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General Philatelic/Identify This? : New Zealand Universal Penny Post

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adam31415926
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28 Aug 2016
07:23:37pm
In the Scott Catalog the only difference between a 131 and a 177 is that of the watermark. The catalog says that some of the 177's have the watermark in blue, but some are not. How can you tell which catalog number it would be if the WM was not blue. It could be a 131 or a 177 I suppose.

This design has the globe with the diagonal lines on it.

131 1909-1912 WM #61 14x14.5 Design #A42 (A35 Redrawn) Carmine
177 1925 WM#61 (Usually in blue) 14x14.5 Design #A42 (A35 Redrawn) Carmine

Thanks for any help!

Adam

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28 Aug 2016
09:13:48pm
re: New Zealand Universal Penny Post

Scott 131 is a normal stamp with regular watermark.

Scott 177 is on unwatermarked paper and has a printed watermark on the back which is usually in blue although some copies are printed in black and some are noted as colorless.

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28 Aug 2016
09:14:27pm

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I would like to know how do they put a color watermark on the paper.

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28 Aug 2016
09:26:37pm
re: New Zealand Universal Penny Post

It is printed - per Gibbons: "No wmk, but bluish "NZ" and star lithographed on back. Art Paper"

Scott lists two varieties, Gibbons lists 7 different varieties as New Zealand #405 through 411.

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29 Aug 2016
07:05:32am
re: New Zealand Universal Penny Post

What I really need to know is how you would IDENTIFY the different varieties of the 177 stamp?

Thanks!


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29 Aug 2016
08:00:31am
re: New Zealand Universal Penny Post

As to the original question identification is easy - the 177 has a PRINTED star and NZ on the back - printed in ink, just like the front. It is on unwatermarked paper.

If you want to know all of the different varieties you need to get a Stanley Gibbons catalog. There are several different paper types; several different gum varieties; regular, inverted, reversed and "inverted and reversed" watermark varieties, 4 or 5 different colors,etc.

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29 Aug 2016
09:56:08am
re: New Zealand Universal Penny Post

Gibbons published a Commonwealth catalog that is available used and will be most helpful with varieties of issues. Since in this case you are discussing 100 year old issues a spanking new set is not needed as the essential info does not change every year very much.
You can find such volumes on eBay or at stamp shows at a great discount.

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adam31415926
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29 Aug 2016
12:02:52pm
re: New Zealand Universal Penny Post

Well I found one on ebay, but only 1 and the shipping is $20.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Stanley-Gibbons-New-Zealand-catalogue-4th-Edition-2010-VGC-/191952543728?hash=item2cb1435ff0:g:l3cAAOSw6n5XvIa-

Maybe I will find someone who has one in the US to save on shipping. I'll keep on searching.

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29 Aug 2016
12:27:55pm
re: New Zealand Universal Penny Post

If you just want a reference for ID one of the old "Part I - British Commonwealth" catalogs will do fine ..... here's one:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1987-STANLEY-GIBBONS-STAMP-CATALOGUE-PART-I-British-Commonwealth-/222220461174?hash=item33bd5f2476:g:hjUAAOSw0HVWAeZa

It has Great Britain and all the colonies. At some point in time SG played with catalog numbers so while you will know what you are looking for the catalog number will not be the same as in the current SG catalog.

If you want a newer one you are looking for "Commonwealth and British Empire Stamps 1840-1952." Mine is a 2004 Edition which I paid aroung $25 for - most are in the $40 range but the are indispensable for British stamps. It covers Great Britain and all of the colonies. New it will set you back over $100 - unless there is some compelling reason you don't need new.

BTW - it appears ebay search engine has gone nuts again so you may need to wait until it's fixed ......


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29 Aug 2016
01:07:21pm
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OK so then why did they have a separate New Zealand catalog? What other information does the NZ one have that the one you mentioned in your post does not have? Please clarify.

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29 Aug 2016
02:53:31pm
re: New Zealand Universal Penny Post

They have a separate catalog to make money. A bit unfair perhaps, but I went to the SG website and here is what they say in their description of the New Zealand catalog.

"The listings for issues up to 1970 have been extracted from the 2014 edition of the Stanley Gibbons Commonwealth and British Empire Stamps 1840-1970. Later issues have been revised and updated especially for this volume."

So it would appear that if you are concentration on issues prior to 1970 there is no additional information provided over what is shown in the Commonwealth catalog (which includes Great Britain and all of the Commonwealth countries). A complete set of Gibbons specialized volumes would probably total into 4 figures.


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29 Aug 2016
03:04:56pm
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Ok thanks. I think I will just start with the new Zealand one and then get the other one too. Both would be handy references to have.

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30 Aug 2016
05:34:12pm
re: New Zealand Universal Penny Post

http://www.ebay.ie/itm/Concise-New-Zealand-Stamp-Catalogue-Gibbons-Stanley-Paperback-Book-/391434864483?hash=item5b23560763

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malcolm197
25 Sep 2016
05:49:11pm
re: New Zealand Universal Penny Post

The SG New Zealand catalogue also includes Nauru, Cook Islands and Aitutaki among others. The SG Simplified catalogue ( 1 volume Commonwealth and 3 volumes rest of the world ) is useless for anyone other than a "face different" collector. A real NZ specialist will go for the "Campbell-Patterson" catalogue which makes the Gibbons NZ specialised look simplified!

If you collect older stamps it should be noted that collections put together by specialised collectors will have the good stamps identified ( or often removed prior to sale! ). However collections put together by non-specialists without access to good information very occasionally include the odd gem. Additionally collections formed in the country of the stamp's origin seldom have good stuff included - owing to the collector naturally having more experience of his own country's stamps (even beginners)

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26 Sep 2016
09:44:02am
re: New Zealand Universal Penny Post

Yes well I looked at the price of the "Campbell-Patterson" catalog and it's $120. That's a little too expensive for me in light of where I am in collecting New Zealand right now. Maybe at some point I will splurge.

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16 Oct 2016
06:45:07pm
re: New Zealand Universal Penny Post

Would the watermark on New Zealand # 177 look like this?

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jillcrow
16 Oct 2016
08:05:07pm
re: New Zealand Universal Penny Post

Just to clarify something mentioned above, the SG New Zealand catalogue includes pre-independence NIUE (not NAURU, which is included in the SG Australia Catalogue).

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16 Oct 2016
11:40:17pm
re: New Zealand Universal Penny Post

" .... Would the watermark on New Zealand # 177 look like this? ...."

If you mean SG 177, yes. I think so . it should also have a compound perforation 12½ x 10 or some variation thereof.
If you are talking Scott, then I have no idea.

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17 Oct 2016
02:13:00pm
re: New Zealand Universal Penny Post

I was referring to Scott # 177.

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