Australia #314-331 (SG#308-327) 1958-1964 Definitives, A Specialized Lot of 27 Mostly VFNH Stamps

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A VFNH group of 27 stamps (1/- is LH), comprising a complete set of the 1958-1964 definitive stamps, with additional shade varieties on several values, and type/die differences on the 4d and 5d values. 

Most all of the engraved stamps issued during the Elizabethan period can be found printed in different shades of the basic colour, and this lot includes several of these, including the 1d, 2d, 8d, 9d, and 11d. The 4d includes both die 1 and die 2 of the carmine lake shade and die 2 of the carmine red shade, while the 5d is represented by a vertical pair containing both types A (4 short lines inside bottom half of the "5") and types B (5 short lines in bottom half of "5").

In addition, to shade varieties and die types, this set can be collected in Helecon papers and white papers for stamps issued after 1963.  The Australian equivalent of tagging is called Helecon, which is a chemical in the zinc sulphide group that fluoresces orange-red under long-wave UV light. The very first stamp to be issued with Helecon coating applied to the paper was the 11d Rabbit Bandicoot from this issue. Later, the 5d orange-red Queen Elizabeth II stamp from the 1963-1966 issue was issued with the Helecon incorporated into the ink. By the end of 1965 all stamps issued had Helecon applied to the paper. In this set the 2d, 3d, 8d, 11d, 1/2d and 2/3d can be found thus. 

The white papers were introduced in 1963 and are found on some printings of the 2/3d and 5/- and possibly other values in the set. They are generally much scarcer than the cream papers, due to the fact that the set was replaced by the 1963-66 issue just after they were introduced. 

Gibbons lists the basic stamps at 51.05 pounds (approx. $102.10) for VFNH. The stamps here grade between 75 and 84, but mostly all at least 80 and above. This set will get you started on a more specialized collection of this issue.