Stanley Gibbons British Empire & Commonwealth 1840-1970. 2020 edition.

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2020 Commonwealth & British Empire Stamp Catalogue 1840-1970

This Stanley Gibbons comprehensive catalogue covers Great Britain, Commonwealth and Empire countries 1840-1970. The listings include variations in watermark, perforation, paper and printing methods, major shades, watermark varieties, important plate flaws, errors, government telegraph stamps and booklets (all listed and priced).

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  • The authoritative reference source for GB and Commonwealth information – all stamps from 1840-1970 listed and priced.
  • To help readers avoid buying forgeries or fakes, or stamps with forged postmarks, there is helpful information on identification.
  • Strengthened, casebound binding for extra durability.
  • Unique listing by SG number.
  • Full colour illustrations.
  • Invaluable six-page article on stamp condition.
  • Helpful guide to valuing stamps on commercial cover up to 1945.
  • Prices have been carefully and extensively revised throughout the catalogue and there are increases, some of them quite significant, throughout all periods and territories. There are some substantial rises in Australian States and further increases in India and States. Most areas and periods up to the 1960s see selected increases and a number of previously unpriced items have now been given a value. Errors and many plate flaws and watermark varieties are also generally marked up.
  • Whether you are an active buyer of Commonwealth stamps, a dealer or an investor, it is vital to be right up to date with this very active market – and there is no more up-to-date reference than the 2020 ‘Part 1’.

Guidance is given throughout the catalogue on subjects such as unusual usages, overprint settings, forgeries and much, much more. More such notes have been added to the latest edition.

  • The Rhodesia King George V ‘Admirals’ have been considerably expanded to include a further head die, as well as varieties such as the ‘Waxed moustache’ and ‘Striped collar’. There are clear enlarged illustrations and notes providing guidance on identification and the prices put on some of the newly listed stamps will make this section especially well worth looking at.
  • The ‘Spaven’ flaw on the King Edward VII low-value ‘Imperium’ key plates is now listed under the new name ‘Damaged frame and crown’. This affects the listings of 13 different colonies and clear illustrations and descriptions are provided.
  • The orientation of sideways watermarks is now specified throughout the catalogue as a helpful guide to collectors.
  • In Great Britain the illustrations have been extensively improved and many new ones have been added.
  • More plate and watermark varieties have been added, along with helpful notes on a wide variety of topics.
  • Other important changes and additions affect Australia, Iraq, New Zealand, Pakistan and Zululand.
  • Two new articles taken from Gibbons Stamp Monthly cover the ‘VR’ overprints of Fiji (by David Alford) and the Zululand £5 black printed double (by Philip Kinns). If you missed these when they were published, now’s the opportunity to catch up.
  • The list of ‘Numbers added’ to this edition is probably longer than for any this century – don’t miss out!
  • Brand new cover design.

Text from Stanley Gibbons UK

Additional information

Weight 2.05 kg
Dimensions 25 × 33 × 5 cm


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