Post by robert on Jun 30, 2019 3:51:25 GMT
A very difficult and rare complete combination of 3d blue issues from 1937 - 1942. The 3d King George VI stamp features the king in the uniform of an Admiral of the fleet and is based on a photograph by Peter North. The portrait is enclosed in an oval frame flanked with wattle blossoms until 1941. The stamp design was derived from an essay prepared for the King Edward VIII issue.
Edward VIII ascended the throne on January 10,1936 after the death of hi father King George V. Preparation for definitives featuring the new monarch's portrait were undertaken by the Post Office in conjunction with the Note Printing Branch. An approved design was prepared, and an original die for the 2nd value was engraved by F.D. Manley.
Four subsidiary dies for the 1d, 1½d, 3d and 1/4d denominations were prepared by T.C. Duffel. Copper plates (320-on) of these five values were laid down from the dies and initial printings were made between September and November 1936. Following the King's abdication, all these sheets, together with all proof impressions held by the Post office and Note Printing Branch were destroyed, together with all printing instruments and all the dies.
No die proofs survived the furnace, and non in the Royal Philatelic Collection. The original hand-painted essay exists, together with a sheet of stamp-size photographic essays. In 1996 it surfaced that a block of six 2d stamps had also survived the destruction process, and was in private hands (the collection of the late John Ash).
A single stamp is catalogued at $120,000.