Stamp News - 2014 - October: Magazines, Auctions, Sales, Catalogs

Edward VIII Stamps of Australia

Australia King Edward VIII block of six stampsA large article about Proposed Edward VIII Stamps of Australia is published in the October issue of Gibbons Stamp Monthly.

The short reign of Edward VIII in 1936 represented a constitutional time bomb caused by the king’s determination to marry his sweetheart, Wallis Simpson. In common with many British Empire postal administrations, the Australian Post Ofice made extensive preparations for a series of Edward VIII stamps. Everything came to an abrupt end with the abdication, but in Australia’s case there was a complication. A block of six 2d. Edward VIII stamps had been presented to a British philatelist and it could not be retrieved for destruction. The unique block of six stamps had been part of the Vestey Collection for 60 years when it was publicly exhibited for the rst time in 1996. Up to this stage, practically no one had any inkling these remarkable stamps existed. It took 60 years for the story to emerge. Now the unique block is to be offered for auction on 16 October...

You can read the full article in the October issue of Gibbons Stamp Monthly.

By the way, this block of six 2d. Edward VIII stamps was just sold at Spink Auction for £200,000 plus buyers' premium (Lot 212).

CSAR Overprints on Transvaal and Orange River Colony Stamps

Another interesting article about Central South African Railways overprints on Transvaal and Orange River Colony stamps was published in the same October issue of Gibbons Stamp Monthly. 

The stamps were overprinted ‘C.S.A.R.’ in block letters 4mm high separated by square stops at CSAR’s Departmental Printing Office in Germiston, using a stereo of 120 images applied to horizontal pairs of panes. A complete sheet comprised four panes of 60, each 6×10, separated by horizontal and vertical gutters. The overprint appears at the top or bottom of the stamps depending on which half the central horizontal gutter was attached to when the sheets were halved and whether the half sheets were positioned in the press with respect to the top or the bottom margin. A few stamps with the overprint more or less centrally placed are from half sheets misplaced in the press...

You can read the full article in the October issue of Gibbons Stamp Monthly.