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Chatters Brian15/09/2018 22:44:40
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I found this stamp in a kiloware bag some time ago. My first reaction was that it was the rare missing gold error on the 3.5p Xmas stamp of 1973 and it appears to be so with the naked eye. However, on close examination under a microscope, there are small traces of gold in the background. About 10 yearsago, a dealer from Warwick & Warwick said it was "interesting" but did not think it was worth anything. My guess is that the stamp is from the same sheet as the rare stamp. Perhaps the sheet had varying degrees of missing gold on it. Is my copy worthless or does it have any value?

Paul Davey 115/09/2018 23:15:33
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To me, the whole thing looks faded. The green costume on the left character particularly so. Washing in bleach or solvents can have this effect. Definitely need a certificate if you were going to auction it.

Chatters Brian16/09/2018 10:09:54
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Thanks for the reply.

The stamp is slightly faded but I don't think it had been treated in any way. It was soaked to remove it from the envelope at some time. the colouring is consistent across the whole stamp and it is not significantly different from the normal stamp when comparing the original (rather than a scanned image) with a normal one. The expert who looked at it some time ago dismissed it as a copy of SG 948 j because of the traces of gold. So my question remains. Is it a copy of SG 948 j. If does the stamp have any value?

Paul Davey 116/09/2018 11:19:16
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If it is, it certainly has a value. However to sell it now or in the future you will need a cert or sell direct to a specialist dealer who believes his own judgement. There are a couple of such specialists who advertise in the magazine & on the web, maybe contact one of them?

Chatters Brian16/09/2018 12:36:46
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Thanks.

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