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Oceania/Australia : A very early plate crack of a block of 4 ½d Kangaroos - This is the only example seen to date by experts. Rare

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Rob1956
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17 Feb 2016
04:28:44am
A rare lower left corner block of 4 1938 ½d Kangaroo. Perforation 13½ x 14. Very early state of cracked plate below W.C.G. McCracken imprint without the pip perforation. This is the only example identified to date.

ACSC 178cz (page 6/43, note 5)

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cocollectibles
17 Feb 2016
06:40:00am
re: A very early plate crack of a block of 4 ½d Kangaroos - This is the only example seen to date by experts. Rare

Very nice. Would you clarify what is meant by "without the pip perforation" in your description? I'd like to see what the "normal" corner would look like. Thanks.

Peter

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Rob1956
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17 Feb 2016
01:44:14pm
re: A very early plate crack of a block of 4 ½d Kangaroos - This is the only example seen to date by experts. Rare

Hi Peter

A pip is a perforation guide mark to ensure accurate centring of perforations; markings were placed in the margins of sheets. These marks identified pinning points where the sheets were secured prior to passing through the perforating machine.

Here is the same type of stamps with the "pip" in bottom centre of the selvedge (orange circle over a pin hole), the block of 4 is the late plate crack of this particular variety where the crack is under the imprint (very scarce).

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