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Tuesday, 30 July 2019

London Stampex September 2019


I HAVE A STAND AT LONDON STAMPEX SEPTEMBER 2019

Find me up in the Gallery on stand G24b

Right now, it looks like it could be a very good opportunity if you are visiting from a €urozone country. 

Don’t bother to change your €uros into £pounds - dealers will be more than  happy to accept €uros - and US$ too.

In addition to my specialist stock, I will have a range of all world boxes with every item at £5 - looks like that’s going to be 5€ 

Just one London Underground stop from King’s Cross / St Pancras international rail terminal

Check out the dates etc at

www.stampexinternational.co.uk
(The floorplan currently does not show my correct location at G24b)

Thursday, 18 July 2019

A Rarity from 1923 Georgia




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Most collectors have the experience of never seeing a stamp which is listed in the catalogue they are using - not a RRRR stamp but a stamp which might be catalogued at 1 or 10  or 20 or 100. Sometimes, the problem is simply a typographical error in the catalogue - it says 3 cents red but should say 5 cents red. Sometimes, it is because of some unreliable information the catalogue editor was given either by a collector or a speculator. This is why editors of the better catalogues insist on seeing any stamp before they list it.

Over the years, I have handled thousands of stamps of Georgia for the period 1919 - 1923. They are well-studied and not very complex, except for some of the handstamp surcharges. But I had never seen one particular stamp, listed in the main catalogues: the 1923 machine overprint with Soviet arms and numeral of value, 300 000 on 20 kopek Imperial Arms perforated, but the overprint in blue instead of black. I did look carefully - blue and black are sometimes hard to distinguish on a blue stamp and maybe my eyes aren’t so good now.  I never found a blue overprint.

Then last week I was viewing the Dr Hans Grigoleit collection of Transcaucasia and there it was. Not only the stamp but on cover. The stamp exists and is not some philatelic variety - here are two copies on a clearly commercial cover from Suram / Surami to Tiflis / Tbilisi with a manuscript Registration cachet and a Tiflis / Tbilisi receiver (Ashford type 15). The letter is addressed in Georgian script and both despatch and arrival cancels are in Georgian, but the registration cachet has been written in Cyrillic as SURAM - the Georgian name is Surami.

So if you don’t have the blue overprint variety in your collection, keep on looking. It exists. As for this cover, it will be included in the Heinrich Koehler auction of Dr Grigoleit’s collection in September 2019. (I am grateful to Heinrich Koehler for letting me preview it here)