Alternative Australia

These stamps are based upon unadopted designs for early Australian stamps.  They are rare, even by Gerry King standards, with some of the sets (eg the map series) having as few as 6 copies.

 

The George IV set had at least two printings and the stamps exist in two sizes; 26mm x 23mm and 30mm x 25mm.   All have an underprint of an A under a crown.

 

The high-value Kangaroo issue also exists in two types.  The colours in what appears to be the initial printing are dull, on dullish white paper and on the reverse is the A under a crown underprint on brownish gum.  The assumed second printing is in brighter colours on white paper with no underprint.

 

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