Overprint Statistics

Overprint Statistics

One of the most interesting aspects of collecting commercial overprints is that new overprint users are being “discovered” on a regular basis, making the cataloguing of overprints an ongoing project.

The statistical information on this page is taken from the latest edition of A Catalogue of the Commercial Overprints of Great Britain by Paul Green, and is reproduced here by kind permission of the author. (Updated 07.01.2018)

Total number of commercial overprints : 8639

Total number of different commercial overprint types : 5082

(Note : SG refers to Stanley Gibbons catalogue numbers.)

QUEEN VICTORIA

Total number of Queen Victoria overprints : 1996

1d Lilac (SG F9) 236 overprints
1d Lilac (SG F19) 690 overprints
1d Venetian Red (SG 166) 6 overprints
1d Lilac (SG 170-174) 1061 overprints
6d Dull Green (SG 194) 2 overprints

KING EDWARD VII

Total number of King Edward VII overprints : 424

1d Scarlet (SG 219) 424 overprints

KING GEORGE V

Total number of King George V overprints : 1656

1d Scarlet (SG 327-333, 336, 337, 341, 342, 345, 349, 350) 158 overprints
1d Carmine Red (SG 357, 358, 360, 419) 329 overprints
2d Orange (SG 336-368, 370, 421) 688 overprints
5d Brown (SG 381, 382, 425) 7 overprints
6d Purple (SG 384, 386, 426) 13 overprints
2d Orange (SG 442) 461 overprints                                                

KING GEORGE VI

Total number of King George VI overprints : 2084

2d Orange (SG 465) 541 overprints
6d Purple (SG 470) 10 overprints
2d Orange (SG 482) 16 overprints
2d Pale Orange (SG 488) 874 overprints
2d Pale Red Brown (SG 506) 643 overprints

QUEEN ELIZABETH II

Total number of Queen Elizabeth II overprints : 2479

2d Red Brown (SG 518, 543) 671 overprints
2d Light Red Brown (SG 564, 573, 590, 605) 1026 overprints
6d Reddish Purple (SG 523, 548, 579, 617) 57 overprints
1/- Bistre Brown (SG 554, 584, 617e) 3 overprints
2d Lake Brown (SG 726-728) 703 overprints
6d Bright Reddish Purple (SG 736) 19 overprints
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