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Europe/Great Britain : GB Scott #32 broken plate number variety?

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27 Jan 2012
03:45:40am
Hello friends!

I have this stamp Scott #32 Plate 3. The number of plate is broken, this is a variety or error?. This is identified in any Catalogue?, thanks in advance for your help!

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27 Jan 2012
08:43:07am
re: GB Scott #32 broken plate number variety?

The "broken" plate number is not an error. An error is when something drastic occurs during the printing/production process of a stamp. This means, wrong or missing colors, wrong or missing perforations, large (generally 50% or more)misregistration of colors or perfs, inverted designs, printing on wrong side of paper.

Small defects like what you pictured enter into what is called the "freaks and oddities" category. The broken plate number could be caused by a broken plate, dirt, wear, broken plate that was repaired, things like that. The magnitude of the "problem" is significantly less than that from a production error. People do collect the freaks and oddities, and Gibbons has a catalog that details many of these, and some of these stamps carry a nice premium.

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27 Jan 2012
09:45:59am
re: GB Scott #32 broken plate number variety?

That is an interesting variety. This is why there are different plate numbers. As more and more stamps are printed the plates wear out and crack and then replaced with new plates. Plate 3 was the last plate for this issue. I do not see any reference to this variety in the Stanley Gibbons Queen Victoria Specialized Catalogue. It is from 1970 so if anyone has a more recent version perhaps they can help you.

There is a great discussion group on Yahoo for the stamps of Queen Victoria. You may want to contact them.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/mulready/

Bob

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06 Feb 2012
02:48:55pm
re: GB Scott #32 broken plate number variety?

Thaks for your comments and help friends!.

Some days ago another friend posted my question in the Mulready Group, but it not have any reply :-(

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