1924 Definitive Issues
Updated - December, 2018
The Nauru Freighter Definitive issues comprise two different variations of the set. The initial one was issued in 1924, and a later version using the same design was issued beginning in 1937. The design was used until it was replaced by the QEII definitive set in 1954.
The key to identifying the two variations of this set is to determine
the characteristics of each set so you can allocate them into the right
group. There are several characteristics to observe: the finish on the
paper, the quality of the printing, and the gum. See the blowups below
for comparisons of the two variations.
Flat Matt-like finish to the stamps with a duller finish
Glossy finish to the stamps with a brighter appearance
Rougher, off-white paper
Smoother, whiter paper
Yellowish Gum, look for ridges in the gum
Whiter but still Yellowish Gum, some cracks in the gum
Unlike modern stamps which are issued in the millions, definitive sets from this time period were issued very conservatively. I do not have the quantities printed for these sets. Please feel free to provide them if you have the information.
The catalog numbers are from the 1980 Commonwealth Five Reigns Catalogue (CW), 2011 Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue (SG) and the 2011 Scott catalog (ST). The description and printing details are from the Commonwealth Catalogue. Please contact Bridger & Kay to obtain a copy of this publication. You can access the other publishers using the "Links to British Colonial Stamp Sites" at the bottom of this page.
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This article was written to help you identify your stamps. Please feel free to ask a question, or include a correction.
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