The King's Error

The Stamp Man

The Stamp Man

2018-07-29 15:10:34

The most iconic error of colour in GB philately

Six months ago, I offered another example of this stamp to our email subscribers… 

It sold almost straight away.

That one was used.

Today, I am delighted to be able to offer you a mint example.

It is one of the most iconic stamps in the world.

The story behind the discovery of the 1935 2½d “Prussian Blue” is one of the most well known in GB philately.

The story goes as follows…

King George V (known as the “Stamp King”) was a passionate stamp collector. So, on June 6th 1934, when he was asked for his permission for a commemorative stamp issue to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of his Accession to the Throne, he was delighted to say “yes”.

The designers put forward 12 different design ideas but the King was not impressed by any of them. So, On October 2nd 1934 the designers were sent back to the drawing board…

On October 25th 1934, a further 22 designs were submitted. Finally, the design of Mr Barnett Freeman was accepted.

On January 7th 1935, the King approved the final design. Just one question remained… what colour did he want the stamp to be?

Given the choice of “Prussian blue” or “blue”, the King opted for the latter.

But, all didn’t go to plan…

Why this stamp is so rare

The printers, Harrison & Son, printed some sheets in the “Prussian blue” colour in error.

They realised their mistake and quickly destroyed the erroneous sheets, except for six sheets sent to the Post Office Stores for inspection.

The Superintendent Warehouseman was asked to destroy the six sheets apart from a block of four to be retained for reference purposes.

However, a further mistake was made and only two of the sheets were destroyed. The other four were accidentally placed with the correct colour sheets by a busy worker.

Three of these sheets were sent to the Edmonton Post Office in North London. The other sheet was issued to an unknown Post Office.

As a result, we know that only 480 of these stamps were ever issued.

A Profitable Trip to the Post Office

On June 2nd 1935, a collector, Mr A J Stavridi, sent his secretary to buy the new Silver Jubilee stamps from the Post Office in Upper Edmonton.

On inspecting the stamps, Mr Stavridi noticed that some of the stamps were different from the others.

Some were blue…others were “Prussian blue”.

Mr Stavridi quickly returned to the Post Office and purchased the remainder of the “Prussian blue” stamps.

Of the 360 stamps at Edmonton Post Office, 41 had already been sold. Mr Stavridi bought the remaining 319 stamps.

He mailed some of the stamps to his friends as souvenirs.

Of the 41 sold copies, ten were used on magazines sent to Australia, of which one survived; two were sent to a collector in Tonbridge. One other was used on a letter sent to Holland and was discovered in 1937.

To this day, the 2½d Prussian blue remains one of the rarest and most famous stamps from Great Britain. Quite simply, it should not have been printed.

Due to its rarity and desirability, the value of this stamp as an investment is well proven.

This may be your one and only chance to own a genuine Prussian blue 

I am delighted to be in the rare position today where I can offer you the chance to own a genuine Prussian blue.

Take a look below…

Great Britain 1935 ‘Silver Jubilee’ 2½d Prussian Blue, SG456a. A superb unmounted mint example.

Great Britain 1935 ‘Silver Jubilee’ 2½d Prussian Blue, SG456a. A superb unmounted mint example.

Price: £18,500 ($24,899)


Even from the image above, you can tell this is an exceptional quality example of this highly sought after stamp error of colour.

You could only fully appreciate its quality though by holding it in your hands (very carefully, I would suggest!)

This is of the finest quality I have ever handled with full original gum. It looks as fresh as the day it was printed.

Incidentally, the normal 2½d blue is worth less than £10.

Authenticity Guaranteed

As you will be aware, all purchases from Paul Fraser Collectibles come with a lifetime guarantee of authenticity.

You will also get an independent certificate of authenticity with your purchase from the prestigious Royal Philatelic Society (RPS).

Warning: going, going…gone

The Chinese Dowager Empress stamp rarity featured in last week’s email sold within minutes of being sent.

As I said, I don’t often get my hands on a Prussian Blue stamp, never mind one of this supreme quality.

I expect it to sell quickly.

You will need to get back to me promptly if you want to secure this the finest quality of the famous Prussian Blue stamp.

A Sound Investment

It is a rare privilege indeed to have the opportunity to buy the famous Prussian blue.

I have only enjoyed the privilege a small number of times in my career in stamps.

The problem is every time I am lucky enough to acquire one, it is sold almost instantly. My relationship with the Prussian blue has been, sadly, all too brief!

The value of the Prussian Blue has risen steadily over the years.

In the 2001 edition of the Stanley Gibbons GB Concise catalogue, it was valued at £6,000. In the current edition it is listed at a value of £18,500.

So, in the past 17 years, this popular rarity has recorded a growth in value of 208% (simple average annual growth rate of 12%).

This example is even better than “SG catalogue quality”. Despite this, I am willing to let it go today at the catalogue price of £18,500.

So, not only is this an opportunity to own Britain’s most coveted stamp error, it is a solid tangible asset investment as well.

What you need to do to secure this Prussian blue

You will need to be fast on the trigger to secure this rare opportunity to own the famous King’s error.

You can secure it today if you email me at I will let you know promptly whether you have been successful.

Alternatively, you can all us on +44(0)1534 639998 to secure the stamp.

Britain’s best known error could be yours today – good luck!

Kind regards

Mike Hall

CEO, Just Collecting Limited

PS. If you are too late and miss out this time on this rare opportunity to own a genuine Prussian Blue, do not despair. I will register you in my “wants database” and make sure you get first refusal next time if I am ever lucky enough again to have the ability to offer this wonderful stamp.

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