The 1937 Coronation Stamp of King George VI: A study of Cylinder 30
IntroductionThis was apparently the last cylinder to be made, and presumably the last to be printed from. The extent to which demand from the trade and collectors affected the number printed is unknown, but is thought to have been significant and resulted in an overstock; the surplus of stock overprinted for the North African post offices is certain. Whole panes are freely available and supply generally exceeds demand.
There appear to have been two printings, with material from the last printing being by far the most common. There is a flaw of two spots on the King's temple (stamp R19/1) that in the second state becomes a single weak spot. This state appears to be rare. In the third state there are no spots at all.
Much, possibly most of the last printing went for use with the Morocco Agencies. The no stop panes were overprinted for TANGIER while the stop panes were overprinted with the French currency in CENTIMES.