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Oceania/Australia : The Family of King George VI Coronation Stamps

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Rob1956
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04 Apr 2017
12:25:34pm
Below is a rare nearly complete set of Coronation Robes; all stamp magazines showing the "Robes" for sale, will show the 5/- both thick and thin paper, the 10/- both thick and thin paper and the £1 thick and thin paper. One would also see the 5/- with tinted paper and the 10/- Specimen (Ash), and of course the £1 Specimen (Ash).

What you won't see will be the McCracken 10/- and the McCracken £1 Specimens and the full collection of 19 "Robes" stamps. Earlier I showed a presentation of all my King George VI stamps with 17 of the "Robes" inclusive. The McCracken £1 "Robe" will complete the Coronation issues.

Below is a rare display of 18 of the 19 "Robes" in the best condition I can find to date, and any off centred stamps will eventually be replaced when a better issue is located.

5/- Queen Elizabeth

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ACSC 212A) 1938. Queen Elizabeth. 5s. Perforation 14 x 13½. Thick chalk surfaced paper. Sideways C of A watermark. Dull Lake (Ash)
ACSC 212B) 1938. Queen Elizabeth. 5/-. Perforation 14 x 13½. Thick chalk surfaced paper. Sideways C of A watermark. Brown-Lake (Ash)
ACSC 212C) 1938. Queen Elizabeth. 5/-. Perforation 14 x 13½. Thick chalk surfaced paper. Sideways C of A watermark. Reddish-Lake (Ash)
ACSC 213A) 1948. Queen Elizabeth. 5/-. Perforation 14 x 13½. Thin unsurfaced paper. Sideways C of A watermark. Tinted paper. Reddish-Lake (McCracken)
** The tinted paper comes from the first printing using the Ash plates, and was caused by the use of an ink that was strongly absorbent, with the result that the paper became "tinted" in appearance.**
ACSC 213B) 1948. Queen Elizabeth. 5/-. Perforation 14 x 13½. Thin unsurfaced paper. Sideways C of A watermark. White paper. Brown-Lake (McCracken)

10/- King George VI

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ACSC 214A) 1938. King George VI. 10/-. Perforation 14 x 13½. Thick chalky surfaced paper. Sideways C of A watermark. Dull Purple (Ash)
ACSC 214B) 1938. King George VI. 10/-. Perforation 14 x 13½. Thick unsurfaced paper. Sideways C of A watermark. Reddish-Purple (Ash)
ACSC 214B) 1938. King George VI. 10/-. Perforation 14 x 13½. Thick unsurfaced paper. Sideways C of A watermark. Reddish-Purple (Slight aniline quality) (Ash)
ACSC 214x) 1938. King George VI. 10/-. Perforation 14 x 13½. "SPECIMEN". Thick chalky surfaced paper. Sideways C of A watermark. Dull Purple (Ash)
ACSC 214x) 1948. King George VI. 10/-. Perforation 14 x 13½. "SPECIMEN". Thick chalky surfaced paper. Sideways C of A watermark. Deep Dull Purple (McCracken's usage of the Ash plates)
ACSC 215) 1948. King George VI. 10/-. Perforation 14 x 13½. Thin unsurfaced paper. Sideways C of A watermark. Deep Reddish Purple (Unlisted McCracken)
ACSC 215) 1948. King George VI. 10/-. Perforation 14 x 13½. Thin unsurfaced paper. Sideways C of A watermark. Deep Purple (McCracken)

£1 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth

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ACSC 216A) 1938. King George VI. £1. Perforation 13½ x 14. Thick chalky surfaced paper. Sideways C of A watermark. Dull Blue (Ash)
ACSC 216A) 1949. King George VI. £1. Perforation 13½ x 14. Thick chalky surfaced paper. Sideways C of A watermark. Deep Dull Blue (McCracken's usage of the Ash plates)
ACSC 216B) 1938. King George VI. £1. Perforation 13½ x 14. Thick chalky surfaced paper. Sideways C of A watermark. Dull Blue (Ash)
ACSC 216x) 1938. King George VI. £1. Perforation 13½ x 14. "SPECIMEN". Thick chalky surfaced paper. Dull Blue (Ash)
ACSC 217) 1949. King George VI. £1. Perforation 13½ x 14. Thick chalky surfaced paper. Sideways C of A watermark. Pale Dull Blue (Unlisted McCracken using 1938 plates)
ACSC 217) 1949. King George VI. £1. Perforation 13½ x 14. Thin unsurfaced paper. Sideways C of A watermark. Dull Blue (McCracken)

Specimen

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ACSC 214x) 1938. King George VI. 10/-. Perforation 14 x 13½. "SPECIMEN". Thick chalky surfaced paper. Sideways C of A watermark. Dull Purple (Ash)
ACSC 214x) 1948. King George VI. 10/-. Perforation 14 x 13½. "SPECIMEN". Thick chalky surfaced paper. Sideways C of A watermark. Deep Dull Purple (McCracken's usage of the Ash plates)
ACSC 216x) 1938. King George VI. £1. Perforation 13½ x 14. "SPECIMEN". Thick chalky surfaced paper. Dull Blue (Ash)

£1 Coronation Specimen Cerificate of Authenticity

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CAVEAT EMPTOR ("Let the buyer beware")

NEVER purchase a £1 Specimen without a recognised certificate of authentication. Many dangerous forgeries exist. The certificate must be included and easily read, as the picture on the certificate should be the actual photo of the stamp for sale (check and see if the perforations match, and the centring of the design the same, as well as the overprint). The Ceremuga certificate shown is an authentic certificate of the £1 Specimen above.





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04 Apr 2017
05:00:56pm
re: The Family of King George VI Coronation Stamps

Beautiful examples. I think le mot juste is -- "superb."

Eric

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What a fantastic lot you have.

Thank you for providing the colour information as well. I am legally blind and cannot differentiate colour well so the additional information you provided is very much appreciated.

What beautiful stamps!

Kelly

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Rob1956
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04 Apr 2017
06:35:58pm
re: The Family of King George VI Coronation Stamps

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"Beautiful examples. I think le mot juste is -- "superb."

Eric"



I had to look up what "le mot juste" meant; I'll have to memorise that and use it sometime; they are a superb set (minus 1); when I get the last one (fingers crossed) I will show the entire first series 1937 - 1938 definitive set of KGVI including the Coronation stamps.
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04 Apr 2017
06:45:44pm
re: The Family of King George VI Coronation Stamps

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"What a fantastic lot you have.

Thank you for providing the colour information as well. I am legally blind and cannot differentiate colour well so the additional information you provided is very much appreciated.

What beautiful stamps!

Kelly"



Hi Kelly

It took many years to put that set together and it is paying off; I'm glad my information is helping you; I now include a brief history of all stamps I post; it also helps other collectors research their own stamps.

The Coronation stamps are a beautiful set and no stamp issued by Australia since then had come close to the intricate engraving and rotary recess-printing of these stamps.

Rob

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