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Posted 04/01/2018   07:00 am  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add stamps73 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi, I collect mainly queen victoria commonwealth stamps
most of my collection is brought from eBay,

i've seen advertised stamps where the seller has the number printed
for instance there is a BECHUANALAND 1888 QV 5 handstamped SPECIMEN fine mint only 345 produced !!

Where does the seller get this info on how many where printed ect
i've search for catalogues, i've googled it am I missing something ?




If anyone knows of any catalogues out there that would supply me with this information I would be very grateful.

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Posted 04/01/2018   10:18 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Climber Steve to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Stamps73: try contacting John Barefoot in York. He may have the information that you are seeking.

www.jbarefoot.co.uk
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Posted 04/01/2018   10:59 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stamps73 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Climber Steve : Thanks for that link,

Hopefully I might get somewhere, if all else fails I might try emailing the seller on eBay and asking where he got his info from.

But i'll try that link . Thanks again
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Posted 04/01/2018   11:00 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dynamode to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
According to my SG part 1, this is not a rare stamp.

It says 10s/21s H/S SPECIMENT set of 12 900. Which is the complete set of 12 stamps.

So the specimen overprint devalues the stamp considerably. The 5 without specimen overprint cats at 3500.

No numbers are given for the amount produced.
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Posted 04/01/2018   11:06 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add littleriverphil to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

Quote:

Where does the seller get this info on how many where printed ect


This kind of information is available in Specialized catalogues and thru Philatelic originations publications.
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Posted 04/01/2018   4:43 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add perf12 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I think they want too keep it a secret? You might just check out
colony by colony and maybe stumble on quantities printed like these
from Trinidad !Of coarse you will have to take their word for it.
http://www.jamesbendon.com/specimen...TRINIDAD.HTM
One of the main references for QV material is Marcus Samuel...
https://www.bidorbuy.co.za/item/283...6_issue.html
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Edited by perf12 - 04/01/2018 5:05 pm
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Posted 04/01/2018   8:02 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dynamode to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If you want the Marcus Samuel book, there is one on Amazon UK for 77.80.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Specimen-S...p/0900631082
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Posted 04/15/2018   10:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add KGVIStamps to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Printing information for British Colony stamps comes primarily from the Crown Agents records for the stamps supplied by them, or from the various Post Offices in the Colonies for things like overprints.

I am always looking for this information because it helps me figure out if something is really valuable or just popular.

There doesn't seem to be a central database for this information, so you have to find it in a piecemeal fashion.

The old Commonwealth Five Reigns Catalogue which was published by Bridger and Kay, Ltd in 1980 has a lot of print quantities listed for older stamps. This is out of print so you will have to find it in used condition. That is where I initially learned how rare some of the King Edward VII high value stamps are.

I have also found this information posted by various specialized clubs. Try getting on their websites and seeing if they post old journals for the countries that interest you. Eventually you may have to join but it never hurts to know more about your stamps.

Be sure to let us know if you find some better sources.
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Posted 04/16/2018   4:57 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stamps73 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
KGVIStamps

Thanks for that info,

i just typed Five Reigns Catalogue by Bridger and Kay Ltd into eBay and there was a copy for 10 with free postage.

I've just brought and paid and hopefully i'll have it by the end of this week
wether it has the information I need or not for that price i'm sure it'll be a good read . thanks
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Posted 04/16/2018   6:10 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I had a 1980 Bridger & Kay catalogue. Good info but doesn't list Australian States.

stamps73, if you need any info on that area please let me know
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