great looking copy for this tough stamp, as all can see ALSO with a distinct “Broken Value Circle” error as a bonus! This error is recorded on the other bi-colours, and has been reported to ACSC Editor for inclusion in next Edition - a $1,500 item if listed like the other plate vars! $A600 (Stock 493BK)
GB 1854 6d “Embossed” attractive used. SG Cat £1,000=$A2,000, for just $A200! An appealing looking copy as you can see - very attractive for 166 years old. MANY are ugly cut to shape. Still on neat piece from original envelope - not often found thus. Queen’s head is crisply and deeply embossed - very often flattened out when soaking and drying etc. These stamps were tediously HAND embossed/crimped onto very stout paper/light card, ONE stamp at a time by printer. The placement of each image varied wildly on every sheet. The unit at base as you can see, was hand embossed OVER each lower edge of this unit! Light “177” strike of Cheltenham. Often these were obliterated by heavily inked “Killers”. Bought well, so an attractive stamp, at a tiny % of Gibbons. SG 58, Cat £1,000 = $2,000 – 10% of SG - $A200 (Stock 493BR)
GB 1902 £1 KEVII Dull Blue Green, Clean FU. SG $2,300 for $A500: De La Rue printing, clean FU. Lovely light dated cancel of ‘’22 JUL 04’’. SG 266, cat £1,235 = $2,300 for well centred light cancel used, which this very clearly is. Fantastic perfs and centering for these massive stamps - 4 or 5 times the size of the lower values. Clean and fresh and flat, free of the usual hinges and gook and gunk and aging on these high values, that hide thins and tears etc. This was a fortune back in the day, and were used on heavy parcels and got banged about, and got damaged, and received ugly boot-heel ‘’Killer’’ cancels. The £1 Kangaroo from this era is $3,500 for FU, so these are WILDLY under-rated right now. From a superb album of GB I am breaking down. From 1840 1d Blacks (in every Plate!) 2 sets “1d Plates’’ to 225 etc. Strong M+U line engraved, often in superb shape. QV and KEVII to £1, and KGV to both £1. Let me know what WANTS you have - all going out CHEAP! $A500 (Stock 274AX)
Papua New Guinea 1971 SHELLS Booklet x *50* Mint copies! Estate buy today. Someone looks like they bought these near a Half Century ago, and they have only just now reached the market. Pretty booklet, with marginal blocks 10 of the 1969 7c Shell Definitive stamp. SG SB3, Cat £650. Pfeffer #3 cat $1,500. Very seldom seen early booklet, and a great ebay re-seller etc, as both PNG and Shells are globally super popular. Just $A5 each, or well under $US4 apiece - Cat £650, retail $1,500. $A250 (Stock 782RT)
Kangaroo 1913 10/- First Watermark Roo: Unusually good facial looker for this 100+ year old Classic high value! Usual rather heavily hinged mint, with 1 slightly aged perf mentioned for strict accuracy. Generally the perfs are terrible on these, as the paper choice was poor for stamps, with long very tough fibres, that ripped out perfs readily when separated, and it was never used again. With the original vivid deep pink attractive colour, that this scan just does NOT convey. First Watermark high value Roos are red-hot lately - a £2 MUH, with the same number printed as this one, has sold for over $25,000! SG 14. There were in fact LESS issued of this value, than the 1913 £1 and £2 First Watermark Roos. ACSC 47a, $A2,000 for usual average centred. SG #14, £900 = $A1,800. Juzwin $1,275 for average mint. With far better perfs and centering than usual. Top MLH copies are $1,500+ these days. Bought cheap in an Estate, to clear cheap, this month! $A800 (Stock 682HE)
N.Z. 1858 *No Wmk* QV Chalon FU, 1/- Blue Green SG #17: £1,800 = $3,600 for 14% Cat!: Fine Used - clean and fresh, and free of hinges and gum and gook, to hide the usual repairs or thins etc - totally sound. Really thick white paper - very nice looker as you can see. Light numeral cancel. 100% Guaranteed by me to have no repairs or faults. Bright colour, and with 3 clear margins and just touching along top. SG 17, £1,800 = $A3,600 - bought well with other scarce NZ Imperfs, to clear at just 143% of SG! $A500 (Stock 729KR)
Australia genuine *MUH* 3d rare Postage Due:
1908 Crown and Single-Lined A watermark, 3d Light Green - ACSC D52.
Exceptional perfs and centring for any Mono Dues, and deep vivid
“unrubbed” colour for these. Fresh unmounted MUH original gum
- GUARANTEED. Cat $2,000 (2014) as MUH, and higher still today. Even
hinged or used of this watermark are scarce, as only a very small
printing was done, and available only in WA and NSW, the ACSC
tells us. ACSC also tells us this wmk in 3d was issued in mid-1908.
There was no need for a 3d value really, as there was then no 1½d
rate, to attract double deficiency of 3d. The Bi-Colour series came on
stream in 1909, and existing stocks of Mono were destroyed.
Trinidad 1885 Postage Due 1/- “SHORT STROKE” SG £275, for $A150: 1/- Slate Grey and Black, top value of the set - a popular stamp error. 1885 Single Crown watermark. SG D9ab, cat £275 = $A550. Two expert handstamps, and signatures that it is SG D9ab. Superb centred, perfect perfs, and fresh flat unused - fantastic shape for 134 years old. SHORT UPRIGHT STROKE variety - as can be seen the stroke is only as high as the top of the numeral “1”. A normal stroke can be seen here - tinyurl.com/TrinError - SG Cat $550 - Estate buy, to go out cheap just : $A150 (Stock 782JA)
GB 1884 Lilac and Green 1/- Queen Victoria Top Value, superb MVLH: A highly under-rate set in MINT. Plenty of used about, but MINT are seldom seen, especially the high values, and especially in NICE shape! Clean and fresh MVLH with guaranteed original gum, with no usual ugly hinge remains of any kind, with the deep dark green you ONLY find on mint copies. As deep a shade as you will see on this – SG as you can see calls this issue only 1 shade “Dull Green”. This was the “Doubly Fugitive ink” green - soak off a used copy and HALF the colour vanishes in front of your eyes, and the stamps all get a muddy green yellow tinge as well. Used by printer to stop re-use of stamps used fiscally etc. SG 196, £1,600 = $A3,200. From a superb album of GB I am breaking down. From 1840 1d Blacks (in every Plate!) 2 sets “1d Red Plates’’ to 225 etc. Strong M+U line engraved, often in superb shape. QV and KEVII to £1, and KGV to both £1. Let me know what WANTS you have - all going out CHEAP! This bought well, to clear FAST at just 20% of SG - $A625 (stock 582JA)
Australia 1/4d KGV, 1927 Small Multiple, Perf 14, rare *Deep Turquoise*:
One of the real legendary shades from the KGV heads.
Many offered are simply NOT. Even deeper than the Arthur Gray example -
lot 307 (with Drury Cert), which being MINT should be far
darker! From the quite massive THREE Generation “Townsville North
Queensland Hoard” collection we flew back with - in 8 huge
removalist cartons -
tinyurl.com/TownsV Formed around issue time of the stamps, and I am
very slowly working through it, and listing up a few more interesting
pieces that catch my eye, whenever I get 10 minutes spare, here and
there! Will take me 10 years to wade through it all. I grab a few now
and again, and scan and add them up here. None of these stamps has EVER
been on the stamp market before, in the past Century or so. You will be
the FIRST collector to own it since!
Clunies Ross, Cocos Keeling Islands 1913 private coin tokens Quartet:
I bought this set recently in an Estate that owner had
marked as "purchased Nobles Auction $1,200". Renniks current Coin
catalogue lists these in 4 separate grades. This set looked extra nice
to me - the 2 Rupee clearly had been circulated, but my hunch is the
other 3 are high grade with little use. HOW you grade a chip of Ivory
over 100 years old, I have no idea! Nobles (who are coin grading
Experts) offered a single on the link below graded as "Extremely
Fine" but it looks pretty heavily worn to me. Anyway, someone was
invoiced $560 for it when add-ons were tacked on!
Australia $10 Kangaroo complete set 5, Perf “OS” and O/P
How many Kangaroo or Australia collections globally have
all 5 of these?
As part of the Centenary of the Kangaroo and Map stamps
in 2013, Australia Post sold a small number of sets of these 5 items
shown above in a small sheetlet. They seem to have only sold them at
the huge FIP International 2013 World Stamp Expo in
Melbourne that I attended, and sold out fast. Oddly these got little or
no publicity, as all the Black Caviar horse racing product they issued
at same show took precedence, and few seemed to have bought the Roos at
the time. I certainly did at the show, as I recognised their
great future potential! I have waited 5 years to offer them. I do not
think any other dealer on this planet has this complete
set of 5 offered for sale - check it out! VERY scarce, 100% Official,
yet at less than double face. Only well centred copies selected
The $10 Kangaroo was offered overprinted “Specimen” in the exact same font as was used in 1913. It was also overprinted in a solid “OS” font, as was used on the 1930 Kangaroo issues. And Australia Post ALSO offered them in the Large and Small sized “OS” perfins, in sizes exactly as issued in 1913 on the original Kangaroo stamps. ASC Cat, 3099msb, $160, and SG 3983a, cat £130. PRICES - One set 5 x $10, MUH and/or CTO, your choice, (MUH sent unless specified) $A95 (Stock 729JA) Re-seller or investor special - FIVE sets of 5 x $10, MUH and/or CTO, your choice (MUH sent unless specified) $A425 (Stock 729JC). TEN sets 5 - $A800 (Stock 729JD) Or, one set 5 MUH, and one set of 5 CTO (10) for $A185 (Stock 729JF) These are OFFICIAL Post Office issues, and are in the 2 main catalogues, and I have very small stock left now. Set of 5 MUH or CTO - well under $US70 now: $A95 (Stock 729JA)
2005 *IMPERFORATE* sheet 10, of Australia $5 "Treasures
Of The Archives" stamp:
Framed IMPERF sheet 10 of $5 Treasures Of The Archives: Features the
NSW 1888 20/- (£1) "Lord Carrington" the highest face value postage
stamp ever issued by New South Wales. It was replaced by the 1913 £1
Brown and Blue Kangaroo First Watermark. Lord Carrington was the FIRST
person to appear on any stamp from this region other than Royalty.
Indeed few if any living persons other than Royalty had appeared
globally on stamps at this time in 1888. Each stamp is MASSIVE -
105 x 70 mm. (About 4" x 3"!) Literally the size of many modern Mini
Australia 1981 24c Thylacine/Tasmanian Tiger, stunning misperf Block of 21, just $600!: From lower left hand corner of sheet (3 x 7) This freak misperforation jump affects all 14 stamps in the lower 2 rows. As illustrated in ACSC decimals vol. 2 page 9/566. ACSC 902bb, Type 1. Fresh mint unhinged - cat $700, way back in 2002 - 17 years on, it will be more like double that, or $1,400. The very block as illustrated in ACSC. The lower left unit is so badly skewed the country, and face value are not readable. Probably the most striking genuine Australian printer error I’ve handled, yet just over 40 bucks each! $A600 (Stock 279LA)
Papua New Guinea 1994 Emergency O/P 21t on 80t Shell. *FULL SHEET 50* MUH. Cat $4,000++ for $A695=-! 1994 Emergency overprint, 21t on 80t Shell full sheet of 50, with Leigh-Mardon imprints in EACH corner. SG 734, cat £2,100. Incredibly rare as a full sheet. Papuina Chancel and Papuina Xanthochella shells depicted. The FULL story on these amazing overprints here - tinyurl.com/1994PNG - around the scarcest value of the entire set. I bought a couple spare sheets of this in 1995, via my cunning "buying" ads in the national "Post-Courier" newspaper in PNG. These were mailed to me from a priest up in Goroka who had them in the parish postage folder. Needless to say the Church re-building fund got a sharp upward increase! These I sold to the original buyer in 1995, and just got them back from Estate. One of the rarest Post-War stamp from PNG. SG #734 and current 2017 SG Cat price is £45 each = £2,250. Seven Seas “ASC” Catalogue #633a is $80 each = $A4,000 a sheet. My usual price for a single is $A60, so 16 singles is $A3,000, making no allowance for the obvious large premium that the 4 x matched corner Imprint blocks like this must attract. Such an assembly must be unique today? 105% GUARANTEED by me genuine of course. All of sheet fresh MUH. A real bottom drawer item - the lot for just: $A695 (Stock 592PE)
Registered & EXPRESS Airmail franking piece to CHINA, 1936:
this stunning and clean piece from a collection formed by a chap who was manager
of the Shanghai Museum in the pre-war 1930s. This piece is from the famous
shipbuilder and Engineering company of Werf Gusto, located in the small town of
Shiedam, Holland, well outside Amsterdam. Some stamps are cancelled at
Amsterdam, the others at origin. WEIRD!
Aust PNCs 2000 to 2008 ASC value $1,480 - HALF retail - $A700! Total Retail - $1480. Bought cheap in an Estate - owner had paid for them as New Issues from PO or the Mint. Lovely clean condition, and with all the SCARCE pieces that sell instantly - many Military related ones, and with ANZAC Day upon us soon, they always sell well then. Bought cheap to sell cheap at UNDER HALF retail. A brilliant ebayer re-seller - full list and more pix here - tinyurl.com/AustPNC UNDER HALF RETAIL - $A700 (Stock 456CV)
Scarce 1902 4d Captain Cook scarce perf SG £168 on
Registered cover NSW-TAS. $A120:
The short lived 4d Captain Cook, SG 167 printing, perf 12 x 11.5, and is
SG 317, and is cat £168 = $A300 on cover. Great eye-appeal and many
colours. A De La Rue London, 3d Registered Envelope, with the curved
flap, and “sawtooth’’ edges, to which a 4d Cook was added for some
obscure reason, when a 1d or 2d stamp was one assumes, all that was
needed - the Registered Envelope paid the 3d Reg’d fee. Maybe it was
double weight, who knows, but be darn near unique, affixed to a 3d
pre-paid Registered envelope. Well tied by ‘64’ Duplex of "WEST
MAITLAND - AU 9 - 04 - NSW’’ addressed to Hobart. Sydney transit cds
backstamps of AUGUST 10, and HOBART arrival August 13 - both clear full
strikes as can be seen.
USA $US377 face, mostly in full sheets 100 x 50c Nimitz for just $US270!: An American friend mailed me some fresh mint USA mostly full sheets etc, of the super usable 50c Nimitz. A little dampness on corner of a few sheets, that will peel apart I am sure with care, and only affects a few stamps anyway, otherwise all clean fresh MUH. FACE value as per letter in link is $US366.76 as you can see HERE - plus extra pix tinyurl.com/50cNimitz You will pay $US270 NETT to me on paypal, plus the shipping. (Or for non US buyers, $A at day’s rate.) Save well over $US100 legally! $US270 (Stock 672LQ)
Jersey and Guernsey 1941 to 1974 SG value £360 = $A780, for $A200: Collection on 50 SG pages in Burgundy Brown springback. Including one cover with bisected KGVI plus the QE2 Definitives of Isle of Man, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales. Very fresh clean tidy lot. All lightest hinge, or MUH .. heaps of sets are margin copies with light hinge in selvedge only. Many extra pages are shown on this link - tinyurl.com/CollnCI Even sets of 1965 Churchill LOCALS etc not counted in Cat! $A200 (Stock 428CH)
N.Z. 1857 No Wmk Chalon, Blued Paper FU, 1/- Green SG #6, WITH Cert, 20% of SG: An EXTREMELY rare stamp. Fine Used - clean and fresh, and free of hinges and gum and gook, to hide repairs or thins etc. Crisp light “10” numeral cancel. 100% Guaranteed by me to have no repairs or faults. Bright colour, and with close margins near all round. SG 6, £3,750 = $A7,000, and far superior to any others I have handled, near all of which are defective. With totally clear 2010 Photo Certificate. From an extensive NZ coll I bought well this week - near the entire country, most MINT - let me know your WANTS - DIRT cheap quotes!! Just 20% of SG Cat - $A1,400 (Stock 729KA)
1938 2d Scarlet KGVI Complete Plate “3” Gutter Block 8. Cat $2,500 for just $A1,250: Superbly fresh unused Gutter Block of 8, absolutely outstanding centering for this issue, showing a 100% complete Plate No. “3”. These plate numbers were rare freaks, where the printer mis-guillotined the large master press sheets, down into PO sheets of 160. And he occasionally left parts of plate numbers, when his final trim aim was a couple mm out, leaving a wider than usual top margin, on some sheets that reached PO’s. Only a tiny number of the recorded plates exist, hence the huge ACSC figure. Often only HALF - or even less, of each plate number was on the issued sheets. Super fresh - and now 80 years old. Never seen or had this one before, in 40 years of dealing. ACSC 188zb, cat $A2,500 as mint hinged. Complete numbers are a huge premium on these KGVI issues. IMPOSSIBLE to find a better looker. $A1,250 (Stock 347RB)
Australia's Rarest Decimal FDC - the 1970 Famous "30¢ Small Cook":
This has legendary status, and I have only handled a few genuine
unaddressed copies in 40 years of dealing. In 1970 Australia Post
decided to tentatively enter the FDC market. It was very low key, and
it was not well promoted or publicised. For over 40 years private
cachet makers had ruled supreme, and anyone with a 40 year run of
‘Wesley’ or ‘Royal’ or ‘Excelsior’ FDC saw no reason whatever to
change. And they did not. And hence the PO sold virtually none of
their new product. Do NOT confuse this cover with the PO cover of
exactly the same design and colour but inscribed “Commemorative
Cover” - those are far more obtainable, and do exist With April 20
1970 cancels. In those days you needed to have First Day Covers
addressed - sadly many were done in handwriting which look really
terrible. PO staff would not simply cancel stamps, and hand back
the envelopes. Hence near all one sees are hand or typed addressed at ¼
this price. This one clearly was an exception. What they mostly
sold were the "Long Cook" (9” x 4" or DL sized) cover in the
exact same design - bearing a se-tenant strip of 5 x 5¢, and a 30¢ -
i.e. a full set of 6. That "Long Cook” cover (identical cachet
design) is not too hard to get, and sells for only $A30 today - I have
them in stock if you want one.
Bahamas 1882 1d Scarlet-Vermillion Crown CA, p14, superb unused Cat £950 - $A400: Magic Eye-Appeal - deep glowing original colour pair as you can see. It is of course common with the Crown CC watermark. The scarce Crown CA Watermark - which shows perfectly on back for quick verification! Clean and fresh and flat, and free of all hinges and gook and gunk and creases, generally found on stamps 135 years old from ANYWHERE! SG 42 cat £950. I do not stock Caribbean, so bought cheap to sell cheap! $A400 (Stock 327LA)
Portugal 1945/1946 Lisbon Castle Mini Sheets Fresh MUH - SG £275 – REDUCED $50 to $A200: The superb looking Portuguese Castles 1E.75 Miniature Sheet. SG #996a, fresh MUH, Cat £275. Well centred and fresh and seldom offered in this region at ANY price. Especially MUH examples. An absolute key post war issue, and missing from near all Portugal collections. $A200 (Stock 682GQ)
GB 1905 1/- KEVII De La Rue on Chalk Surfaced paper - magic looker!: Fantastic centred as you can see, especially for this era. One very light hinge touch on stamp 2, the other 5 are all fresh flat , guaranteed original gum - scarce on anything 114 years old. SG Cat for MUH KEVII is very low for some reason. As a valid comparison, a MUH 1913 1/- Kangaroo is cat $A1,750 EACH stamp, in cheapest shade in MUH! And a well centred block 6 of them, you could write your own price. SG 257a Cat is SG as £100 hinged, and £225 each in MUH = £1,225 as singles or $A2,250. A pretty block 6 is a rare bonus. These are chalk faced so surface RUB and smear readily with any kind of handling - these are SUPERB, they really are. Both colours are deeper and darker and more vibrant in real life than the scan - they look truly stunning in the flesh. Buyer will be DELIGHTED with these. From a superb album of GB I am breaking down. From 1840 1d Blacks (in every Plate!) 2 sets “1d Plates’’ to 225 etc. Strong M+U line engraved, often in superb shape. QV and KEVII to £1 and KGV to both £1. Let me know what WANTS you have - all going out CHEAP! Cat $2,250 for $A750 (Stock 519JC)
|Hong Kong - 340 x MUH 1997 Mini Sheets for just $A200! Bizarre lot from a now deceased buyer who paid Max Stern $1,500 for these according to his invoice! Bought cheap - to sell cheap. For anyone who wants to pop something away in the bottom drawer, you could do a lot worse .. the massive interest and resurgence of stamp buying and interest from CHINA (now in charge of Hong Kong) could see these do very well one day - see: www.glenstephens.com/snapril10.html $A200 (Stock 465KA)|
Laos 1954 Golden Jubilee set MUH - Cat £435 for just $A225! The KEY set from Laos - the “Sydney Harbour Bridge” issue from there!! The 1954 Golden 50th Jubilee of King Sisauang-Vong. Beautifully engraved bi-colour steel engraved recess intaglio printing. All are flat MUH, with the usual evenly ‘’suntanned’’ gum after 65 years in Indo China. I see these in stock once in 20 years. USED is the exact same price as mint I notice in SG, this set had such a tiny printing. $A225 (Stock 584JR)
Western Australia, 1907 £100 SUPREME COURT FEES Top Val, MUH Plate Block 4! What a gem, and doubtless UNIQUE in a corner Plate Block. All flat MUH, with usual slightly suntanned original gum after 112 years, mentioned for accuracy. Watermarked W Crown A - all inverted, as you can see on scan. Clearly shows plate dot at lower left. They should have been guillotined off by stamp printer, but he left the left margin unusually wide. Single margin plate dots like this are cat $4500 on 1932 Bridge set etc. Has the WA Swan logo on each stamp so even keen BIRD collectors will like this one. The very highest face value ever issued by Western Australia. £400 would have bought you a HOME back then! Bought very well, a gem piece, at only $US470 as I type this - $A650 (Stock 729DC)
Hong Kong stamp Collection M+U Queen Victoria to 2000, in S/Bk. SG £1,875 for just $A625! : Large German "Lighthouse" black page stockbook (Retail $80) of Hong Kong, M & U to year 2000. SG Cat £1,874 = $A3,400 - pencil noted on each page for easy double checking. Not all pictured of course, but a few sample shots here - tinyurl.com/CollnHK - to give an overview. Clean lot it looked like, when taking pix. Bought cheap in Estate, so out it goes at a silly price! We fly to Hong Kong this week, so this will pay part of the Hotel bill. A HOT collecting area, rock solid, and gets hotter each year as Chinese collectors now chase it heavily, along with Commonwealth Stamp Collectors. Superb nucleus of a new collection, with 90% of the work done already. OR, a brilliant re-sale lot at this price, at about 20% of SG value. Only a few pages photod. FACE value alone will be massive. Lots $50 face value stamps etc. HEAPS more photos on link above - $A625 (Stock 652GF)
1932 5/- Sydney Harbour Bridge stamp Superb VFU: The most iconic stamp from this country, and is missing from 95% of collections. It was printed on what was essentially coarse handtowel type paper and perforated with blunt nails. This was the absolute height of the Great Depression, and even the Government Printer was economising. The coarse paper means a large number are thinned, and the perfs, as all will know are often terrible and ripped out. They were perforated with the single line machine like a fancy treadle sewing machine 1 line at a time then sheet rotated 90 degrees and the other sides done. Hence wide margin centring is not common at all. A beauty clean and perfect with superb perfs and centering. Yes these do sell a little lower at times BUT that is due to the inferior centering and reverse etc. $A265 (Stock 912AX)
Australia 1915 Second Watermark Roo, Fresh Unused:
priciest 5/- watermark by a long way. Clean fresh unused copy, with
really excellent perfs and centering for these absolute TERRORS.
Had several old heavy hinges on reverse in Estate lot I bought it from
so felt sure they were hiding a paper thin so soaked them off, and
luckily, is sound and flat as a daisy! These, as we all know, usually
have ugly “fluffy/woolly” perfs barely punched out, and with centering
all over the place. This Second Watermark (Emergency war-time use on
KGV watermark paper) was only on sale for a short time during WWI,
before the 3rd watermark 5/- was issued.
|G.B. 1867 5/- Queen Victoria, scarce *Plate 2* Superb Used, way UNDER 20% of SG!: Superb used appearing example, lovely colour, with a light corner cancel “LONDON SP 19 – 77”. And superb centering that is unheard of on these 150 year old stamps, that OFTEN are perfs touching 2 sides! And are OFTEN re-perfed as well. Clean and fresh, with NO usual hinges, or creases or toning, or gook or gunk, or creases or thins etc. The critical plate number 2 is totally clear of the postmark as you can see. (Plate 2 are worth TREBLE the “common” Plate 1’s.) Superb used. SG 127 Cat £1,500 as average used, and SG says 75% more for well centred light cancel = £2,625 = $A4725. This attractive 5/- is way UNDER 20% of the SG price - $A850 (Stock 651ER)|
Australia Post Yearbooks 1988-96 - Cost $477, Retail $710, for just $395! Clean looking lot I bought from an Estate this afternoon. Many still have stamps in PO Hangers, and have never been touched since purchase. NINE books at just over $43 a book - and it includes the scarce 1988! But at WAY under the PO cost, and near HALF my $710 retail - https://www.glenstephens.com/yearbooks.html - One-Off Special at just $A395! All in the matching hard slipcases. Nice run, nice condition, at more than $80 UNDER what they cost from PO. Huge face value. Estate lot of Australia Post yearbooks 1988 to 1996, PO issue cost $477, and retail value $710! (Also from same Estate I have 2000 to 2006, at an INSANE low price - ask me!) $A395 (Stock 147YP)
Samoa Olympic Games Miniature Sheet *IMPERFORATE AT SIDE*! 1988 Seoul Olympic Games stamps, with the spectacular error on right hand side - totally imperforate on right. Believed to be the ONLY example recorded - I have made extensive enquiries, and no others seem to be recorded. Purchased off Max Stern in the 1980s my client’s note says, for $400, and it was apparently found in Max’s New Issue stock. So that is over $1,200 in today’s adjusted money, near 30 years on. TOTALLY imperf - not even an ‘albino’ type impression of the perf pins, as often occurs on these kind of errors.Superb piece for any collector of the popular “Olympics On Stamps” topical, which is a major theme globally. Or for collectors of Samoa, which lots of Australians keep, as Australia Post sold their New Issues for decades, nationally, at face value. Very few issues in the modern era have Imperf at side errors, due to security printer controls. There are several from Australia in this era which sell for FIVE times this sum. The 24c ‘Tasmania Tiger’ Thylacine, ACSC 902b from Australia in this era, imperf 1 side, sells for $1,000s a single etc. $A250 (Stock 582LX)
Samoa 1914 “G.R.I,” 3d on 25PF German Yacht
- “Comma After I” Cat
for $A750!: A
scarce printing error on this popular series. Australian and NZ troops
invaded the German Islands of New Guinea, Samoa and Nauru at onset of
WWI, and seized all the German stamps on the islands. They overprinted
them with current Sterling face values, and “G.R.I.” which
stood for “Georges Rex Imperator”. Overprinting was done
locally, and was rather sloppy. Many missing stops, missing letters,
broken letters, and even inverted and skewed letters exist, as can be
seen in SG listings - and Gibbs lists many more.
Had a close look at this under UV and am happy that final comma is untampered with, but as always, sold “as is”. Fresh MVLH, and nicely centred. Minor bending on lower corner, and a minuscule (really pinprick speck size!) paper fibre inclusion visible on back, and a small bend NE corner - all mentioned only for strict accuracy, as this is a high cat stamp, and these reduce price a lot, as I have done. However this is over a Century old now. GRI prices are going quite INSANE at auction - see tinyurl.com/Besancons SG 105b, £5,000. Bought very well in a Samoa collection, so out it goes for just ~$US540 or $A750 (Stock 823KE)
|N.Z. 1862 No Wmk Chalon, Pelure Paper, 1/- Deep Green SG #86, £1,100 for just $A275!: Clean and fresh used, and free of old hinges and gum and gook, to hide repairs or thins etc on this truly fragile, cigarette-paper thin stamp. Very light numeral cancel for a top value. Bright colour, and with 3½ margins. SG 86, cat £1,100 = $A2,000, but a very tiny tear at base, so out it goes for a tiny fraction of SG price. From an extensive NZ coll I bought well this week - near the entire country, most MINT - let me know your WANTS - DIRT cheap quotes!! $A275 (Stock 729KY)|
Official WWF slip-cased leather FDC album, at *HALF* cost!:
Superb OFFICIAL production, in official Panda logo embossed black
leather binder with matching slipcase. The Australia agents mail these
to clients in "Chapters" each month. Each 'Chapter' is of one animal or
bird, and comes with all written up detail and all official FDC and MUH
stamps as you can see. This person has the full run of 12 Chapters,
which as can be seen are debited at $36.85 = $A442.20. The superb album
I assume was extra cost on top of that.
A ton of extra pix of these here - tinyurl.com/WWFset : comes complete with Official welcome letter from the WWF Patron, The Duke Of Edinburgh on Buckingham Palace stationary. Bought cheap, so I can sell for UNDER HALF the purchase cost - just $225! WWF is about THE hottest stamp topical on earth, and these of course are all 105% OFFICIAL emissions. Good condition. 12 Chapters = 12 x MUH sets, and 52 x FDCs - all in great condition. $A200 (Stock 206CH)
Australia KGV 1922, 2d Scarlet “Watermark Inverted” perf 'OS' and fresh *MUH*! ACSC 96ab, fresh MUH, Cat $2,750. SG 072w £1,300 = $A2,500 for HINGED mint - and MUH is a 100% premium on this 100 year old era. Fresh unhinged original gum - 105% guaranteed by me to be MUH original gum, with deep vivid glowing colour. Non OS is 20 times this price, so not a forged ‘’OS” - that much is for SURE! Missing from EVERY KGV collection in mint. A steal at just - $A1,200 (Stock 472LQ)
1919 6d Blue Third Wmk Die 2, the *UNIQUE* Harrison imprint “OS” stamp: No other “OS” Harrison imprint examples are recorded in this shade. Even Arthur Gray did not have this one in his $7½ million Roo collection - THE finest ever formed. Even Non OS Harrisons are rare, but are far more plentiful than this, and are cat $12,500 a pair in cheapest shade. This shade in ACSC is DOUBLE the common Ultramarine. ACSC notes re the 6d Blue "The 6d Harrison imprint is perhaps the rarest imprint outside the bicoloured high value.” Arthur Gray’s £1 Harrison Bi-Colour imprint sold for $256,000! And this one is also unique, for just 1% of that price. Attractive MVLH, with stunning perfs and centering for any Third Wmk 6d, variety or imprint or not! Better still, it is the scarce shade, AND has the constant plate variety from stamp 1R55. Has Drury Photo Certificate from 2018 “6d Milky Blue Die 2, White Flaw Off WA Coast - ACSC 2017, No 19F(1)g”. This shade is cat 50% more than cheapest one, and the plate variety is cat double a normal. ACSC 19(1)zh $12,500 for a pair in cheapest shade. Nice looking stamp, with recent Photo Certificate, and at $A2,750 the buy of the WEEK for someone astute! Only $US1,925 as I type this - $A2,750 (Stock 895LX)
New Zealand QE2 stamp collection Retail $A1,500 - just
In huge Seven Seas Stamps Album and matching slipcase. Nice
condition - and a WONDERFUL pick-up for someone who is yet to start on
this country. But the very solid nucleus all in one hit. In a Seven
Seas Stamps hingeless album, and matching blue binder - the pages and
binder is $500 EMPTY - see link below - all clean and attractive - The
stamps earlier on are mixed Mint and Used - the modern all fresh MUH.
Collector only started buying in earnest around late 1970s, and many of
those he did not get before then are dirt cheap, and simple to source,
even MUH. I added up the FACE of the Mint here, and it is $325.
Tasmania, the 1892 £1 “Tablet” top value Queen Victoria: A REALLY scarce super high value, and far scarcer than ANY other State £1 of the time, and only a tiny number printed of this value by De La Rue in London. Missing for ALL collections. These lasted on sale until the 1913 £1 Kangaroo came on sale - that is cat £2,500 in SG, and is TEN time more plentiful than these - go figger. SG 225, Cat £500 mint or used, and used are actually less seen than mint or ’Specimens’. Clean and fresh, and lovely deep bright original Green and Gold colours - these can fade BADLY on used copies if soaked for more than a minute or so. The master stamp forger Jean Sperati did a few of these - I have sold both known copies several times, at $4,000 EACH - for FAKES! - See all detail on that here tinyurl.com/speratis Bold cds of “BURNIE - JAN 25 : 1900 - TASMANIA” and no usual hinge remains, or gook or gunk, or thins or tears, from the very heavy parcel use. Cat £500 = $A925 - and 10% of the cost of a FAKE - just $A395 (Stock 793HQ)
*Great White Fleet* USA visit P/C set PRISTINE condition!
What an amazing survivor. This pretty postcard set is ALWAYS popular.
Both of course are OFFICIAL Victoria Post Office issues. They are now
110 years old, and the survivors really show their age. The card used
was hard and brittle, and near all I have seen have some or all corners
broken off, or badly creased, or corners are badly rounded from wear and
handling, as the cheap card does that, and then both sides get marks and
scuff and gunk on them too. This set was mailed to a pen pal or relative
in Boston 110 years back and I bought the USA Estate as family later
moved here, and they were still in a glassine inscribed: ''Jim - a
souvenir of the American Fleet visit for you.’’ And it stayed in
there for 110 years. So the corners are RAZOR sharp - the colour are
bright and vivid, and there is NO usual scuffing or marks. Are they
worth $1115 each in this astounding grade - of COURSE they are. The
same way a MUH Kangaroo from this era is 5 times a hinged copy - QUALITY
costs money, but when you sell, you get it back!
Japan scarce 1949 FDC’s, in quite SUPERB condition Cat
¥83,000 ($A950) - just $A250:
these superb condition FDC's in an Estate lot recently. Been in Boston
near all their life, still in a glassine from PO New Issue from a BCOF
Serviceman stationed there, and condition quite astounding for near 70
years old. Sakura 318 - ¥15 Textile Worker FDC ¥4,000, #320 - ¥20
Forestry Worker ¥12,000, #321 - ¥30 Postman FDC ¥12,000 - C142 - ¥5
Figure Skater from 4th National Games FDC ¥7,000 and C160 - ¥20 Telecom
Exhibition FDC ¥24,000. All with the superb special pictorial FDI
cancels in Red.
Australia Pictorial cancels Coll: Cat $600 on Unadd PO “WATTLE” covers!!
Post official Pictorial cancels, full run of every cancel for this 1974
era: "PictorMarks" cat value $600 for average grade, and these
are absolute TOP SHELF grade UNADDRESSED. These special cancels on ANY
kind of cover from 1974 are SCARCE and highly sought. The big interest
on special cancels occurred latter 1970s, and numbers were then getting
1987 Platypus "FRAMA" STAMPS, 100 x MUH sets 9, Cat $1,800. Just $A325 – UNDER FACE! Great Estate buy. A HUNDRED MUH Postcode sets of 9 x 37c values. i.e. the 9 possible postcode combos for each GPO. As per scan above, of 1 set 9. Current Renniks Cat $2 a stamp as you can see = $A1,800. Owner receipt from Max Stern in 1987 was for $15 a set = $1,500 cost. Many more pix here - tinyurl.com/Framas
These were pretty hot back then and sold out FAST. I can sell them well UNDER FACE for just $A325! Each set 9 in a separate stapled Australia Post glassine - unopened for 30 years! Just THREE BUCKS A SET 9 .. less than they sold from at PO - 30 years back. Brilliant to jazz up your outward mail - these are NEVER seen postally used in full sets. On a postally used cover, a set of 9 would likely be a $10-$15 piece. $A325 (Stock 392PQ)
New Zealand rare official mail “O.P.S.O” overprint, 2½d QV superb MVLH with RPSL Cert: These crude handstamped overprints - denoting “On Public Service Only” are very scarce, and have been WIDELY faked of course - ebay is awash with them of course. You *MUST* Buy these only with clear RPS type Photo Certs, such as this one has. Second Sideface issue, perf 10 x 11, diagonal overprint in Violet Rose. Superb fresh MVLH original gum. Bright and VERY attractive. The VERY finest example you will encounter globally. SG #013 cat £850 = $A1,600. $A600 (Stock 794RX)
New Zealand 1855 No Wmk Chalon, Blued Paper FU, 1d Red, SG #4: A very rare stamp. Very Fine Used - clean and fresh, and free of hinges and gum and gook, to hide repairs or thins etc. Crisp light numeral cancel. 100% Guaranteed by me to have no repairs or faults. Bright colour and with 4 margins, close at SE corner. SG 4, £2,000, and far superior to any others I have handled, near all of which are defective. From an extensive NZ coll I bought well this week - near the entire country, most MINT - let me know your WANTS - DIRT cheap quotes!! $A800 (Stock 729KT)
$1.00 set 6 Mint, CTO in week of issue, "Albino", or on “Last Day Cover”
early 2016 Emergency issue of the ADELAIDE CPS set has caused a global
sensation, and the set of 6 x 30¢ is fully listed in Gibbons, and
priced at $A4,500 a set 6
in Renniks and $2500 in new Seven Seas “ASC” Cat. The ‘$1.00’
value in same design issued around the same time is - so far, oddly
largely overlooked. Only a small number were sold mint, and I’ve yet to
see a single postally used copy of those, despite that being the new
postal letter rate. For many collectors the ONLY cost acceptable way to
fill up these 6 spaces on the Hingeless Stanley Gibbons, or other
printed pages globally, will be with a set of “$1.00”, so demand will
keep increasing. And prices too. Ton more discussion of this exciting
new issue here -
SAAR 1950 200F Airmail, “Council Of Europe” Fine Used. Cat £400=$A800 for $A150: One of the scarcer post war stamps from Europe, as this 200F was a fortune back in the immediate Post War era. Clean and fresh fine used, with no hinge remains, or usual creases from heavy parcel use or airmail express etc. Expertised on reverse, and excellent perfs and centering. Estate Special - SG 295 £400=$A800 for just $A150 (Stock 562BX)
|Falkland Islands 2002 Queen Mother M/Sheet MUH Bundle 100 near HALF FACE!: A dealer bought a lot of these - Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother 2002 Memorial Miniature Sheets, for a promotion upon the Queen Mother’s Death, aged 101. He had a couple of bundles left over when stocktaking, so we did a stock swap. Superb and fresh MUH, still in original Crown Agents sealed packs of 100. SG MS936, Cat £10 each - £1,000 = $A2,000. Face value is £2.15 each = $A430 a bundle of 100. (He had THREE bundles of 100, so if anyone wants all THREE the price drops to just $A600 - HALF FACE. (SG Cat $A6,000) - that is just 10% of SG!) Superb re-seller line, as no-one else on eBay has these at ANY price! One sealed bundle of 100 to clear at near HALF FACE - $A225. Just $US163 right now! $A225 (Stock 749LEL)|
1946 Tristan Da Cunha "4 Potatoes" legendary local stamp corner strip 3: Added this famous "Penguin" stamp into stock today. The 1946 Tristan Da Cunha "4 Potatoes" legendary local stamp, created by entrepreneurial local resident, Allan B. Crawford. A fresh well centred marginal MUH strip of 3 from the lower RH corner of the sheet which all had straight edges along the top and base. Lots of discussion on that here - tinyurl.com/1dPotato Very rare beasts, especially in bright MUH. Beware the clearly modern fakes/replicas peddled on ebay etc. Pretty easy to pick based on the perf gauge etc. These are guaranteed the Real McCoy! Highly sought by BIRD collectors. Fresh MUH strip of 3 for about $US360 or $A500 (Stock 294WX)
QANTAS $2 Airbus A380 stamp, totally **IMPERFORATE** Block of 4 - just $A60!:
Australia Post a few years back, released just 750 x IMPERFORATE uncut press
sheets of these $2 stamps. You needed to phone a special '800' number after
midday, and maximum order was a sheet a person, and they sold out within hours
as you'd expect. All the $2 stamps depict the massive Qantas Airbus A380.
Qantas staffers and aviation collectors keenly seek this sheet, as do the
1,000’s of pure “A380” theme collectors. Each press sheet was foil numbered in
lower right margin, and also comes with a hand numbered PO “Certificate Of
Guarantee” that only 750 sheets in TOTAL were sold, including all left and
Indeed there were only 375 left pane and 375 x right pane sold ... both sheets of 12 are marked thus at lower left. This is a Qantas Airbus A380 issue, and that is a red hot theme, even for non-stamp collectors. And it is fully imperforate. It is an 100% OFFICIAL PO issue, and one of the very smallest issues in the post war era from Australia Post. It was VERY limited, and has remained RED hot - just like the stamp border colour! I obtained a few by paying folks $100 cash bonus profit to sit on the phone for hours re-dialling until they got through. Price per IMPERF mini sheet is from $A60 - full details here - tinyurl.com/lspm4vf with a LOT more photos of all the options and choices on these, even full uncut press sheets 12 available for $A450 - just $US325 as I type this - MANY more pix on link above - $A60 (Stock 482YL)
QANTAS $2 Airbus A380 stamp, totally **IMPERFORATE** Block of 4 - just $A60!:
Australia Post a few years back, released just 750 x IMPERFORATE uncut press
sheets of these $2 stamps. You needed to phone a special '800' number after
midday, and maximum order was a sheet a person, and they sold out within hours
as you'd expect. All the $2 stamps depict the massive Qantas Airbus A380.
Qantas staffers and aviation collectors keenly seek this sheet, as do the
1,000’s of pure “A380” theme collectors. Each press sheet was foil numbered in
lower right margin, and also comes with a hand numbered PO “Certificate Of
Guarantee” that only 750 sheets in TOTAL were sold, including all left and
Rare 'March 1954' GB QE2 Wilding 2/6d
stamp booklet, with print freak:
first booklet was issued with no interleaving between panes (that
started in Jan. 1955), and was in a glassine envelope since being
purchased as a New Issue, 64 years back. So not a surface thinning of
the blue ink, as it probably first appears - the gum on pane above it is
perfect, and there never was interleaving between panes on these 1954
editions SG confirms. Normally I'd unpick the booklet stitching, and
"explode" out the pane, leaving stitched selvedge attached, and scan it
flat, and offer it for a few $100 as a stunning printing error. Checked
it in my SG and see it is one the scarcest GB stamp booklets - SG F15
Cat £375 = $A700 with normal watermarks - all panes here are inverted
watermarks. SG prices of course state they are for "average" perf
booklets and state good perfs command more - all panes here have full
excellent perfs - most books suffered with the final printer
guillotining down into single books.
The Engraved Stamps Of The Commonwealth Of
Australia - price *Reduced* $A200 this month!
The Engraved Stamps Of The Commonwealth Of
The quite magnificent official Australia Post
produced coffee table book.
Compiled by Richard Breckon, the respected PO Archivist, and the PO Art
Team. Brass cornered, beautifully gold deeply embossed leatherette
cover, gilt edged outer leaf edges, with matching marbled heavy
slipcase. Issued in a VERY limited Edition for “Australia 99”. I am
only a few 100 copies
were ever made, and were a near instant sell-out,
even at the very high issue price. Three similar later books were
32 Die Proofs (Stock 428YR) Blue book
30 Die Proofs (Stock 428YU) and Green Book
32 Die Proofs (Stock 428YX) were also sold in even lower numbers -
$A495 EACH book. Being quite recent, they almost NEVER come on the
market - no-one wants to let them go! HEAPS more pix here - tinyurl.com/StampEngr
Monaco 1955 1000F Cormorant Bird Airmail, Top value, Rare *PERF 11*: The original 1955 issue in perf 11. A small printing - this was a fortune back then, and replaced in 1957 with the far more common perf 13 - still a scarce stamp, but cat a QUARTER of this one. Phalacrocorax carbo bird stamp. Yvert 420 Euro = $A700. From a MASSIVE Mint and Used Monaco collection I just bought cheap, from complete Mint AND used sets of all early issues to modern - let me know what YOU need. Fresh well centred MUH. One of the most valuable European Post War Classics, at well under ONE THIRD cat - Estate special at: $A200 (Stock 835BX)
50 x Aust AFL Football Centenary stamp sheetlets of 16, *FACE $360*, Cat £700, for $A150! Great "Distress" buy I made from an Estate of The Greatest Game Of All! These are each $7.20 FACE value. SG 1590a, £14 used - Scott 1507a $US17.75. ASC 1559MS, $A18 used. All are superb CTO full gum, all with neat cds. Great for folks to offer singly etc on ebay, or retail etc, or use for exchange etc, given the/AFL Football Finals Month is now upon us! Buy them for $2.75, and even if you get only face value, you make $445! Popular thematic and big seller to AFL and sport fans. BEST STILL these are the PERFORATED stamps. Near all on the market are the self-adhesive. Used copies of the perforated versions are like hen's teeth, and are NEVER seen in used full sets 16. This sheetlet was the ONLY source of used copies of the perforated lick and stick stamps. The booklets were all self-adhesive, and that is what was on wide sale at PO’s nationally. 25 for $A85 (Face $A180 - Cat £350 = $A650) Stock code 386TB - 50 for $A150 (Face $A360 - Cat £700 - $A1,300) Stock code 386TC - $A150
"Aust TERRITORIES" Very First Stamp YEAR BOOK x 29, Ret $1,450 for $500!: Amazing hoard from estate today. Owner bought these are $40 each when First issued in 1994 - $1,160. 24 years back. Being the FIRST of anything is usually HOT stuff in future. These come out each year in Deluxe Folder with all the relevant pages of stamps of Hangers, and are super popular. FACE of contents is $23.50 each - $681.50 plus the packaging cost. He has passed, and I paid his Estate just $400 and you can have them for just $500 the lot, as I need to pay that pay that EXACT sum this week for 2 nights in a hotel room in Windhoek Namibia next month! Multi fold jackets and all encased in outer cello slip jacket. Clean flat condition. $17.24 or so per album - insane price. WAY under cost - an Ebay re-seller DREAM lot - double your money, and clear up some space on my desk here. Australia Territories AP collection 1994 x 29 - retail is $50 apiece, see - tinyurl.com/Territ94 - i.e. retail $1,450 - $A500 (Stock 372FC)
Roo 10/- with “Fox Faced Kangaroo” constant variety. Cat $A900 - $A175: A rather pretty looking stamp, in the scarcer shade – Grey Black and Pale Rose Crimson - Cat $450 normal used ACSC 50c. Showing very clearly the sought after “Fox Face Kangaroo” listed variety. Was hinged onto an album page in a collection I bought today, and I focused on the stated error being correct which it was, and allowed $250 to buy it, as it looked nice, and assumed it would sell for $400 or so. After seller had gone noticed it was cleverly repaired at base under an old hinge remain! Oh well, my loss is someone else’s gain, and priced to clear now for $175 at a small loss, to find it a new home. Just hope I make a buck on the other stamps in the collection! Most folks would not notice the repair unless I pointed it out, I am sure. ACSC 50(v)t $A550 plus 65% more for the scarcer shade = $900 ACSC - $A175 (Stock 439BX)
TRESKILLING YELLOW" Superb Hard Covered Book by Lars Fimmerstad:
Published in 2004 - superb hardcover: 185 pages done in a small print
run. The only example I can see for sale is $US275 second-hand, plus
huge post cost to oz via:
- landed cost to you of that will be $A400! An essential book for any
decent stamp library.
Australia Post Stamp Year Books 1983-2004 (22) at $200
UNDER FACE VALUE! :
SCOOP - 22 Years of PO Year Books near HALF PO cost! Amazing buy I made
from an Estate today. 1983 to 2004 - 22 different PO books, the books
and stamps all look clean (for a change!) as they were stored in Broken
Hill which is thankfully very dry, with no humidity. Owner wisely had
removed the flimsy plastic outer PO shipping covers – stamps ‘sweat’ in
there if you do not, and get rusty/foxed. Many folks fall for that
mistake. Actual PO Cost was $1,227 and Retail is $1,855 as you can see
Lebanon 1983 Kahlil Gibran "The Prophet" Imperforate stamp mini sheet x
18, SG $1,750 - just $A150: Most
attractive - oddly my scanner does not show well at all, the bright and
classy gold outer sheet borders, and borders on the stamps - the
vagaries of technology - they just scan a flat dull beige brown, as can
be seen above! Khalil Gibran was a Lebanese-American artist, poet, and
writer member of the New York Pen League. He is chiefly known in the
English-speaking world for his 1923 book “The Prophet”, an early
example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical
essays written in poetic English prose.
The book sold well despite a cool critical reception, gaining popularity in the 1930s and again especially in the 1960s counterculture. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time. Ebay Retail $A85 - My price is 15% of that! - tinyurl.com/GibranMS - catalogue notes say these were sold at £25 EACH as a New Issue = literally $A70 each back then. So not many were bought, as that was serious bucks back then. A great hoard of fresh flat Imperforate MUH sheets I bought – EIGHTEEN of them. SG MS1291 cat £45 each or £810. ($A1,750.) Bought well, so priced at around 10% of SG to clear - just $US120 as I type this, or around $US6½ apiece. Ebay seller Gold Mine right here! $A150 (Stock 543LB)
PNG 1975 “Independence” initial issue, the unique IMPERF set, plus proofs: A UNIQUE set, in superb condition, from the Archive files of the Swiss printers Courvoisier. The attractive 1975 “Independence” set, 7t and 30t Courvoisier Imperforate Proofs, comprising five colour separations (in yellow, red, blue-green, buff and black) and then the complete design for each value being full imperforate stamps. All affixed to a acid-free heavy grade, linen hinged archival page, with perforated ornate embossed “C” at top, of the printer. (10 proofs total.) Ex Arthur Gray Estate. Totally unique, and for under $100 a proof - a steal! $A995 (Stock 582FA)
Yemen Arab Republic, 1975 Revolution 25 Fils, Fully *Imperforate* Pane 50 MUH - Just $A8 each! 12th Anniversary of Revolution : IMPERFORATE pane of 50 x 25 Fils denomination, depicting the 7th Century Al Janad Mosque - one of the world’s oldest. Fine, fresh MUH. Catalogue numbers for the normal issued perforated issue 13½ x 14 are - SG #539, Scott #316 and Michel #1545. Cannot see any other IMPERF versions of this about anywhere on the globe for sale, and a full sheet may well be unique - and after 43 years, none will turn up NOW! Just $A8 each - superb ebayer opportunity to offer in imperf pairs and blocks 4 - an easy double or treble your money deal here surely? $A400 (Stock 492RJ)
STAMP SHEET of 10
- Leonadis SAMPANIS, Greece Olympic Medal Winner Stripped by IOC:
2004 Athens Olympics.
The Greek Post Office (ELTA) in 2004, decided to copy what Australia
pioneered successfully in 2000, and issue an "Instant" digital print
stamp for every Olympic medal winner from Greece. In fact the design is
VERY similar to the 2000 Australian issues as you can see. Like
Australia, at a later date, offset copies were also printed of medal
winner stamps. This idea proved a great success in Greece, and the
general public were the ones out there buying these issues for patriotic
reasons etc. Only a small percentage of these will ever re-enter the
stamp market. The controversial stamp above was issued to honour the
Olympic Medal Win of Leonidas Sampanis in the 62 Kilo weight class of
Weightlifting. Sampanis won his medal on Monday 16 August, and the
stamps were on sparing sale in limited offices the next day, starting
Tuesday August 17.
British Solomon Islands 1907 Large War Canoe 2½d Orange Yellow, very fresh pair, IMPERF AT RIGHT: One the classic British Pacific stamp issues, with a true global following. The debut issue, crudely local designed, and primitively produced, these are far better than usual - clean and fresh, bright deep colour, with white MLH original gum. Been in Europe near all their life – luckily, as out here they fox badly. SG 4b is cat £12,000 - the imperf between pair of this value. One sheet of those were recorded, and one sheet with imperf at side. Only a few pairs exist globally. SG do not list imperfs one side from anywhere, but in this case, they are equally as scarce as SG 4b. $A1,875 (Stock 598AC)
1941 Qantas Portuguese Timor to Australia Unique WW2
“Boomerang” cover – Cat $A900:
2d KGVI lettercard, uprated to correct 5d rate with 3d Blue KGVI.
Qantas RMS “Corilanus” (G-AETV) under Captain H. B. Hussey left
Sydney Jan 17, and return flight was via RMS “Cambria” (G-ADUV)
under Captain R. B. Tapp on January 21. Has fine 3 line violet strike
of “Primeria mala aerea directa de Dili para Australia”.
Diamond Censor handstamp in violet. Striking 5 Timor colour stamp
franking on reverse.
AAMC only lists one ways, and there were only 21 of those.
From a superb coll of Air Covers, First Flights, and
related material I just bought from a deceased Qantas Captain - let me
know what else you may be interested in. Albums full of the early 1930s
flights, to and from UK, USA, Asia, PNG & Pacific etc. With masses of
Intermediates, that I have never seen before, in 40 years of dealing.
1993 GB 24p Machin stamp *POSTAL FORGERY* in MUH blocks, $A4 each!
I bought a couple of sheets of these 25 years back, when
they first surfaced in the UK, being sold to Indian and similar family
owned small corner stores and supermarkets, who retailed stamps for
normal letters. A UK dealer, Bushell & Wright, was too scared to offer
them in the UK, in case Scotland Yard paid him a visit. So he did a
deal with me, and I sold them here for about $A40 per stamp - and
I mailed a lot of them back to the UK! Sterling was VERY high
back then of course, and UK retail there was £20 which was about $A50 a
stamp then - literally.
STOP PRESS: New
2018 ACSC "Postal Stationery" Catalogue - 484 pages, all in colour:
Territories, Second Edition, 2018. This brand new edition updates the
first edition of five years back (2013), incorporating a number of
corrections and new discoveries. In particular, the Postal Cards up to
1936 have been extensively revised, and there are many additions to the
listing of Lettercards. The decimal Stationery produced by the Note
Printing Branch is included for the first time. All prices have been
fully updated. In full colour, 484 x large A4 heavily
illustrated pages, perfect bound
VAN DIEMEN'S LAND (Tasmania) 1827, Bill of Exchange Cheque for £100 Sterling: Issued in Hobart Town, 11th October 1827, Number 414, payable to Deputy Ass’t Comm(issariat) General Hall, and signed A. Moodie. On “Magnay & Sons London” double lined watermarked paper, and signed “Geo Hall” on reverse. Almost identical to the Third Of Exchange example shown in Renniks on page 160, of same year, and has the same two Signatories even, with Renniks Cat $7,500 in VF, and this one is higher graded, XF at least. 105% original, and Guaranteed 105% Genuine. Wonderful condition, and an early piece of our pioneer early history.
An incredibly early official monetary instrument from Tasmania, (indeed for Australia) and in SUPERB condition, especially for something from this region, 188 years old. Hobart was a truly tiny and remote settlement in 1827, and not even a city. Convicts had not yet streamed en-masse from the UK, and the infamous Port Arthur Prison was not even commenced until 1830. She had no Registry of Deeds in which to record land dealings until 1827 when up by Governor Arthur, and financial arrangements were not much better, the tiny settlement was left to deal with such issues as best it could.
A bill of Exchange Cheque was an early form of Bank Draft. Indeed in early days of Tasmania, a de-facto currency for large sums, backed and guaranteed by His Majesty’s Treasury London, no less. The Bank Of Van Diemen’s Land was not even established until October 1827, when this was issued. These were generally drawn in “sets” - the Original, the “Second" or duplicate of Exchange, and also a "Third Of Exchange", the most commonly seen. Each was drawn for the same amount, but was worded so that only one of a set of 3 was ever paid. In those days when sea-mails were slow and uncertain, each copy of the “set” was deliberately sent to the Drawer by a different set of ships and sea routes, and the first one to be received, was paid.
The sailing ships used to carry this “set” are noted by sender in Red at base of the Bill, and are by “Persian” (400 Tons) and “Lang” (556 tons). The return manifest of “Lang” in Jan 1828 under Capt Lusk included "431 bales wool, 193 casks whale oil, 696½ slabs and 190 bundles of whale bone, 90 tons mimosa bark and 55 planks cedar" (!) Superb condition for something of this nature and age, and one of the very finest of the few survivors. Catalogued $A7,500+ and highly sought after. These appeal to a wide range of collectors - of Banknotes and cheques, early Australian historical documents, and early Tasmania etc. $A2.500 (Stock 693HQ)
Australia 1970 Definitives, rare Post Office Pack Cat $650, for just
- the scarcest Australia face different PO pack by several miles, as it
cost a FORTUNE back then. I see one each few years or so. This larger
sized B5 pack has all the current Defins right up to the 1966 Navigator
set 6, in a plastic Hagner type sheet inside.
Add it up
- FACE was $10.47 of the stamps here. ‘No big deal’ you might
think today. Well near 50 years back that was huge. A First Class
letter then cost 5¢! (Witness the 2 different 5c Queens in here) so
$10.47 bought you 210 x first class stamps. Today a First Class letter
is $1.50, so 210 of those is $A315 in today’s
Would YOU pay $A315 TODAY for a new issue Post Office pack? Of course not, and certainly almost no-one did in 1970, so they are super scarce, and retail MANY $100s despite being on sale nationally at capital city Philatelic Bureaux. Better still, the Australian PO had a large booth at the “EXPO 70” Exhibition in Osaka. They added a JAPANESE language booklet inside the Definitive pack, outlining the stamp issues, and their background in that local language. You could only buy this at the show I understand. The $4 King alone cost EIGHTY times the then 5¢ letter rate. So the pack was about $A315 type buying price, adjusted to today’s money. You are paying LESS than that! Little wonder almost none sold. ASC P7, Cat. $650 and seldom seen or offered ANYWHERE. Fresh and un-opened. $A295 (Stock 439ZB)
Canada QV 1857 ½¢ Deep Rose Imperf, Cat £2,250 for $A350! Imperforate on very thin, horizontal weave paper. No thins, tears, creases or repairs – or even hinge remainders to disguise all of the above as usually found, after 160 years! Clear “HAMILTON - MR 22 : 1858” cds, clearly verifying the SG number. (The later thick paper SG 25 not issued until DECEMBER 1855) Expertised on reverse. 2 clear margins, one huge at right, and just clear to touching along left side. Sharp plate impression. Cat £2,250 for just $A350 (Stock 465AC)
A True “Modern RARITY” set has JUST been issued:
Australian domestic postage letter rates were hiked
outrageously by 40% on January 4 here. The entire country is on holiday
then, and the increase was bungled big-time by head office. No-one
there had the brains to reprint up front, a ton of 30¢ Crocodile
definitive values to have on hand as “make-up” in each state, to up-rate
all current 70¢ stamps, to the new $1 rate. The Australia Post
Distributor of Stamps in Adelaide totally ran out of 30¢ stamps the
first day the letter rate increased to $1 - on Monday, 4 January 2016.
To alleviate this shortfall and appease angry clients holding 70¢
stocks, the Adelaide GPO frantically printed up a very small Emergency
issue of 30¢ Counter-Printed peel and stick Stamps. (“CPS”) Only a few
1000 sets were made.
Stamp Dealer legend here Rodney Perry, has described this Adelaide Emergency 30¢ issue of 6 as a “Modern Rarity” several times, and I’d totally concur. More discussion on them here, with all the national Fairfax and News Limited media, news and radio story links on them - tinyurl.com/2016set A 30c SINGLE stamp on a commercial cover to Melbourne sold for an unbelievable $1,700 to a medico - tinyurl.com/30cEnv with 67 frantic bids! A totally philatelic cover, non-mailed, sold for $1,880 - with 37 bids - tinyurl.com/1880CPS A set a client bought off me for a few $100 this year, sold soon afterwards for $5,000 - tinyurl.com/varsCPS
The highest price I have seen actually OBTAINED for a set of 6 on ebay is $A8,990 - tinyurl.com/CPS9000 - face value $1.80 - about 5,000 times face value. A standard set sold Feb 15 for $3,200 - tinyurl.com/Set3200 A mint £2 Kangaroo only costs that! I learned about this issue by chance at the very outset, and nabbed a handful of sets from my various long term collector contacts in my home town Adelaide, as I acted fast and paid HIGH! “Linn’s Stamp News” in the USA had this Front Page, and as their most viewed story that week - tinyurl.com/Linns30c - Gave an 11 minute interview with Radio 2GB - highest rating radio station in NSW by a margin of 30% - full tape here - www.2gb.com/audioplayer/152241 And they featured on the lead story in a recent edition ion of the biggest selling German stamp magazine “BRIEFMARKEN SPIEGEL” and had a large piece in a recent “Gibbons Stamp Monthly”.
These ARE now fully catalogued in Gibbons, SG 4492/4497 and are listed at $4,500 a set 6 Mint, and $3,000 used (4242/4248) in the mass selling Renniks “Stamps Of Australia” catalogue. I have just a few complete sets of 6 MUH left for sale - just $A330 a stamp, for something that maybe 150 or so full mint sets exist of globally, as I type. I mailed a set on 6 covers to the Russian Air Force Base to the Commander of the orbiting “ISS” MIR Space Station, taken to him on a supply flight - he is a keen collector and ordered them! There are 2 underlying stamp design types - Type “A” and Type “B”. (Outlined on link above) Latter costs 15% more ($A2,300 - Stock 572GR) , or both sets 6 together, save $200, for $A4,100 (Stock 572GC) I have one flat joined strip of 6 - in scarce Type “B” luckily, for $A2,400 (Stock 571GK) A set 6 is only about $US1,500 a set as I type this (I accept paypal in USD – ask me!), and is $1,000 or so LESS than some recent ebay sales, but only for those who act FAST: $A1,995 (Stock 572GY) Or, the identical designs set of 6 “$1.00 ADELAIDE 2016” that were also sold out fast, for $A75 a set 6 (Stock 571GX) or 10 sets 6 of those for dealers/investors for $A500 (Stock 571GY)
Australia 1977 Silver Jubilee PLATE PROOF BLOCK 4 at Quarter Cat! Always a fast seller. These are official PO plate proofs, and like all the others have some creasing. ACSC 766PP(1) Cat $500 per imperf PAIR or $1,000 a block 4. Seemed a real shame to cut it into pairs but if you want a pair, I will do that for $A140 .. your choice or top or bottom. $A250 - (Order as stock number 225RL)
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