The Silver Jubilee Issue of 1935
The 1935 Silver Jubilee Issue, which commemorated the 25th anniversary of King George V's accession to the throne, was the first to be produced by the CBN. It is a very pretty, well designed set, that offers some nice opportunities for the specialist looking to form a smaller, more focused collection. There are not a lot of paper varieties, or shades, or plate flaws. However, there are a decent number of plate blocks, imperfs, and proofs, as well as OHMS perfins to challenge you. The real challenge though lies in the plate proof cross gutter blocks, of which only two sets are reported to exist, and can set you back over $17,500!
The 1c, 2c and 5c values of this series were printed in sheets of 400, which were guillotined into four post office panes of 100 stamps. The 3c, 10c and 13c were printed in sheets of 200, which were guillotined into four post office sheets of 50 stamps each. The sheets had large gutters, which were guillotined, so that starting with this issue, there are no more straight edged stamps. All stamps should have perforations on all four sides.
One thing that makes this set simpler to collect is that there are no booklets, and no coil stamps.
The issue was released on May 4, 1935.
The Stamp Designs, Issue Quantities
- Deep bright green.
- Deep dull green.
- Deep green.
- Bright rose red.
- Deep rose red.
- Dark rose red.
- Occasionally the cream gum has a streaky appearance, with small spots in which the gum is thinner than on the rest of the stamp.
- Occasionally the gum is a deeper yellowish cream colour with a bit more of a shine.
- 1c deep green: plates 1-2.
- 2c brown: plates 1-2.
- 3c deep rose-red: plates 1-3.
- 5c Prussian blue: plates 1-2.
- 10c deep green: plates 1-2.
- 13c dark blue: plates 1-2.
- The 1c Weeping Princess - which shows a dot below the Princess' right eye. It occurs on position 21 on the upper right pane from plate 1.
- The 13c Shilling Mark - which is a small white upward stroke that appears between and above the 1 and 3 of the left "13". It is caused by a flaw in the die, and occurs on position 78 of the upper right pane of plate 1.
- 25 different essays, being 3-6 items for each denomination of the set. Many of these bear little resemblance to the issued stamps, being either completely different designs, or only selected elements of the completed design.
- 24 different progressive proofs or die proofs. With the exception of the 13c, which has only one such proof, all the other values have between 3 and 6 proofs each.
- 6 different plate proofs, one of each value.
- 14 different trial colour proofs.
- Essays of the vignette either die sunk on card, or photographic.
- Photographic essays of the preliminary design.
- Photographic essays of the completed design.
- Essays of completely different designs.
- Two sets of cross gutter blocks as shown below, from the centre of the sheets. These are the rarest and most expensive items from this issue, being valued in Unitrade at $17,500 per set.
- Vertical or horizontal gutter block sets taken from the remaining rows that were adjacent to the cross gutter blocks.
- Vertical strips of 4 with wide horizontal gutter, taken from the proofs remaining in the columns adjacent to the cross gutter blocks.
- Singles or pairs of the remaining proofs left after removing the 72 proofs that form the inside edges of the four panes. So for the 3c, 10c and 13c values that had 400 proofs, this would leave 328 proofs that could be cut into either singles, horizontal pairs or vertical pairs. For the 1c, 2c and 5c, of which 800 proofs were printed, removing the middle columns and rows should result in the removal of 144 proofs, leaving 656 proofs, which could be similarly cut.
The large size of the stamps in this set makes them ideal for the collection of CDS cancellations. In this regard, the 1c, 2c and 3c values are very inexpensive and can still occasionally be found in large accumulations. The other values are more expensive, and harder to find in bulk, but with patience, a really nice and extensive collection could be formed of cancellations from the smaller post offices in any one, or combination of the 10 provinces.
Both the 1c and 2c values are known precancelled in one single style, which I assume is the three pairs of horizontal parallel lines. However, as I have never seen them personally, I would appreciate clarification on this point from any reader who knows the answer.
This concludes my discussion of this first commemorative issue of the post 1934 CBN era. As with all earlier issues I have written about, you can hopefully see that there is far more to this issue than meets the eye. As I said last week, this is my last post until the second week of December, when I should be all settled into our new house in New Brunswick. Once settled, I will write about one of my favourite sets of this era: the 1935-37 Dated Die Issue.