When is a set not a set? When the Post and Go machine dispenses something really strange!
The collector used three separate transactions to buy one Collectors Set, one set of 6 x Europe 60g, and one set of 6 x Worldwide 60g.
All went well with the first set - all 6 values, on all 6 birds - session 33082
Session 33083 dispensed 6 at Europe up to 60g
In this case the Mute Swan has flown, and an extra Great Crested Grebe stamp makes up the set, so Grebes are in position 01 and 06. (right)
Note that there is damage to the surface of stamp 06, with the Queens' head missing, and some damage above the back of the bird. Currently rolls are sealed with a small piece of peelable label, which - with care - can be removed without damaging the surface of the stamp. But if this roll is the remainder of one part-used when originally issued it could have been taped closed with totally different tape.
But why was the Grebe where the Swan should be? The most likely
explanation is that the Swan was damaged and was replaced by a different
stamp from the (new) beginning of the roll.
Worldwide up to 60g strip of 6 produced in
How, then, can we
explain a similar occurrence on here in which the Mallard (next in sequence after the
substituted Grebe) was substituted for another Swan?
there is another puzzle with the Worldwide strip: the receipt states
that some items could not be printed - yet they all were, AND the
message at the foot of the receipt states that 1 set of Letter
Worldwide was presented !
Unfortunately the collector was buying so many different stamps that he didn't have a chance to examine everything until he got home. Only then did he see these anomalies!
And I have absolutely no doubt that the collector concerned was not involved in interfering with the roll to change the sequence before printing.
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