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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2021 11:08 am 
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In 1967 the Wilding stamps was being replaced to make way for the new Arnold Machin portrait stamps, but one particular value that did not get replaced was the 1/3d value, from their original concept back in 1952 this was one of the values that had lasted the course and one of the few stamps that can be found having all four different types of phosphor bands (tagging) applied , green, blue, violet and broadband violet including the original non phosphor variety (plain).
However, the regional 1/3d for Northern Ireland never had tagging applied and as far as quantities sold was concerned they were quite low, as the figure quoted in the SG specialised is only just over 14 million over a 10-year period for both papers, which is nothing substantial, it is listed as jointly having been printed on two types of paper, a cream version from the 29th of September 1958 being replaced with a whiter paper on the 9th of November 1962, I agree completely that this was the case, but, I have also discovered that a further paper was used to print this stamp, which apparently has never been listed, being of a highly fluorescent nature when subjected to long wave ultraviolet light, similar to the chalky type paper used to print Machins.

This next attachment corroborates my findings.

Just how many stamps were printed with the use of this particular fluorescent paper is an unknown factor, even with the other two papers of (cream and whiter) quantities printed individually do not seem to have been published or recorded, consequently I believe that this is one stamp that is worth looking out for in order to complete a collection, due to the fact that it has never been previously listed, combined with its availability and that quantities printed/sold must have been quiet low when you compare it against the other two varieties of paper currently listed in the specialised catalogue.

Here are the 3 different versions of paper in blocks of four >

Do you have this fluorescent stamp in your collection ? Check it out !

If not, my suggestion would be to purchase it as soon as possible (that's if you can find it) before other collectors or speculators are aware of their existence whilst the price is still cheap, remember the Northern Ireland 17p type ll ? Try buying that stamp today for under a £


During further studies of the multiple crown Wilding stamps, other issues and values falling into 5 different categories of paper have come to light and the fact that only pre 1962 cream and post 62 whiter papers have previously been listed in the specialised catalogues makes for interesting reading, I will therefore be creating further individual accounts of my findings in the not too distant future.

Should there be anyone with something constructive to report on this subject then please give details, or does silence absolute still prevail ?
Thank you WM.

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