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Saturday 28th March 11.00am Coins & Banknotes 1.30pm Box lots, World & Australian Collections, Thematics & Literature
Sunday 29th March 10.00am Western Australia & Australian & World Airmails
1.00pm Australia Kangaroo & KGV issues, pre-decimal & decimals, States & Territories incl NWPI, Great Britain & single Country lots
Viewing from 8.30am on Saturday & 8.00am Sunday
Cannington Exhibition Centre, Cnr Albany Highway & Station St, Cannington

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


Dear Collector

I have great pleasure in presenting our largest auction catalogue yet with 3000 lots, 87 vendors and pre-sale reserves of nearly $700,000. We are honoured to be able to offer lots from the late Derek Pocock and Joe Crum collections, both very sad losses to the West Australian collecting fraternity, so too was the sudden passing of our dear friend, collector and a regular helper at Ace Stamp Auctions, Rob Cook. He was greatly admired by all who knew him and was incredibly generous with his time and assistance. We are delighted to have his wife Dee still involved in the auction weekends.

As many of you know, this auction was due for last November but following a random brain bleed, I was admitted to Intensive Care for 2 weeks followed by the brain trauma unit. Needless to say, it has been a traumatic journey, but I have been truly blessed with my recovery and this auction catalogue is a testament to this. During this time Christine and I received many messages and calls of support from collectors which meant a great deal to us both. Even more so was the fact that not a single vendor withdrew their lots even with the uncertainty surrounding my illness. This gave me an even greater determination to return to work and have this catalogue out with all those vendors material. Thank you all for your confidence in both us and our business, it was sincerely appreciated. Thanks too to John McPhee and Trevor Lacy for their describing efforts to bring this sale to fruition.

As always, I hope you enjoy the catalogue, especially as there are so many interesting areas with such variety. We have re-introduced the coins and banknotes section with a scarce 1960/65 £5 Coombs & Wilson Star note with first prefix TC10 76431*. It is aUnc & in a PCGS Gold Shield Grading wallet. (lot 79) and a 1862 Sydney Mint QV half gold sovereign in EF condition & also graded by PCGS. (lot 1) The "box lot" section has never been stronger and "bargains" await for those attending. We are proud to present over 740 one-country, Australian and thematic collections. These range from general accumulations with large cross sections of World through to specific countries and themes noting for example the massive Aircraft & Aviation collection in 27 volumes, a true lifetimes collection. (lot 933)

Once again, we have reserved Sunday morning for Western Australian collections, stamps, postcards, postmarks & postal history followed by a wonderful array of Australian Airmail covers with many signed and low quantities flown. No doubt under-priced as we all await the next edition of the Australian Air Mail Catalogue which is due out soon.

Australian Kangaroos & KGV are well represented with numerous useful varieties for the specialist including a new third watermark discovery, 2½d indigo, Die II perfined "OS NSW" with "missing "1" in fraction" variety. It is fine used with clear Sydney cds & a Drury Cert stating, "Believed unique stamp and Australian Philatelic Rarity of the highest order" (lot 1559) In addition there are lovely Monogram examples and high values in superb condition which are becoming increasingly scarce including a third watermark £2 grey-black & crimson with "broken coast in Bight" variety. It is fresh MUH & well centered (lot 1656)

There is a strong and varied decimal section, often overlooked but containing attractive errors and recent exhibition issues including commemorative PNC's. Australian FDC's have been separated (lots 2381-2466), the highlight being the 1923 (7th March) 1½d green single wmk KGV horizontal pair on an unaddressed FDC with Parkville cds's being the official First Day of Issue. (lot 1839) plus one of the 2 recorded 1948 (17th Nov) 10/- Robes on thin paper with bottom selvedge on PMG Dept OHMS Thompson typed address FDC with neat GPO Sydney cds. (lot 2383)

There is an excellent range of both Commonwealth and Foreign single lots including Great Britain with a QV to QEII cross section before our best offering of China. This vendor collected China in MUH blocks of 4 including the now famous 1980 Year of the Monkey (lot 2724). Also included are the 1962 Mei-Lan-fang imperfs & Miniature Sheet (lots 2694/95) We separated out the key sets in lots 2688-2724 while the collections can be found in lots 231-241.

As we begin work on the next auction, please do not hesitate to contact us to assist with the sale of your collection or even an outright sale if you are considering downsizing and wish a prompt settlement. We travel the State and are always buying, so feel free to call and discuss.

I would suggest you leave plenty of time to read and appreciate this catalogue not forgetting we have scanned 1800+ lots on our website at The search facility will assist with those searching for specific material. For those viewing on the auction weekend prior to the 4 sale sections, even though we lay all the lots out, be aware this is our largest sale yet and you may need to prioritise to ensure you view all those lots of interest.

Once again, thank you for your continued support of Ace Stamp Auctions, especially the vendors and of all you, the collectors who have regularly bid with us since our first auction in 2008. Finally, my sincere thanks to my wife Christine, who has been a rock from that very first auction and through the trials and tribulations of late!

Good luck with your bidding & happy collecting in 2020!

Ian Boulton