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SG GB 619a
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Queen Elizabeth II
7 Jul 1960
R. Stone (Harrison and Sons Limited)
Cat. Value (Adjusted Cat. value adjusted for condition:
A perfetc example of a diamond in the rough, this stamp was found in a pile of otherwise unspetcacular used pre-decimal stamps. This is a exceptionally rare variant of the standard "Postboy of 1660" issue where the horse has a broken mane. This is clearly identified by looking at the top of the horses head, just to the lower left fo the bottom edge of the trumpets mouth. Stanley Gibbons provides a mint catalogue value of £70.00, however they do not provide a price for a used example like this. Despite having passed through the mail service it is in fairly good condition with minor faults. A few perforations are slightly short, and there is conclusive evidence of hinging. The watermark is just distinguishable as being the upright (standard) variant of the Multiple Crowns version. The postmark here is patchy and difficult to distinguish (some might even say ugly!). It was likely stamped on the 19th of September since both "19" and an “S” can be seen. The year can be just discerned as being the 60s, and a partial straight line next to what can only be a 6 suggests 1961. All things considered, it is a outstanding example of error owing to it being unblemished, and perhaps useful reference material.
Postboy of 1660
Tercentenary of Establishment of General Letter Office (G.L.O)
Multiple Crowns (Sideways)
Not Applicable (Not Applicable)
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