Welcome to KGV Variety Stamps!

Author: David Letch   Date Posted:23 September 2015 

Welcome to the blog on Australian KGV Stamps. New Members: please join the Blog discussions here first with a brief introduction

Thank you for becoming a Member of this Website and welcome to the Blog discussions! I have established this forum to enable us to share our interest and discuss topics related to collecting Australian KGV stamps. As a new Member, please introduce yourself first within this Blog topic so we can get to know each other. Perhaps a good place to start is to share what or who inpired you to collect KGV stamps. I have written about my journey collecting stamps in "About Us" on the home page menu. Please have a look at our blog guidelines before posting.

David Letch


Comments (3)

how to classify 1d Red shades

19 January 2016
Hello Chris, welcome to the blog! I am happy explain how to classifying the 1d red shades. The current Specialists’ Catalogue has 26 listed Shades for the 1d Red in Smooth Paper, and 20 listed Shades for the 1d Red in Rough Paper. The names for these Shades have partly evolved from historical classifications adopted by previous researchers, which explains why some Shade names don’t match the SG colour chart. The Colour Chart can be used to help classify the Daylight shades, but you must also use a UV light to correctly identify the listed Catalogue Shades. Matching the Daylight shades alone is not sufficient. Be prepared for confusion! As I said previously, correctly classifying the Shades of the 1d Red KGV is one of, if not THE most complex tasks in World philately, so you are setting yourself a very hard task! You will need to sort out a UV-light, which is essential for this task. Try sourcing UV globes or fluro tubes, then match them to fit a lamp or fluro fixture. There is a specialist lighting store in Halifax Street (from memory) that supplies the UV lights, the fittings you can find at any large lighting store. 1. Sort your 1d Reds into Smooth Paper/ Rough Paper 2. Look for dated postmarks and sort them by month and year. This is important because the listed Shades can be traced to certain printings which can be dated 3. Use the colour chart to tentatively assign a Daylight shade (write this on a paper tag next to the stamp) 4. Use the UV light near the stamp (at night in a darkened room) to determine the UV reaction (write this on the same paper tag) 5. Use 1,2,3 & 4 to make an assessment of the final classification and write this on the paper tag Have a go and let me know how thing progress. I have been doing this for YEARS and it is still a work in progress!

KGV 1d Reds Colour Shades

6 January 2016
Hi David. Trusting you had a great Christmas and New Year. I am more confused than ever now. I was just wondering if you could help me out once again please. This is a big ask and I totally understand if you decline. I purchased the Stanley Gibbons catalogue and colour chart to help me distinguish shades for the Penny Red. I was showed the KGV publication, but unfortunately I am not in a position to purchase that at the moment. My big ask is, are you able to send me a copy of the table from the publication of the penny reds from the KGV publication (showing colours, prices etc). Also I was informed that both publications have different names for the same colours. This is where it is becoming confusing. Are you able to tell me the colours from the KGV book to the equivalent colours of the Stanley Gibbons colour chart. Thanking you again for taking the time to read my email. Kind regards Chris

New member

7 December 2015
Hi. My name is Chris and I am brand new to the world of stamp collecting. So please be patient with me as I might ask some silly questions, but I am very green around the gills. My father has just handed to me all his excess pre decimal stamps and I have now got a serious passion for King George V stamps. I've been doing this for 2 weeks and boy, my head is spinning. There is so much to learn with this particular series of stamps. Anyway, I'm very happy to be here and hopefully I can learn as much as I can about these wonderful stamps. Chris.

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