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Adrian16/08/2015 14:30:14
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Gorgeous! It is used on the banknote issue of 1980 and is cropped in various ways on various denominations. The 200 shillings shows most of the engraving:

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Adrian16/08/2015 19:18:41
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Here is the Brunei banknote in question, from the 1989-1995 issue:

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Michael Chambers01/09/2015 16:16:02
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I'm afraid I've been rather preoccupied with other things over the last year or so and so have not been able to participate in the blog but I'm delighted that it is still going strong, thanks particularly to CNA and Adrian. As CNA says, it's great that the blog has now had over 100,000 hits - there is clearly a lot of interest in the subject.

I've also been following Adrian's expanding blog on the work of stamp engravers which will be an invaluable resource for collectors.

As Adrian mentioned I did have an article in Stamp Magazine in the last issue on the impact of Art Deco on stamp design. I actually wrote this quite some time ago but it has only now appeared.

I hope to have more time to devote to philately in the near future!

Michael

Adrian07/09/2015 19:03:30
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Yes, I second that, great to hear from you again, Michael! And thanks for your very kind words re my blog.

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Oh and cNA: don't you dare!

Adrian16/09/2015 19:34:42
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cNA, once again you manage to start a series which makes our (well, mine at least) hearts beat a little faster.

I was reading 'The Die Proofs of Waterlow & Sons' today, on my veranda in the sun, as one does, and suddenly came across this, and I immediately remembered the quote in one of your images, about no die proofs of the standalone portrait being known. Even the die number is the same, so clearly there are known die proofs, or am I mixing things up here?

(PS: skip the first sentence, it's still dealing with a KG6 issue)

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Adrian17/09/2015 08:03:31
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Yes, that's very clear, thanks cNA. I thought standalone in this context was meant as 'without the castle and frame bits'.

Looking forward to any future instalments!

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Adrian21/09/2015 12:44:37
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Fascinating how much detail is still known about how the background was made!

Adrian11/10/2015 14:07:05
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It's quite something waking up every morning and finding ever more beautiful images posted by cNA.

Here is the finished result of that gorgeous owl banknote, which is from the 1981 series issued in New Zealand, not Australia! Took me a while to find it!

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Adrian12/10/2015 20:57:41
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I try!

Anyway, seeing that you're quite the expert on Spanish matters as well, would you have any idea who Alfonso S T might be? Here's a die proof signed by him from a Spanish airmail stamp of 1953:

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Adrian13/10/2015 09:58:03
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Correction - Ah, but you are and you've just shown it!

Glad you knew who he was. I actually had him on my list, but didn't know his first name yet, so Alfonso didn't yield any search results.

By the way: I only wish the proof was mine! It's actually for sale in Auktionshaus Gärtner's October issue, see here:

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