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A Stamp That Was Replaced Before It Was Even Issued.

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Posted 06/11/2022   12:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Wilding mad to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Back in the late 1960s the British Wilding stamps that had been issued since the beginning of Queen Elizabeths' reign began to be replaced with the new design that was created by Arnold Machin featuring a side view of the queen's image from a clay bust he had sculptured, this effigy was also used on coins for Rhodesia, Canada and New Zealand.

On the 5th of June 1967 a replacement took place of the 1/- Wilding value and was superseded with the new 1/- Machin design, but for some reason on the 28th of June 1967 (just 3 weeks later !) the GPO issued a new 1/- Wilding stamp with 9mm violet phosphor bands, in essence, it would seem they put the cart before the horse.

Under normal circumstances when a new design of stamp is released such as the 1/- Arnold Machin one in 1967, it is common practice that they replace the previous older existing ones such as the Wilding design, however, this does not seem to have been the case with this particular value and for some reason the reverse seems to have occurred.

I think that this is probably the only stamp that was issued after it had been replaced. WM
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I am used to things happening in the United Kingdom somebody in the rest of the world never would even suspect to happen.
So I just say: The stamps probably were produced fairly early from the issuing date and why shred them?

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This is a list of release dates for violet phosphors previously furnished by Mr. Maurice Buxton (Mozzerb), in accordance with the new issues regarding the previous Wildings and new LSD Machins.

13 Aug 1965 --- Wilding 5d, 1d, 1d, 3d, 4d, 5d, 1s 3d (narrow bands)
17 Aug 1965 --- Wilding 2d (narrow bands)
12 Dec 1966 --- Wilding 1s 6d (wide bands)
29 Dec 1966 --- Wilding 9d (wide bands)
30 Dec 1966 --- Wilding 10d (wide bands)
early 1967 --- Wilding 1d, 4d, 5d, 1s 3d (wide bands)
15 Feb 1967 --- Wilding 7d (wide bands)
5 Jun 1967 --- Machin 4d, 1s, 1s 9d
9 Jun 1967 --- Wilding 5d (wide bands)
23 Jun 1967 --- Wilding 8d (wide bands)
28 Jun 1967 --- Wilding 1s (wide bands)
8 Aug 1967 --- Machin 3d, 9d, 1s 6d
Sep 1967 --- Wilding 2d (wide bands)
Nov 1967 --- Wilding 3d (wide bands, booklets only)
5 Feb 1968 --- Machin 5d, 1d, 2d, 6d
1 Jul 1968 --- Machin 5d, 7d, 8d, 10d

The 1/- Wilding (phosphor) is the only one to have overlapped on issue dates.

It would appear that stocks had already been printed of the 1/- Wilding (phosphor) prior to the release of the 1/- Machin, and rather than destroy them the 1/- Wilding phos. were newly issued after being replaced.

Which confirms more or less what Heinrich3 suggested. WM
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