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SG GB 650
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(Mac OSX) HP Deskjet 2654 (1200 DPI, 24-bit Colour) through VueScan 9; Edited with GIMP; Lossless compression with ImageOptim; converted with Pixallon (NCH Software) to 600 DPI with 50% Lossy JPEG Compression
Queen Elizabeth II
23 Apr 1964
C. Ironside; R. Ironside (Bradbury Wilkinson)
Cat. Value (Adjusted Cat. value adjusted for condition:
Fine mint condition Queen Elizabeth II two shillings and sixpence (2s6d; 2/6). The last and highest value stamp in the Shakespeare Festival set that was released on the 23rd of April, 1964, it depicts Hamlet contemplating Yorick's Skull. This specimen is in fine condition with no faults - that is, perfetc perforations, gum and face. This particular design showcases the benefits of high-resolution scans, but also the exceptional level of precise detail that can be achieved through recess printing. This rare sort of design was rarely undertaken during the sixties and seventies, so it's no surprise that it was the "high-value" 2s6d that used it. Indeed, 2/6 is roughly £2.20 after properly adjusting for inflation which would still cover a substantial letter (or ⅔s a small parcel) today. With sharp, distinct lines and a monochrome palate, this is an exception stamp that excels amongst stamps released round the same time period.
Not used (or user unknown)
Hamlet contemplating Yorick’s Skull (Hamlet), alongside Queen Elizabeth II
Multiple Crowns (Standard)
Not Applicable (Not Applicable)
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