GB Overprints Society

Stamps which have never been overprinted

It is surprising to note how few GB definitive postage stamps have not been subjected to overprinting at some stage (including Officials), starting with the 1d lilac up to the multiple crowns Wildings, excluding paper varieties and phosphor lines (none of the latter have been overprinted):

Queen Victoria

Lilac & green set 2d, 3d, 4d.

King Edward 7

De La Rue 7d;

Harrison perf 14 1d, 3d, 4d;

Harrison perf 15*14 ½d, 1d, 3d;

Somerset House 2d, 6d, 7d, 9d, £1;

King George 5

crown wmk die IB ½d, 1d.

script cypher die IB booklet stamps ½d, 1d.

script cypher die II ½d, 1d.

Downey multiple cypher ½d, 1d.

Mackennal script cypher 7d, 8d.

Mackennal multiple cypher coil stamps ½d, 1d.

£1 seahorse.

King Edward VIII


King George VI

2/6 brown, £1 arms; £1 "Festival".

Queen Elizabeth

Castles Edward crown E2R: £1 Waterlow & De La Rue;

Castles multiple crowns De La Rue 10s, £1; 2/6d-£1 Bradbury Wilkinson, 2/6d chalky paper.

Multiple Crowns 4d (light & dark blue), 7d, 8d, 10d, 1s.


All commemoratives up to the 1956 Scout jamboree have been overprinted except the George 5 Exhibition sets, the 1928 UPU set, and the 1952 Festival of Britain stamps.

Just 44 stamps, or indeed only 27 if the high values and George 5 booklet/coil stamps are excluded.

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