Dates that KGVI Definitives ceased to be legally used?

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Richudson
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Dates that KGVI Definitives ceased to be legally used?

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I have a Postcard that was posted in Wincanton, Somerset on 17th June 1954 with 2 x 1d KGVI Ultramarine stamps affixed and cancelled by Krag machine cancel (MS1), what was the cut off date for the usage of these KGVI Definitives, considering the King died on 05/02/52?
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Re: Dates that KGVI Definitives ceased to be legally used?

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All GV, EVIII, GVI and EII pre-decimal stamps were valid until decimalisation cooling off 29. Feb 1972.
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Re: Dates that KGVI Definitives ceased to be legally used?

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Yes, 29 February 1972 was the last date, and naturally a number of philatelists sent covers with old issues on the day. :)

These stamps look to have trimmed perfs on the right edge, so probably come from booklets? Those (and the stamps from them) tended to hang around for a while in wallets, handbags etc before they got used up.

(It took a while for the Wildings to fully replace the KGVI stamps as well -- day of issue of the 1d sheet Wildings was 31 August 1953, the 9d/10d/11d weren't issued until February 1954, and the Castle high values not until late 1955.)
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Re: Dates that KGVI Definitives ceased to be legally used?

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jimusedcontrols and admin,
Thank you for your responses, I will use this information in my write-up for this item in my Wincanton Postal History collection
Thanks again,
Richard.
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