The Michael Astley Collection of Great Britain Officials

This collection has become the definitive study of the great rarities of Great Britain Officials, an area of collecting that has been plagued with forgeries for decades. 

Astley's mission to form the basis of certification for these stamps began in the 1950s when he attended some of the country's major philatelic auctions. The turning point in his study came when Astley privately acquired reference blocks from the De La Rue archive, which helped him note the position of the overprints, watermarks and other identifying features.

It was the analysis of these electrotypes that helped him certify genuine examples for the very first time. As a result, Michael Astley was considered the definitive voice in the authentication of Great Britain Officials, with The Royal Philatelic Society London (RPS) and British Philatelic Association (BPS) citing him as a reference. 

Here we present a collection much more significant than a collection of one-of-each, but an assembly of genuine examples.

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GB 1885 Official I.R. Official (Type L1)

Stock Code: P201005300

GB 1897 Official I.R. Official (Type L1)

Stock Code: P201005301

GB 1882 SGO2s Official "SPECIMEN" type 9

Stock Code: P201005353

GB 1882 SGO3ca Official imperforate example

Stock Code: P201005307

GB 1882 SGO3var Official overprint essay

Stock Code: P201005312

GB 1882 SGO3 Official control "X" example

Stock Code: P201005924

GB 1882 SGO3 Official control "R" example

Stock Code: P201005540

GB 1882 SGO3 Official control "W" example

Stock Code: P201005587

GB 1882 SGO3 Official control "X" example

Stock Code: P201005542

GB 1882 SGO3 Official control "X" example

Stock Code: P201005584

GB 1882 SGO3 Official control "W" example

Stock Code: P201005586

GB 1882 SGO3as Official "SPECIMEN" type 9

Stock Code: P201005499

GB 1882 SGO3 Official control "I" example

Stock Code: P201005544

GB 1882 SGO3 Official control "K" example

Stock Code: P201005545

GB 1882 SGO3 Official control "P" example

Stock Code: P201005565

GB 1882 SGO3 Official control "Q" example

Stock Code: P201005568

GB 1882 SGO3 Official control "U" example

Stock Code: P201005547

GB 1882 SGO4s Official "SPECIMEN" type 9

Stock Code: P201005385

GB 1882 SGO4 Official used block of four

Stock Code: P201005386

GB 1885 SGO5s Official "SPECIMEN" type 9

Stock Code: P201005359

GB 1885 SGO6 Official Unused example (FA)

Stock Code: P201005378

GB 1885 SGO7 Official Unused example (SE)

Stock Code: P201005491

GB 1885 SGO7s Official "SPECIMEN" type 9

Stock Code: P201005495

GB 1885 SGO7s Official "SPECIMEN" type 9

Stock Code: P201005496

GB 1885 SGO7s Official "SPECIMEN" type 9

Stock Code: P201005497

GB 1885 SGO7 Official fine used block of four

Stock Code: P201005498

GB 1890 SGO9s Official “SPECIMEN“ type 11

Stock Code: P201005821

GB 1885 SGO9ds Official “SPECIMEN“ type 11

Stock Code: P201005904

GB 1885 SGO11s Official "SPECIMEN" type 11

Stock Code: P201005920

GB 1890 SGO12 Official Unused o.g. (HB)

Stock Code: P201005923

GB 1890 SGO12s Official "SPECIMEN" type 11

Stock Code: P201005922

GB 1890 SGO12var Official "CANCELLED" type 14

Stock Code: P201005921

GB 1888 SGO13 Official "P" Control strip

Stock Code: P201005474

GB 1888 SGO13 Official "Q" Control block

Stock Code: P201005475

GB 1892 SGO14 Official VFU block of four

Stock Code: P201005598

GB 1889 SGO15 Official M/M o.g. example

Stock Code: P201005730

GB 1901 SGO17s Official "SPECIMEN" type 15

Stock Code: P201005485

GB 1901 SGO18 Official M/M example

Stock Code: P201005617

GB 1901 SGO18 Official U/M example

Stock Code: P201005619

GB 1901 SGO18 Official U/M example

Stock Code: P201005620

GB 1901 SGO19 Official M/M o.g. example

Stock Code: P201005733

GB 1902 SGO20s Official "SPECIMEN" type 15

Stock Code: P201005744

GB 1902 SGO21 Official O.H.M.S. cover

Stock Code: P201005926

GB 1902 SGO21 Official O.H.M.S. cover

Stock Code: P201005927

GB 1904 SGO23s Official "SPECIMEN" type 16

Stock Code: P201005764

GB 1902 SGO24 Official Unused o.g. example

Stock Code: P201005762

GB 1902 SGO26 Official Unused o.g. example

Stock Code: P201005786

GB 1902 SGO26s Official "SPECIMEN" type 16

Stock Code: P201005790

GB 1902 SGO27s Official "SPECIMEN" type 16

Stock Code: P201005794

GB 1896 SGO33 Official - X Control (inverted)

Stock Code: P201002922