Issued today in 1973

Hong Kong. Queen Elizabeth II definitives. Issued 12 June 1973. The $5 value exists missing pink. Several vertical strips of five have appeared on the market with the middle stamp affected by the error and stamps either side partially affected. It’s believed one pane was affected meaning up to ten such strips are possible.

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Issued today in 1970

St Helena. Charles Dickens Death Centenary. Issued 9 June 1970. London supplies were printed on shiny unsurfaced paper with gum arabic while local supplies were on chalk-surfaced paper with PVA gum. The locally-issued 4d exists with yellow doubled (affecting Mr Pickwick’s background). Two panes of 30 stamps were reportedly affected, but the variety rarely appears on the market.

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Issued today in 1967

Great Britain. Pre-decimal Machin definitives. The first three values of the iconic definitive series featuring an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Arnold Machin were issued 5 June 1967. The design has reputedly been reproduced some 320 billion times; appearing on all definitive stamps (except recent regional issues) since its first introduction.

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Issued today in 1963

Freedom From Hunger. Common design issued from 4 June 1963 in 37 territories: Aden, Antigua, Ascension, Bahamas, Basutoland, Bechuanaland, Bermuda, British Guiana, British Honduras, British Solomon Islands, Brunei, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Falkland Islands, Fiji, Gambia, Gibraltar, Gilbert & Ellice Islands, Grenada, Hong Kong, Malta, Mauritius, Montserrat, New Hebrides, North Borneo, Pitcairn Islands, St Helena, St Lucia, St Vincent, Sarawak, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tonga, Tristan Da Cunha, Turks & Caicos, Virgin Islands, and Zanzibar.

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