Sunday, April 10, 2011

King George VI & Queen Elizabeth II

The stamps of Straits Settlement period have always offered little tidbits of history which I would not have known if not for my interest in the stamps.

One such example would be the year of death for King George VI and the subsequent coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Due to this event, the stamps for Penang & Malacca has to be changed. In the photo below, it could be seen that the King George VI portray had been replaced with Queen Elizabeth II's portray.

Other than Penang and Malacca, Singapore also used the King George VI stamps up to 1952. I wonder why I couldn't find any Queen Elizabeth II stamps for Singapore post 1952. Perhaps my collection is quite lacking in this area.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Stamps 'Error' - Royal Wedding Stamps from NZ

There are stamps errors, which are often overlooked at either the design stage (e.g. wrong facts) or the printing stage (e.g. missing colours). Most recently there is a stamp 'error' that is due to a lack of thought at the design stage, and that is the New Zealand Post's commemorative Royal Wedding stamp.

The 'error' is that the stamp perforation for this se-tenant pair is right in the middle, which split the royal couple into individuals, individual stamps that is. If it is done by the Brits, I'm sure they would have been a lot more careful.

I'm sure the couple is not happy with such a design, but oh well, who cares. I'm sure the stamp collectors will be keeping this issue, especially in light of such an 'error' story behind the design.

Popular Posts