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Posted 11/10/2017   01:33 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Rob041256 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Recapping a brief history of these iconic stamps linked to an historical event that changed the world.

As a result of the Japanese surrender, the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (B.C.O.F.) was formed with troops from Australia, Great Britain, New Zealand and India. Headquarters were in Kure, Japan, and postal services were provided by the Australian Army Postal Service.

These overprints exist as an effort to suppress the black market that had sprung up in the sale of goods from Military Canteens and stores.

The troops could sell their goods and remit the profits made in the form of Australian stamps which their relatives back home could exchange back to cash at any Australian post office. (The Post Office charged 5% for this service)

To prevent stamps being 'legal tender' only overprints were subsequently issued and they were only valid for postage from Japan, via, the Australian Army Postal Service (who issued these stamps to the troops in restricted quantities)

There were seven values issued - the d Kangaroo, 1d Queen Elizabeth, 3d George VI, 6d Kookaburra, 1/- Lyrebird, 2/- Kangaroo (redrawn die), and the 5/- Queen Elizabeth in Coronation Robes on thick and thin papers.

The first three values d, 1d and 3d were issued on October 12, 1946 but were withdrawn the following day because approval to overprint Australian stamps had never been sought nor granted.

This printing was a trial overprint of the thin serif type. All were from an experimental proof sheet printing and it is believed only one sheet was printed before deciding not to proceed with these particular types.

The series were re-issued with the seven values on May 8, 1947.

The stamps were overprinted by the Hiroshima Printing Ca, Japan using a 160 on forme of electrotype. (2 panes x 80)

The d Kangaroo had a red overprint, the 1d Queen also had a red overprint and a dull grey black overprint. The 3d George VI brown had three types of overprint, gold, red and black, the gold being the scarcest of the overprints.

The B.C.O.F. stamps were withdrawn on February 12, 1949 and unsold remainders were destroyed by burning on March 28, 1949.

The official figures of the stamps issued were:

d - 189,670; 1d - 378,750; 3d - 891,643; 6d - 136,133; I/- - 131,055; 2/- - 62,651; 5/- - 32,508.

Only 6,000 of the thin paper were issued.

The stamps displayed are all mint unhinged with full original gum. All I need to obtain is the 3d KGVI colour trial proof with red overprint, a very difficult stamp to find.



Commercial printing issued 1947 (not 1946) (9 of 9)

Colour Trial Proofs 1946 - Rare (5 of 6)


Overprint Proofs 1946 - Very Scarce (4 of 4)



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Posted 11/10/2017   02:03 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Aussie Al to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I have some around here somewhere , Maybe I'll go find them .
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Posted 11/10/2017   02:37 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rob041256 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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I have some around here somewhere, Maybe I'll go find them.

They are an historic addition to any collection.

Rob
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Posted 11/10/2017   03:09 am  Show Profile Check KGV Collector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add KGV Collector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The original poster and posts are a great example of the very friendly approach and type of sharing that this forum's members, mods and forum dad has always fostered within SCF.

It is very different to that other forum down under. That forum has every right to foster whatever behaviour or forum flavour they want to have.

But their down under forum flavour does not fit here and many of us from Australian's have been drawn to SCF because of this.

Here at SCF there will be times when trolls and troll like behaviours have to be dealt by mods and members. But as a whole this is a very user friendly forum and this is something to be very proud of, it is a great achievement for all.

Just had to say but back to these amazing overprints....

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Posted 11/10/2017   04:34 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rob041256 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I agree with you 100% with that other forum.

I see you're a Brisbanite, I grew up in Brisbane, still miss the place.

There is a major stamp exhibition tomorrow in Brisbane, from Saturday 11 November to Sunday 12 November, 2017.

Venue: Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre,(Track and Field Function Room). Between Garden City Shopping centre and Griffith University.

Rob

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Posted 11/10/2017   06:09 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add koalastamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
(I'm also in total agreement with the other posters here from Oz).

I've just dug out a couple of varieties of the BCOF 3d George VI which aren't mentioned in my 2006 edition of the Brusden White Australian Commonwealth Specialists' Catalogue - King George VI.

The first is a used copy with a double overprint, similar to ACSC J3ca, which has the 2nd (weak) impression on the left slightly higher than the 1st overprint, whereas mine is lower.

The second, another used example of the same stamp, has the overprint markedly off centre to the right.

BTW, I don't think there will be many attending the stamp exhibition in Brisbane tomorrow, the local Devonport Stamp and Coin Fair is also on here tomorrow from 10am. Seriously though, there's always over 200 collectors in attendance [Devonport population: 20,000].

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Posted 11/10/2017   07:16 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Glenn Estus to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Are these overprints often counterfeited?
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Posted 11/10/2017   08:20 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rob041256 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi koalastamps

The ACSC J3ca you speak of is listed in the 2015 edition of the ACSC it is worth $2,250 used.

In the ACSC it is worth $300 more than the MUH version.

All double prints are rare, I cannot give much on this overprint, only that it most likely will be in the same vicinity of the variety mentioned in the ACSC.

When I focus more on the varieties, I will be searching for both the double and treble print (they are on my want list), in MUH and commercially used, but that won't be for a little while yet.

Can't find anything on the variety at right.

The double print is quite an impressive stamp, I'm getting a touch of envy at the moment.

Rob

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Posted 11/10/2017   08:31 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rob041256 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Are these overprints often counterfeited?

Hi Glenn

All my colour trial proofs have Ceremuga certificates, the overprint proofs are currently having certificates written up for them, and I bought the commercial set from a reputable dealer.

That doesn't mean that all B.C.O.F. overprints that do not have certificates are bogus, but forgeries do exist.

Rob

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Edited by Rob041256 - 11/10/2017 08:32 am
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Posted 11/10/2017   5:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add koalastamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Rob, thanks for the valuable input on my two varieties.

I can cure that envy you're feeling if you want. Happy to make a deal on these any time you want to focus on used.
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Posted 11/10/2017   11:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add koalastamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I thought this may be of interest also, being a pair:-

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Posted 11/11/2017   12:45 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Aussie Al to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Do genuine used have higher cat values than mint ?
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Posted 11/11/2017   04:08 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add koalastamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
With the 2/- roo, my 2006 ACSC values a single MNH as AU$40.00 and FU at AU$35.00.

My 2012 SG 1840-1970 Commonwealth has singles at 45 pounds for MNH and 60 pounds for FU.

SG generally tend to recognise used better items as worth more than mint.
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Posted 11/11/2017   05:01 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rob041256 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Do genuine used have higher cat values than mint?

Hi Aussie Al

Not many, in some cases it is because of the quantity of the used stamp, and in others it may be a particular variety. For example, in the case of the Die 1, 1937 "white wattles".

In the 2015 edition of the ACSC, it is valued at $400 mint unhinged and used off paper it is valued at $75.00, but if it is still affixed to an envelope and commercially used (not C.T.O.), it is worth $500.

One must also bear in mind that the "white wattles" was only distributed to Queensland, and any envelope found with the stamp affixed would mostly have a Queensland cancellation.

Another good example of a used stamp being catalogued more than an unused stamp (not hinged), is the 1938 #163;1 Robes. Unused it is catalogued at $140, commercially used and still on the envelope, it is catalogued at $600.

Rob

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Posted 11/11/2017   05:54 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rob041256 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi koalastamps

The 2/- has an interesting cancellation, seems to look like a CTO. With the double overprint, I am always on the lookout for rarities.

Here is a little more info on the double overprint, it's in the ACSC (2015) on page 7, section 10, note 6 of the British Commonwealth Occupation Forces in Japan, 1946-1949; otherwords, it is listed on the very last page.

It reads: "Two sheets of the 3d was issued with double overprint. The second impression is weaker than the first, and is 1mm to the left, and slightly higher than the first overprint. Price for imprint block of 4, $7,500. Examples of a similar, but closer double overprint (from another sheet?) have been seen used on cover cancelled at No. 8 Aust. Base P.O. in November 1947. A second sheet shows a faint double overprint misplaced 3mm to the right. This seems to be considerably scarcer than the first type of double overprint and at present only two used examples have been seen."

By the look of the cancellation on the double overprint it seems to have that particular cancellation, though a much thorough examination of the cancellation would need to be conducted.

What does the back of the double overprint look like?

I'm going to check on its mate on Monday to see what status the overprint with a pronounced centring to the right holds.

Rob

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Thank you Rob.


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I see you're a Brisbanite, I grew up in Brisbane, still miss the place.


My wife and I lived for our 1st 21 years in Sydney before house costs made us move to QLD some 38 years ago now but our eventual family home became on one of the Southern Morton Bay Islands and that has been where our home has been for our 30th year now.

Would really like to go to that Brisbane stamp show but it is very difficult for me to do so. That is one of the reasons why SCF is so important to me.
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