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Posted 02/28/2021   6:08 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Hookedonstamps to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
The 1993 stamp with the red 47 for 24pence is scott catalogue #563 but I have this very similar blue one (shown below the #563)that I cannot find anywhere. Can anyone shed some light on this please?
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Posted 03/01/2021   01:06 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The blue one is a color changeling, with the red and yellow components of the inks bleached out either by sun or chemically. Note the red stripe on the pants leg and the background "'47" is completely gone as is the yellow shoulder patch and flesh tones, among others.

Use the search function to find other examples of changelings.
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Posted 03/01/2021   2:13 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Ringo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Definitely a changeling? It doesn't look like any red ink has ever been near it! Even under the blue. Definitely not a missing colour?
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Posted 03/01/2021   3:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add NSK to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If you look to the right most part of the circular part of the cancellation and the cancellation on the trousers, you will see traces of red.

Missing colours are extremely rare at the time the stamp was issued and this one appears to miss a lot of colours.
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Edited by NSK - 03/01/2021 3:17 pm
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Posted 03/01/2021   4:37 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add hy-brasil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Used stamps are always extremely suspect when it comes to missing colors. As my Mom always used to say, "You don't know where that's been." Mint stamps at least tend to get stored out of sunlight and away from chemicals.

The blue here is actually cyan, one of the colors used in process printing where little dots of 4 colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) are used in combination to create all the colors you see. Equal amounts of magenta + yellow makes fire engine red. Modern printing presses have at least 5 colors (with a greyish black for tones and full black for lettering and such). This is all done in one pass through the press, so that missing colors are very rare today, as NSK said.
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Edited by hy-brasil - 03/01/2021 4:38 pm
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