Sunday, December 05, 2010

Retired Milkman Spots Missing Queen

A retired New Zealand man has unearthed a potentially rare and lucrative stamp according to an article that appears on the Wairarapa-Times-Age website.

Reporter Seamus Boyer pens, "Former milkman Colin Henwood said he had been collecting stamps for 'donkeys years', and had thousands of them stored in old margarine containers at his home."

While sorting through his accumulation, Colin came across an rather ordinary New Zealand stamp..except for the fact it was missing the picture of Queen Elizabeth as shown in the picture above!

David Smitham, from Otaki philatelist company JR Mowbray, is quoted as saying he was circumspect about the find, saying the stamp was "interesting", but that he was "not prepared to say it was genuine".  He said stamps were sometimes exposed to sunlight or chemicals to change their appearance.

Colin said he had no idea of any potential value of the stamp, but was not interested in selling it or any others he had.

"No, most of them I just give away."

Colin said he started collecting stamps while working as a milkman after asking his customers along his route to save him any stamps they might not want.

It should be noted that Colin also collects golfballs, clocks and Jaguar cars.

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM