Even though I have displayed these stamps in other posts, this dedicated post will be to showcase all current rarities in my collection plus those in future acquisitions. They are not in order of year as there will be future additions that are not year specific, so it will be impossible to rearrange them into correct years of issue.
1938. Very early state of cracked plate without bottom central perforation pip. The only one recorded.
1965. This stamp issued in red was only issued in Helecon ink. This booklet known as "G6" because of the "G6" imprint on the cover as shown was a mistake as it was printed with non-Helecon ink, less than 8 booklets were ever issued.
1938. £1 Coronation Specimen. The £1 Specimen was introduced to philatelists in April 1944 in collector's packs, which included all lower denominations cancelled-to-order (C.T.O.), and the higher value, 10/- and £1 stamped with Specimen, authenticated packs are very rare. There were only 2,860 specimens issued, there are many dangerous forgeries of this specimen in existence and should only be purchased with a certificate. This specimen is from the Ash printing, the overprint was added during the tenure of W.C.G. McCracken.
There is one other £1 Specimen, and that is of a deeper shade, a signature of McCracken and rarer than the Ash printing, approximately 200 are known to exist.
1964. £2 with Specimen in near central position opposed to the regular specimen which is situated at the far bottom corner of the £2. There were 3,480 specimen sets printed (Captain James Cook 7/6d, Matthew Flinders 10/-, George Bass £1, Ridley King £2) and a low mintage of the near central position later included. In the ACSC (Australian Commonwealth Specialists' Catalogue (2015)) it is incorrectly valued, as the true value is worth nearly the same as the entire specimen set of 4.
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