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 SG GB 433 Mint Fine 1½d King George V 9 May 1925  SG GB 433 Mint Fine 1½d King George V 9 May 1925  SG GB 433 Mint Fine 1½d King George V 9 May 1925
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Archive ID #:

418

Archive Location:

100115

Cat. Number If known, from:
SG Concise 2017
Gault Catalogue 2018
Postmark Society
Barefoot Catalogue
:

SG GB 433

SG Specialised Number:

Unknown

Type:

Stamp

Block Size:

1

Scanner Details:

(Mac OSX) HP Deskjet 2654 (1200 DPI, 24-bit Colour) through VueScan 9; Edited with GIMP; Lossless compression with ImageOptim

Country:

Great Britain

Monarch:

King George V

Issued:

9 May 1925

Face Value:

1½d

Printing Type:

Recess

Designer (Printer):

H. Nelson; J. A. C. Harrison (Waterloo and Sons)

Colour:

Brown

Mint/Used:

Mint

Condition:

Fine

Variant:

Standard

Hinged?:

No

Cat. Value (Adjusted Cat. value adjusted for condition:

Fine: - 20%
Good-Fine: - 40%
Good: - 60%
Fair to Good: - 70%
Fair: - 80%
Poor to Fair: - 90%
Poor: - 95%
Spacefiller: -100%
):

£60.00 (£48.00)

Description:

British Empire Exhibition, 1925, stamp; printed to commemorate the second empire strengthening festival that took place in 1925 at Wembley Park. It shows King George V framed next to a British Empire Lion. This particular stamp was the last in both the set and series, as it was decided that the festival should not continue for further years - making the 1925 festival the last.

Printed in scarlet, this stamp is paired with the 1925 one penny (1d) stamp. Both were issued on the 9th, May, 1925 which was not St. George’s Day - the day that the 1924 stamps were officially issued. It was printed in sheets of 120, with two panes of 60 (10 rows of 6).

This specimen, a three halfpence (1½d) displayed deep colour and excellent detail. Having been recess printed this would be expetced, however it has to be seen to be appreciated! The stamp is remarkably well centered, with faultless arabic gum (besides perhaps some drying) and comb perforations. The block cypher (G V R & crown) watermark is present although somewhat difficult to distinguish.

The British Empire Exhibition was designed to positively reinforce the bond between the UK and her dominions, and a total of 56 of 58 territories made their own contributions. The cultural exhibit was held in Wembley Park which later went on to become Wembley Stadium. In total, 17 million people visited in 1924, and another nine million in 1925. By all accounts, however, it was a financial failure having suffered an unmitigated loss in both years. Socially many felt it was a sign of a crumbling empire, and true to fate it wasn’t long before the British Empire promptly began to shrink.

The other three from the “British Empire Exhibit” sets are also in this archive, in mint condition:

1924, 1d (SG 430), is ID# 415

1924, 1½d (SG 431), is ID# 416

1925, 1d (SG 432), is ID# 417

Postmark:

None

Perfin:

None

Stamp Title:

British Empire Exhibit Lion

Stamp Set:

British Empire Exhibit 1925

Phosphor:

None

Watermark:

Block Cypher (Standard)

Gum (Type):

Intact (Arabic)

Overprint (Underprint)

None (None)

Chalk Surface?:

No

Perforation:

Comb 14

Graphite:

No

Plate (Die):

Unknown (Unknown)

Corner Letters:

Not Applicable

Elliptical Perforations:

None


Disclaimer: information provided alongside the scans has no guarantee of being corretc. Errors and omissions are likely, especially in regards to the colour and shade of stamps due to personal colour-blindness. Please take everything with a grain of salt. If in doubt, go off the image not the data!


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