The 1937 Coronation Stamp of King George VI: Cylinder 16


This is a fascinating cylinder, rare in the no stop but less so in the stop pane. There is a the very clear distinction between the two printings of the No Stop pane shown by the Ray Flaw (R19/1) and the Ray Flaw Corrected. There is a minor multipositive flaw found on every no stop pane except this one; the bite out of the lower right hand side of the large 1 of the value tablet that is truly multi positive (R14/1). The scan shows the vertical pair of R13/1, with the spot inside the large 1 and R 14/1 where the flaw is missing. Unfortunately, a full no stop pane has not been found yet.

With the stop pane the distinction between the first and second printing rechrome is also clear, when most of the constant flaws have been eliminated. The Pearl-in-Orb flaw (R18/1) is notoriously variable and is an unreliable means of separating states at the best of times but it just might be of interest in this case. But the number of interesting pieces shown here demonstrate how a rather dull cylinder can still be an attractive exhibit.


Frame 1

  1. The First State - Part Pane
  2. The Second State - Part Pane
  3. The First State - Ray Flaw
  4. The Second State - Ray Flaw
  5. The Third State - Ray Flaw
  1. Damage from a Gum Offset
  2. Analysis of a Missing Control
  3. The Significance of the Printer's Counter Numbers, and the Arrowhead Fold Mark
  4. The Three States
  5. An Extraordinary Constant Combing Flaw
  6. The Watermark Varieties ยท The G-Crown-G Watermark Flaw
  7. Examples of Marginal Cylinder-Pieces Used on Cover

Frame 2

  1. A Dramatic Accidental Inking Variety
  2. The First State - Top Left of Pane
  3. The First State - Top Right of Pane
  4. Anonymous Piece Identified By Constant Flaw
  5. The First State - Bottom Left of Pane
  6. The First State - Bottom Right of Pane
  7. The Second State - Top Left of Pane
  8. The Second State - Top Right of Pane
  9. The Second State - Bottom Left of Pane
  10. The Second State - Bottom Right of Pane