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Europe/Great Britain : Identifying plate number positions on Queen Victoria stamps

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Tom
26 Aug 2011
06:11:03pm
I have several Great Britain scott #58--the small Queen Victoria and I cannot find a plate number on any of them.
Could someone tell me where I should be looking??
Scott mentions the different numbers but does not say where they are located.
Any and all help will be greatly appreciated.
Tom C.
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Stampfarm
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26 Aug 2011
06:39:44pm
re: Identifying plate number positions on Queen Victoria stamps

Hi Tom,
The location is illustrated in SG catalog. On the left side of the stamp, it is in the scroll work opposite the fraction bar. On the right side it is slightly higher opposite the 1 of 1/2. The numbers read looking towards the edge from the center of the stamp and this is the same for both sides. There are 2 numbers on each stamp so hopefully one will not be under the cancel. You will need a good magnifier to see them. Good luck.
Bob

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Tom
27 Aug 2011
09:02:47am
re: Identifying plate number positions on Queen Victoria stamps

Bob, Thank you, it was a great help--perhaps I should get a SG catalog for my GB stamps, they seem to give more details than Scot. Tom C.

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GBStamps
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27 Aug 2011
09:30:02am
re: Identifying plate number positions on Queen Victoria stamps

Tom

Not sure which stamp Scott 58 is since I don't have a Scott catalogue.

However here is an example of plate 200 of the 1d plate.
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A bit more obvious on the left side.

Tom

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GBStamps
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27 Aug 2011
09:40:39am
re: Identifying plate number positions on Queen Victoria stamps

Tom

Just re-read the topic and I realise you are referring to the small 1/2d stamp.

Here is an example of plate 14:
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More obvious on left side.

Tom

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Stampaholic
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27 Aug 2011
10:32:02am

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re: Identifying plate number positions on Queen Victoria stamps

Wish all Pl.#'s were that clear.

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GBStamps
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27 Aug 2011
10:38:44am
re: Identifying plate number positions on Queen Victoria stamps

Yes especially when trying to decide whether it is plate 9 or 19!(cat £700.00 and £55.00 respectively)!
I use a 10X magnifier.

Tom

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khj
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31 Aug 2011
06:34:09pm
re: Identifying plate number positions on Queen Victoria stamps

To distinguish between 9 and 19 (or any single digit plate number vs double digit plate number) on the 1/2d, all you have to do is note the position of the 9. The left-most digit always starts at the same position. So if 9 is in the first spot, it must be plate #9. If 9 is in the 2nd spot, then it must be plate #19. It won't matter if you can see the 1 or not.

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