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Oceania/Australia : Sheet Counter Stock Control

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Rob1956
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26 Oct 2016
06:55:11am
On the top of the selvedge in each 25th sheet the stock controller will stamp the number and the number of times he had reached that number, in this case number 10.

For instance; 25th sheet number 10 = 250 sheets counted.

The stamped information is normally in violet ink (there have been on occasions where black ink was used) this stamping is seldom seen; it doesn't make the strip, block or sheet of stamps scarce or scarce stamps scarcer, but to find such information on stamps in itself is a scarce find as many of these stamps have the selvedge removed making the discovery of the information a curiosity and a bonus.

I've been collecting stamps for 47 years and this is the first time I have seen a sheet counter stock control number.

In this case the stock control was undertaken in Japan, shown on the 1946 B.C.O.F. 6d kookaburra block of 16.

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DaveSheridan
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04 Jun 2018
04:22:38am
re: Sheet Counter Stock Control

Rob, I came across this post while scrolling through old stuff I haven't seen. That's a very nice thing on a BCOF block.

I have two blocks of 6 (I think!), one of the 1½d Green Queen and the other the 4d Green Koala. No, they're not rare, but try finding a handful of them.

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Rob1956
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04 Jun 2018
06:11:51pm
re: Sheet Counter Stock Control

Hi Dave

It is very uncommon to see the inventory numbers on the stamps, having two blocks is a lucky find. It is very difficult to locate these as the inventory numbers are usually removed after completion of counting.

They make an interesting addition to an Australian collection, the stamps shown is the only one I have.

Rob

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