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 1903 SGO105 Official

Stock Code: P201002346

GB 1903 SGO104 Official

Stock Code: P201002337

GB 1902 SGO82s Official - SPECIMEN type 15

Stock Code: P201002510

GB 1903 SGO106 Official

Stock Code: P201002347

GB 1896 SGO33 Official - X Control (inverted)

Stock Code: P201002922

GB 1885 SGO7 Official fine used block of four

Stock Code: P201005498

GB 1903 SGO103 Official

Stock Code: P201002326

GB 1902 SGO38 Official

Stock Code: P201003225

GB 1904 SGO109 Official

Stock Code: P201002329

GB 1890 SGO9s Official “SPECIMEN“ type 11

Stock Code: P201005821

GB 1902 SGO81 Official

Stock Code: P201002522

GB 1885 SGO7s Official "SPECIMEN" type 9

Stock Code: P201005495

GB 1885 SGO7s Official "SPECIMEN" type 9

Stock Code: P201005496

GB 1902 SGO85s Official - SPECIMEN type 15

Stock Code: P201002540

GB 1902 SGO84 Official

Stock Code: P201002474

GB 1902 SGO83 Official

Stock Code: P201002467

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

Stock Code: P201005730

GB 1904 SGO111 Official

Stock Code: P201002433

GB 1903 Official

Stock Code: P201002414

GB 1885 SGO7s Official "SPECIMEN" type 9

Stock Code: P201005497

GB 1901 SGO18 Official M/M example

Stock Code: P201005617

GB 1903 SGO105s Official - Specimen type 16

Stock Code: P201002338

GB 1885 SGO6 Official Unused example (FA)

Stock Code: P201005378

GB 1882 SGO3 Official control "X" example

Stock Code: P201005924

GB 1903 SGO104s Official - Specimen type 16

Stock Code: P201002276

GB 1902 SGO84 Official - on cover to Leeds

Stock Code: P201002574

GB 1882 SGO4 Official used block of four

Stock Code: P201005386

GB 1902 SGO20s Official "SPECIMEN" type 15

Stock Code: P201005744

GB 1888 SGO13 Official "P" Control strip

Stock Code: P201005474

GB 1903 SGO106 Official

Stock Code: P201002348

GB 1903 SGO101s Official - Specimen type 16

Stock Code: P201002269

GB 1888 SGO13 Official "Q" Control block

Stock Code: P201005475

GB 1882 SGO3 Official control "R" example

Stock Code: P201005540