June 2013

Issue: 1

Volume: 44

Inside this month’s issue of GSM, John Holman takes a look at the development and introduction of the Queen Elizabeth II 1953 Coronation commemoratives and John Hillson examines a Canadian high-value stamp, which has more to it than meets the eye.


Contents June 2013

Contents to Volume 44, Number 1


Gross US collection achieves $2million in charity auction, new RDPs announced. Plus: A report on the Scottish Congress

Society News

More reports from the nation’s Philatelic Societies.

Diary Dates

Forthcoming fairs and auctions.

Around the Houses

A collection of the latest auction results.

New Collector

John Holman presents another inspiring article for new (and seasoned) collectors.

GB News

Stanley Gibbons’ announces the new 2013 Great Britain Concise Catalogue. Plus: News of Royal Mail’s imminent stock market flotation.

The 1953 Coronation issue

60 years on, John Holman takes a look at the development and introduction of the Queen Elizabeth II 1953 Coronation commemoratives.

James Chalmers: The Real Inventor of the Adhesive Postage Stamp?

Did the Scottish postal reformer precede Rowland Hill with the idea for the postage stamp? Many still think so. Michael Peach looks at the evidence in a debate that has raged for 160 years.

Machin Watch

Are special commemorative inscriptions from travelling Post & Go machines a good thing? John Deering gives his thoughts before diving head-first into the new Freshwater Life issue.

Stamp Variants in Royal Mail Smilers Sheets—an Update. Part 1

In an update to his previous article in 2011, John Gray highlights the differences to be found in Royal Mail’s recent Smilers sheets.

The Paquebot Service in the UK— Sunk Without a Trace

What has happened to Britain’s paquebot service? John Newcomb tries to discover the truth.

GB Specialised Catalogue

The latest supplement to the Great Britain Specialised Catalogue.

China's Local Posts

As Christer Brunstrom reveals, the local post stamps of China’s Treaty Ports offer a fascinating and relatively inexpensive area of study for collectors.

Churches of Scandinavia on Stamps: Part 2

Anthony New concludes his thematic tour of Scandinavia’s religious architecture.

Postal Stationery Matters

Peter van Gelder and his latest round-up of postal stationery finds.

Canadian Column

In the first in a series of ‘shorts’, John Hillson examines a Canadian high-value stamp, which has more to it than meets the eye.

The Diarie of Samuel Creeps

More wise words from an ordinarie collector of stamps.

The Story of the United States Certified Mail Stamp

Peter Martin’s latest state-side article reveals the fascinating story of the first and only Certified Mail stamp to be issued by the United States.


More philatelic publications are read and rated.

Sir Harry Luke Administrator and Philatelist 1908–1940: Part 1

Did Sir Harry Luke exceed his authority as a senior colonial administrator for his own ends? David Horry begins his investigations here.

Basil in St Helena: Part 2

GSM roving reporter, Basil Herwald, discovers that much has changed in recent years for St Helena’s inhabitants, as well as its postal services.

The Falkland Islands Give Lady Thatcher the Stamp of Approval

A special report on the new stamps issued by the Falkland Islands in honour of the late Lady Thatcher.

Stamp Hunting/Competition

Nimrod highlights some important stamps to look out for from Oman plus five 2013 Great Britain Concise Catalogues to be won.

2011–12 Foreign Postal Stationery

Geir Sor-Reime continues his annual survey of postal stationery from around the world.

Shore to Shore

New issues from the Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey


More of the latest new issues get put under the spotlight.

Stamp News in Brief

Your monthly summary of recent and forthcoming issues.

The Unissued Stamps of Queen Elizabeth II/Catalogue Column

The story behind an unissued miniature sheet of St Lucia. Hugh Jefferies presents his latest comments as SG catalogue editor.

Catalogue Supplement

A 14-page update to the Stanley Gibbons Catalogue.