½p

The decimal halfpenny Machin has been with us since February 1971 (when decimalisation was introduced) and was available to purchase in various formats until 25th June 1985 (by when of course the halfpenny coin was no longer in circulation).

Notice I have not used the word "withdrawn", because it is actually still legal to use ½p stamps on items to be sent through the Royal Mail (in multiples of two if course). This extends to all the other stamps with halfpenny as part of their value.

During its lifetime the ½p has only ever been issued in shades of turquoise, and only ever printed using the Photogravure printing method by Harrison & Sons Ltd, however there are several varieties for the specialist to collect. In fact to give you an idea of the stretch involved - Stanley Gibbons Specialised Catalogue lists 68 varieties; I have counted 62 spaces in the Connoisseur album; whilst the Deegam Handbook lists 146 (Yes .... 146 if I have counted correctly).

Of course many of these listed by the different authors are the same stamp, but none of the three can lay claim to a unique list, because all have different classifications of what is within the remit of their particular publication. As a guess I would say there are close to 200 different varieties of the single ½p stamp for the specialist collector to find - and that doesn't include collecting items such as se-tenant pairs, coils, booklet panes, cylinder blocks and the like.

And that is if you only collect Mint stamps.



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1971 GB - SGX841 (U46) ½p 2B (H) OCP Bklt HPair (Alan Label) MNH 3

1971 GB - SGX841 (U46) ½p 2B (H) OCP Bklt HPair (Alan Label) MNH

U46 Horizontal Pair. Two Band from Booklet (DH39-43) with "B. Alan Ltd .... CR9 5AB" Label attached from Pane UB21 [Label L1] Perf Type AP - Cut Across (CA) Stamp Detail Tag Description Issued:...
£0.45

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1971 GB - SGX841 (U46) ½p Turquoise 2B (H) OCP/PVA Sht TpMgn MNH 1

1971 GB - SGX841 (U46) ½p Turquoise 2B (H) OCP/PVA Sht TpMgn MNH

U46 Top Left Corner Marginal Two Band from Sheet Stamp Detail Tag Description Issued: 02 Feb 1971 Deegam: DG5.2.1 SG Spec: U46 Condition: Mint Never Hinged Perf: 15 x 14 Format: Sheets ...
£0.30

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1971 GB - SGX841 (U48) ½p 2B (H) FCP Bklt HPair (Alan Label) MNH 1

1971 GB - SGX841 (U48) ½p 2B (H) FCP Bklt HPair (Alan Label) MNH

U48 Horizontal Pair. Two Band from Booklet (DH39-43) with "B. Alan Ltd .... CR9 5AB" Label attached from Pane UB22 [Label L1] Perf Type PL - Perforated Across (PA). Smooth Edge. Stamp Detail Tag ...
£0.66

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1971 GB - SGX841 (U48) ½p 2B (H) FCP Bklt HPair (Lick Label) MNH 1

1971 GB - SGX841 (U48) ½p 2B (H) FCP Bklt HPair (Lick Label) MNH

U48 Horizontal Pair. Two Band from Booklet (DT1-DT4). "Lick Battery Failure with ..... ESSO VOLTPAK" Label attached from Pane UB24 [Label L6] Perf Type: "P" - Perforated Across (PA) Stamp Detail ...
£0.35

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1971 GB - SGX841 (U48) ½p 2B (H) FCP Bklt HPair (Lucky Labl) MNH 1

1971 GB - SGX841 (U48) ½p 2B (H) FCP Bklt HPair (Lucky Labl) MNH

U48 Horizontal Pair. Two Band from Booklet (DH44-52 and DT5-12). "MAKE YOUR LUCKY ..... Tel 2398" Label attached from Pane UB25 [Label L8] Perf Type: "PL" - Perforated Across (PA) Smooth Edge. Stamp...
£0.54

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1971 GB - SGX841 (U48) ½p 2B (H) FCP Bklt VPair (Alan Label) MNH 2

1971 GB - SGX841 (U48) ½p 2B (H) FCP Bklt VPair (Alan Label) MNH

U48 Vertical Pair. Two Band from Booklet (DH39-43) with "B. Alan Ltd .... CR9 5AB" Label attached from Pane UB22 [Label L1] Perf Type APL - Perforated Across (PA) The actual item for sale includes...
£0.96

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1971 GB - UB25 5 x ½p 2B (H) FCP/PVA Bklt Pane (Lucky Labl) MNH 1

1971 GB - UB25 5 x ½p 2B (H) FCP/PVA Bklt Pane (Lucky Labl) MNH

U48 Complete Pane of 5 with label. Two Band from Booklet (DH44-52 and DT5-12). "MAKE YOUR LUCKY ..... Tel 2398" Label attached from Pane UB25 [Label L8] Perf Type: "PL" - Perforated Across (PA)...
£1.49

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1972 GB - DP19 (UEP3) Pane 3 from Wedgewood PB DX1 (1) MNH 2

1972 GB - DP19 (UEP3) Pane 3 from Wedgewood PB DX1 (1) MNH

Pane SGX841o (UEP3). 12 stamps. 3 x ½p Type I 2B (U48), 3 x 2½p Type III centre band (U87g), 3 x 2½p Type III left band (U93) and 3 x 2½p Type III right band (U95) Pane 3 from £1 Wedgewood...
£4.99

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1972 GB - DP19a (UEP3b) Pane 3 from Wedgewood PB DX1 Var MNH 1

1972 GB - DP19a (UEP3b) Pane 3 from Wedgewood PB DX1 Var MNH

Variety Pane SGX841o (UEP3b). Shortened "p" on Row 3/4. Good Perforations. 12 stamps : 3 x ½p Type I 2B (U48), 3 x 2½p Type III centre band (U87g), 3 x 2½p Type III left band (U93) and 3 x 2½p...
£11.99

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1972 GB - DP20 Pane 4 from Wedgewood PB DX1 Exc Perf (1) MNH 1

1972 GB - DP20 Pane 4 from Wedgewood PB DX1 Exc Perf (1) MNH

Complete Pane SGX841p (UEP4). 6 stamps. 3 x ½p Type I 2B (U48), 1 x ½p left band (U51) and 2 x 2½p Type III left band (U93) with excellent perforations on the ½p Left Band. Pane 4 from £1...
£24.99

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1972 GB - DP20 Pane 4 from Wedgewood PB DX1 Average Perfs MNH 2

1972 GB - DP20 Pane 4 from Wedgewood PB DX1 Average Perfs MNH

Complete Pane SGX841p (UEP4). 6 stamps. 3 x ½p Type I 2B (U48), 1 x ½p left band with trimmed perfs at the bottom (U51) and 2 x 2½p Type III left band (U93) Pane 4 from £1 Wedgewood Prestige...
£12.99

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1972 GB - DP20A Pane 4 from Wedgewood PB DX1 w/ thin 2½p MNH 0

1972 GB - DP20A Pane 4 from Wedgewood PB DX1 w/ thin 2½p MNH

Complete Pane SGX841pa (UEP4c) with "Thin 2½p numeral" R. 2/1. 6 stamps. 3 x ½p Type I 2B (U48), 1 x ½p left band (U51) and 2 x 2½p (thin numeral) left band (U90) Pane 4 from £1 Wedgewood...
£35.99

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1972 GB - FDC from Wedgewood PB DX1 Excellent Perfs Addressed 1

1972 GB - FDC from Wedgewood PB DX1 Excellent Perfs Addressed

Post Office First Day Cover with each variety of stamp examples from Prestige Book DX1. 12 stamps including the ½p left band (U51) all with excellent perforations Library Image. Neatly typed address...
£14.99

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1972 GB - SGX841g (U49) ½p Turquoise 2B (H) FCP/GA Jub Mrgnl MNH 1

1972 GB - SGX841g (U49) ½p Turquoise 2B (H) FCP/GA Jub Mrgnl MNH

U49 Bottom Marginal with Jubilee Line, Two Band from Sheet (as image) FCP/Gum Arabic. Only available from Sheets Cyl 2 p7.Stamp Detail Tag Description Issued: 22.09.1972 Deegam: DG5.7.1 SG...
£0.32

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1972 GB - SGX841g (U49) ½p Turquoise 2B (H) FCP/GA Lft Mrgnl MNH 2

1972 GB - SGX841g (U49) ½p Turquoise 2B (H) FCP/GA Lft Mrgnl MNH

U49 Left Marginal Two Band from Sheet (as image) FCP/Gum Arabic. Only available from Sheets Cyl 2 p7.Stamp Detail Tag Description Issued: 22.09.1972 Deegam: DG5.7.1 SG Spec: U49 Condition:...
£0.29

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1972 GB - SGX842 (U51) ½p Turquoise LB (H) Excellent Perfs MNH 2

1972 GB - SGX842 (U51) ½p Turquoise LB (H) Excellent Perfs MNH

Left Band from DX1 - £1 Wedgewood Booklet (Pane 4 - DP20) - Mint Never Hinged. Excellent Perforations all round. Library Image. Stamp Detail Tag Description Issued: 24 May 1972 Deegam:...
£19.99

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1972 GB - SGX842 (U51) ½p Turquoise LB (H) Trim Perf Btm (1) MNH 1

1972 GB - SGX842 (U51) ½p Turquoise LB (H) Trim Perf Btm (1) MNH

Left Band from DX1 - £1 Wedgwood Booklet (DP20) - Trimmed on Bottom. Perforations, the other three sides are good. Exact Image. Stamp Detail Tag Description Issued: 24 May 1972 This image is...
£11.50

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1972 GB - SGX842 (U51) ½p Turquoise LB (H) Trim Perf Btm (2) MNH 1

1972 GB - SGX842 (U51) ½p Turquoise LB (H) Trim Perf Btm (2) MNH

Left Band from DX1 - £1 Wedgwood Booklet (DP20) - Trimmed on Bottom. Perforations, the other three sides are good. Bargain at 12% catalogue value. Library Image. Stamp Detail Tag Description ...
£6.50

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1972 GB - SGX842 (U51) ½p Turquoise LB (H) Trimmed Perfs Rht MNH 1

1972 GB - SGX842 (U51) ½p Turquoise LB (H) Trimmed Perfs Rht MNH

Left Band from £1 Wedgwood Booklet - Trimmed on Right Perforations, the other three sides are good. Bargain at 12% catalogue value. Library Image. Stamp Detail Tag Description Issued: 24 May...
£6.50

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1972 GB - SGX842 (U51) ½p Turquoise LB (H) Very Good Perfs VFU 1

1972 GB - SGX842 (U51) ½p Turquoise LB (H) Very Good Perfs VFU

Left Band from £1 Wedgewood Booklet - Very Fine (FDC) Used. Excellent Perforations. Image shows actual stamp for sale. Stamp Detail Tag Description Issued: 24 May 1972 This image is just to...
£9.99

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