Australia #365/376 (SG#354-357) 5d Green - 7/6d Olive Green 1963-1966 Definitive Issue, A Specialized Lot of 10 VF Used Stamps
A VF used group of 10 stamps, comprising most listed varieties of the 5d green and orange-red Queen Elizabeth II stamps and the 4/-, 5/- and 7/6d navigator designs from the 1963-1966 issue. The 5d stamps include:
- 5d green sheet and booklet stamps
- 5d red-orange non-Helecon
- 5d red-orange sheet and booklet stamps printed in Helecon ink
- 5d red-orange printed in Helecon ink and on Helecon paper.
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 the 1958-1964 definitive issue. Later, the 5d orange-red Queen Elizabeth II stamp from this issue was issued with the Helecon incorporated into the ink. By the end of 1965 all stamps issued had Helecon applied to the paper.
The comparison picture shows some mint 5d's under UV, to give you an idea of how the stamps vary.
Gibbons lists the basic stamps at 24 pounds (approx. $48) for VF used. The stamps here grade between 75 and 84.