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Rhodesia - First George V Stamps

3sh Queen Mary & King George V single

The 3-shilling Queen Mary & King George V stamp was issued in 1910.

1-pound Queen Mary & King George V single

The 1-pound Queen Mary & King George V stamp was issued in 1910.

All but the ½-penny, 1-penny and 2½-penny stamps were printed in different bi-color combinations, so an array of all 18 denominations makes a spectacular display. In fact, the basic set had more values than its counterpart in Britain, and included some denominations, such as 3-shilling and 7-shilling-6-penny, which never appeared in any British series.

The 'Double Heads' were replaced in September 1913, after less than three years in use, by small-format stamps portraying the King alone, in the peaked cap of the Admiral of the Fleet. However, the ‘Double Heads’ are regarded to this day as being among the greatest classics of British Commonwealth stamps of the 20th century.