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Making sense of plates, dies and watermarks of KGV stamps of Ceylon

Making sense of plates, dies and watermarks of KGV stamps of CeylonOne of those 'thumb rules' that most worldwide collectors learn over time is that British Commonwealth KGV definitive stamps come in two different engravings, namely Die I and Die II. The easiest identifier between stamps made from different dies is a small 'bud' on the curlicue arabesque at the extreme outer lower right and left corners. With Die I stamps the bud is there, and with Die II stamps it's not. The benefit of knowing the stamps die is that it helps you to know the watermark at the same. Die I stamps have got Multiple CA watermark, and the Die II stamps have got Script CA watermark. Simple and sweet. ...(472 words,2 images, 0 comments)

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