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Imprimaturs

Before a stamp plate was finally approved for production, one last step was to take an impression from it so that it could be examined in its entirety for any blemishes. After checking, such sheets might be marked 'Approved' or 'Print' and were often retained in the archives of the printer concerned. They might be perforated or imperforate and examples subsequently taken from the sheets are desirable, in part because they show the impressions in their optimum state before any wear had taken place. The term 'Imprimatur' simply means 'let it be printed'.

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GB 1878 SG141var Pl.12 Mint

Stock Code: P10103638

GB 1887 SG168var Pl.2 Mint

Stock Code: P10103677

GB 1855 SG21var Pl.16 Mint

Stock Code: P201014163

GB 1855 SG62var Pl.2 Mint

Stock Code: P10103731X

GB 1883 SG162var Pl.18 Mint Imprimatur.

Stock Code: G1455016