Wednesday, October 29, 2008

a few color varieties of the NGR large format values

These stamps were printed in 1945-47, and show very poor color control. Most of the other papers show a high degree of color control and for these latter papers, the color is a key component of the identification process. I begin with the 40c value:

Incidentally, I find that the 30cNGR is a very common stamp, the 20c Cattle is somewhat common, and all other large format values for this paper are at various degrees of rarity.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

faint sun on several 25c1E3s

I looked for the variety without a sun, but only found specimens with a faint sun. At high resolution, the sun can be seen clearly.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

An envelope with cataloguing errors

I continue to form a test beginner's collection to show that despite being a complex series, this issue can be collected by novices. I recently received this envelope, and I show here how these stamps get miss-classified today.

All of these are supposed to be wavy rays watermark stamps, 1E or 1L by my scheme. This is what I found:

1E1, 1935 and 1936

1E3, 1939; and I am still not clear if the 5c typographed is 1E1 or 1E3, as my study is not complete.

2D, straight rays, diffused, somewhat rare.

NGR, unwatermarked grid, of varying thicknesses as can be seen from the poor perforations.

The 20 pesos unwatermarked opaque, 20pNOP, which I find used in the mid 1950s even though most NOPs circulated in 1948.

2C, straight rays, clear and bright white paper.

1L1, 1951 wavy rays

and 1L2, 1950s wavy rays with gigantic RA in the watermark.