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Lot 246 Great Britain SG#BD31 5/- Brown Buff & Black Cover 1951-1952 King George VI New Colours Issue, A Complete Counter Booklet With Mixed Upright and Inverted GVIR Watermark, Panes of 6, and 3 + 3 Labels, Type A GPO Cypher, July 1952, Fine NH

Lot 246 Great Britain SG#BD31 5/- Brown Buff & Black Cover 1951-1952 King George VI New Colours Issue, A Complete Counter Booklet With Mixed Upright and Inverted GVIR Watermark, Panes of 6, and 3 + 3 Labels, Type A GPO Cypher, July 1952, Fine NH

A fresh and fine example of this 5/- combination booklet from the 1951-1952 King George VI new colours issue with the mixed upright and inverted GVIR watermarks. The contents have the following characteristics:

Paper type: Vertical cream wove paper, watermarked upright and inverted GVIR watermark.

Printing method: Photogravure

Rate page features: July 1952 date printed in lower right corner.

Printer: Harrison and Sons

Perforation or die cut: 15 x 14 comb (Type I)

Stamp colours: 1/2d pale orange, 1d pale ultramarine, and 1.5d pale green and 2.5d pale scarlet.

Gum Type: smooth cream coloured gum Arabic (dextrine gum) with a satin sheen

The covers display the following characteristics:

Cover fluorescence: Dull fluorescent on front and back

Cover seal type: unsealed

Cover design: Type A GPO cypher

Cover binding type: stitched with black thread

Interleaving inside? No

Cover Colours: brownish buff with black writing

Counting mark on cover?: Yes


The Gibbons catalogue value for a F-65 mint example of this booklet is £55. This translates to $93.50. The booklet offered here grades F-70 as follows:


Cover freshness: 10/10

Centering of the panes: 40/70 (average of both panes)

Condition of cover edges: 5/5

Freshness of the panes: 5/5

Absence of visible cover flaws or stains: 5/5

Condition of interleaving/contents: 5/5 (full perfs on all panes)

The perforators used also vary, and the differences lie in whether the vertical perforations extend into the selvage:

  • Type I - vertical perforations do not extend into the selvage, so that selvage is fully imperforate at the vertical sides.
  • Type I(1/2v) - as above, but one corner of the selvage is skimmed off.
  • Type AP - Side perfs extend all the way through the selvage, but the middle row of perforations do not.
  • Type P - all perforations extend all the way through the selvage.
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