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Europe/Great Britain : QE11 First Castle issues

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Rich
03 Nov 2016
03:33:36pm
Having just started a collection of QE11 pre decimal I have met my first road block, the Castles how to tell the difference between Waterlow and Del la Rue.
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sheepshanks
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03 Nov 2016
03:52:03pm
re: QE11 First Castle issues

Hi Rich, if I recall you have an SG Concise, if you go to the page there are notes below the listing. The 5th, 6th and 7th paragraphs explain the visible differences.
If anyone else needs a copy I will scan and post it in thread.

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Ningpo
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03 Nov 2016
04:04:40pm
re: QE11 First Castle issues

I hope you don't regret starting this. These issues have defied some of the most experienced collectors around. This might set you on your way (Waterlow versus Del la Rue): How to identify GB high value Castles from 1955 onwards.

There is another post just a bit further down which compares De la Rue with Bradbury.

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sheepshanks
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03 Nov 2016
04:20:51pm
re: QE11 First Castle issues

Ningpo, That's a nice set of images, will have to print that one off for reference.
Much easier though to see the differences on mint stamps, the hard ones are the used, washed and generally three times around the block heavy cancellations. Though sometimes the dates can help.
As you say a nightmare to identify at times.

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Ningpo
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03 Nov 2016
04:33:24pm
re: QE11 First Castle issues

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"...the hard ones are the used, washed and generally three times around the block heavy cancellations"



Precisely. Which is why some collectors give up on identification, or don't even try.

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Rich
03 Nov 2016
06:32:32pm
re: QE11 First Castle issues

Great help in deciding which is which the pictures are very fine and thank you for the time spent to answer the question. It always amazes me someone out there has the solution
Rich

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