STAMP PHILATELY
United Kingdom £10 Britannia Presentation Pack
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Country
United Kingdom
Type
Stamp (Single)
Class
Definitive / Regular Issues
Front Inscription
ten pounds £10
Face Value
10 Pound Sterling
Issued Date
02/03/1993
Designer
Roundel Design Group
Printer
The House of Questa, United Kingdom
Gum
Gum
Dimension
60 × 41 mm
Perforation Gauge
15
Perforation Type
Normal Perforations
IN COLLECTION CONDITION
Preliminary
Normal
Condition
Mint Never Hinged - Superb
CATALOG INFORMATION
SG1658
Gibbons Stamp Catalogue Commonwealth & British Empire Stamps (1840-1952)
United Kingdom £10 Britannia Presentation Pack
In the autumn of 1990, Royal Mail embarked on a programme to increase the security of British stamps. This high value stamp include some of these security features.

Illustrator: Barry Craddock
Number per sheet: 25
Gum: PVA Dextrin

In 1993, Royal Mail issued its one and only £10 definitive - a magnificent, large size stamp featuring Britannia.

The paper contains fluorescent coloured fibres which, together with the ink used on the shield, react under UV light. Under a UV lamp the shield and fibres fluoresce yellow. On some printings the words 'TEN POUNDS', printed twice in bright green near the large '£10' value, also fluoresce yellow under the lamp.

Using naked eyes, pinkish-red fibres can be seen quite clearly, around the white background area around The Queen's portrait

Granite Paper

A colloquial term for paper having coloured cotton, linen, jute or wood fibres embodied within it (in appearance like the 'veins' in granite), the fibres being introduced in the pulp stage of manufacture. It was used for the early stamps of Austria, Switzerland and other Europeans countries, but has also been used for many photogravure stamps of Switzerland and Taiwan in more recent years. A paper of similar character, known as silk paper, was used for US revenue stamps.

Occasionally granite paper is referred to as 'silurian paper', mostly when it contains blue fibres and the paper is bluish-grey colour. The fibres in granite paper are usually clearly seen on reverse of the stamp, mostly curved and measuing 1-3 mm in length.

Reference:
Gibbons Stamps Monthly September 2013
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