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Oceania/Australia : Captain John Macarthur Centenary 1934

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Rob1956
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14 Mar 2017
07:55:50pm
In the centenary year of Macarthur's death in 1834; four stamps were issued on November 1st, 1934.

Macarthur introduced the Spanish Merino to Australia which thrived and consequently created the biggest primary industry for the country. The design was taken from a photo of a prize Merino on the original property in Camden, NSW.

The die used to create the 2d, 3d and 9d plates caused a weak, washed out appearance (particularly on the 2d). After the supply of the first, large, printing of the 2d the die was corrected, a new plate was made, and subsequent printings appeared with 'dark hills' among other minor changes.

In fact, a change of ink made more of a difference to the second 2d issue than any other factor. This alone would not ordinarily cause a revised die issue to occur. Some so far unrecorded factor such as cracked plate caused this modification to take place.

The 3d is an unusually difficult stamp to find, particularly in mint unhinged condition.

The colour of the 9d was continued at the time of the zoological with the 9d platypus. Ash was preparing himself for the zoological series with these denominations, colours and issues.

Both this, and the Victorian Centenary, remained on sale together for some time. Most likely due to the 9d and 1/- of each series.

The design proved popular and continued onto the zoological series with the 5d ram.

All the stamps with the exception of the “dark hills” in this set were printed from copper plate electros; the “dark hills” were printed from delta metal.

The “dark hills” delta metal plate was produced by directly rolling the die into soft metal.

They were designed and engraved by F.D. Manley. The printer was John Ash. Watermark - multi crown with C of A sideways; perforation 11½.

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Stu
16 Dec 2017
05:49:48am
re: Captain John Macarthur Centenary 1934

I have the 3d version of this but it isnt in great condition.

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Stu
16 Dec 2017
05:51:58am
re: Captain John Macarthur Centenary 1934

Sorry I just found it on e-bay. They arent worth jack.

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Rob1956
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16 Dec 2017
08:57:01am
re: Captain John Macarthur Centenary 1934

The 3d isn't worth much on its own.

The four in the above condition are mint unhinged with full original gum, the current value is $130 for the set. I normally avoid eBay because of vendors selling re-gummed stamps or not illustrating faults.

Not all vendors will rip off the buyer, but there are enough for me to avoid eBay. It would have been better going to a local dealer (if one is within locality) and buying the 3d blue from them.

Rob

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Stu
16 Dec 2017
09:49:52pm
re: Captain John Macarthur Centenary 1934

Rob, they are beautiful stamps regardless of their value. I guess the real high in this field is having a gorgeous stamp that is worth a lot.

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Horamakhet
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29 Dec 2017
03:30:46pm
re: Captain John Macarthur Centenary 1934

Hi Rob,

They are truly an exceptional set.


Horamakhet

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Rob1956
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29 Dec 2017
05:15:29pm
re: Captain John Macarthur Centenary 1934

Hi Stu

In stamp collecting, it is the adrenalin of owning stamps you can display, the worth of the collection is in the pride that it gives to the collector.

In my collection it is important to have the stamps in the highest grade possible.

In order of scarcity.

9d

2d ("dark hills")

3d

2d ("white hills")

Rob

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