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Rob1956
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12 Mar 2020
07:19:45am
A rare complete set of definitive King George VI portraits with all dies, paper types, shades, imperforations, stripped ink varieties, unlisted thin paper varieties, unlisted shade varieties, other major varieties and inverted watermarks included.
This is part of the complete series of King George VI stamps I have in my collection.
Creating a display of definitive KGVI heads was easy, collecting them in the first place was a difficult 6 years. All are MNH.
The 1952 7½d blue stamp with aniline ink was meant to prevent re-use of the stamp, it was very effective, but to the annoyance of collectors, the ink badly leached when the stamp was being soaked off paper, which was the sole idea of aniline being used in the first place. The 7½d stamp is best collected unused, although there are some collectors who were lucky enough to find a used copy without any aniline damage.
The “White Wattles” is the most notable of the stripped ink varieties, and attempts to correct the problem made more problems such as the “Joined TA” and the tapered “T”.

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13 Mar 2020
07:17:51am
re: A rare complete set of definitive King George VI portraits

Hi Rob

Fantastic collection, of course I am jealous.

Mind you, it does take a long time to assemble such magnificent specimens, I love the different colour variations and the papers.

That's what I call a magnificent obsession.

I onces searched for ten years till I found a first edition of a rare work on Ancient Egypt,

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Horamakhet

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Rob1956
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13 Mar 2020
09:06:47am
re: A rare complete set of definitive King George VI portraits

Hi Horamakhet

It did take some time to create this display, it's an obsession I'm proud to admit having. I think finding a rare book is a bit more difficult than finding a rare stamp. But once you have it, stamp or book, you just do not want to depart from it.

Rob

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13 Mar 2020
09:43:15am

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Always a delight to see a collection that covers all the varieties! Thank you for sharing.

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Rob1956
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13 Mar 2020
11:10:19am
re: A rare complete set of definitive King George VI portraits

Hi philatelia

My pleasure.

Rob

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Horamakhet
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14 Mar 2020
12:03:31am
re: A rare complete set of definitive King George VI portraits

Hi Rob,
Being an novice at collecting MNH, how does one tell the difference in unsurfaced and surfaced papers?

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Horamakhet

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Rob1956
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14 Mar 2020
04:51:09am
re: A rare complete set of definitive King George VI portraits

Hi Horamakhet

Unsurfaced paper (non chalk surfaced) is thin paper, and surfaced paper (chalk surfaced) is thick paper. Even though used thick paper no longer has the chalk, using a micrometer would remedy that confusion.

Rob

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15 Mar 2020
05:38:00pm
re: A rare complete set of definitive King George VI portraits

Hi Rob
Thanks for that
Horamakhet

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