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.

Total number of commercial overprints : 8501

Total number of different commercial overprint types : 4999

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

QUEEN VICTORIA

Total number of Queen Victoria overprints : 1923

1d Lilac (SG F9) 221 overprints
1d Lilac (SG F19) 655 overprints
1d Venetian Red (SG 166) 6 overprints
1d Lilac (SG 170-174) 1039 overprints
6d Dull Green (SG 194) 2 overprints

KING EDWARD VII

Total number of King Edward VII overprints : 414

1d Scarlet (SG 219) 414 overprints

KING GEORGE V

Total number of King George V overprints : 1623

1d Scarlet (SG 327-333, 336, 337, 341, 342, 345, 349, 350) 153 overprints
1d Carmine Red (SG 357, 358, 360, 419) 321 overprints
2d Orange (SG 336-368, 370, 421) 679 overprints
5d Brown (SG 381, 382, 425) 7 overprints
6d Purple (SG 384, 386, 426) 13 overprints
2d Orange (SG 442) 450 overprints                                                

KING GEORGE VI

Total number of King George VI overprints : 2072

2d Orange (SG 465) 536 overprints
6d Purple (SG 470) 10 overprints
2d Orange (SG 482) 16 overprints
2d Pale Orange (SG 488) 871 overprints
2d Pale Red Brown (SG 506) 639 overprints

QUEEN ELIZABETH II

Total number of Queen Elizabeth II overprints : 2474

2d Red Brown (SG 518, 543) 671 overprints
2d Light Red Brown (SG 564, 573, 590, 605) 1022 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) 702 overprints

 

6d Bright Reddish Purple (SG 736) 19 overprints
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