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 Post subject: Pre-Decimal Castles
PostPosted: Thu Apr 06, 2017 1:05 pm 

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Re the Castles second De La Rue printing. Gibbons seems to distinguish between one printed in June 1959 on Light Cream Paper with only specialist catalogue numbers (T3, T10, T16 & T22). A second issue (May 1962) is printed on whiter paper with SG catalogue numbers and specialists numbers (T4, T11, T17 & T23). However, I am not sure I can identify which one I have or how to distinguish between them. Secondly. no dealers seem to list both as being available i.e. they just treat that printing as the "second De La Rue". Is it me. And is it worth bothering??

 Post subject: Re: Pre-Decimal Castles
PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2017 9:55 am 
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I am by no means an expert, but if, like me, you would like to build as complete a collection of all the QEII pre-decimal varieties as is possible, then I think it is worth obtaining these, if you can do so at prices you feel reasonable.

As to distinguishing the paper colours, I have never seen this as a tip, so it may be my wishful thinking, but it often seems to me that the different paper colours, certainly on definitives from this reign, can be identified by use of a UV lamp - the ones on whiter paper looking 'brighter', and this has been borne out to my satisfaction when checking ones obtained from reputable dealers. This may be due to 'chemical whiteners' being present in the paper stock, I don't know - I offer this purely as a suggestion, with no guarantee of accuracy.

I'd be interested to know your findings.


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