A Short Introduction To The Philately Of Palestine

Easy Sorting Guide to the Palestine Mandate Overprints

Type4 (8K) SG Nos. 16–29 (Jerusalem I)
Type5 (9K) SG Nos. 30–43 (Jerusalem II) Type6 (8K) SG Nos. 44–46 (Narrow Setting) Type6a (8K) SG Nos. 47–59 (Jerusalem III)
Type7 (8K) SG Nos. 60–70 (London I)
 
Type8A (8K) SG Nos. 71–89 (London II)
Plate I
Type8B (8K) SG Nos. 71–89 (London II)
Plate II
Step 1: Differentiation by Overprint
No overprint 010 (15K) SG Nos. 5-15 (Typos)
Arabic only overprint (various types) jord_0144 (13K) Transjordan
SG Nos. 1–88, 98–111, 143–158, D159–170
Mi.Nr. 1–60, 70-80, 104-118, P11-22
Overprint "O.P.D.A" or "Court Fees" or "H.J.Z." or similar rev_R8 (14K) Palestine Fiscals
with other overprintGo to Step 2
Step 2: Differentiation by Typeface
Trilingual overprint "PALESTINE" with serifs (Roman typeface) serif (2K) Go to Step 3
Trilingual overprint "PALESTINE" without serifs (Helvetica or block typeface) sserif (2K) Go to Step 6
Step 3: Differentiation by Length
Length of Arabic first line: 8mm Type4 (8K) SG Nos. 16–29 (Jerusalem I)
Length of Arabic first line: 10mmGo to Step 4
Step 4: Differentiation by Distance
Distance between second (English) and third line (Hebrew): 6mm Type6 (8K) SG Nos. 44–46 (Narrow Setting)
Distance between second (English) and third line (Hebrew): 7mm or moreGo to Step 5
Step 5: Differentiation by Overprint
Inverted commas (dashes) in the third line are slightly elevated in relation to the top line of the other characters Type5 (9K) SG Nos. 30–43 (Jerusalem II)
Inverted commas (dashes) in the third line are hanging straight or step like from the top line Type6a (8K) SG Nos. 47–59 (Jerusalem III)
Step 6: Differentiation by Watermark
Watermark 1
Britain Type W100: "Royal Cypher (simple in column)"
wm_w100 (7K) SG Nos. 60–70 (London I)
Watermark 2
Crown Agents Type W9: "Multiple Crown Script CA"
wm_w9 (9K) SG Nos. 71–89 (London II)
Watermark unclearGo to Step 7 (Colours)
or Step 8 (Perforation)
or Step 9 (Overprint)
Step 7: Differentiation by Colour
2m green,
3m brown,
4m scarlet (red),
1p blue,
10p ultramarine,
20p grey
SG Nos. 60–70 (London I)
2m yellow,
3m blue,
4m pink,
6m green,
7m bown,
8m scarlet (red),
1p grey,
2p ochre,
13m blue,
10p blue,
20p violet
SG Nos. 71–89 (London II)
other values (1m, 5m, 2p, 5p, 9p) Go to Step 8 (Perforation)
or Step 6 (Watermark)
or Step 9 (Overprint)
Step 8: Differentiation by Perforation
Perforation K14 (all values) 14 Teeth
perf_1415 (2K)
15 Teeth
SG Nos. 71–89 (London II)
Perforation K15:14 (values 1m–2p)SG Nos. 60–70 (London I)
Perforation K15:14 (values 5p–20p)Go to Step 7 (Colours)
or Step 9 (Overprint)
Step 9: Differentiation by Overprint
Inverted commas (dashes) in the third line are long and (often) clear
Length of "PALESTINE": 14.0mm
Type7 (8K) SG Nos. 60–70 (London I)
Inverted commas (dashes) in the third line are short and (often) blurred
Length of "PALESTINE": 14.3mm
Type8A (8K) Type8B (8K) SG Nos. 71–89 (London II)

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