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Saturday 28th July 11.00am Coins & Banknotes
1.30pm Box lots, World & Australian Collections, Thematics & Literature
Sunday 29th July 10.00pm WA collections, stamps, postmarks & postcards
1.00pm Australia Kangaroo & KGV issues, pre-decimal & decimals, States & Territories incl NWPI, Great Britain & single Country lots
Cannington Exhibition Centre, Cnr Albany Highway & Station St, Cannington

Auctioneers: Rob Mandanici, Sam Mannino, Trevor Lacy & Terry Finlayson


Dear Collector

Welcome to our second auction for 2018 with 2100+ lots to be offered over 2 days with 4 auctioneers calling the action. As always, we are most grateful to our 73 vendors who have contributed an amazing array of material for this auction. We endeavour to provide lots for all budgets and to have a diverse cross section of material catering to as many collecting fields as possible including coins and banknotes. This auction catalogue release coincides with the Perth Stamp & Coin Show which we hope as many of you as possible can attend, if not this year, then one of the two to be held in 2019 (see This event has grown year on year and now brings to Perth 30 International, interstate and local dealers selling a mouth-watering range of stamps, coins and banknotes.

In the meantime, let me introduce to you some of the gems in this sale. Many of you will have already noticed the strong Kangaroo & KGV selection illustrated in colour that boasts not less than 5 KGV Die/Plate proofs (lots 1291-1295) in addition to a very strong NWPI section (lots 1885-1916) including the 1918/23 2½d indigo kangaroo in fifth setting strip of 3 with middle unit having the "1" of "½" omitted". (lot 1912) Imprint blocks in the kangaroos are well represented as too are a wide selection of varieties rarely seen in small single lots. There are also several worthwhile kangaroo & KGV collections in all price categories that are worth careful consideration as there are numerous "good buys" to be had! (lots 482-533)

In fact, with over 450 collections ranging from Aden to Zambia (lots 221-424) there must be something to tempt every collector not to mention some fascinating thematics including Music (lots 659-662) and the beautiful 1935 Silver Jubilee complete in blocks of 4 (lot 669) with the Egypt extracted for its fineness. (see the front cover)

There are also the interesting lots such as the 1911 Stamp Design Competition entry by the Kihn Brothers with a 3d Queen Alexandra composite photographic & hand painted design (lot 1055), a 1974 "DELAYED EN ROUTE - AIRCRAFT HI-JACK" cover (lot 1985), the 1924 Mount Everest Expedition led by General CG Bruce postcard (see the story with lot 2087) & a 1955 3½d Nursing pair on First Day Card & addressed to "Miss V Bullwinkle, Ward 6, R.G. Hospital, Heidelberg West N22", the nurse who survived the WWII atrocity. (lot 1617).

For the WA collector there is a lovely array of picture postcards showing many old and long forgotten scenes of Perth and the suburbs (lots 970-1054) and the same applies to the postmarks with some of these towns now long gone. (lots 877-969) Special mention should be made of the 1854 4d pale blue unused block of 4 with "bleeding swan" variety in top left stamp (lot 735). This purchase would be complimented by the 1954 3½d WA Stamp Centenary die proof in black (lot 1615), one of only 8 or in fact any of the other Australian pre-decimal die proofs including the 1954 3½d Australian Antarctic Research Expeditions, 1955 3½d Rotary in red, 1956 7½d Olympic Games in blue or the 1961 1/- Colombo Plan in red-brown. (lots 1616,1618, 1620 & 1622 respectively) Also included are some wonderful Australian missing colour errors and varieties plus some striking misperfs and imperforates. Again, we have illustrated these where possible, but I always recommend you visit our website to view another 1000+ images at

You will note, we work hard to break down large collections to benefit both the vendor and buyer. The vendor inevitably nets more, and the collector can buy specifically to their requirements rather than having to spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars to obtain just the few items they want. The larger auction houses group these into massive one lot collections to avoid the time-consuming work and focus on high reserve items only, we at Ace are happy to go the extra mile. So, if you are considering auctioning your stamps or coins, remember to contact us for an appraisal. We now have several international vendors and regular Eastern States vendors who are already reaping the benefits of our service.

In closing, thanks must go to John McPhee and Trevor Lacy for their describing skills plus the other "volunteers" on auction days who make a sale of this size possible. We are also fortunate to have access to 5 auctioneers who do an excellent job but the one I must save my biggest praise for is Christine, my wife, the one who works harder now than she ever did before retiring from her "easy" job! Finally, thank you to the vendors who make the sale so varied and YOU, the bidder, for continuing to support us for over 10 years now, THANK YOU.

Ian Boulton