We were privileged to offer the collection of Australian Colonies Specimen Stamps formed by the late William (Bill) McCredie. Compiled over the past twenty years and exhibited successfully both in Australia and overseas, this was almost certainly the most comprehensive collection of its type ever formed. It covered not only stamps overprinted or handstamped ‘Specimen’, but also all the issues distributed as specimen stamps to UPU members, as well as stamps sold in collectors’ sets.
Each Colony featured an example of the Perkins, Bacon stamps with ‘CANCELLED’ obliteration, prepared at the instigation of Ormond Hill in 1861 and presented to various colleagues, including his uncle, Rowland Hill. These are amongst the most prized specimen stamps of the British Empire, and included were the New South Wales 1/-, Queensland (6d) Registered, South Australia 1d, Tasmania 4d, Victoria 6d and Western Australia 1/-. Click
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Australian Colonies Specimen Stamps.