The 1977 Definitives - Rarities
mainly plate errors

1976-1980







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Hubert Goron (†) and Jacques Merot (†) lived in the New Hebrides when these stamps were issued. As they were collectors they had the chance to enjoy the adventure of this issue "online". I very much appreciated their help to improve this site by adding excellent material.

5 FNH double overprint (SG 233a)

5 FNH double ovpt

S.-G.: 233a double overprint
Image thanks to Caphila, Paris

5 FNH double ovpt

S.-G.: 233a double overprint - Goron coll.

5 FNH double ovpt

S.-G.: 233a double overprint - Goron coll.

5 FNH double ovpt

S.-G.: 233a double overprint - Merot coll.

5 FNH double ovpt

S.-G.: 233a double overprint - Oberto coll.

5 FNH double ovpt

S.-G.: 233a double overprint - "SeSi" coll.

30 FHN error

Complete sheet of the 5 FNH French Vila overprint. Please look if you can find an error. (coll. Benoìt Lebourcq)



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10 FNH with 3,5mm and 3,9mm distance between bars. This is not a variety but these are two different editions of the 10 FNH ovpt. (SG not noted : Goron coll.)

10 FNH two different issues

S.-G.: 234 two different issues - Goron coll.

10 FNH with the "H" lower than the "FN" - position on the sheet not known.

10 FNH H error

S.-G.: 234 the "H" error

10 FNH H error

S.-G.: 234 the "H" error

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15 FNH varieties.

15 FNH inv. ovpt.

15 FNH inverted overprint
(SG 235ba : Merot coll.)

15 FNH fine line bar

15 FNH fine line bar
( Klinger coll.)

15 FNH fine line bar

15 FNH fine line bar
( Klinger coll.)

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35 NH (S.G. F252a : without F), 43 sheets had been overprinted with this error.

35 FNH no

British 35 FHN no F error. Sheet 78559 (Goron coll.)

35 FNH no

British 35 FHN no F error. Sheet 78593 (Merot coll.)

35 FNH no

British 35 FHN no F error. Sheet 78551 (Oberto coll.)

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British 30 FHN crippled N error. I suppose that this error is present on all sheets with this type of overprint i.e. 25, 30, 35 and 40 FNH. It can be found at pos. 1.4: top row, second stamp from the right. This error is not very well known as all eyes are fixed on the famous FHN error at the bottom and it is not very prominent.

30 FNH crippled N

30 FNH crippled N

30 FNH crippled N

The British issue of the "Crippled N" variety: Right leg of "N" shorter at top.

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RRR B25 FNH RRR B25 FHN RRR B30 FNH RRR B30 FHN

S.G. 236a : 25 FHN error.

25 FHN error

British 25 FHN error sheet number 18192.

25 FHN error

British 25 FHN error sheet number 18184.

25 FHN error

British 25 FHN error sheet number ?????.

25 FHN error

British 25 FHN error sheet number 26450.

25 FHN error

British 25 FHN error sheet number 26070. Image thanks to Caphila, Paris



25 FHN error

British 25 FHN error sheet number 26493. Image thanks to Christaian Oberto.

25 FHN error

British 25 FHN error sheet number 26462.

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S.G. 237a : 30 FHN error.

30 FHN error single

British 30 FHN error single, number ?????.

30 FHN error #57464

British 30 FHN error sheet number 57464.

30 FHN error

British 30 FHN error sheet number 69305. Image thanks to Christaian Oberto.

30 FHN error

British 30 FHN error #69343



30 FHN error

British 30 FHN error #57477

30 FHN error

British 30 FHN error #69309 used on 11 March 1978



30 FHN error

British 30 FHN error #69272 Image thanks to P.Robin Philatélie, France

30 FHN error

British 30 FHN error #69274

30 FHN error

In the meanwhile this item has only the lower two stamps left.

30 FHN error

British 30 FHN error #65982

30 FHN error

British 30 FHN error #69334



30 FHN error

Complete British 30 FHN error sheet number 57456.

30 FHN error

Complete British 30 FHN error sheet number 69269.

30 FHN error

Complete British 30 FHN error sheet number 69270.

30 FHN error

Complete British 30 FHN error sheet number 69271.

30 FHN error

Complete British 30 FHN error sheet number 69272.



30 FHN error

British 30 FHN error sheet number 69281.

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S.G. F250a : 25 FHN error.

25 FHN error

French 25 FHN error #55190.

25 FHN error

French 25 FHN error #55376. (Image thanks to Robin Philatélie )

25 FHN error

French 25 FHN error #55377.

25 FHN error

French 25 FHN error #55141.

25 FHN error

French 25 FHN error #55328.

25 FHN error

French 25 FHN error #55302.

25 FHN error

French 25 FHN error #55431. Image thanks to P.Robin Philatélie, France

25 FHN error

French 25 FHN error #55345. Image thanks to Murray Payne Ltd.

25 FHN error

British 25 FHN error sheet number 55183. Image thanks to Caphila, Paris

25 FHN error

British 25 FHN error sheet number 55430. (ex Goron coll.)

25 FHN error

Complete French 25 FHN error sheet #55176.

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S.G. F251a : 30 FHN error.

30 FHN error

French 30 FHN error #83032.

30 FHN error

French 30 FHN error #83005.

30 FHN error

French 30 FHN error #83050. Image thanks to Murray Payne Ltd.

30 FHN error

French 30 FHN error #83056 used on 11 March 1978.

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The 500 FNH overprint - Both 500 FNH stamps exist with the plate error "PHEJLPIN" instead of "PHEULPIN" for the name of the designer and engraver.

500 FHN

A complete sheet of the Port Vila overprint 500 FNH. #86969 (Lebourcq coll.) There is no FHN error on this sheet.

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