GB Queen Elizabeth II Stamps

Britain’s longest reigning monarch offers a spectacular choice of beautiful stamps and other philatelic items to the stamp collector. The basic small definitive issues fall into just two basic design groups, the “Wildings” and the pre- & post- decimal “Machins”. The high value stamps also fall into just a few basic design groups, the pre decimal “Castles”, large recess printed pre/post decimal “Machins”, tall decimal “Machins”, new style decimal “Castles”, a Britannia £10 design with brail dots and most recently smaller- format decimal “Machins”. Commemorative stamps have been a feature since the 1953 Coronation set with a major change in overall styling precipitated by currency decimalisation on 15 February 1971.

The small definitive stamps offer the greatest challenge to collectors, the largest area being the elegant and colourful decimal Machins which have been in constant issue and ever- evolving since 1971. These stamps are so-named after Arnold Machin whose plaster bas-relief of the Queen taken from a photograph by Lord Snowden is the central feature of these lovely little stamps.

Perhaps the rarest stamps of the QEII period are to be found amongst the errors, some of the most valuable displaying a combination of rarity and visual impact such as the 1963 3d Red Cross stamp with missing red cross, or the 1976 13p Rose Society stamp with missing value.

Collectors can also enjoy booklets and booklet panes, self- adhesive ‘Post & Go’ issues, Smilers Sheets, Presentation Packs plus so much more. We do offer a wide range of QEII philatelic material including plenty of collections estimated and reserved at well below retail levels.