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Fred Sellars16/05/2020 16:10:34
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img_20200516_140720.jpgimg_20200516_105530.jpgAt one time, I was very interested in the early line engraved GB stamps, but now of course it's the papers used to print the lower values of the multiple crown Wildings.

I find that many collectors of the penny red don't always realise that it is almost as old as its elderly sister " the penny black " that is around 12 months it's senior, and for a period of time the black plates were used to print some of the early penny reds from plates 1b, 2, 5, 8, 9,10 and 11 originally used for the penny black, the changeover happened in 1841.

This version from the black plates may not be rated as valuable as the penny black being the first postage stamp ever to be issued, but to complete a collection of the penny black, these penny reds are a necessity.

The 2 scans above show such an example when comparing the two, the penny red being on cover with a black " Leeds " maltese cross cancellation posted on the 30th of July 1841 posted from Leeds to Edinburgh, whilst the penny black has a red maltese cross cancellation, with the last scan below showing the reverse of the cover in question.

Much study has been given to the early line engraved issues in the past and many publications made over the years. Fred.img_20200516_105933.jpg

Fred Sellars13/01/2021 09:43:30
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Reference books are an essential necessity when trying to obtain information about stamps, and one of the many queries relates to quantities printed/issued of a particular value or plate/die number in order to assess it's scarcity.

Here is such an article compiled by Rikki C. Hyde in 2008 covering GB Queen Victoria to Edward VII definitives and from 1924 to 1951 regarding commemoratives.

Enter the following >

This information can also embellish a competition entry when included. Fred.

Julian13/01/2021 11:55:09
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Competition ?????? Where where.

And your not the only person talking about ribbed stamps, I had to laugh and just moved on, that story I already heard!.

Fred Sellars13/01/2021 12:50:42
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This posting has got nothing to do with ribbed stamps Julian !

Don't try and confuse people.

If you've nothing to contribute for collectors on this topic then keep it to yourself 🆗. Fred.

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