Stanley Gibbons: Commonwealth & British Empire Stamps 1840 - 1970 (2020 Edition) covers Great Britain, Commonwealth and Empire countries 1840-1970.
The listings include variations in watermark, perforation, paper and printing methods, major shades, watermark varieties, important plate flaws, errors, government telegraph stamps and booklets (all listed and priced).
● The authoritative reference source for GB and Commonwealth information – all stamps from 1840-1970 listed and priced.
● To help readers avoid buying forgeries or fakes, or stamps with forged postmarks, there is helpful information on their identification.
● Strengthened, casebound binding for extra durability.
● Unique listing by SG number.
● Full colour illustrations.
● Invaluable six-page article on stamp condition.
● Helpful guide to valuing stamps on commercial cover up to 1945.
● Prices have once again been revised from cover to cover. The market for fine Commonwealth stamps remains buoyant, with increases in most sections, some of them quite substantial (India 31a/Straits Settlements Z64a is up from £250,000 to £750,000!). Areas of particular strength include Australia and States, India and States, New Zealand and many African territories, while plate flaws and watermark varieties also see widespread price rises.
● Whether you are an active buyer of Commonwealth stamps or a dealer, it is vital to be right up to date with this very active market – and there is no more up-to-date reference than the 2020 ‘Part 1’.
Detailed Contents/Countries Covered:
Guidance is given throughout the catalogue on subjects such as unusual usages, overprint settings, forgeries and much, much more. More such notes have been added to the latest edition.
● The Rhodesia King George V ‘Admirals’ have been considerably expanded to include a further head die, as well as varieties such as the ‘Waxed moustache’ and ‘Striped collar’. There are clear enlarged illustrations and notes providing guidance on identification and the prices put on some of the newly listed stamps will make this section especially well worth looking at.
● The ‘Spaven’ flaw on the King Edward VII low-value ‘Imperium’ key plates is now listed under the new name ‘Damaged frame and crown’. This affects the listings of 13 different colonies and clear illustrations and descriptions are provided.
● The orientation of sideways watermarks is now specified throughout the catalogue as a helpful guide to collectors.
● In Great Britain the illustrations have been extensively improved and many new ones have been added.
● More plate and watermark varieties have been added, along with helpful notes on a wide variety of topics.
Other important changes and additions affect Australia, Iraq, New Zealand, Pakistan and Zululand.
● Two new articles taken from Gibbons Stamp Monthly cover the ‘VR’ overprints of Fiji (by David Alford) and the Zululand £5 black printed double (by Philip Kinns). If you missed these when they were published, now’s the opportunity to catch up.
● The list of ‘Numbers added’ to this edition is probably longer than for any this century – don’t miss out!
● Brand new cover design.