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Oceania/Australia : A late plate crack of a block of 4 ½d Kangaroos - Very Scarce

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Rob1956
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08 Feb 2016
02:09:18am
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1938: ACSC 178zc (Australian Commonwealth Specialists' Catalogue). ½d orange (bottom left position), perforation 13½ x 14, W.C.G. McCracken imprint block of 4 showing intermediate (late) state of cracked plate below imprint. Totally mint unhinged and very scarce.


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smauggie
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08 Feb 2016
03:47:05pm
re: A late plate crack of a block of 4 ½d Kangaroos - Very Scarce

Lovely stamps and variety. Great metal wear pattern.

At least the printer lived up to his name. Blushing

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Rob1956
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08 Feb 2016
05:25:11pm
re: A late plate crack of a block of 4 ½d Kangaroos - Very Scarce

Thanks smauggie, it is a very difficult variety to obtain especially in this condition. McCracken sure did live up to his name (I should have noticed the pun to his name when I bought the block).

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08 Feb 2016
07:09:18pm
re: A late plate crack of a block of 4 ½d Kangaroos - Very Scarce

Rob, I'm jealous!! What a lovely block.

Regards ... Tim.

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Rob1956
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09 Feb 2016
05:25:39am
re: A late plate crack of a block of 4 ½d Kangaroos - Very Scarce

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"Rob, I'm jealous!! What a lovely block."


Thanks Tim, they sure are an eye opener. There are 4 to obtain, the one shown is a late crack (intermediate); the block of 4 kangaroos I will be getting in a month will be what is known as an early cracked plate under the imprint variety; the early varieties are not as long.

The other two will also be an early and late cracked plate where the crack of both goes through the imprint.

All 4 together will make them very rare, the latter 2 have not surfaced as yet for me to collect, but the stamp specialist I know promised me first choice if the latter 2 become available.

Hopefully I will not be in for the long wait; he said that the block of 4 shown in the above post is the finest he had ever sold in 18 years (he's been in the business 35 years).

I will post the next cracked plate variety when it arrives.

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