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New South Wales 5 Shilling Official Stamp With "O S" Overprint?

 
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Posted 11/19/2019   02:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add LordInVader to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello to all stamp masters,

can you tell me more about this overprint on this 5 Shilling official stamp?
What does it mean? How does it impact the value?

Thanks!




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Posted 11/19/2019   02:52 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add LordInVader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Just had a genius thought: Does it mean "Official Service"?
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Posted 11/19/2019   04:39 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I've heard both "official service" and "on service" but I lean towards the former as more accurate.

Nice example of a difficult stamp!
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Edited by Bobby De La Rue - 11/19/2019 04:39 am
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Posted 11/19/2019   05:31 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add LordInVader to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Why is it a difficult stamp? Hard to find?
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Posted 11/19/2019   06:04 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add vayolene to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply


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Posted 11/19/2019   3:22 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes it's hard to find well centered with full perforations.
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Posted 12/19/2019   12:32 am  Show Profile Check fairdinkumstamps's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add fairdinkumstamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The famous philatelist A. F. Bassett Hull explains O.S. as 'On Service' in his 1911 work 'The Postage Stamps, Envelopes, Wrappers, Post Cards and Telegraph Stamps of New South Wales'.

He does so with good reason.

From official Sydney GPO regulations, 1890:

the following is found near the end of the regulations:


Then in 1895 from Joseph Cook of Sydney GPO:


The confusion may arise because O.S. (On Service) is used on official stamps and envelopes.

A good way to remember the correct meaning is to recall O.H.M.S (On His/Her Majesty's Service) without the H.M. in between.
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Thanks fairdinkumstamps, you learn something new every day!
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