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1911 King George V

1/2 p green 1 p red 1 p red, more lines on lion

  1/2 p green
  1 p red

Two types of the 1 p red exist, one with more lines on the lion at the bottom (see pictures). These stamps exist with three different kinds of watermark ('Crown', 'Crown GVR' in two types).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 p*vc 
1 p*vc 

 

1912 King George V, with lined background behind the king

1 p red 1 1/2 p brown 5 p brown 3 p violet 8 p black on green 9 p brown 10 p blue

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  1 1/2 p brown
  2 p orange
  2 1/2 p blue
  3 p violet
  4 p green
  5 p brown
  6 p lilac
  7 p olive
  8 p black on yellow
  9 p violet
  9 p olive (1922)
  10 p blue
  1 Sh brown

These stamps were issued with various watermarks and are perforated 15 x 14. In 1934 some of these stamps were re-issued with a solid background (see there).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 pcvc 
1 p*vc 
1 1/2 p*vc 
2 p*vc 
2 1/2 p*vc 
3 p*vc 
4 p*vc 
5 p*c 
6 p*c 
7 p**** 
8 p**** 
9 p violet***c 
9 p olive**c 
10 p**c 
1 Sh**c 

Stamps with the following overprint (or similar ones) were issued in Ireland:

A bogus 'POSTAGE 2 1/2 d.' on 2 p stamp:


Bogus overprint, such an overprint was never issued

 

1912 King George and seahorses

2 Sh 6 p brown 1 Pound green

  2 Sh 6 p brown
  5 Sh red
  10 Sh blue
  1 Pound green

These stamps are perforated 11 x 12. The values 2 Sh 6 p, 5 Sh and 10 Sh exist in slightly different colours (due to the fact that they were printed by different printers). These three values were also issued with dotted background instead of lined background behind the King (in 1934?).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
2 Sh 6 p**** 
5 Sh***** 
10 ShR*** 
1 PoundRRRRRR 

 

1924 British Empire Exhibition

 

Inscription '1924'
  1 p red
  1 1/2 p brown

Inscription '1925'
  1 p red
  1 1/2 p brown

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1 p**1924
1 1/2 p**1924
1 p**1925
1 1/2 p**1925

 

1929 Postal Union Congress London 1929 (PUC), various frames

1/2 p green 1 1/2 p brown

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  1 1/2 p brown (same design as 1 p red)
  2 1/2 p blue
  1 Pound black (larger size)

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 pcc 
1 p*c 
1 1/2 p*c 
2 1/2 p*c 
1 PoundRRRR 

I have seen a forgery of the 1 Pound stamp. I have no further information on how to distinguish this forgery:


(Forgery of the 1 Pound stamp)

I have seen two forged letters with genuine stamps, but forged postmark 'POSTAL UNION CONGRESS 10-AM 10 MY 29 LONDON', example of such a letter:


(Forged letter)


(Zoom in on one of the forged cancels of the previous letter)

I've seen a similar forged fist day cover with the four lowest values of this serie adressed to 'G.Hamilton-Smith Stanley Gibbons Ltd 399 Strand London MC2'. The stamps are genuine, the cancel has been forged (identical to the one above).

 

1934 King George V, with coloured background behind king

2 p orange 2 1/2 p blue

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  1 1/2 p brown
  2 p orange
  2 1/2 p blue
  3 p violet
  4 p green
  5 p brown
  9 p green
  10 p blue
  1 Sh brown

These stamps have perforation 15 x 14.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
1/2 pcvc 
1 pcvc 
1 1/2 pcvc 
2 pcvc 
2 1/2 pcvc 
3 pcvc 
4 p*c 
5 p*c 
9 p*c 
10 p*c 
1 Sh*c 

 

A label with inscription 'INTERNATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION' and the portrait of King George V:


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