April 2013

Issue: 11

Volume: 43

Included in this month’s GSM, we track down some unique postal history items from Sir Ernest H Shackleton’s final Antarctic expedition and Steve Pendleton reveals the fate and the philately of a doomed Swedish Antarctic expedition

Contents April 2013

Contents to Volume 43, Number 11


Fraud and the £5 orange, new Vacant See stamps from the Vatican, plus all the news from Spring Stampex

Society News

Reports from philatelic societies

Diary Dates

Forthcoming fairs and auctions

Around the Houses

A round-up of the latest auction news from the UK and abroad.

New Collector

John Holman brings us another inspiring article for new and seasoned collectors

GB News

Royal Mail celebrates ten more eminent British names from the realms of sport, journalism, archaeology, politics and the arts

Jeffery Matthews: 50 Years of Design for Royal Mail

Paul Brittain discusses the Jeffery Matthews designs that went above and beyond stamps

Three Halfpenny Postage in Victorian Britain

The 1½d. rate during the penny post era was reserved for specific postal services; Michael Peach explains its various uses

Machin Watch

John Deering’s report on the latest Machin make-overs has him seeing red, and plenty of it

GB Specialised Catalogue

The latest supplement to the Great Britain Specialised Catalogue

The Road to Gold

Discover what went on behind the scenes at Royal Mail during the planning the Olympic and Paralympic Games Gold Medal Winners stamps

Extinct Birds on Stamps

P J Lanspeary selects some of the many extinct birds that have been shown on stamps

Coming to the Point

The switch to Decimal Currency by the former British Colonies

40th Anniversary of the Conseil De L'Entente

Nicholas Pertwee presents the first of a two-part study of commemorative issue and it subsequent surcharges

The Shackleton-Rowett Expedition, 1921-1922

Discover some of the unique postal history items from Sir Ernest H Shackleton’s final Antarctic expedition

Rescued: The Nordenskjold Expedition

Steve Pendleton reveals the fate and the philately of the doomed Swedish Antarctic expedition

Gold Coast Postmarks

The postmarks of the Gold Coast within the King George VI period, 1937-1954

A Remarkable Dane

Rob Holley reveals the story of one of the great colonial leaders, a remarkable Dane called Anker Rentse

Nimrod and the GSM Competition

Nimrod highlights some important stamps from Pahang, plus your chance to win a £50 SG voucher

2012 Foreign Booklets

Geir Sor-Reime continues his annual survey with the foreign booklet issues of 2012

Dear GSM

More readers have their say, courtesy of the GSM postbag


More philatelic publications are read and rated

Churches of Scandinavia on Stamps: Part 1

Anthony New begins his two-part thematic tour of the churches of Scandinavia

The Diarie of Samuel Creeps

More wise words from an ordinarie collector of stamps

Stamp News in Brief

A summary of recent and forthcoming issues from around the world

Shore to Shore

Island Hopper reports on stamps from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man


Dean Shepherd investigates the history behind some recent new issues

Unissued QEII/Catalogue Column

The story behind an unissued stamp of New Zealand. Plus, Hugh Jefferies’ latest comments as SG catalogue editor.

Catalogue Supplement

A 15-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue

GB Collectors' Guide

Your FREE GB supplement