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Oceania/Australia : 1941 Queen Elizabeth 1d on very thin Pelure paper – very scarce

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Rob1956
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24 Jul 2015
02:39:29am
The stamp on the right was printed on very thin Pelure paper; the image on the front can be seen through to the back. The 1941 Pelure paper is very scarce.

It isn't listed in the Stanley Gibbons catalogue, but is listed in the ACSC as number 182a, the normal stamp on the left is SG 180.

(Fr. Pelure - a skin). A strong, thin, translucent paper with a barely perceptible wove or laid pattern. The imprint clearly shows through from the back.

Because of the very thin paper the ink is heavily absorbed causing the image to appear darker as seen in the front images below. The normal stamp on the left shows the Crown and C of A (Commonwealth of Australia) watermark clearly.


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The watermark of both stamps though not prominent with the Pelure paper.

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smauggie
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24 Jul 2015
06:58:52am
re: 1941 Queen Elizabeth 1d on very thin Pelure paper – very scarce

I'll have to go through all my duplicates now. Happy

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Rob1956
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24 Jul 2015
04:30:24pm
re: 1941 Queen Elizabeth 1d on very thin Pelure paper – very scarce

Hope you find one, it will make an interesting addition to your collection.

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Stevo45
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25 Aug 2015
05:27:20am
re: 1941 Queen Elizabeth 1d on very thin Pelure paper – very scarce

Hi Guys'

Re: QE 1d stamps 1937 & 1938..

Quote from an old Cat....:

"The original 1d stamps (Die 1) appeared on May 10 1937 with thin, spidery lettering. This was considered unsatisfactory and in 1938, the stamps were replaced with Die II types with heavily shaded backgrounds and thick, white lettering" ....

Indeed, the cat. pics of the 1937 (Die I) show a distinct Light area behind the Queens head..

The lettering on the stamps shown above is the thicker style and the thin paper one seems to be a variation on the Die II 1938 stamp ??

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Steve


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Stevo45
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25 Aug 2015
05:34:00am
re: 1941 Queen Elizabeth 1d on very thin Pelure paper – very scarce

Just found another one in another Cat ..........

The Die II 1938 was also issued as a "Coil pair" - Different perf's..

Cheers Steve.

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Rob1956
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04 Sep 2015
12:39:17pm
re: 1941 Queen Elizabeth 1d on very thin Pelure paper – very scarce

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"The lettering on the stamps shown above is the thicker style and the thin paper one seems to be a variation on the Die II 1938 stamp "



Stevo45, the two stamps shown were printed in 1941, and are the same stamp, the transparent stamp (offset), became a deep green because of the thinness of the paper which allowed more ink to be saturated, also giving the impression that the image and words were different, but they are the same stamp.

1937 Die I & 1941 Die II with offset on pelure paper & 1941 Die II (maroon)

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There was public criticism about the halo behind the head of Queen Elizabeth, so a newer design without the halo was printed, which is the 1941 Die II shown with the offset. The perforation for Die 1 is 13½ x 14; and the 1941 Die II & Die II maroon is 15 x 14; and all have a C of A watermark.

In November 1941 there was a change of colour from green to brown denoting a ½d War tax surcharge was added. Australia did not issue a special 1½d stamp of this issue, instead charging customers an extra ½d to buy the 1d maroon.

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