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NEVIS
1986 60TH BIRTHDAY OF QUEEN ELIZABETH II STAMP ISSUES

Information and Reference of What was Found in the Format Archive and Elsewhere

Varieties and Proofs

Would YOU store YOUR specialized 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II varieties this way?

Example of how the Police Evidence Stock was Stored
Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Omnibus Series Stamps
THE SOUVENIR SHEET
Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Omnibus Series Souvenir Sheet
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Information on this series is changing as more information is being discovered. This page and associated pages will be updated as more information is made available.

UPDATE

Newly discovered reprints have been discovered. Dangerous forgeries of this issue first appearing on the market in 2014 have been discovered! Fake invert errors and imperforate souvenir sheets and the normal issue itself have been counterfeited! View the linked page to define and avoid them.

The Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II ForgeriesView the Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Forgeries Page Here
The 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II stamps issued for Nevis are a beautiful set and very colorful.
The series was quite a production for the Format Security Printers requiring a higher number of color stages to produce the final stamps. Due to this higher number of stages the opportunity for more varieties was inevitable and did occur. Usually stamp production ranged from 7 to 9 color stages. With this series there 11 stages due to the framing of the design.

There is no information on the actual quantities produced of varieties and such but we can pretty much assert that the practices of production for other series including the Leaders of the World Automobiles and Locomotives and the Royal Wedding series should coincide with this series as well. Due to the standard principles involved with production of stamps depicting royalty the practices would be the same for this series.

In my recovery of the Saint Lucia and Tuvalu side of the police evidence stock I also received a portion of the progressive color proofs for the souvenir sheets from all the countries involved in this series. With Saint Lucia a major portion. With the Tuvalu and Islands what remained was very small. I fear now that most has been lost or destroyed very probably by terrible storage conditions.
In the recovery some were found in packets which moisture had penetrated and basically destroyed them all. Some were still wet! As if stored in a cellar! Even moldy!

In the acquisitions of the Bileski estate I got several lots of panes of the missing color varieties, perforation varieties, watermark varieties and gum varieties. These being found in the printers archive. Even some of these were torn, wrinkled and damaged in ways from storage in the archive.
I therefore submit to you that apparently some varieties because of these conditions have now become very limited as to what the collector can obtain and thus have become increasingly of higher value. Try to find certain varieties of these on the market and you will find it nearly impossible to impossible to obtain!

On this page I will try to break down what was produced, estimated quantities and valuation of the material.
I will use 3 sections to do this. First being the single stamp issues, secondly the souvenir sheet and third being the unissued stamps.

Let's get started!

SECTION 1

THE PERFORATED SINGLE STAMP VARIETIES

Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Stamps
I will base the quantities produced on the standards used for other series mainly being the 1986 Royal Wedding Omnibus Series which obviously came out right after this series. Over and over again in the documentation recovered from the trials and directly from the printer the quantities produced for varieties is generally always the same.
Interestingly enough as I stated in the introduction page for this series the progressive color proof Presentation Folders were not allowed to be reprinted due to the reprint agreement excluding this from happening. Therefore in my opinion the progressives were only printed once.

This is an image of the advertisement made in the Urch Harris Commonwealth Stamp Catalog made back in 1987-88 for the 1986 Nevis 60th Birthday Stamps and Souvenir Sheet and varieties.
Urch Harris Ad Showing Nevis 1986 60th Birthday Stamps and Varieties
More varieties have been found since this ad but it gives you an idea of what was available and pricing at the time.

For the normal issue being a popular topic and highly collected the quantities produced for the normal issue was around 75,000 sets. I base this on quantities produced for LOW trains and cars for Nevis.
Noting that some values can still be purchased in full panes of 25 in bulk.

Pricing should run at the stated catalog values.

I have not seen any uncut press sheets of this issue.

NORMAL PERFORATED "SPECIMEN" OVERPRINTED STAMPS

Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Omnibus Series SPECIMEN Stamps
Documentation and evidence show that:
Based on practices of the printer for other series 2,000 sets of specimen overprinted stamps were produced.
These are quite commonly sold on the market thus most of the sets must have been retained.

Pricing should run between $7-10.00 a set.

PERFORATED VARIETIES

The 5c, 75c and $2 values exist both with PVA gum and PVAI gum.
The PVAI gum is the more rare version.
PVA is shiny slightly yellowish in color
PVAI gum is dull whiter and almost looks like there is no gum
Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Omnibus Series Gum Comparison

Pricing for stamps with PVAI gum should be 200% higher than stamps with PVA gum. They are much rarer.

The $8 value exist with watermark (considered inverted).
The normal issue is not watermarked.
Basic printing orders for watermark errors was for 3,000 sets. Apparently the $8 value was the only value that was printed, probably during a reprinting phase, on watermarked paper. It is much rarer than the normal issued stamp.
Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II $8 Watermarked Stamp

Pricing for the watermarked stamp should be 200% higher than the normal issued stamp.

PERFORATION ERRORS

THE IMPERFORATE ON THREE SIDES VARIETY

All the values exist with stamps imperforate on three sides. This differs from the advertisement above.

The 5c Value Imperforate on 3 Sides
Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II 5c Imperforate on 3 Sides Stamp Variety
The 75c Value Imperforate on 3 Sides
Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II 75c Imperforate on 3 Sides Stamp Variety
The $2 Value Imperforate on 3 Sides
Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II $2 Imperforate on 3 Sides Stamp Variety
The $8 Value Imperforate on 3 Sides
Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II $8 Imperforate on 3 Sides Stamp Variety
There is no documentation on the quantity produced for this variety but judging from documentation on other issues I state firstly that the standard practice for the shifted perforation variety is always for 3,000 stamps. The imperforate on three sides variety is an oddity and has not been specified in documents on record.
I believe that the production of this variety followed the same basic printing practice that 3,000 stamps were produced thus 120 panes of 25 stamps. This would produce 600 imperforate on the three sides stamp varieties. Only one row of 5 stamps on each pane were produced with this variety. Because of the positioning of the stamps on the panes these are sold usually in strips of 3 to prove they are imperforate otherwise one could just cut off the perfs to create a false effect.

Pricing should run at $15-20.00 for this variety in the form of strips of 3 or more

THE SHIFTED PERFORATION VARIETY

Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II $8 Shifted Perfs Stamp Variety
So far it seems that the $8 value is the only value that exists with the actual shifted perforation variety. The pane this image was taken from was found in one of the Bileski estate lots which means it was found in the archive. I only found one of them so it is possible it may be unique and the rest of the run was destroyed or lost. None appear to be on the market. If you have new information on this variety please feel free to contact me.

Pricing cannot be calculated at this time because if more of this variety is not found then the pane for the imaged stamps is possibly unique.

That basically sums up the perforated varieties.

THE IMPERFORATE VARIETY

Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Imperforate Stamp Varieties
Standard print orders and practices were for 5,000 imperforate sets. Another 3,000 would be produced for the progressive color proofs.
Please be very careful when purchasing singles as some perforated stamps have been tampered with cutting off the perforations to make them look like imperforates.

Pricing should run at $7-10 a set. Pairs are preferable or stamps with selvage as they are more provable to be authentic imperforates.

PROGRESSIVE COLOR PROOFS

Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Ad for $8 Progressive Color Proof Set
At present it appears only the $8 value was saved. Standard practice was to print 3,000 sets of the progressives.
The $8 value is available in several locations on the market. Over priced in some cases.
There does not appear to be any presentation folders for this set from Nevis.

Pricing should run at $15-25 a set due to the obvious fact that most were saved.

SECTION 2

THE SOUVENIR SHEET

Following is the rundown of what was saved in regards to the souvenir sheet.

THE PERFORATED SOUVENIR SHEET
Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Souvenir Sheet
Documentation and evidence shows that:
At present at least 5,000 copies of this issue were produced. Possibly more.
This is based on the following evidence found in the St. Lucia holding.

1.) 3,000 copies have been found in the police evidence.

2.)These are for sale by numerous internet sellers and stamp dealers.

3.)One dealer of Format Material (mentioning no names) is selling bulk lots of 5 seeming to have many copies. This is a popular series collected by many collectors and thematic collectors thus demand is higher.

Because of these factors pricing for this souvenir sheet should run at average Scott listed pricing of $5-7.00.

THE IMPERFORATE SOUVENIR SHEET
Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Omnibus Series Imperforate Souvenir Sheet
Documentation and evidence shows that:
At present based on practices of the printer at the time 2,000 imperforate souvenir sheets were made.
Another 1,500 were produced with the progressive color proofs. I have acquired only around 200 via the police evidence. These are available on the market at various locations.

In accordance pricing should be around $10-15.00 each.

THE PERFORATED AND IMPERFORATE SOUVENIR SHEET WITH SPECIMEN OVERPRINT
Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Omnibus Series Imperforate SPECIMEN Overprinted Souvenir Sheet
Documentation and evidence show that:
At present based on practices of the printer at the time 1,000 of each were made.
I have acquired around 25 imperforate SPECIMEN overprinted souvenir sheets via the police evidence.
The imperforate variety is available on the market at various locations.

HERE IS SOME NEWS!

In the final sale of the archive in 1995, one lot was described for Nevis having 10 Souvenir Sheets overprinted SPECIMEN.
In my purchases of the Bileski estate lots I found 8 souvenir sheets taken from the bottom right corner of uncut press sheets. They all appear to have been almost torn rather than cut from the sheets and were stored in the archive.
I do believe that these were the described souvenir sheets in lot 138 of the final sale. What is interesting is that I believe Robson Lowe made an error in the description. The whereabouts of two of them is unknown. What I found were 6 souvenir sheets overprinted SPECIMEN and 2 that were not! And guess what?

BOTH OF THEM ARE MISSING THE GRAYISH BACKGROUND COLOR!

More on those two later. Here is an image of one of the perforated SPECIMEN overprinted souvenir sheets found in the archive.
Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Omnibus Series Perforated SPECIMEN Overprinted Souvenir Sheet Found in the Archive
UPDATE!
Perforated Specimen Overprinted Souvenir Sheet in Wesminster Collection
Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Omnibus Series Perforated SPECIMEN Overprinted Souvenir Sheet in Wesminster Collection
Recently (2016) a fellow collector notified me of having all the perforated SPECIMEN overprinted sets in a Westminster specialized collection. In a recent search on eBay I found a recent previous sold lot of this issue with the souvenir sheet with SPECIMEN overprints showing us that they exist. Possibly being broken from the same such collections. The numbers that exist are still unknown. A possible pack of them could still be out there unopened. The packs contain 500 copies and with these there were two packs that would be ordered.
At this time rarity is equal to imperforates at least. Because of demand at present though pricing for either is around $3-5.00.

In accordance pricing should be around $10-15.00 each for either version.

THE PROGRESSIVE COLOR PROOFS OF THE SOUVENIR SHEET
Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Omnibus Series Progressive Color Proofs of the Souvenir Sheet
Documentation and evidence show that:
At present based on practices of the printer at the time 1,500 progressive color proof sets of the souvenir sheets were made.
I have acquired only around 450 sets of the above imaged via the police evidence. It is probable the rest are lost forever. I could only find about 200 of the finals. I can find no sets of these available anywhere on the internet.

Pricing should be around $75-100.00 for each set unless more are recovered which is now doubtful.

A note on the above progressives:
You may have noticed there are two all colors proofs on many sets. This is because the full progressive color proof set has 9 stages. The eighth stage is the black addition. This particular set contains the 8th stage of which I found one partial pack. Many progressive color proof sets from many different issues have been and are being sold without this stage present thus they are not complete sets.
I have also noticed that the final color progressives for other country souvenir sheets are sometimes being sold as an error as it does not have the inscriptions. This is not correct. It would only be an error if it was perforated.

At this time there is no evidence that any errors were made for this particular souvenir sheet.
Nothing listed and nothing available on the market

BUT HERE IS SOME MORE NEWS!

As I explained earlier two souvenir sheets found in the archive were not overprinted SPECIMEN. So why were they there?
When I first looked at them some time ago I did not give them much thought just assuming they were normal souvenir sheets taken from uncut press sheets. On looking at them now I had to slap myself in the head! One was so obvious! The printer wrote on it "Without Gray"!
So I must indeed state that an "error" does exist for this souvenir sheet. At least two sheets exist with the gray background color missing.
Here is an image of the one with the printers note.
Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Omnibus Series Souvenir Sheet with Missing Grayish Background Color Error Found in the Archive

Pricing cannot be calculated for this rarity.

This basically sums up the stamp varieties for the Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II souvenir sheet. As new information and evidence is found it will be added to this page.

SECTION 3

THE UNISSUED SOUVENIR SHEETS

THE PERFORATED SOUVENIR SHEETS
Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Omnibus Series Unissued Souvenir Sheet Set
This is a rather interesting variety because again there is no fully documented information on them. Back in 1990's Kasimir Bileski purchased the unissued sections of the archive being sold by Christie's/Robson Lowe. At that time the above images mini souvenir sheets were found in the archive. Robson Lowe wrote in the inventory list that 250 of each value were found. Here is an image of that section.
Robson Lowe Archive Inventory Listing of the 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Omnibus Series Unissued Souvenir Sheets
I have a theory developed by the printing practices at the time. At that time the restricted printing of the 1985 Queen Mother's 85th Birthday souvenir sheets was also in process. The restricted printing was estimated by Robson Lowe to be between 500-2,000 souvenir sheets printed. I personally would go with 5,000 printed because of the availability on the market today. Several dealers selling them in bulk lots of 5 and such.
Therefore my theory is that the same holds true for the unissued 60th Birthday souvenir sheets as well! These same dealers are selling them in the same way and they are available in numerous locations all over the internet.

Pricing should therefore be around $10-15.00 for a set of the Nevis version.

Now I come to the fascinating part on these.
Try to find these as imperforates, as specimen overprint, with errors, as progressive color proofs. You won't find them.
But guess what!?! There does exist a couple varieties!
In the Robson Lowe inventory list was a section describing both the 60th Birthday and 85th birthday unissued souvenir sheets on composite uncut press sheets! Here imaged is the page on them.
Robson Lowe Archive Inventory Listing of the 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Omnibus Series Unissued Souvenir Sheets Composite Press Sheets
At the time this was written Robson Lowe did make errors on what he deemed were unissued values. There were a couple for other countries though! Those will be defined on their own specialized pages.
In my recovery of the Bileski estate items, I was able to recover a major portion of the souvenir sheets that made up these two composite press sheets!
You see, Mr. Bileski cut them all into his favorite format. Souvenir sheet PAIRS. Therefore the uncut press sheets (at least to my knowledge) no longer exist.
Now I present to you the only images in the world of the rebuilt composite press sheets which in all probability will never be reassembled again!

First Composite Press Sheet Described by Robson Lowe
First Rebuilt Composite Sheet Described in Robson Lowe's Archive Inventory Listing of the 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Omnibus Series Unissued Souvenir Sheets Composite Press Sheets
Second Composite Press Sheet Described by Robson Lowe
Second Rebuilt Composite Sheet Described in Robson Lowe's Archive Inventory Listing of the 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Omnibus Series Unissued Souvenir Sheets Composite Press Sheets
Interesting yes?
Therefore there are a few varieties that are in the status of extremely rare to unique. Unique because Mr. Bileski cut the souvenir sheet pairs in several different ways when he cut up the sheets. Unique in the sense that the composite press sheets themselves differed in that some had certain souvenir sheets imperforate whereas on others they were not. At this point I am calculating 5 or 6 of the first imaged sheets had the imperforates. The second imaged sheet had no imperforates.

Combinations are different and I do not have them all. Perhaps you have one. Please email me information and images if you like!
Below are images of the combinations I have for the Nevis 60th Birthday.

The $2 Nevis 60th Birthday paired with the 50c British Virgin Islands 85th Birthday
The $2 Nevis 60th Birthday paired with the 50c British Virgin Islands 85th Birthday from Composite Press Sheet
The 75c Nevis 60th Birthday paired with the 12c British Virgin Islands 60th Birthday
The 75c Nevis 60th Birthday paired with the 12c British Virgin Islands 60th Birthday from Composite Press Sheet
The 5c Nevis 60th Birthday paired with the 75c Nevis 85th Birthday
The 5c Nevis 60th Birthday paired with the 75c Nevis 85th Birthday from Composite Press Sheet
The $8 Nevis 60th Birthday paired with the $6 Montserrat 60th Birthday
The $8 Nevis 60th Birthday paired with the $6 Montserrat 60th Birthday from Composite Press Sheet
The $8 Nevis 60th Birthday Upper Left Corner single shows how Different Combinations and Variations were cut from the Composite sheets
The $8 Nevis 60th Birthday Upper Left Corner single from Composite Press Sheet
The $8 Nevis 60th Birthday paired with the $6 Saint Lucia 60th Birthday
The $8 Nevis 60th Birthday paired with the $6 Saint Lucia 60th Birthday from Composite Press Sheet
All of these combinations are extremely rare. From 1 to 3 are all that exist for most! Below I image a diagram showing why this is so. Diagram of the Second Composite Press Sheet of the 1986 60th Birthday Unissued Souvenir Sheets Described by Robson Lowe
I got a major portion of the second sheet which Robson Lowe stated there were 5 of. You can see from the diagram how the combinations varied. Therefore any of them (even the singles) are of extreme rarity.

Mr. Bileski's pricing would be around several hundred dollars each.
Pricing should be around $50-75.00 for a pair and $50.00 for a single. The imperforates are worth $2-400.00 for singles and $3-500.00 for pairs depending on the combination.

This basically sums up the stamp varieties for the Nevis 1986 60th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II Omnibus series. As new information and evidence is found it will be added to this page.

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