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MariaMmsaom27/05/2019 12:24:43
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Hi everyone,

I bought a box of collectible items and this stamp was in it. I had a thorough search online but I can’t seem to find any information about this exact one, there are some very similar but nothing I can see that is identical. Is anyone able to help with what this stamp is and if it is worth anything?

Thanks for your help,



Carmen27/05/2019 12:43:31
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Hi Paula! Welcome to the fora... nice to see another one of us gals join! laugh

What you have there is a quite common stamp, Scott catalogue #235, 1/2 pence, deep green King George VI stamp, which was issued between 1937-39, following his coronation. It is still quite common and doesn't have any real value - in fact I was just sorting some British stamps yesterday myself, and have a whole little pile of 5 or 6 of 'em going as we speak. That having been said, that one there seems to be used, and in very good condition.

There ya go... hope this helps. Are you a collector yourself? If not, I hope this will be a door to you to starting. It's a fascinating hobby! And this is a great community to belong to. Small but mighty! smile d

Fred Sellars19/06/2019 12:27:51
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Hi Paula,

I agree with Carmen, however what she failed to say was that on some stamps of this period you need to check what is known as the watermark in the paper on the reverse as this can enhance the value of a stamp,had it been the 2d value of the set with watermark inverted or sideways it would be quite considerable.

Happy hunting !

Carmen20/06/2019 12:03:42
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Hey Fred! You're absolutely right on that! I forgot to check for any extra items in my EZ Stamp database...silly me! #GettingOld

So yes, Paula, you may indeed want to check and see if, by any chance, you have one of those watermarks.

Here's how you do that

By the way, if you wind up buying a bottle of watermark fluid and a tray... now you're a *stamp collector*, LOL! Welcome to the gang!

Fred Sellars20/06/2019 13:23:02
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Hi Paula,

Carmen is correct in what she states but there is no need to purchase "watermark fluid" as this is only used on mint stamps so as not to interfere with the existing gum, with used stamps just use a drop of corporation pop out of the tap, you will find this much cheaper and just as effective if you can't readily identify the watermark.

Just a tip from an old codger.

Carmen22/06/2019 13:18:08
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Oh myyy... CANADIAN LANGUAGE MOMENT! What is "corporation pop"? Do you mean water?

The reason I enjoy watermark fluid is simply because my stamp is also pretty much instantly dry again as well, which I like...

Fred Sellars22/06/2019 13:54:39
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Good afternoon Carmen or should it be good morning in Canada,

Yes Carmen you've got it in one, it's the colloquial meaning for water H2O in blighty.

Each to his or her own as the case may be.🚱

As Paula has only the odd stamp to check it seemed rather frivolous for her to purchase what you stated.

Have a nice day.

Carmen24/06/2019 12:29:21
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Oh for sure Fred, I'm just trying to take Paula from "hey I've acquired these stamps" to "Oh.My.Gosh. My husband has threatened to vacuum if I don't pick all my stamps up off the bedroom floor:" TRUE STORY! It happened to my friend who I found out was "sort of randomly collecting flower stamps". Next thing she knows she's got a whole bunch that she's organising, laid out all over the bedroom floor LOL!

I've created a monster! My work here is done...


Come on Paula, jump in! The stamp collecting water's great! angel 2

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