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Egyptian Etchings

An unmounted mint full pane of the British Forces seal was recently offered on Ebay. The asking price, (£10,861), was no doubt inspired by a full pane’s rarity, (there being a supposed maximum 10 seal limit purchase per customer), rather than that of the sum of its parts.

In contrast to the “pulled” pane treated below, this one appears to have been carefully released from its booklet, presumably for philatelic purposes.


Overprint Varieties

Since the overprinting was carried out in two operations, each covering a block of ten seals, but using the same type-setting, each variety can be expected to be represented both in the left-hand block and in the right-hand block. Slightly differing angles of rendering of the overprint have been noted between such blocks.

The pane below, (from frame A, according to the John Hobbs analysis of marks of the basic non-overprinted stamp), has been adapted to show the resulting pairs of the better known varieties, together with the locations of pinholes resulting from locating the pane during the overprinting process.

To this should perhaps be added the “minor broken U” variety (on the first stroke of the U) noted in Stop Press No 67, ("Egypt chipped U" - October 2019). In the above pane, the flaw lies on the solid blue of the basic stamp’s N of IN. However, tinkering with hues, this flaw appears to be located at positions 5/2 and 5/4.


As Nick Levinge points out in his article: Postal Usage of the Egypt Seal, (Previous Articles – 54), there was a theoretical legitimate use of multiple seals on a cover, (one per 20 grammes).

This used pair is fortunate to display both the broken U (upper) and the chamfered M (lower).

AJA – October 2021

Some previous articles are available as PDF's by clicking their titles below:


    "The Silver Jubilee of His Majesty George V" - A missive to a Nova Scotia PS by Geoff Locke

    "Does Lightning Strike Twice" - Some British Guiana 12c flaws by Sewall Hodges

    "Fiji File" - Some notes on the colony's issue from John Ray

    "New Zealand Pacific Islands Dependencies" - The notes of Neil Donen

    "Copper-bottomed Protectorate" - The postmarks of Northern Rhodesia

    "K.U.T. Permutations" - A look at the numerous postage rates of Kenya, Uganda & Tanganyika

    "Beware Old Certificates" - A question of backdating by Ralph Riddell-Carre

    "Cards with wings" - The cost of prioritising the humble postcard

    "Land of Springs" - Some postmarks of Jamaica

    "The Great 1935 Quetta earthquake disaster" - The effect on postal services by Neil Donen

    "Silver Jubilee Myths - Morocco Agencies first day cover" - An examination by Nick Levinge

    "Flight from Malta" - A look at the airmail rates and routes from the island

    "Bridging Barbados" - The postmarks of Barbados

    "Madame Joseph Forgeries - an Update" - A follow-up to Chris Georgallis's article on Cyprus forgeries

    "Argentinian interference with mail from the Falkland Islands" - by Ralph Riddell-Carre

    “Ceylon Circuit" - Some postmarks of Ceylon

    "Variety Values" - Bruce Davies's campaign to secure values for used examples of varieties

    "Fragmented Fiji" - Some postmarks of Fiji

    "Absentee Rupee" - The Mauritius 1 rupee as a stranger to postal rates

    "Postal Usage of the Egypt Seal" - Nick Levinge looks at the Crowned Circles of the forces bases

    "Over Fifty Shades" - Something wrong with the colour?

    "Ghana Guide" - Some postmarks of Gold Coast

    "Vanuatu Voyage?- A look at Hong Kong used in New Hebrides

    Surfing the Solomon Sea” - The few operating post offices in the Solomon Islands

    “Security Punch” - A look at the Jubilee’s perfins by Jeff Turnbull

    “Morocco Now and Then” - A tour of the British post offices in Morocco

    “Fault lines of the Falklands” - Part two of Ralph Riddell-Carre’s analysis

    “Straddling the Straits” - Some postmarks of the Straits Settlements

    “Set and Match” - Can full set covers be non-philatelic?

    “Boating around The Bahamas” - Some postmarks of The Bahamas

    “Serial Salutes” - Some of the Silver Jubilee’s own anniversaries

    “Mauritius Meanderings” - Some postmarks of Mauritius

    “A Cat among the Penguins” - A suspect Falklands cancel

    “Cycling Cyprus” - Some postmarks of Cyprus

    “Scars of Conflict” - How the Jubilees were affected by war

    “Bech Trek” - Some postmarks of Bechuanaland Protectorate

    “Specimen Specifics” - A look at the various uses of the word SPECIMEN

    “Hong Kong Hike” - Some postmarks of Hong Kong

    “Aden Funnel” - Covers from and through Aden

    “Grenada Guide” - Some postmarks of Grenada

    “In The Frame” - A look at some frame plate flaws

    “Basuto Byways” - Some postmarks of Basutoland

    “Cyprus Cypher” - Chris Georgallis examines the colony’s Madame Joseph forged postmarks

    “Trinidad Tour” - Some postmarks of Trinidad & Tobago

    “Commercial Ceylon” - A look at the perfins of the colony

    “Guiana Panorama” - Some less common British Guiana postmarks

    “Where were they then?” - From the more recent stamp-issuing territories

    “Cautious Mauritius” - A variety of Mauritius perfins

    “Madame Joseph’s Masquerades” - Some examples of forged first day covers

    “Tag Wrestling” - A look at the higher postal rates through parcel labels

    “AR” - An article on Avis de Reception by David Handelman

    “The Fleury Flair” - Hugo Fleury’s designs for the Jubilee

    “Split the Difference” - Some occurrences of bisects among the Jubilees

    “Specimen Fundamentals” - Notes on U.P.U. requirements & some forged examples

    “Windsor Spoofs” - Gerald King’s alternative Jubilees

    “Puncturing Oz” - Some speculations about Australian perfins

    “Perforating the Silver Jubilee Stamps”- An article on GB by Harvey Russell

    “Nauru’s Split Personality”  - Split “B” variety on the 2d value?

    “In Camel’s Clothing” - The Egyptian seal’s booklet

    “Rural Disservice” - The Cyprus low value forgeries

    “Canadian Precancels” - The only precancel involvement with the Jubilee

    “Phoenix-like Sphinx” - Some notes about the Egyptian seal

    “Fag Tax” - Observations on South West Africa’s cigarette duty overprints

    “From the collection of...” - Jubilee items from some illustrious collectors

    “Prize-less Specimens” - Beware of forged specimen stamps

    “Dubious Jubilees” - Spoofs, parodies and bogus overprints