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Notice I have not used the word "withdrawn", because it is actually still legal to use ½p stamps on items to be sent through the Royal Mail (in multiples of two if course).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 Turquoise 2B (H) OCP/PVA Sht Mrgnl MNH 2

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

U46 Left or Right Marginal Two Band from Sheet Stamp Detail Tag Description Issued: 02 Feb 1971 Deegam: DG5.2.1 SG Spec: U46 Condition: MNH Perf: 15 x 14 Format: Sheets Printer: Harrison...
£0.15

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

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

U48 Horizontal Pair. Two Band from Booklet with "Lick Battery Failure with ..... ESSO" Label attached from Pane UB24 (Label L6) Perf Type P Stamp Detail Tag Description Issued: 02 Feb 1971 ...
£0.29

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1972 GB - SGX841g (U49) ½p 2B (H) FCP/GA Cyl 2 p7 No Dot (6) MNH 2

1972 GB - SGX841g (U49) ½p 2B (H) FCP/GA Cyl 2 p7 No Dot (6) MNH

U49 Cylinder Block of 6 Two Band from Sheet 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: MNH ...
£2.49

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

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

U49 Single Two Band from Sheet 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: MNH Perf: 15 x 14...
£0.24

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

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 - SGX841o Pane 3 from Wedgewood PB DX1 Good Perfs MNH 0

1972 GB - SGX841o Pane 3 from Wedgewood PB DX1 Good Perfs MNH

Pane SGX841o (UEP3). 12 stamps with Good perforations. 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...
£5.99

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1972 GB - SGX841ob Pane 3 from Wedgewood PB DX1 "Short P" MNH 1

1972 GB - SGX841ob Pane 3 from Wedgewood PB DX1 "Short P" MNH

Pane SGX841o (UEP3b) with variety Shortened "P" in Value (R. 3/4) 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...
£14.99

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1972 GB - SGX841p Pane 4 from Wedgewood PB DX1 Average Perfs MNH 1

1972 GB - SGX841p 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 - SGX841p Pane 4 from Wedgewood PB DX1 Good Perfs MNH 1

1972 GB - SGX841p Pane 4 from Wedgewood PB DX1 Good Perfs 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) Pane 4 from £1 Wedgwood Prestige book. Image shows the type of item you...
£24.99

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1972 GB - SGX841pb Pane 4 from Wedgewood PB DX1 w/ V Scratch MNH 1

1972 GB - SGX841pb Pane 4 from Wedgewood PB DX1 w/ V Scratch MNH

Complete Pane SGX841p (UEP4b) with "Inverted V Scratch" over the Queens Nose (retouch) on R. 1/1. 6 stamps. 3 x ½p Type I 2B (U48), 1 x ½p left band (U51) and 2 x 2½p Type III left band (U93) Pane...
£25.99

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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) Trimmed Perfs Btm MNH 1

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

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

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 show...
£9.99

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

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

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 show...
£9.99

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1972 GB - SGX842 (U51) ½p Turquoise LB and 2B (U48) Pair (H) MNH 1

1972 GB - SGX842 (U51) ½p Turquoise LB and 2B (U48) Pair (H) MNH

U48 and U51 se-tenant ½p Left Band and 2 Band in se-tenant pair from £1 Wedgwood Booklet - LB slightlyrimmed on Right Perforations exactly as image. Bargain at 15% catalogue value. Image shows the...
£7.50

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1977 GB - SGX843l (UMC7) 10p Multi-Value Coil Strip (5) MNH 2

1977 GB - SGX843l (UMC7) 10p Multi-Value Coil Strip (5) MNH

The third decimal Coil Strip of 5. 10p (7p+1p+1p+½p+½p) all Centre Band. Multi-Value Horizontal Coil. Stamp Detail Tag Description Issued: 14 Dec 1977 Deegam: ? Condition: MNH Perf: 15 x 14...
£1.00

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1978 GB - FA6 - Farm Buildings No 3 Yorkshire Perf P BMB Booklet 1

1978 GB - FA6 - Farm Buildings No 3 Yorkshire Perf P BMB Booklet

SG FA6 Farm Buildings Number 3 - Yorkshire. WITH Black Marker Bar (see main image) Book DB6(6). Pane DP31. UMFB7 (7p at left). High set value, sideways print Left Contains: 2 x ½d 4mm CB - U53e -...
£1.20

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1978 GB - FA6 - Farm Buildings No 3 Yorkshire Perf P Booklet 9

1978 GB - FA6 - Farm Buildings No 3 Yorkshire Perf P Booklet

SG FA6 Farm Buildings Number 3 - Yorkshire. Normal Book DB6(6). Pane DP31. UMFB7 (7p at left). High set value, sideways print Left Contains: 2 x ½d 4mm CB - U53e - DG5.10.2 - Column 1 - Type I -...
£0.69

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