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GREAT BRITAIN, 1887-1910

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1887 Inscription 'POSTAGE AND REVENUE', no letters in the corners 50 years reign of queen Victoria

1/2 p orange 2 p green and red 2 1/2 p purple on blue 4 p brown and green 4 1/2 p red and green 6 p lilac on red 10 p red and lilac 1 Sh green 1 Sh red and green

  1/2 Penny orange
  1/2 Penny green (1900)
  1 1/2 d lilac and green
  2 d green and red
  2 1/2 d purple on blue
  3 d brown on yellow
  4 d brown and green
  4 1/2 d red and green
  5 d lilac and blue
  6 d lilac on red
  9 d blue and lilac
  10 d red and lilac
  One Shilling green
  One Shilling red and green

The color of the 1/2 p green stamp is very sensitive and can easily change into blue.

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 redcvc 
1/2 p greencvc 
1 1/2 p *c 
2 p*c 
2 1/2 p*vc 
3 p**c 
4 p***c 
4 1/2 p*** 
5 p**c 
6 p***c 
9 p**** 
10 p***** 
1 Sh green**** 
1 Sh red and green **** 

For a 1 Pound large stamp with the image of Queen Victoria, click here.


King Edward VII

1902 King Edward VII, various designs

1 p red 1 1/2 p lilac and green 1 1/2 p lilac and green 2 1/2 p blue 3 p lilac on yellow 4 p brown and green 4 p orange 5 p lilac and blue 6 p lilac 7 p grey 9 p blue and lilac 10 p red and lilac 10 p red and lilac 1 Sh red and green

  1/2 p green
  1 p red
  1 1/2 p lilac and green
  2 p green and red
  2 1/2 p blue
  3 p lilac on yellow
  4 p brown and green
  4 p orange (1909)
  5 p lilac and blue
  6 p lilac
  7 p grey (1910)
  9 p blue and lilac
  10 p red and lilac
  1 Sh red and green

Larger sizes

 

 

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

Most of these stamps are perforated 14, but some of them were issued with perforation 15 x 14 in 1911 (1/2 p , 1 p, 2 1/2 p, 3 p and 4 p orange). All of these stamps have watermark 'Crown'.

Value of the stamps

vc = very common
c  = common
*  = not so common
** = uncommon
*** = very uncommon
R   = rare
RR  = very rare
RRR = extremely rare
ValueUnusedUsedRemarks
With perforation 14
1/2 p cvc 
1 p*vc 
1 1/2 p *c 
2 p*c 
2 1/2 p*vc 
3 p**c 
4 p brown and green **** 
4 p orange*** 
5 p**c 
6 p***c 
7 p **** 
9 p**** 
10 p***** 
1 Sh**** 
2 Sh 6 pR*** 
5 ShRR*** 
10 ShRRR 
1 PoundRRRR 
With perforation 15 x 14
All values** 

Typical cancels:


(Reduced view)

A 2 p lilac in a similar design was prepared, but never issued:

Image reproduced with permission from: http://www.sandafayre.com
(non issued stamp)

I have seen imperforate souvenir sheets (?) with the 1 Pound stamp on it, with very large borders (about the size of the stamp itself), at the bottom the year the stamp was issued '1902' is indicated in very large letters. I have seen a similar sheet with the non-issued 2 p stamp on it and the year '1910' at the bottom (probably from the same maker as the 1 Pound sheets). These sheets are fully gummed.

I know of a Lowden forgery of the 1 Pound stamp, made in 1911(?). The printing is rather coarse and a this forgery has a forged watermark. It seems to be cancelled always(?) with a 'Jersey' concentric cancel. I have no further information concerning this forgery. This forgery is described in great detail in 'Great Britain Forgery Guide' by J. Barefoot Ltd. Example of a Lowden forgery:


(Lowden forgery, image obtained from an Embassy Philatelists auction)

 

For stamps with the image of King George V (1911 onwards, click here).


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