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GREAT BRITAIN, Queen Victoria, Large sizes

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1847 Imperforated issues

  Six Pence violet
      (don't confuse this stamp with a telegraph form of 1885,
      small circles with numbers are added in the design)
  Ten Pence brown
      (this stamp in blue is a telegraph form.)
  One Shilling green
      (this stamp with small numbers added is a telegraph form.)


(Stamp with parts of neighbouring stamps, reduced size)

These stamps were printed one by one by hand, and therefore the distance between the stamps is very irregular. The images of two stamps can even touch each other, as in this example. These stamps have plate numbers, but are difficult to distinguish (at the bottom part of the head).

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
6 p RRRRR 
10 pRRRRRR 
1 Sh RRRRR 
Stamps cut to shape ?*** 

Telegraph forms in the same design:


(Reduced sizes)

The above images show the telegraph form in the same design as the 1 Sh stamp. Note that there are 3 circles added to the design.


(Telegraph form with numbers added in the design)


(6 p with small circles added with 5 dots in the center, where the numbers are in the previous telegraph cut, also a cut from a telegraph form?)

 

1883 Perforated

10 Sh green

  2 Shillings 6 Pence lilac
  5 Shillings red, white letters in the corners
  5 Shillings red, coloured letters
  10 Shillings blue
  10 Shillings green (other design)
  1 Pound brown


  1 Pound brown (lying format)
  1 Pound green

  5 Pounds orange

All these stamps are perforated 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
2 Sh 6 pRR***Watermark 'Anchor'
5 ShRRRRRwhite letters in the corners, watermark 'Cross' or 'Anchor'
5 ShRR***coloured letters in the corners, watermark 'Anchor'
10 Sh greenRRRRRRwatermark 'Cross' or 'Anchor'
10 Sh blueRRRWatermark 'Anchor'
1 Pound brownRRRRRRSmallest stamp, watermark 'Cross' or 'Anchor'
1 Pound brown RRRRRRLargest stamp, watermark 'Crowns' or 'Globe with cross'
1 Pound greenRRRRWatermark 'Crowns'
5 Pounds RRRRRRWatermark 'Anchor'


(Watermark 'Anchor' on the 5 Sh stamp, reduced size)

Forgeries:

I have seen imperforate souvenir sheets (?) with the 1 Pound and 5 Pounds stamps on it, with very large borders (about the size of the stamp itself), at the bottom the year the stamp was issued is indicated in very large letters. I don't know who issued these sheets, but they have been issued in large quantities. Example of such a sheet:


(1 pound brown facsimile sheet)


Sheet with 5 Pound forgery, reduced size


(Cut from this same sheet with '1882' removed)

Crude forgery:


(Forgery of the 5 Sh stamp)

The above forgery is very crude (compare the face of the Queen with a genuine stamp).

Other forgery:


(Forgery of the 10 Sh stamp with imitated watermark 'Anchor')


(Rather primitive forgery of the 1 Pound brown stamp)


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