Australia #249/296 (SG#254-263a) 1953 Commemoratives & 1953-1954 Queen Elizabeth II Definitives, A Specialized Lot of 26 Mostly VFNH Stamps

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A primarily VFNH (3.5d unwatermarked QE2 is hinged) group of 26 stamps, comprising the first commemoratives of 1953 and the 1953-1954 Queen Elizabeth II 1d-6.5d definitives, showing a variety of shade and paper differences that are not listed, either in Gibbons, or Scott. 

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. In addition, both the watermarked and unwatermarked paper can be found in both thinner and thicker versions, which can easily be distinguished by looking at the relative opacity of the stamps when viewed from the back. . 

The Queen Elizabeth II stamps include:

  • 1d purple - 2 varieties
  • 2.5d blue - 3 varieties
  • 3d deep grey green - 3 varieties
  • 3.5d deep brown red unwatermarked - this is hinged
  • 6.5d orange unwatermarked - 2 varieties
  • 3.5d deep brown red watermarked - 4 varieties, including a booklet single
  • 6.5d orange watermarked - 2 shades

Gibbons lists the basic stamps at 16.25 pounds (approx. $32.50) for VFNH. The stamps here grade between 70 and 84, but mostly all at least 75 and above.