Sunday, 16 February 2014

Scott Classic - GB

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The albums will be gradually filled with whatever comes along in Bexley PS stamp boxes, co-ordinated with transfers from my previous one volume album. In addition, I will work on specific countries, beginning with GB (obviously) and Egypt (one of my early subjects on returning to stamps (I guess Saar will be looked at soon by that logic).

GB issues were modest for the first 100 years. The catalogue numbers for the various reigns are:
  • Victoria (r.1840-1901) Sg1-SG214, 82 stamp designs
  • Edward 7 (r.1901-1910) SG215-SG320, 15 designs
  • George 5 (r.1910-1936) SG321-SG456, 25 designs
  • Edward 8 (r.1936) SG457-SG460, 1 design
  • George 6 (r.1936-1952) SG461-514, 27 designs
The album has only four pages of GB stamps, plus one each for Officials and Post Dues. There are
  • 46 stamps for Victoria
  • 19 for Ed7
  • 38 for Geo5
  • 4 for Ed8, and
  • 24 for Geo6
The most interesting aspect (for me, anyway) is to gather all the Victorias with my initials ('NB') in the corner letters. I bought an NB Penny Black years ago for £70 and in early 2012 started to collect the others. The process is documented here: I have all but three, the 6d SG84-85, the 9d SG86 and the 9d SG195 and those three are not included in the album. The condition of some of these stamps is not of the best, but they are (for the album requirements, at least) complete. I have always intended to design a separate display for these NBs as part of a show of all the GB pre-decimal definitives grouped by value and so will need multiple copies of the Scott stamps.

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