40. Hong Kong Machins

A Note Prior to the Real Detail.

Anyone collecting the stamps of the colony should invest in a copy of the definitive catalogue for the stamps of Hong Kong which is "Yang's Postage Stamp & Postal History Catalogue of Hong Kong". This is the "local" catalogue, is easier to follow than the Stanley Gibbons equivalent and I denote Yang Catalogue numbers where applicable as well as SG for this reason. A copy of this can usually be picked up on eBay quite cheaply and if you are not too concerned with an up to date valuation - which is in HK$ anyway - purchasing any year from 1998 onwards will always give you all the information you need on the stamps whilst it was a British Colony.

A Brief History of the Hong Kong QEII Definitive

The first Queen Elizabeth II defintives were issued on 5 January 1954 and the designs were changed five times before 1997 viz. 1962, 1973, 1982, 1987 and 1992.

The 1954 Wilding issue bears the Script CA watermark and a new watermarked paper bearing Crown Block CA was introduced by the Crown Agents for the 1962 Annigoni issue. A new watermark Crown Spiral CA appeared on the 1975 re-print of the Machin issue of 1973. The Multiple Crown CA watermark was used on the issue of 1982, and subsequently reprinted in 1985 with no watermark. No watermark paper was used for all subsequent definitives after 1985 (with one exception in 1994 - see below).

In 1987 the so called "Skyline Definitives" first appeared. There are several varieties of this issue as they were subsequently re-printed every year through to 1991 with marked differences to each. The identification of these are explained in a later section.

The primary interest of this site is the Machin Definitive issue distributed between 1992 and 1996.

On 26 February 1997, the first set of definitive stamps bearing just the inscriptions HONG KONG, the so-called "Neutral Definitives" without the Queens Head were issued prior to returning of sovereignty to China on 1 July 1997.

1992 - 1996 The 'Machin' Definitive

First issued on June 16th 1992 with a design based on the Arnold Machin bust also used on Great Britain definitives of the same period.

These were issued in two distinct issues in 1992 and 1996. The 1996 issues vary from the originals both by printing method and by the addition of Phosphor Bands. Both sets were printed by Enschedé with perfs of 14 x 14.75 with the exception of some of the booklet stamps which were perforated at 14 x 14.
Other booklet stamps were perforated at 14 x 14.75 but printed by Leigh-Mardon Ltd with a 'Multiple Crown CA Diagonal' watermark.

The 'Machin' Definitives were issued in Sheet, Coil, Booklet and Mini-sheet format.
The SG range is 702-717 (Photo) and 757-765 (Lithography), the equivalent Yang Catalogue numbers are 404-444.

So we already have a number of varieties to study.

1992 - 1996 The Machin Definitive - Detailed Listing

VALUE

1992-1996
Example Photo Source Litho 1B Source Litho 2B Source WaterMk Source

10c

10c 16.06.92

Y404

SG702

Sheet

Coil

24.04.96

Y428

SG702ap

Sheet 12.01.94

SG760

Booklet
SB33

20c

20c 01.11.93

Y420

SG702b

Sheet 24.04.96

Y429

SG702bbp

Sheet

50c

50c 16.06.92

Y405

SG703

Sheet

Coil

24.04.96

Y430

SG703p

Sheet

60c

60c 16.06.92

Y406

SG704

Sheet

70c

70c 16.06.92

Y407

SG705

Sheet

80c

80c 16.06.92

Y408

SG706

Sheet

Coil

90c

90c 16.06.92

Y409

SG707

Sheet

Coil

$1.00

100c 16.06.92

Y410

SG708

14.12.1993

SG757a

Sheet

Coil

Booklet
SB30

24.04.96

Y431

SG708ap

Sheet 12.01.94

SG761

Booklet
SB33

$1.10

110c 01.06.95

Y424

SG708b

Sheet 24.04.96

Y432

SG708bbp

Sheet

$1.20

120c 01.06.95

Y411

SG709

SG757ba

Sheet

Coil

Booklet
SB36

24.04.96

Y433

SG709ap

Sheet

$1.30

130c 01.11.93

Y421

SG709b

Sheet 24.04.96

Y434

SG709bbp

02.09.1996

SG757ca

SG757db

Sheet

Coil

Booklet
SB40
SB46

$1.40

140c 02.09.96

Y441

SG709c

Sheet

$1.50

150c 01.06.95

Y425

SG709d

Sheet

Coil

24.04.96

Y435

SG709dp

Sheet

$1.60

160c 02.09.96

Y442

SG709e

SG757db

Sheet

Coil

Booklet
SB46

$1.70

170c 16.06.92

Y412

SG710

Sheet 12.01.94

SG762

Booklet
SB33

$1.80

180c 16.06.92

Y413

SG711

Sheet

Coil

12.01.94

SG763

Booklet
SB33

$1.90

190c 01.11.93

Y422

SG711a

14.12.1993

SG758a

Sheet

Coil

Booklet
SB31

24.09.96

Y436

SG711ap

Sheet

$2.00

200c 16.06.92

Y414

SG712

Sheet 24.09.96

Y437

SG712ap

Sheet 12.01.94

SG764

Booklet
SB33

$2.10

210c 01.06.95

Y426

SG712b

SG758ba

Sheet

Coil

Booklet
SB37

24.09.96

Y438

SG712bp

Sheet 02.09.96

Y438a

SG712bq

Sheet

$2.30

230c 16.06.92

Y415

SG713

Sheet

Coil

$2.40

240c 01.11.93

Y423

SG713a

14.12.1993

SG759a

Sheet

Coil

Booklet
SB32

$2.50

250c 02.09.96

Coil

SG759ba

Booklet
SB41
02.09.96

Y443

SG713b

Sheet

Booklet

$2.60

260c 01.06.95

Y427

SG713c

SG759ba

Sheet

Coil

Booklet
SB38

24.09.96

Y439

SG713cp

Sheet

$3.10

310c 02.09.96

Y444

SG713d

SG759da

Sheet

Coil

Booklet
SB42
SB46

$5.00

500c 16.06.92

Y416

SG714

Sheet 14.02.97

-

SG759e

Booklet
SB46
24.09.96

Y440

SG714p
1B

Sheet 12.01.94

SG765

Booklet
SB33

$10

1000c 16.06.92

Y417

SG715

Sheet

$20

2000c 16.06.92

Y418

SG716

Sheet

$50

5000c 16.06.92

Y419

SG717

Sheet

'Machin' Definitives from Mini-Sheets

HONG KONG MINI-SHEET 'MACHIN' DEFINITIVES ISSUED 1992-1994
D5
C2
D6
D7
D8
D9
Definitives
No.5
Classics
No.2
Definitives
No.6
Definitives
No.7
Definitives
No.8
Definitives
No.9
1992
1993
1993
1993
1994
1994
Y-C63M
Y-C65M
Y-C66M
Y-C67M
Y-C71M
Y-C73M
MS723
MS745
MS746
MS751
MS771
MS782
HONG KONG MINI-SHEET 'MACHIN' DEFINITIVES ISSUED 1995-1996
D10
C6
E1
E2
E3
oly
Definitives
No.10
Classics
No.6
Exhibition
No.1
Exhibition
No.2
Exhibition
No.3
Olympics
1995
1995
1996
1996
1996
1996
Y-C76M
Y-C77M
Y-C78M
Y-C80M
Y-C82M
Y-C83M
MS810
MS811
MS821
MS827
MS841
MS842
HONG KONG MINI-SHEET 'MACHIN' DEFINITIVES ISSUED IN BOOKLETS 1994-1997
C3
C4
C5
C7
C8
C9
Classics
No.3
Classics
No.4
Classics
No.5
Classics
No.7
Classics
No.8
Classics
No.9
1994
1994
1994
1997
1997
1997
Y-C68M
Y-C69M
Y-C70M
Y-C85M
Y-C86M
Y-C87M
SB30
SB30
SB30
SB43
SB43
SB43

1987 - 1991 The 'SkyLine' Definitive

These definitives were produced over a 5 year period and each year can be distinguished easily. In the case of 1987/1988, the former show the Queen with a deeply shaded chin whereas in the issue of a year later - the chin has been considerably lightened.
From 1989-91 the year date has been added to the bottom right corner of the stamp. Note: the $10 stamps of 1990 and 1991 pictured are not to scale (in actuality about a third larger than the low values)

HONG KONG 'SKYLINE' DEFINITIVES ISSUED 1988-1991
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
Shaded Chin
Light Chin
Date Bottom
Date Bottom
Date Bottom
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
Y320
Y339
Y356
Y378
Y393
SG545A
SG546cB
SG609
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