The first of 2 displays showing varieties, errors, dry-ink, ink-stripping, off-set, cracked plates etc.
Collecting KGVI and QEII stamps for the past 47 years has been a very interesting and rewarding adventure, in the information collected, the stamps collected and the potential investment (if it ever comes to mind) of the stamps now in my possession.
Displayed is a selection of varieties, errors and cracked plates, as well as stamps that were once a part of the Melbourne Printing Branch theft in the late 1940s (the thief being caught, arrested and dismissed from the MPB. No KGV and stamps after 1947 were part of the thefts).
There is a 1951 block of 4 with misplaced perforations of 8-9mm to the middle on all 4 stamps and a single used stamp of the same misplaced perforations, only one used stamp has been known to exist, which is the stamp displayed.
The 2019 edition of the ACSC states "A used example with perforations misplaced 5mm to the right is known".
The stamp illustrated in the ACSC is a single 3d brown KGVI with the left side imperforated. The vertical pair above is the MUH example of the same stamp with the 5mm displacement but with both sides imperforate, it is unrecorded and is considered rare.
The single misplaced perforation and imperforate sides is believed to be part of the Note Printing Branch thefts and as only a relatively small amount were not confiscated by the authorities during the 1940s any of these stamps found are considered rare.
In this display there are numerous varieties (some unlisted), a postal forgery and some errors listing from scarce to great rarity, it has taken me 47 years to collect these oddities, which were researched and eventually selected and if possible, add to my collection.
Eventually my collection of stamps grew and the rarity section slowly grew as well. Though the section for scarce to rare stamps is still sparse, but a collection I can feel proud of owning.