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 1882 SGO3 Official control "R" example

Stock Code: P201005540

GB 1902 SGO83s Official - SPECIMEN type 15

Stock Code: P201002541

GB 1902 SGO84 Official

Stock Code: P201002552

GB 1902 SGO36 Official

Stock Code: P201003175

GB 1882 SGO3 Official control "W" example

Stock Code: P201005587

GB 1882 SGO3 Official control "X" example

Stock Code: P201005584

GB 1882 SGO4s Official "SPECIMEN" type 9

Stock Code: P201005385

GB 1885 SGO5s Official "SPECIMEN" type 9

Stock Code: P201005359

GB 1896 SGO33s Official - SPECIMEN type 16

Stock Code: P201003275

GB 1882 SGO2s Official "SPECIMEN" type 9

Stock Code: P201005353

GB 1882 SGO3 Official control "W" example

Stock Code: P201005586

GB 1882 SGO3 Official control "I" example

Stock Code: P201005544

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 "K" example

Stock Code: P201005545

GB 1882 SGO3 Official control "U" example

Stock Code: P201005547

GB 1882 SGO3as Official "SPECIMEN" type 9

Stock Code: P201005499

GB 1896 SGO44s Official "SPECIMEN" type 9

Stock Code: P201002993

GB 1902 SGO36 Official

Stock Code: P201003176