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Peter's Stamps

Some of the definitive stamps of Great Britain and its Regions are identified by type - usually TI or TII.

Here you will see what to look for in order to differentiate between the types. A magnifying lens is always a useful accessory for a stamp collector to have!

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Great Britain Definitives - look the values in the lower left corner of the stamp >>>>>Definitive types
Type I - Wider type. The three values 3p, 10p & 26p where the typeface is the only way of differentiating between stamps of the same colour are shown here.
Type II - Narrower typeface.
Northern Ireland - look at the hand and crown in the top left corner of the stamp >>>>>N. Ireland types
Type I - Pearls at top of crown individually drawn and base of crown shows 3 distinct dots.
Type II - Crown bolder and base wider. Thumb of hand has more definition.
Scotland - look at the lion in the top left corner of the stamp >>>>>Scotland types
Type I - Limbs thicker, tail slightly thinner. Eye has a complete white surround and is larger.
Type II - Tongue thicker and the smaller eye has a faint line into the background.
Wales - look at the dragon in the top left corner of the stamp >>>>>Wales types
Type I - Wingtips and claws faintly defined.
Type II - Clearly defined wingtips and claws. Thicker tongue and broader tail arrow.
Underprints - between 1982 and 1985 some stamps were printed on paper showing one of 3 basic designs in pale blue on the gummed side.Underprint types
Types 1, 2 and 3 are shown on the right. Type 4 shows the double-lined star arranged in diagonal lines.

 

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