The 1924 Inverted 5d Overprints
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1920-24







26 October 2019:
This is the moment when I have to concede that my idea that only two sheets of the inverted 5d error existed was WRONG!
A block of four stamps surfaced which was so far unknown to me as it was hidden in the collection of a British gentleman for many decades. The four stamps are pos 1,4 / 2,4 and 1,5 / 2,5 and of course the stamp 1,5 containing part of the lignment cross. As we have already two pairs 1,5 / 1,6 this means that this is the aligning cross of a THIRD SHEET.
So I have to reorder my thoughts about this error.
This block of four has an RPSL expert's report dated 4 March 1957 for Robson Lowe Ltd. It was sold at Harmers on 16 September 1970 as lot 586.

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September 2019: I have an interesting idea: We have now a lot of copies of the inverted 1d and 5d stamps. Time to use statistics:
Inverted 1d: Of 1 sheet of 30 stamps 20 are know so far: 66,7 %

Inverted 5d: 39 are known. I think it is safe to assume that one copy can be found in the Queen collection so there are 40.
With two sheets this would be 66,7% too - the same rate as with the inv. 1d stamp and with three sheets this would only be 44,4%.

I think that there is no reason why so many more 5d stamps were lost as with the 1d. No used copy is known to me so the sheets may have been in dealer hands from the beginning. Most likely Ackland: he produced a lot of covers with 1920 to 1924 stamps in these years.


So statistics lead to the conclusion that only two sheets of this error existet. I think that this idea needs further investigation.

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This page shows an attempt to "plate" the inverted 5d stamps as known on 27 September 2019 - 39 stamps. Comparing the positions of the overprint led to the idea to divide them into three groups:
1) 5d overprint below the perforation but above the printed image. #1 pos 1.1 & 1.2 are uncertain, could as well be in #2
2) 5d overprint partly on the perforation.
3) 5d overprint inside the frame of the printed image.
All sheets have in common that the left column of stamps is centered to the right and the right column centered to the left. The middle column is fairly centered. Some positions of the stamps a rather sure, others are guesses. The conclusion is that there must have been three sheets of this inverted overprint. Especially the grouping of #2 makes me think that parts of these sheets had been postally used without the error being discovered.
Please find the sources of the images at the bottom of this page!

Newest image: 11 July 2020 #2 pos 3.2 At a Stanley Gibbons auction : estimate: 600 GBP.
Newest image: 5 October 2021 #1 pos 3.1 At a Grosvenor auction : estimate: 1200-1500 GBP. - 40 copies known now.

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#2





#3




This 1924 inverted 5d overprint surfaced in 2014. I really don't know what to think of it. It is a copy where the overprint is much lower than on all others: the round end of the "5" touches the I.
The overprint looks good - I could not say that it is a forgery by just seeing this scan.
The centering tells us that this copy cannot originate from the right column of a sheet. All middle columns we have are centered such that the left paper part outside the image is smaller or about the same size as the right one. So this stamp must originate from the left column.
Where would it fit? Maybe at the bottom of the 3rd sheet. At the first sheet we see that the overprint is drifting downwards a bit to the bottom of the sheet. Some of my images at the bottom of the 3rd sheet may belong to positions further up.

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Origins of the images

#1 pos 1.1

last sold by John & Mark Taylor, GB, markjtaylor@btinternet.com

#1 pos 1.2

from an old 1990's auction catalogue. Auctioneer unknown.

#1 pos 3.1

A Grosvenor offer in October 2021

#1 pos 4.1

from the Goron collection

#1 pos 5.1

2002 Pascal Behr, Paris offer

#1 pos 6.1

from the Klinger collection

#1 pos 7.1

1972 "Baldwin" and "1985" Jersey auction

#1 pos 9.1/9.2/10.1/10.2

December 6, 1976 Roumet Auction Paris, July 2005 Western Auctions GB

#1 pos 9.3

from the "Mele" collection

#1 pos 10.3

from a 2006 Grosvenor auction

 

 

#2 pos 2.2

June 2008 Prestige Philately auction

#2 pos 3.1

2009 Cherrystone Auctions, New York

#2 pos 3.2

2020 Stanley Gibbons

#2 pos 3.3

1995 Linke, Australia, direct sale

#2 pos 4.2

a 2003 Boule Monaco offer

#2 pos 4.3

an April 2006 Brun Philatélie, Paris offer

#2 pos 5.3

from the Sheryll Ruecker collection

#2 pos 6.3

a 2006 Roumet, Paris offer

#2 pos 7.3

a 2018 Ceres, Paris offer

 

 

#3 pos 1.1

A Roumet Septemebr 2019 offer

#3 pos 1.2

from the "SeSi" collection

#3 pos 2.1

a 2006 Fr. Feldman, Paris offer

#3 pos 2.2

from an Oct. 22, 1985 Christies AU auction

#3 pos 3.3

from the John Gibson collection

#3 pos 4.3

a 2004 Fr. Feldman, Paris offer

#3 pos 5.1

a 2004 Pascal Behr, Paris offer

#3 pos 6.1

a 2009 PHILaTEL, Jean-Claude Fourcaut, Le Vesinet, auction

#3 pos 6.3

from the Merot collection

#3 pos 7.1

Seen in an Ebay auction in November 2014

#3 pos 7.2

ex "JGI" collection, sold by Cherrystone in 2014 for 2000 USD

#3 pos 7.3

October 2012 Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions

#3 pos 8.1

Seen in a British dealer's offer years ago. In January 2007 sold by Sothebys for 2530 GBP incl. buyer's premium.

#3 pos 8.3

from the Martin Treadwell collection

#3 pos 9.1

Aug.2005 Western Auctions GB

#3 pos 9.3

Sept. 2014 Roumet auction F

#3 pos 10.1

2011 Spink Shreves Galleries

#3 pos 10.2

a 2009 PHILaTEL, Jean-Claude Fourcaut, Le Vesinet, auction

Not known so far!

2005 Western Auctions GB

Martin Treadwell collection

Seen in a British dealer's offer years ago.
In January 2007 sold by Sothebys for 2530 GBP incl. buyer's premium.

ex "JGI" collection, sold by Cherrystone in 2014 for 2000 USD

a 2004 Pascal Behr, Paris offer

a 2006 Fr. Feldman, Paris offer

a 2006 Fr. Feldman, Paris offer

John Gibson collection

from an Oct. 22, 1985 Christies AU auction

"SeSi" collection

a 2006 Roumet, Paris & F. Feldman 2010 offer

Sheryll Ruecker collection

an April 2006 Brun Philatélie, Paris offer

a 2003 Boule Monaco offer

1995 Linke, Australia, direct sale

at top: "Mele" collection
bottom: from a 2006 Grosvenor auction

December 6, 1976 Roumet Auction Paris
July 2005 Western Auctions GB

1972 "Baldwin" and "1985" Jersey auction

Jacques Merot collection

Roland Klinger collection

2002 Pascal Behr, Paris offer

Hubert Goron collection

from an old 1990's auction catalogue. Auctioneer unknown.

last sold by John & Mark Taylor, GB,

for sale by John & Mark Taylor, GB,

From the June 2008 Prestige Philately (Australia) auction

From the April 2009 Cherrystone (New York) auction

From the July 2009 PHILaTEL, Le Vesinet, auction

From the October 2012 Grosvenor Philatelic Auctions

From the Sept 2014 Roumet auction. Sold for 1112 Euro

Seen in an Ebay auction in November 2014. Offered as spacefiller for 25 BP

Seen in an Delcampe auction by CERES in September 2018. Offered for 800€

A Roumet offer in September 2019: Sold for 738€

A Stanley Gibbons offer in July 2020: est. 600 GBP, good BPA certificate (1945)

A Grosvenor offer in September 2021: est. 1200-1500 GBP

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