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King George V
H. Nelson; J. A. C. Harrison (Waterloo and Sons)
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British Empire Exhibition, 1925, stamp; printed to commemorate the second British celebratory festival that took place in 1925 at Wembley Park. It shows King George V framed next to a British Empire Lion. This one, like the 1924 version, is printed in scarlet - although it appears slightly brighter than the other. With a face value of one penny (1d) it was paired with a 1925 B.E.E. three halfpenny (1½d). These were issued on the 9th, May, 1925 which — unlike the previous year — was not the same day as St. George’s Day. It was printed in sheets of 120, with two panes of 60 (10 rows of 6) Besides displaying brilliant and vibrant colour, this specimen is generally well centered with faultless comb perforations and arabic gum. The recess printed details is exquisite as we would expetc. The watermark (a block cypher; G V R & crown) is only barely visible, but is present. 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, 1½d (SG 433), is ID# 418
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British Empire Exhibit Lion
British Empire Exhibit 1925
Block Cypher (Standard)
ID#: 2260 (Mint)
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