Thursday, January 3, 2013

Ray Types

There are 8 different ray sub-types, the first (N2a) being issued by New South Wales in 1857 when Queensland was still part of that colony and the remaining 7 after its establishment as a separate colony in 1859.

All the rays have four segments and differ according to the number of rays and their thickness (which sometimes changed over time reflecting wear and tear).

The Queensland ray types were introduced in groups from 1860 – 1876 and the highest rated number is 214.

Type N2a. 17 – 22 thin rays (26 in the case of no. 74). Thick numbers. Nos  74, 81, 85-87, 95-96, 108, 110, 131, 133, 151, 201, 214


Type 1 a. 34 – 40 thick rays. Thick numbers. Nos 14, 15, 21-26

Type 1 b. 37 thick rays. Thick numbers. Nos 27-29, (30), 63


Type 1 c. 16-20 rays. Thin numbers. Nos 31-42, 44-53, (54), 111-116, (117), 118-122, 126-130, 214


Type 1 d. 31-32 thin rays. Nos 43, 55-59, (60), 61-70, 72-73, 92, 94-95, 100


Type 1 e. 23-25 thin rays. Nos 29, 71, 75-85, 87-91, 93, 96-99, 101-110, 131-150, 152-177


Type 1 f. 20-22 thick rays. Nos 87, 123-125, 200, 208


Type 1 g. 26-27 thick rays. Nos 74, 81



Where the numerals are in brackets it means the numeral is assumed to be that type but has yet to be seen.

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