Dealer in fine Great Britain Postage Stamps

This list comprises two sections: COIL LEADERS, followed by COIL STRIPS & JOINS.

Q.E. II Wilding Coil Leaders

CLICK HERE to see notes on Coils, Leaders & Ends, including explanation of column headings & abbreviations. These notes can be found at the foot of this page.

Q.E. II Wilding Coil Strips & Joins

All strips are u.m., good perforations, unless otherwise stated. Commoner issues may be available in longer strips than listed at pro-rata prices. All listed strips can be supplied in shorter strips, priced pro-rata.
For COIL SINGLES - see 'Specialised List'.
For COIL LEADERS see list immediately following this section.
H.C. or H.COIL = Horizontal Coil
V.C. or V.COIL = Vertical Coil

'PERFORATION RE-ALIGNMENT': Perforation of coil stamps printed on the continuous web often results in perforation drift into or close to the stamp design which, when cut into strips, leaves the stamps with poor perforations or poorly centred& to avoid this the web and the perforator are re-aligned, showing an obvious change in the quality of perforations between stamps.

Explanatory Notes:

Coil leaders are the printed paper strips used to bind coil rolls. Codes (e.g. (W)960, (H)480, (Y)1920 etc.) identify the coil type and number of stamps in the original roll.

Coil Ends are unprinted paper strips attached to the inner end of a coil to form, or attached to, the core of the roll.

Stamps attached to Leaders or Ends may be mounted or trimmed, but these are not regarded as faults as the Leader or End is the prime consideration in these items.

The price of Leaders and Ends will reflect the quality and number of stamps attached, and the general condition of the leader.

By their nature and the necessity to remove them from the coils, leaders or coil ends have cut or torn ends, and may bear slight damage caused when the original coil was broken by the Post Office.

Some coil leaders are continuous (i.e. the leader is in a continuous strip from the stamp attachment to the point at which the coil was originally sealed by wax - which is beyond the imprint; a non-continuous leader is one in which the leader has been cut somewhere between the stamp attachment and the point of seal, such that some part of the imprint may become detached.

Non-continuous leaders are perfectly collectable, particularly when the two portions remain held together by the adhesive used in closing the original roll, though they are priced more cheaply than the more desirable continuous leaders.

'S.G. Spec.' notations indicate the stamp issue concerned and are taken from the current (10th.) edition of the Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Specialised Stamp Catalogue, Volume 3 (Queen Elizabeth II Pre-decimal Issues).

The coil 'Delivery' refers to the direction of delivery from the coil machine: 'Vertical' delivery coils may be top or bottom delivery (most being bottom - which is to say the bottom of the stamp appears first), and the stamps have upright watermark& 'Horizontal' delivery coils deliver the stamps sideways on, the stamps having upright watermarks (as these coils are made up from sheet issues by the use of coil joins)& 'Sideways' delivery coils also deliver the stamps sideways on, but on these the watermark is sideways (crown to left) and are printed on continuous rolls.

Under the 'Description' heading, a single colour stated indicates the colour of the paper used for the leader & a double colour stated indicates the colour of the printing of the imprint followed by the colour of the paper used &'gum' or 'no gum' indicates whether the leader itself is gummed on the reverse side & 'wmk' or 'no wmk.' indicates whether the leader paper carries the printers' watermark of 'Harrison' in italics & 'perf.' or 'imperf.' relates to the presence or not of perforations along the long edges of the leader paper (stamps being perforated).


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